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Your Windows Should Save You Money

Hydro bills have been the focus of a lot of news in Ontario these past few weeks – the price of electricity to homeowners rears its head in the news cycle every now and then, especially as an election approaches. But here at Golden Windows, we manufacture energy efficient windows Kitchener homebuyers love, and hydro bills are always on the top of our minds. It’s always good to get a break on your bills, but at the end of the day, you can do a lot more to save money by taking matters into your own hands. 

There is a lot to be said for adopting your parents’ way of saving energy: turn off the lights when you leave the room, take shorter showers, and put on a sweater before you turn up the heat. These are all good habits for conserving energy but you won’t start to see real savings until you take steps to better insulate your home, including installing Energy Star windows and doors that prevent heat loss in the winter and keep the sun from warming up your home excessively in the summer.

Energy Star is a voluntary energy saving program that certifies energy efficient products that perform at the top of their class, recognizable by its blue sticker, and Golden Windows is a proud participant. In Canada, new homes can also be Energy Star certified by installing better HVAC systems, superior insulation, and Energy Star windows and doors. They are at least 20 percent more efficient than homes built according to local building codes and more new homebuyers are looking to buy houses that already come equipped with this technology.

However, renovating a home with older windows and doors (generally, anything over 15 years old is considered a liability when it comes to hydro use) is also a practical option with a high return on investment. Generally speaking, 80% of the cost of the renovation will be added to the value of your home, placing it among other high-return investments like kitchen renovations and new bathrooms, though installing energy efficient windows will also reduce your cost of living before you sell.

Golden Windows products use a number of different energy efficient technologies to achieve our high standards for conservation, including Low E (or low emissivity) coatings, argon gas fills, and glass spacers. Low E coatings are a reflective material that bounce heat back in the direction it came from rather than absorbing it, which is where it transfers either inside or out. Argon gas fills involve filling the space between glazes with argon, a gas that serves as an insulator that prevents heat from transferring inside or outside. Glass spacers are used to keep glass panes apart and prevent argon from escaping, and use a butyl coating that prevents the metal from contacting the glass and conducing heat. Thanks to technologies like these, you can enjoy larger windows that bring in more natural light and provide better views and still save money on your hydro bill. Get in touch with us today when you’re planning energy efficient home renovations.

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