Another big fix to make your home more energy efficient is installing new, ENERGY STAR qualified windows and roofs. ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy to provide guidance and advice on products to increase energy efficiency in homes and businesses while saving money on energy costs.
Most traditional single or double paned windows do little to nothing to provide a barrier to cold temperatures or the heat of the sun. Most ENERGY STAR qualified windows reduce the heat gain in the summer and provide a barrier to the cold in the winter more than typical windows do, without reducing the amount of light coming in.
ENERGY STAR qualified roof products, while more often used in commercial structures, can be installed on residential homes to increase energy efficiency. These products reflect more of the sun’s rays that can lower roof surface temperature hereby decreasing the amount of heat transferred into a building. If your home absorbs less heat, you can save big bucks on air conditioning. Both of these improvements can save a lot of money in energy bills over time, although they require investments of several thousand dollars up front.
ENERGY STAR window information, found here: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm fuseaction=find_a_product.showProductGroup&pgw_code=WI
ENERGY STAR roof information, found here: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=find_a_product.showProductGroup&pgw_code=RO