Aileen was on a mission to boost her historic home’s energy efficiency. She got rid of her oil furnace and electric baseboards. She air sealed and insulated. She even participated in an energy efficiency study by the US Department of Energy. But she wanted to go further and the one element that remained unaddressed in her historic home energy efficiency project was incredibly important: her windows.
Aileen began searching for window efficiency ideas and was impressed when she learned that Indow windows inserts could provide as much comfort and energy efficiency as high-end replacement windows. She decided to put Indow inserts in 27 of the single-pane windows in her 1916 Seattle home. And it’s made a world of difference.
A follow up study for the U.S. Department of Energy prepared by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory found that the Indow window inserts reduced her heating, ventilation and air-conditioning energy use by more than 20%! She would have had to have gotten high-end double or triple-pane windows, at great expense, to achieve that level of savings.
“My point is that you can take a 100-year-old historic home and by doing some effective things, you can make it as energy efficient as a new building,” she said.”
And that’s important when you consider that energy use in residential homes has increased to 22 percent of total energy use in the United States. Reducing energy loss through windows is one of the most important steps individuals can take to address climate change.
The extensive air sealing Aileen had done as part of an earlier energy efficiency upgrade had caused condensation on her single-pane windows. When she installed the Indow inserts the condensation disappeared. The inserts prevented the warm, moist interior air from coming into contact with her cold windows.
Not only did it do that and lower her energy use, but it had the unexpected benefit of making her home much quieter.
“The biggest difference I noticed was the sound reduction,” she said. “I’m on a residential street but you get a whole lot of noise penetration with single-pane windows.”
With all the energy efficiency work taken together Aileen has seen her energy bills drop from more than $300 a month to $27 a month. “I’m trying to reduce our impact on the environment to save the environment.”
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