Energy Efficiency & Reducing Utility Bills

  • Winter is Coming

    11/9/2010 12:00 AM

    Winter weather is upon us and high utility bills are right around the corner.  If your windows are old and drafty, they can send your utility bills through the roof. Even if you can’t necessarily feel the air leaking in from your windows, there’s a simple way to check if they are drafty.  On a breezy day, take a lit candle and hold it around the perimeter of your windows.  If the flame flickers, you are throwing more money than you should at your utility bills.  Covering your windows with plastic really won’t make them more energy efficient, but replacing them will.  Replacement windows are energy efficient, keeping out drafts as well as outside noise and pollution.  Vinyl replacement windows are maintenance-free so you don’t need to regularly sand and paint them like wood windows.  New windows will keep the heat inside your home this winter.

  • New Siding in Baltimore, MD

    11/7/2010 12:00 AM

    Thompson Creek installed energy efficient siding on Gregory’s Baltimore, MD home.  Our vinyl siding is maintenance-free, and was installed over a wood exterior.   This siding will also help to reduce outside noise, and well as make Gregory’s Maryland home more energy efficient.. When asked why he chose Thompson Creek, Gregory replied “Of the three companies I had contacted, Thompson Creek met or beat the presentation of materials, explanations, and the price was not the highest or lowest.”

  • Replacement window check list

    11/2/2010 12:00 AM

    If you’re trying to decide whether or not to get rid of the old, inefficient windows in your home and add new replacement windows, there are a few things to consider: - Consider how much you can save in energy bills each year.  Replacing old windows with new, energy efficient models can save you up to 30% per year on your energy costs. - You need to think about how much value you put on the increased comfort and better appearance new windows will provide. - Think about the resale value of your home.  When updating to energy efficient replacement windows, you will get back nearly 80% back for every dollar invested when you sell your home. - Look at the warranty for the windows.  Is it offered by the manufacturer or installer?  Who will service your windows should a problem arise in the future?  Are any problems not covered by the warranty? Thompson Creek manufactures and installs energy efficient replacement windows to save you money on your utility bills.  Best of all, we control all of the raw materials that go into the product and we install every window we sell.  We are 100% accountable to our customers should any warranty issues ever arise.

  • Great Reputation, A+ BBB Rating

    8/26/2010 12:00 AM

    Ann R. of Arlington, VA, used Thompson Creek Window Company to install vinyl replacement windows in her home.  From the salesperson’s visit to the installation crew, she was extremely pleased with the products and service. Ann said her salesperson, “was very patient with me and explained everything. He was really nice and he really sold me on them. When I looked on the website I was able to find pretty much everything I needed.” She went on to say, “I was also very impressed with their BBB rating, which was A+. Their rating with the BBB was very important to me and [I liked] the fact that you can call the president of the company if you have an issue. Also because they are an established company in the area that has proven to do good work.”

  • Save Money with an Energy Efficient Home

    8/24/2010 12:00 AM

    Replacement windows can add significant value to your home just by improving energy efficiency.  According to Energy Information Administration, they estimate that as much as one third of the average home’s heat loss occurs through windows and doors. When trying to decide if you need to replace your windows, you need to consider when your home was built and does it still have the original windows.  You also need to evaluate the condition of your windows – do they show signs of wear, rot, warp, have difficulty opening or have cranks that no longer work.  And if you have single pane windows, this could be one of the biggest reasons to replace them.  Single pane windows are extremely energy inefficient, so upgrading to double pane windows will lessen chilly winter drafts, condensation, and heat loss during the winter months.  During the heat of summer, you’ll notice your home is much cooler.  You will significantly reduce outside noise coming in through your windows.  And you’ll dramatically reduce your energy bills. Having a more energy efficient home will also increase its resale value.  Remodeling magazine’s “Cost vs. Value Report” says that “vinyl window replacements resulted in national recovery rates of 81%.  Replacement windows are a truly solid investment…” When choosing a replacement window company, it’s important to look for windows that are eligible for the tax credit under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. These windows will make your house more energy efficient, and you can claim a tax credit of up to $1,500 for 2010 if you have new windows installed by December 31, 2010.  See tax advisor for details.

  • I Would Highly Recommend Thompson Creek!

    7/16/2010 12:00 AM

    Al from Fairfax, VA upgraded to Thompson Creek energy efficient windows.  Al said, “They were very professional, punctual and respectful of my house during installation.” He said that he would like to recognize everyone involved for their excellent service.  “They were very professional.” Al said that he chose Thompson Creek because “I heard of their stellar reputation and excellent quality products.”  He closed in saying, “I would highly recommend Thompson Creek to anyone looking for high quality windows from a company you can trust to do a superb job.”

  • Beat the heat – Replace your windows in the summer

    7/6/2010 7:02 PM

    Now that the mid-Atlantic area is well into the dog days of summer, do some of your rooms feel like a sauna? A typical double-paned, clear-glass window allows approximately 75 percent of the sun’s heat into your home.  Are your windows keeping the heat out?   According to the U.S. Department of Energy, installing high-performance replacement windows will improve your home's energy performance. The benefits of added comfort and improved aesthetics and functionality may make the investment worth it to you. Many window technologies are available that are worth considering, including low-e glass.   Low-e stands for low-emissivity glass, which is a very thin coat of material on the glass to make it more efficient.  This is important when the weather is very hot and sunny.  Low-e coating helps reflect heat away from the surface, keeping unwanted heat out in the summer.  Low-e glass is the most cost-effective way to increase the efficiency of your windows.  It can also help reduce the amount of ultraviolet (UV) radiation entering your home, reducing furniture and carpet fading.   If you have single-pane windows, installing new energy efficient windows can result in savings on your energy bills of up to 30%.  

  • Energy Tips

    5/25/2010 12:27 PM

    Reduce energy loss in your home by increasing the quality of your windows and doors. You can tell almost everything you need to know about a window's performance by looking at its NFRC label. Adopted by the National Fenestration Rating Council in 1998, this label is affixed to windows voluntarily by manufacturers concerned about energy efficiency. If a window does not have this label, chances are you're not dealing with a reputable manufacturer. U-Factor: The inverse of R-Value (which measures insulating value), the U-Factor measures how easily heat flows through the product. The lower the number, the better it keeps heat where you want it. In cold climates, look for a U-Factor of 0.35 or lower. Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC): The SHGC tells you how much heat radiation from sunlight a window lets in. If heating your home is your main concern, a higher SHGC can help offset some of the heating costs. In warmer climates, where air-conditioning costs are a bigger factor, look for a lower number. Visible Transmittance (VT): The Visible Transmittance number indicates the amount of light that passes through the glass (refers to brightness, as opposed to heat). A higher number means a brighter room. Air Leakage (AL): The Air Leakage rating refers to the amount of air that can infiltrate cracks in the window assembly. The lower the number, the less infiltration. Look for windows with an AL rating of 0.30 or less. Res/Non-Res: The NFRC label contains data for Residential and Non-Residential (industrial) windows. When shopping for windows for your home, be sure to compare the Res numbers.