I live down in Dallas Texas, and last summer was especially hot. We had a good string of 100 degree days and when my electric bill arrived in the mail, I had to be resuscitated by my home defibrillator. (something every electric bill payer in Texas must have)
I decided it was time to have an energy audit done on the home to see where my home was loosing energy. I knew that we did a good job of keeping the lights off, so I was confident that it had something to do with the structure of the home. I was shocked when I was informed that our home lost a substantial amount of cool air to our out dated windows.
My home was built in the 70′s and I am almost certain that he double pain windows were “original.” We decided to hire a window contractor to come out and see what our best plan of action would be. I was hoping for a simple solution… like window caulking, but the truth was that our windows couldn’t hold the cool air in our home so we had to replace. I was a bit surprised to find out that not only did this only cost me a hand (I got to keep my arms and legs) but it has made a dramatic impact on my electric bill. 30% reduction in our electric bill the first month.
So if you are like me, and tired of paying outrageous electric bills, take a look at your windows. It may be time to replace and the money you save on your electric bill will pay dividends for years to come!