There are five main areas of the home responsible for wasting the most energy. At the top of that list is windows, and one of the most effective ways to decrease your home’s carbon footprint is by replacing old, drafty windows with new, air-tight Energy Star-qualified windows.
This green homes blog post describes energy-efficient, fiberglass windows and the impact they have on energy costs in your home.
The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that the amount of energy lost annually through windows costs consumers $35 billion. Heat loss and heat gain through and around windows accounts for between 10 and 25 percent of our heating and air conditioning usage, the largest consumer of energy in a modern home. Here are some ways to make sure your windows are as energy-efficient as possible.
Whether your windows are fixed or operable, crank or double-hung, or come with a low-emissivity glazing all make a difference in how well the windows perform in an efficient, passive solar home.
I love my two-story log cabin, which combines recycled and an array of green building materials.
How we prevented birds from flying into our windows.
Cam has been collecting old windows for years and has finally put them together to make a greenhouse!
Proper insulation pays long term dividends.
This part of the series deals with window size and location, ceiling heights, eave length, and other design and passive design choices you can make for your new home. These choices apply whether you are on or off the grid.
Custom Curve is the first glass window system with a structurally engineered framework that follows the curved wall of the yurt.
Jeld-Wen's new Custom Wood line combines character with energy efficiency in windows and doors made from salvaged, reclaimed wood. It's the best of all possible worlds.
Combine two of this hopeful season's symbols--herbs and eggs--in this simple project that celebrates spring.
A quick and easy art project. Recycle those old wood frame windows and turn them into stunning pieces of art.
The Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010, expected to pass this summer, offers rebates for windows, doors, skylights, window films and storm windows and doors.
Michael Morley is posting regular updates about his progress building a unique green home with structural insulated panels (SIPs). Here he talks about HVAC work and installing windows.
Last December, the Quimby family paid $1,100 to heat and power their Winthrop, Maine, farmhouse for the month. Something had to be done. Jeld Wen, manufacturer of energy efficient doors and windows, came to the rescue.
Check out this expert advice for the best way to position a bird feeder near a window.
Here are the pros and cons of using south facing windows for home heating, rather than solar collectors.