Energy Saving Tips to Beat the Heat

While the majority of the country may be concerned with keeping the heat in, anyone living in Alabama, Florida, and along the Gulf Coast knows how important it is to keep the heat (and humidity) out and to keep cooling costs down. Updating your home to include energy efficient products such as ENERGY STAR windows and doors, high efficiency air conditioners, and compact fluorescent light bulbs can save you big bucks over time. The U.S. Department of Energy studies has found that a typical homeowner replacing single-pane windows with ENERGY STAR qualified windows can expect to see savings ranging from $126 to $465 every year in energy bills. 

From the 1970's to the early 2000's, most windows sold along the Gulf Coast were aluminum windows. Aluminum conducts heat, so it's not an ideal choice for extreme climates (i.e. summer in the South). Vinyl and clad wood windows will save you money in heating and cooling costs because they have moderate to high R-values. The R-value measures how well a window performs as an insulator. A higher R-value means better insulation and, therefore, greater energy efficiency. 

We also recommend choosing products with Low-E glass, which has a special coating that reduces the amount of heat entering the home and gives your AC a hard-entered summertime break, and keep the heat inside during the winter months. 

With the help of our partners Hurd, and MI Windows and Doors, we've compiled a list of energy-saving tips that will help you beat the summer heat and keep your money in the bank. 

  • Proper Installation- Have your energy-efficient windows, doors, and skylights installed by a professional to ensure maximum benefit and keep your warranty intact.
  • Go Green- Plant deciduous trees around your home to provide shade in the summer, but let the sun's heat in during the winter. 
  • Draw the blinds during the hot summer day to block and reflect the sun's heat from entering your home. 
  • Use programmable thermostats to regulate the temperature inside your home. 
  • Stop the Draft: All of the tiny air leaks in your home can add up to huge energy loss. Maximize efficiency by sealing up all the gaps where air can escape or enter, including those around windows, doors, wiring holes, lights, vents, and more. 
  • Choose the right products. Look for the ENERGY STAR sticker. 
Ask your Mobile Lumber sales representative how we can help you find the right product for your new or existing home!

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