Going Green and Cutting Energy Cost…
What Canglow products and installers do to help?
Canglow Windows and Doors focuses on energy and environmental goals.
Research and markets report refers to the term “smart energy”. It is the approach of using the most cost effective long term products to satisfy home residents’ needs of energy. Cost and resource effective usage comes from purchasing new products that were originally manufactured to achieve energy savings.
Our energy efficient windows and doors were designed for protection from the climate, along with energy-saving features such as co-extruded weather-strip sealing, strong fusion-welded frame and sash corners, multi-chambered profile, glazing system and fillings. Our windows and doors are ENERGY STAR® qualified.
Our qualified installers have extensive experience in window and door installation. It is very important to have your windows and doors installed properly, because even the most energy efficient product will not work as efficiently if poorly installed. We create value by reducing energy consumption while improving living conditions of our customers.
Improving energy efficiency in homes is an important first step in the growing trend of green remodeling since the existing energy is generally produced from non-clean and/or renewable resources such as burning of fossil fuels at power plants, which contributes to smog, acid rain, and global warming.
What can you do to help?
Do-it-yourself energy audit checklist:
Here’s a list of places to check and things to do around your home to minimize your energy bills while promoting energy efficiency.
Inside your home
Do you lower your thermostat a couple of degrees during the day when no one is home and at night when you’re sleeping? Have you invested in a programmable thermostat?
Do you open your south-facing blinds during the day and close them at night?
Have you filled in cracks or holes in the walls, ceilings, and foundation left by your new home shifting and settling? Look at entry points for electrical lines, plumbing, gas lines or oil pipes.
Have you replaced your incandescent lighting with compact fluorescent lighting?
Do you use timers for your indoor lights?
Do you use task lighting instead of overhead lighting?
Do the rooms in your home with high ceilings have ceiling fans to move the warm air downwards?
Do you use an oil, gas, or electric fireplace or wood stove that is airtight and that minimizes the indoor heated air being lost through the fireplace or chimney?
Do you regularly clean and/or vacuum vents, baseboard heaters, etc.?
Do you change your furnace filter monthly during the winter?
Do you have area rugs and carpet runners on your hardwood, linoleum, or tile floors? They’re especially important when your basement isn’t finished or heated.
Are all of your hot water pipes, heating ducts, and water heater insulated?
Have you closed the heat vents in rooms that are seldom used? Do you keep these rooms closed in the winter? Do you keep your closet doors closed?
Does your new home have an Energy Star rating?
Outside your home
Have you cleaned your eavestroughs and downspouts to prevent moisture from entering your home?
Do you use motion sensors for your outside lights?
Have you inspected the places where the brick and siding or wood meet for gapping during the settling process?
Have you filled in cracks or holes in the walls and foundation left by your new home shifting and settling?
Check around entry points for electrical lines, plumbing, gas lines or oil pipes.