Being a homeowner can definitely make you feel accomplished and proud. However, it comes with its fair share of expenses. Hydro bills represent a major expense in any household. Why not use energy efficient products to help reduce these bills? One of the main ways in which product are rated for their energy efficiency is with the ENERGY STAR mark.
What is Energy Star Mark?
Energy star products are basically standard products which use less energy. They must meet strict energy efficiency criteria. Since they use energy, these products are less harmful to the environment and they also help save you a ton of money on your electricity bills.
How are these products rated?
The Energy Star rating varies from product to product, as different products will have different attributes that are important in its energy efficiency. For an energy efficient window in Canada to receive the ENERGY STAR symbol, it needs to have an ER of 36 or higher and a U-Factor of 1.14 W/m2·K. The U-Factor relates to the rate of heat lost from a window installation, with the lower the number the more efficient.
What makes an energy efficient window?
- The right frame material: fiberglass is one of the preferred frames.
- Multiple panes: the energy efficiency is greatly reduced due to air or gas filled space between the panes.
- Low-E glass: keeps the inside of your home cooler during the summer and warmer during the winter, by blocking infrared lights.
- Gas fills: usually an Energy Star criteria