Energy Saving Tips in Las Vegas
Although some energy-reducing companies will claim that you can save 40-50% on your energy bills by replacing your windows with energy-efficient ones, the truth is that windows don’t amount to that much energy loss in homes.
The average home loses about 25% of energy through windows while heating during the winter, and up to 40% of energy when cooling during the summer. Replacing your normal windows with energy efficient windows will realistically end up saving you 10-15% on your heating bill. Which is quite remarkable, even though it is not the 40-50% savings some companies will claim to achieve.
Saving energy with new efficient windows is done in part to the window material, as well as to the framing material. Low-conductivity frames such as wood, vinyl, fiberglass or composite, don’t save a lot of energy in total, but they are more efficient than aluminum frames. Low-conductivity frames also help reduce condensation on windows, which can be a big annoyance for homes depending on the environment they are located in.
The next part in energy savings comes from the windows themselves, and the coatings that they have. Low-e (low emission coatings) will help with energy efficiency a little during the summer. However, if you get selective low-e coatings your windows will reflect exterior heat during the summer, while reflecting interior heat back into the home during the winter.
Although an energy-efficient frame accounts for a small amount of energy saving, and window coating also amounts for a small amount of energy saving, and window material as well amounts for a small amount of saving: the end result comes when you combine all of these materials together. The so-called “small” energy improvements end up adding to a 10-15% savings on your energy bill. Which is effectively worth it in the long-run, seeing that you will save more money investing in energy-efficient windows than not doing so early on.
Home owners should keep an eye on their energy bills regardless if they have energy efficient windows or not. This way if there is a leak within one of your windows, and it is causing an increase in your energy bill, you can have it fixed right away. Also, if you see condensation between two panes of glass in a window, it is possible that there is a leak. Condensation appears when warm (and humid) air from within the home escapes through the window, and in the process condenses on the cold exterior surface.
Condensation also leaves behind a foggy film that degrades the quality of the glass when you look through it.In addition to upgrading windows to save energy, adding window coverings such as blinds and shades can go a long way in energy-savings.
Solar screens (also known as shades) come in various colors and reflect up to 90% of the sun’s heat and glare: making not only your energy bill more pleasant, but also making it more pleasant to look out your windows when the sun is intense.
The best thing about solar screens is that they don’t hamper glass views at all. In fact, if you stand from about 10 feet away, it’s hard to tell if you even have solar screens at all. The whole point of solar screens is to effectively “tint” your home from heat and glare, while keeping the interior view as clear as before.
Solar screens cause the light coming in through your windows to become softer, which removes glare on TV and computer screens.
Depending on your preference, you can have solar screens installed that make your house slightly darker, or you can have solar screens that don’t darken your house at all.
When it comes to using solar screens or shades, it makes more sense than awnings or window films. Installing window films voids many window warranties and can damage thermal pane windows with sealed gas inside of them.
Awnings on the other hand are really expensive, hard to install, change the appearance of the home’s exterior, and need to be cleaned.
According to a University of Texas study, solar screens shave off 32 percent from energy bills on the average home. This means that if you combine energy efficient windows and frames with solar screens, you could easily be looking at an energy savings of 30-45%. 10-15% from your windows themselves, and about 30% from the solar screens.