Window efficiency

The future cost of US energy is becoming a growing concern for the average American family. Despite the United States topping Russia to become the world´s largest producer of oil earlier this year, energy prices are not falling.

According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) the average gas-powered household will find a 13 per cent rise in their energy bill this winter, an average cost of around $1,045. Yet ironically, natural gas users are still better off than the six per cent of households that are heated by oil who will suffer setbacks of around $2,046.

Window efficiency

If heating bills are not alarming enough already, they will only continue to get worse, especially when enviromental tax kicks in. In an effort to reduce the planet´s carbon footprint, world government´s will roll out green tax levies based on how energy efficient your home is. In Europe, France has already introduced the tax on homes, businesses and car owners.

As an incentive to lower the use of gas and electricity, the US government is offering incentives to households that improve the energy efficiency of the home by upgrading the insulation of doors, windows and lofts together with installing a heating system that meets the latest standards in energy efficiency or uses renewable energy.

A+ Double glazing windows

The majority of heat that is lost from our homes is through windows. Although double glazing has gone a long way to improve this problem since the 1980´s, advancements with insulation technology have developed fittings with even higher grades of efficiency – A+ double paneled windows.

Earlier this year, the BFRC (British Fenestration Rating Council) confirmed the A+ window energy rating surpasses the current highest UK (and world) standards and will be used as the new benchmark to grade energy efficient insulation. As a result you can significantly reduce your energy bills and be marked in a lower green tax band.

Standard A grade double-paned windows do not always fully insulate a building, but A+ panes are designed to retain the warmth of natural sunlight and resist the cold, thus keep your house warmer for longer without you needing the heating. Visit for more information about sash windows

Changing climates

Choosing the right double pane windows for your home will prove crucial once green tax is introduced. The new A+ band applies to all windows that have an energy index of ten or more which can mean significant savings in energy bills.

In the United States, the banding for green tax will be based on location. For example, a family living in the heat of California does not need A+ panels when standard UV coating which uses solar energy to heat homes is sufficient. A family in a freezing Maine winter on the other hand will benefit from the premium grade of UV materials.

It is also worth noting that climate change may affect the weather conditions in your region and you notice the winter nights are getting colder. It is therefore worth enquiring with your local double-glazing provider which grade of window is rated the highest for your region and what type of UV coating is best for you to maximize energy savings whilst minimizing the risk of paying more in green levies than you should have to.