The Department of Energy announced 12 new projects for 2013 that will not only help Americans conserve energy and cut their monthly utility bills, but also protect the environment. One of these projects involves the creation of more energy-efficient glass for windows, which is to be spearheaded by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Colorado. While a timetable wasn't released, the projects will receive a total funding of $12 million from the Energy Department.
This is good news indeed for the many manufacturers of windows in Maine. If the projects are successful, they will provide companies like Renewal by Andersen with better quality window products that homeowners can install to save on their energy costs. While American households and commercial establishments use up almost 40 percent of the nation's total power supply every year, 48 percent of this power is reserved for heating alone.
A set of energy-efficient windows can help in this regard because they can keep a house well-insulated, provided that they are installed properly. Double-hung windows in particular are highly-recommended because they can regulate warm air and cold air indoors simply by opening the top and bottom windows. The NREL project can boost this effectiveness even further if it successfully produces low-cost, plastic insulating films for window panes as planned.
In the meantime, those who wish to buy Andersen windows in Maine that are guaranteed to help reduce energy costs must still be careful when making a purchase. Some windows may not be as energy-efficient as advertised and others may even come without warranties at all. Regardless if they're good buys or total busts, window purchases were acknowledged by the Department of Energy to have played a vital role in reducing the country's overall power consumption over the years.
Hopefully, the new slew of research projects, including those for creating better HVAC units and energy-efficient construction materials, would help continue this trend. After all, homeowners nowadays are advised to be more careful in laying out their home improvement plans to get more bang for their buck. Part of being careful in refurbishing homes to be more energy-efficient is hiring the right people to carry out improvement plans.
Time will tell whether or not the new projects sponsored by the Energy Department will bear fruit. For now, window and door installation companies like Renewal by Andersen are some of the best options for households everywhere to save money on electric bills.