The city of Eden Prairie, Minnesota recently adopted a resolution calling for substantial increase in energy efficiency. Eden Prairie is one of the leaders in the state in spearheading energy use and greenhouse gas emission reduction. While its programs focus primarily on energy consumption among government, service, and nonprofit entities, there are also incentives for businesses and homes.
Replacement Windows and Doors Can Reduce Your Energy Use
While some homeowners are endeavoring to switch to renewable energy through use of solar panels and other solutions, one of the most cost-effective ways of cutting your energy consumption is by replacing your windows and doors with more energy-efficient ones.
The majority of heating and cooling loss in a home is through window and door openings, so it just makes sense to start there if you’re concerned about making your home more energy efficient.
In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Eden Prairie began to experience major expansion as new businesses moved into the area. Following the country-wide trend with suburban residential development, many homes went in as well. In that era, the most popular window used in home construction was aluminum, and aluminum window frames aren’t very energy efficient.
For homes that still have those original windows, they were likely single pane glass, making them even poorer at restricting heating and cooling transfer.
If you’ve got one of those older homes with the original windows and doors, you’re looking at items that are 50 years old, so it’s definitely time to replace them with newer, more energy efficient models.
At Window Outfitters, we specialize in energy-efficient replacement windows and doors for older and historic homes. We offer windows with double-pane, gas-filled glass in a variety of frame materials as well as entry doors that can make your home more comfortable and secure while cutting your energy use for heating and cooling.
You can take it a step further by selecting fiberglass windows. The frames in the Marvin and Beechworth fiberglass windows we install are thinner, meaning you get more light coming in through the same window size opening. Having more light inside means you may be able to turn off some of your lights during the day. You can also do things such as:
- Adding sidelights and specialty shape windows around your front door to light up your entry
- Switching out your window styles for those that maximize light, such as garden windows and bay or bow windows, or even the new oversize windows from Weather Shield.
If you are an Eden Prairie homeowner and desire to get on board with the city’s goal to reduce energy consumption in a major way, contact us for a free in-home consultation. We’d love to talk to you about our energy-efficient replacement window and door solutions.
Window Outfitters is a licensed Minnesota exterior remodeling contractor, and we are also proud members of the Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce.