If your home’s utility bills are growing higher and higher every year, then your old windows might not be helping matters. The older windows get, the greater the risk of them developing energy-wasting drafts becomes. Replacing drafty windows with newer energy-efficient windows will not only help make your home’s interior more comfortable, but you will also enjoy lower utility bills.
So, the quick answer to the question – “can new windows save you money?” is yes. But, how much money can you expect to save and are new windows worth it?
Average Energy Savings for New Windows
According to ENERGY STAR, installing ENERGY STAR-qualified windows will lower your energy bills and save you money over single-pane and even new double-paned, clear-glass windows. How much you can expect to save depends on more than just the windows being installed. Other factors include the home’s location, climate, and sun exposure. When installed in the typical home, however, energy efficient windows can provide the following savings:
- $126–$465 a year when replacing single-pane windows
- $27–$111 a year over double-pane, clear glass replacement windows
Other Financial Incentives for Replacing Your Windows
Saving money on monthly utility bills isn’t the only financial benefit you can enjoy by having new windows installed. You’ll also save money on maintenance and repair costs, both of which increase over the life of the typical window.
Are New Windows Worth the Cost and Effort? Here Are Some Alternative Options
Replacing all the windows on a home can be an expensive undertaking that not every homeowner might be able to afford when they want to have new windows. Luckily, there are other options that can help improve the energy efficiency of a home until enough money can be saved to replace the windows. Some tips include:
- Check for air leaks throughout the home and seal them
- Seal gaps around plumbing pipes
- Replace any missing or dry metal tape on your HVAC ductwork
- Install an insulative blanket on your water heater and insulate the pipes in open ceilings or walls
- Install rubber gaskets between the cover plates and electrical outlets on exterior walls
- Improve the insulation in your home
Let the Window Experts at Thompson Creek Handle Your Installation
Besides your old windows causing your energy bills to skyrocket, they could also make certain rooms in your home uncomfortable. Solar heat gain in the summer can make rooms extremely warm, while drafts in the winter time can make rooms chilly. This is another reason why replacing windows after they’ve gone bad is such a wise investment.
Keep your home safe and energy efficient with new replacement windows from Thompson Creek. All our replacement windows are made using the finest materials and expert craftsmanship, and we design, build, and install them ourselves. At Thompson Creek, we do it all and by doing so, we can help you save money. Just contact the professionals at Thompson Creek and get a free estimate for your replacement windows and/or installation today.