The October 2009 Consumer Reports dives into home energy savings—and it’s good to see that they point folks in the right direction at the top, emphasizing things like air-sealing, insulation, duct sealing, and BPI certification for auditors and contractors.
They also clear up a few myths. I’m glad they included a quote from Chandler von Schrader, of the US EPA:
“Homeowners have been hearing forever that replacing their windows can save 40 percent. These claims aren’t justified and they create a false expectation.”
Right on! GreenHomes does install replacement windows. But we feel it’s important to be very upfront about the energy savings expectations from windows. New windows can improve the look of your home, make you more comfortable, protect your furnishing from UV, and even save energy. But windows themselves are usually far down on the list if all you want to do is save energy, and that’s why for energy-savings, we emphasize the important things as pointed to by Consumer Reports.