4 Ways To Go Green This Spring

4 Ways To Go Green This Spring

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Save money and help the environment with these tips.

Earth Day just passed. If you are like many people, you might have planted trees, cleaned up a neighborhood or constructed a recycling station. But, why limit eco-friendly ways to just one day per year? Making sustainable choices should be important every day of the year.

An eco-friendly lifestyle does not have to be particularly expensive or difficult. There are plenty of easy and affordable ways to create a healthier home, reduce your carbon footprint and lower monthly utility bills.

Here are 4 eco-friendly changes you can make to your home this year.

#1 Learn The Art Of Composting

Composting is an eco-friendly, practical way to care for your flower beds, vegetable garden, and lawn. Once you learn how to compost, you’ll find that it is easy to do every day.

What is composting? I’m posting involved collecting organic waste into a pile. Microorganisms and bacteria will eventually break down the pile and turn it into a wonderful fertilizer that you can use for your lawn and garden.

You can use compost for mulch, organic soil and more. Check out this detailed guide on how to get started composting.

#2 Upgrade To Energy Efficient Replacement Windows

Energy efficient windows can help you reduce the cost of cooling and heating your home. You can make a significant impact on the environment and your wallet with energy efficient windows. For more information on selecting energy efficient windows for your New Hampshire home.

#3 Choose The Right Window Treatments

About 30% of a home’s efficiency is lost through windows, according to the Window Source of New Hampshire. It’s relatively inexpensive and easy to increase the energy efficiency of your home by choosing efficient window treatments. Here are some of the best eco-friendly blinds, shades, and curtains.

  • Insulated cellular shades –  These can reduce heat lost through windows by as much as 40 percent, according to Energy.gov. In the summer, insulated shades reduce solar heat by as much as 80 percent. This can help you stay more comfortable in your home and reduce your utility bills.
  • Window films – Window films filter out as much as 99 percent of harmful UV rays. They also reduce solar heat in the summer.
  • Exterior shutters and shades – Outdoor shutters and shades help reduce solar heat gain.

#4 Switch To A Smarter Thermostat

A smart thermostat is a great way to go green. These wifi enabled devices automatically adjust the temperature in your home for optimal performance. Some smart thermostats even “learn” the temperatures that you like in your home and then automatically program your thermostat to stay at the best temperature for you while saving you money. DSmart thermostats can save as much as $145 per year on heating and cooling, according to a research study conducted by Nest.

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5 Reasons Why Energy Efficient Windows Matter

5 Reasons Why Energy Efficient Windows Matter

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  • Replacement Windows

Are you looking for ways to make the planet healthier and save money at the same time? What if something that you use every day could help you achieve this goal? One of the best ways to improve a home’s efficiency is to replace old, inefficient windows with new ones. Here are the reasons why energy efficient windows can make a significant impact on your home.

You’ll Save Money

Installing energy efficient windows in your home will lower your energy bills and save you money. Replacing old windows with new energy efficient ones can save more than $400 a year in heating and cooling costs, according to the EPA. Over a period of ten years, you’ll save $4000 with energy efficient windows.

It Helps The Environment

When you buy energy efficient windows, you don’t just save money; you help the planet too. Energy efficient windows help you take advantage of passive solar energy. They can help you minimize solar gain in the summer and increase it in the winter. Using less energy in your home means that you are creating fewer greenhouse gas emissions and reducing fuel fossil usage.

Makes Your Home More Comfortable

Does your home get uncomfortably hot in the summer or too cold during the winter? If so, then this could mean that your windows need to be replaced. Old windows cause overheated living spaces in the summer and cold drafts in the winter. The reason for this is because of cracks, gaps and broken locks. New windows can significantly improve the comfort of your home, so you’ll feel cozy even sitting right by the window.

Insulates Your Home From Noise

Whether you live in the city or the suburbs, you are subject to noise pollution every day. Sirens, mowers, trains and neighbors can all make your home a noisy place to live. If you work at home, noise can be especially distracting. Although you can’t escape from noise, you can minimize it significantly with new windows.

Protects Your Home’s Interior

Energy efficient windows typically have low-emissions coatings, which reduces the amount of damaging UV rays that pass through your home. The sun’s UV rays damage carpets, floors and furniture making your home look dingy and dull. Energy efficient windows help keep your furnishings looking great year after year.

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Springtime Window Maintenance

Springtime Window Maintenance

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Spring marks the time of year when we’re all working on cleaning, purging, and repairing our home! This year, we’re encouraging you to focus on reducing those energy bills! Here are some easy ways to do that.

 

Reduce Air Leakage With Caulking & Weatherstripping

Caulking & weatherstripping are two of the most cost-effective & easiest ways to reduce air leakage from your windows. Use caulk on the non-moving parts of your windows, such as stationary cracks or gaps that are less than one quarter inch wide around the frame or where the trim meets the wall. Weatherstripping should be used on movable components of a window, such as where the lower sash meets the sill.

 

Window Treatments

Window treatments such as awnings, blinds, and draperies offer more energy savings than you might think! According to Energy Saver:

  • Window awnings can reduce solar heat gain in the summer by up to 77% on west-facing windows
  • Reflective interior blinds can reduce heat gain in the summer by around 45%
  • Draperies can reduce heat gains in the summer by 33%

Remember, curtains don’t stop air leaks. They may seriously ease the discomfort of drafty windows but it is best to repair or replace any windows that are leaking.

 

Replace Old Windows

Inefficient windows can take a serious toll on your electric bill and it is often more cost-effective to replace them than trying to improve their energy efficiency. Our energy-efficient windows eventually pay for themselves through lower heating, cooling, and even lighting costs. Don’t forget, we offer instant financing!

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5 Ways to Lower Your Utilities in an Old Home

5 Ways to Lower Your Utilities in an Old Home

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If you own an older home, there is a good chance you are spending too much on utilities. This is especially true if your home is more than 30 years old and was built before energy efficient codes were in effect. Drafty windows, air leaks, and inefficient HVAC systems can all increase your electric bill. Luckily, there are many small ways that you can improve your energy usage in your home.

Seal Air Leaks

Whether it is hot or cold outside, the air that seeps through the cracks and gaps around your windows, door, and plumbing can account for up to 25 percent of your electric bill! Fill in these cracks using caulking or weatherstripping.

To learn how to check your home for air leakage click here.

Check Your HVAC

Sealing your ductwork can reduce air leakage by 15 percent and make a big difference on your heating bill! In fact, the cost of an HVAC tune-up and sealed ductwork will only take one heating season to pay for itself.

Natural gas-powered systems should be serviced every 2-3 years. Oil-fired furnaces should have a tune-up every year

If your home is still too cold and inefficient you may need to replace your furnace. The average life span for a gas or oil-fired unit is between 15 and 20 years.

Last but not least, program your thermostat for even more energy savings.

Add Insulation

Adding insulation is extremely important if your home is more than 25 years old. Adding insulation to your attic, crawl spaces, ceilings, and basement can lead to major savings on your utilities.

Check Your Fireplace

A damaged fireplace damper can account to a shocking amount of air leakage. Hire a chimney sweep to give your chimney a good cleaning and to lubricate and check the damper. When your fireplace isn’t being used you can seal the flue completely using a balloonlike plug called a Draftstopper.

Switch To Energy Star Certified

A whopping 20 percent of your electric bill is spent powering up your appliances. Switching to an energy efficient refrigerator, dishwasher, clothes washing system, and windows can really help you save on your electric bill.

Learn more about the importance of energy efficient windows here.

Check Energy Star’s website for any available rebates here.

Browse our selection of energy star certified windows here.

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Why We Love Energy Efficient Windows (And Why You Should, Too!)

Why We Love Energy Efficient Windows (And Why You Should, Too!)

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A more energy efficient home is something that everyone dreams of having. Energy efficient homes save you money and help keep your home cozy. Every homeowner needs to have a home that is energy efficient. It is particularly noticeable during the freezing, winter months in places like Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and throughout New England.

Maintaining body temperature is one of the largest energy consumption activities of the human body. The majority of the average house’s energy consumption also used in maintaining comfortable temperatures. One of the easiest ways to create a more energy efficient home is by properly insulating your house. First stop, plug the leaks!

The largest amount of heat loss in your home occurs through doors and windows. Your first step is to evaluate and eliminate air leaks and drafts in your existing door and window frames. Weatherstripping is a great, easy to install, and affordable way to close off door frame leaks. It reduces both cooling and heating costs and heat transfer.

Next, turn your focus to your windows. Heat escapes through windows much faster than it does through insulated wall or even wooden doors. If every room in your house has windows, your exposing your interior to a lot of potential heat loss. Avoid the never-ending fight between your central heat and a freezing winter.

These days, you may find that most homes in your area have energy efficient windows. Don’t get left behind! Here are a few good reasons why most people have fallen in love with energy efficient replacement windows:

Cuts Energy Costs

Traditional windows show little regard for your energy expense. During the summer season, your conventional windows will serve as a handy passageway for cold air leakage & hot air infiltration. Energy efficient windows, on the other hand, significantly reduce your rising cooling bills every month.

As the name suggests, energy efficient windows are primarily designed to lessen the use of energy and to restore the economic freedom and comfort you enjoy in temperate months. Unlike conventional windows, highly efficient replacement windows are not just carefully installed and well-sealed, but they also have superior insulation. Through keeping the cold air within and segregating your home from the sources of external solar & non-solar radiation, energy efficient windows ensure the lowest probable stress on your interior cooling systems.

Enhances Comfort

Energy efficient windows are the windows with a low U-factor. This is used in determining the insulation efficiency of the windows through gauging the heat transfer rate. The U-factor, when it is low, means that the surface could efficiently diminish the passage and transfer of heat. Those windows that were made to be energy efficient are with low E-coatings, insulating frames and spacers and gas-fills. They are also known to relieve winter warmth loss and summer heat increase.

If you cannot appreciate the beauty of energy efficient replacement windows for their generous energy cost reduction for up to 40%, you’ll be thrilled to learn that these windows also:

  • Provide exceptional humidity and noise control
  • Reduce pollen, insects and dust penetration
  • Reduce the chances for your home to get ice dams on its roof during the winter months

To summarize, replacement windows will give you the following benefits:

  • Save you cash on cooling and heating costs throughout the year
  • Reduce cold air pockets and drafts inside your house
  • Your loved ones will be kept safe and comfortable all day long
  • Lessen the amount of ultraviolet damaging rays
  • Eco-friendly choice

With all of these, you can definitely say that replacement windows are great. Have them installed on every room of your home today and experience these advantages. And remember, Window Source NH offers free consultations. Call us today and we’ll give you our professional recommendations.

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Energy Efficient Windows & Window Insulation Help Keep Your Home

Energy Efficient Windows & Window Insulation Help Keep Your Home

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It’s cold outside! The Window Source is here to help keep you warm inside your homes.

Energy effiiciency is more than just a catch phrase. When it’s this cold outside your wall insulation and windows play a big part in heating your home.
Green is more than just a buzzword. Energy efficient homes are our future. Here at The Window Source we are doing our part to help our environment.

To save energy, you might want to consider replacing your windows. The Window Source NH offers free inspections, so you can call us to schedule a visit. Energy efficient windows will improve your home’s energy efficiency, lower your heating bills, and help heat your home faster.

Replacing Your Homes Windows With Energy Efficient Windows

There is no doubt that replacement windows can help you save money on your energy bill. Energy Star estimates that homeowners in the Northeast can save up to $340 per year by replacing windows. (http://www.energystar.gov/ia/products/windows_doors/CitySavingsEstimates.pdf) Additionally, energy efficient windows can raise the value of your home.

Increase Your Energy Efficiency With Window Repair & Insulation

There are other ways to improve your home’s insulation, too. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends insulating your windows. Window insulation can be simple! When we visit your home for a window inspection, we can give you our professional recommendation.

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Our Customer Nan Hauser Congratulates Window Source on Our Efforts Toward Energy Efficient Windows

Our Customer Nan Hauser Congratulates Window Source on Our Efforts Toward Energy Efficient Windows

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At Window Source, we provide our customers with environmentally friendly options. How? By making energy efficient windows that reduce heat loss and save you money on heating your home! Take a look at what one of the world’s most prominent Whale Biologists says about us in the video below. Thanks, Nan!!

 

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Three Simple Tests to Check Your Windows for Air Leaks

Three Simple Tests to Check Your Windows for Air Leaks

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It’s time to start preparing our homes for the coming winter season, and that means checking for air leaks in your home windows. This simple chore can boost the energy-efficiency of your home, lower your energy bills and keep your family warm and cozy this winter.

1. Visual Test

The most simple way to check for air leaks in your windows is by simply looking at them. When you are outside of your home, do you notice old caulking that has started to leave gaps between the window and your home’s siding? Does the hard putty holding the individual panes of glass in those old windows look damaged? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, your home is vulnerable to water damage and heat loss.

2. Smoke Test

The “Smoke Test” is another easy test that ensures you eyes haven’t missed anything. The only materials that you need for this is a candle or incense stick and a way to light it. Follow these steps to complete the Smoke Test in your home:

  • Close all of the windows and doors in your home
  • Shut off all combustion appliances (furnace, water heater, etc.)
  • Turn on the kitchen and bathroom exhaust vents
  • Hold a lit candle or incense stick close to the spaces around the edges of your windows
  • Look for changes in the smoke

If there is an air leak, the smoke will waiver in the direction the air leak is pushing it. If the smoke remains undisturbed then there are probably no air leaks in that specific area.

3. Infrared Thermometer

This is a quick test that will show you what areas of your home are wasting energy. An infrared thermometer can measure the ambient air temperatures around your window. If it is cold outside and you are experiencing air leaks the thermometer will register a colder temperature.

4. Give Window Source A Call

If you don’t have time to perform these tests, or if you find air leaks in your home, just give us a call. Our experts will quickly identify the problem and give you the solution that works for your specific home. We want to make sure you are saving on your electricity bill and keeping your family cozy this season!

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