As we discuss frequently on this blog, one of the most important aspects of going green is outfitting your home in such a way that energy isn't wasted. As you accumulate more appliances and electronics, your demand for electricity and climate control will also rise. To limit your carbon footprint, you'll need to adopt measures that keep your energy usage at a reasonable level.
Possibly the most effective way to do this is to install double-paned windows. There are a number of reasons for this.
- Double paned glass is much better at insulating your home, compared to single pane windows. The half inch space between the two pieces of glass keeps heat from radiating outside. The San Francisco Gate estimates that homeowners can save hundreds of dollars and over 2,800 tons of carbon dioxide emissions by switching to this type of window.
- Typically that space is also filled with a non-toxic gas such as argon, which accomplishes two things: It enhances the radiation dampening effect, and it also blocks out ultraviolet (UV) rays which can damage your carpet, paint and flooring. Excess UV exposure also leads to higher temperatures inside.
In addition to the energy saving benefits of double paned glass, there are other advantages. These windows are good at blocking noise from outside, making them ideal for homes located in crowded urban areas, near freeways or in neighborhoods where gardeners frequently wake you up in the morning.
Whether you live in a desert area that experiences extremely high temperatures in the summer, or a mountainous region with freezing winds and snow in the winter, you can save hundreds on your heating and cooling expenses by switching to double paned windows.
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