Tips to Decarbonize and Reduce a Home’s Energy Use

September 18th, 2019 by Emmariah Holcomb

To kick-off National Energy Awareness Month this October, the International Window Film Association (IWFA) offers five top tips to save homeowners money and to help decarbonize the environment by reducing building emissions.

“An energy efficient building keeps more money in consumer pockets and cuts the carbon released into the environment,” said Darrell Smith, IWFA executive director.
Smith noted in California and Florida window film is rated as the most cost-effective energy efficient retrofit installation.

“Windows offer a wonderful view of seasonal changes and deliver natural daylighting, but they also pose a real challenge for commercial and home energy performance, averaging 30% of a building’s energy loss,” said Smith.

The IWFA’s five top tips include:

  • Installing programmable thermostats to control the temperatures timed to prevent wasting heat or cooling;
  • Conducting routine maintenance on heating or cooling systems and installing new air filters, burner tune-ups and annual inspections;
  • Caulking air leaks around windows, doors, skylights, vents, switches and outlets;
  • Applying for free energy audits and rebates from utility companies; and
  • Have window film installed to save money on energy costs, balance heating and cooling demands and almost all harmful UV rays which can damage furnishings and the skin.

Window films are rated and certified for their energy performance by the National Fenestration Rating Council, which also created window certification for consumers.

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