(ARA) - As summer heats up, air conditioning bills can rapidly rise. As homeowners feel the heat, many are looking for ways to save and stay cool.
Many U.S. consumers strive to conserve energy at home. Forty-seven percent of Americans say they try to conserve energy all or most of the time, according to researchers at Iconoculture.
One way to help lower utility bills in the summer and year-round is to replace drafty or leaky old windows with new, energy-efficient products.
According to ENERGY STAR, replacing single-pane windows with ENERGY STAR qualified windows can save up to $126 to $501 a year on utility bills depending on your location.
For example, the Pella 350 Series vinyl windows provide durable, triple-pane insulating glass window options. These highly energy-efficient windows help keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
Vince Iturbe from Salt Lake City replaced a westward-facing kitchen window and immediately noticed a difference in the temperature inside his home.
"The window faces the sun the better part of the day, and it was just plain miserable during the summer," he says. "I'm so glad to be done with the heat."
The product wasn't the only thing Iturbe was delighted in. Because of the Pella Promise, he found the right product for his home and budget, had a no-mess, no-guess installation day experience and his investment is backed by the total care guarantee - Pella's exclusive warranties on the product and installation.
Once energy-efficient windows are properly installed in your home, try these inexpensive, easy ways to help keep your house cool.
* Provide shade for east and west windows.
* When possible, delay heat-generating activities like baking or dishwashing until the evening on hot days.
* Use ceiling fans to circulate air to help make the house more comfortable without over-using the air conditioning.
* Seal air conditioning ducts and insulate ducts that run through unheated basements, crawl spaces and attics.
* Install white window shades or mini-blinds. Mini-blinds can reduce solar heat gain by 40 to 50 percent, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.
If you like energy savings, but dread cleaning blinds, consider Pella Designer Series windows and doors with optional between-the-glass blinds or shades. Since they're between glass, they accumulate less dust and dirt than traditional roomside window treatments. Plus, they can be closed when you are away to keep the heat out and opened when you are home to let the light in. With their outstanding energy-efficiency and built-in window treatments, it's a winning combination.
For more home improvement inspiration and to find energy-efficient windows and doors in your area, visit Pella.com or call (888) 847-3552.