As the winter months and the new year approach, Florida residents likely will get hit with higher electric bills as utilities continue to struggle with increased costs of natural gas.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, it is expected that the residential price of electricity will average 14.9 cents per kilowatt-hour in 2022 — an 8% increase from 2021. This is largely due to an increase in wholesale power prices, which are driven by higher natural gas prices.
The department also believes that wholesale electricity prices at major power trading hubs will be about 20% to 60% higher on average this winter.
As prices go up, it makes sense that you might be eyeing your energy bill with the intent to slash the cost, if at all possible.
And if that’s the case, you might be wondering: Can I save much money by switching to more energy-efficient windows?
With Renewal by Andersen® of Florida, you absolutely can!
“Energy-efficient windows are an important consideration for both new and existing homes,” according to the U.S. Department of Energy. “Heat gain and heat loss through windows are responsible for 25% to 30% of residential heating and cooling energy use.”
Specifically, your window might cause you to lose energy (and money) if it is outdated, has a cracked frame or sill, features a single pane, was installed improperly, or doesn’t include weatherstripping.
So you know you can save money with Renewal by Andersen® of Florida, but the real question is, how much?
Well, as reported by ENERGY STAR*, residents in the Southern region of the United States can experience the following energy savings when they replace their windows with a more energy-efficient model:
- Replacing a single-pane window: $280 per year (a total of 31%)
- Replacing a double-pane window: $126 per year (a total of 17%)
So, what are the elements of an “energy-efficient window”?
The first element to consider is the glass itself. A single-pane window is not designed to efficiently deflect sunlight or insulate your home. A dual pane window, however, is capable of optimizing your energy use at home thanks to both the high-quality materials and insulating gas found between the panes.
The second element to consider is the window framing. If your window frame is not well insulated, it can be easily penetrated by moisture or is likely to be cracked by outside forces, it is not providing you with optimal energy efficiency.
Renewal by Andersen® of Florida offers revolutionary Coastal Impact windows. Tested exhaustively and designed to withstand the harshest of weather environments, these windows are energy-efficient, durable, and capable of preventing water intrusion. They also are resistant to salt-water exposure, particularly for those who reside closer to the shoreline(s).
What’s more, its Coastal Impact windows feature a weathertight seal, a strong and sleek Fibrex® frame (which is vastly superior to even that of vinyl and offers 700 times better insulation than aluminum), highly-lauded thermal performance, innovative components that minimize both shrinking and expanding, and more!
In short, these windows offer the ideal blend of functionality, safety and beauty all in one, thereby ensuring you are investing in only the best for your home and family.
Last but certainly not least, the installation job itself must be taken into account. After all, if not properly installed, your home may be subject to all sorts of window-related drafts and leaks, thereby decreasing your overall energy efficiency.
That’s why Renewal by Andersen® of Florida’s team offers unparalleled results in terms of both customer service and revolutionary products!
To learn more about how you can lower your energy bill costs, reach out to the Renewal by Andersen® of Florida team today by calling 855-830-2420.
*Energy Star reports ranges are based on the average savings among homes in modeled cities. Actual savings will vary based on local climate conditions, utility rates, and individual home characteristics.