MYTH #10: New Windows = Siginificant Cost Savings – Biggest Energy Myths Busted – Forbes

Windows
This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series Myth Buster

Windows

“MYTH #10: New Windows = Siginificant Cost Savings

Replacing single pane windows for energy star rated dual pane windows will save energy. That energy savings, however, is a function of the size and number of windows in your home, their orientation and overhangs, and the location of your house and the climate zone you are live in. This typically amounts to a small fraction of your total energy use, and given the expense of replacing windows, there are typically much more cost effective ways to reduce your energy bills.”

via MYTH #10: New Windows = Siginificant Cost Savings – Biggest Energy Myths Busted – Forbes.

Your windows may or may not be inefficient.   However, your windows contribution to your power bill is primarily represented within your heating and air units consumption.   It speaks to how well sealed your windows are at the seams usually during installation.   The other less contributing factor is the radiant heat emitting thru your glass windows.  Blinds could be a way to mitigate the radiant heat.

Don’t get me wrong if you are going to buy new windows then go for the energy efficient windows.   However, temper your expectations about how much your power bill will go down.    If you are being told otherwise then before you spend several thousand dollars on new windows then hire an energy auditor to identify exactly where your inefficiencies are.  Well worth the investment.

Let me know if you have any questions.

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MYTH #9: Using An Electric Space Heater Saves Money – Biggest Energy Myths Busted – Forbes

Space Heater
This entry is part 9 of 10 in the series Myth Buster

Space Heater

“MYTH #9: Using An Electric Space Heater Saves Money

Given that electricity is typically between four and 10 times the cost of natural gas, running just two electric space heaters can cost the equivalent of heating an entire home with a gas-powered system.”

via MYTH #9: Using An Electric Space Heater Saves Money – Biggest Energy Myths Busted – Forbes.

The bottom line is that those space heaters consume a lot of wattage to heat that very small space you need heated.    Compared to the cost to heat the entire home you are losing the fight with the power bill.   Unfortunately, if you have a room that is colder (winter time) and warmer (summer time) you probably don’t care as much about the power bill as you do your comfort.

In those situations think of the space heater as a temporary solution.   I have met homeowners that think they are stuck with this problem permanently.    That is not always the case.   Decide whether you want an energy auditor or a HVAC technician but there are plenty of cost effective solutions to balance your heat/ air in your home.

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MYTH #8: New Homes Must Be Efficient – Biggest Energy Myths Busted – Forbes

New Home for Sale
This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series Myth Buster

New Home for Sale

“MYTH #8: New Homes Must Be Efficient

Just because a home is new, doesn’t necessarily mean that it was built efficiently. A home’s efficiency is less correlated to its age than to its design and construction. While many new homes are considered to be more efficient, there is often room for improvement and savings.”

via MYTH #8: New Homes Must Be Efficient – Biggest Energy Myths Busted – Forbes.

It is a common misperception that new homes are by definition energy-efficient.   Unfortunately, building codes do not demand that.   However, there are many high quality builders that have already learned that energy efficiency is a great way to differentiate themselves.   Admittedly, there are still a lot of gaps in the QC.   Despite that you should raise your expectations when you buy a home advertised with an energy rating.

Another misperception is that an energy-efficient homes is defined by the energy efficiency appliances installed in it.   Energy star appliances represent only one leg of a three-legged stool to an energy-efficient home.

Let me know if you have any questions.

 

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