Measures that Take Over 5 Years to Pay-off
- When replacing your windows, choose ENERGY STAR® certified windows. They cost a little more than similar uncertified windows, save energy and increase comfort.
- Add do-it-yourself insulated (quilted) window covers (minimum R-3 and costing less than $5/sq.ft.) or install blinds, drapes or other window coverings.
- Wall insulation should be added especially when the wall cavity is made accessible during home remodeling. Depending on your siding type, consider blown in insulation, applied from the exterior.
- Furnaces, heat pumps, air conditioning and water heaters all have high efficiency models available and
should be considered when replacing these appliances.
- Invest in commercially installed storm windows or insulated glass.
- Install a fireplace insert or wood stove in the fireplace.
- Install a solar water heater.
- When replacing your appliances, buy ENERGY STAR certified appliances
- Consider replacing older model refrigerators, especially if older than 10 years. Older models can use over 3 times the energy of newer models.
Source Material: Washington State University Cooperative Extension Energy Program at the NW Energy Efficiency Alliance. January 2003