You know 2012 has been one hot summer. In fact, July was the hottest single month on record for the continental U.S. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration also reported that every state except Washington recorded warmer than average temperatures. Odds are that your cooling bill for July also hit an all-time high. But unlike the blazing heat, you can do something to help lower your cooling costs. And we’re not talking about major renovations. We’re talking about adding energy efficient window film to your home.
Installing window film to your home is a reasonably priced option to take a bite out of your cooling bill. Solar window film reduces the amount of heat and glare that comes through your windows so that your home, and your family, stay cooler all summer long. In fact, window film makes your home much more energy efficient and studies have shown that it can decrease your cooling costs by up to 50 percent.
And with an average of 17% of your home’s energy bill going toward cooling, the savings can add up pretty quickly, especially in a scorching summer like this.
Calculate your energy savings
Let’s check out what these average energy savings might look like for a homeowner. Say you own a 1,800 square-foot home. On average, it will cost you $370 a year to cool your house. However, installing EnerLogic 35, Vista’s most energy saving window film, can save you up to 50 percent on your cooling costs. That’s an average of $185 back in your pocket every year. But depending on the type of glass and your home’s location, the energy savings can be as much as $400 per year.
You can find out how much your home can save on energy costs with Vista’s energy savings calculator. It uses the Department of Energy’s simulation program to estimate yearly savings based on your location, your windows, the type of window film and the size of your home. Try it out for yourself and see how much you can save. And remember, these calculations are for an average year – your savings would be even greater for a year like this with record-breaking summer heat.
Find the right film for your home
If you’re ready to boost your home’s energy efficiency, determining which solar window film will work best for your home is the next step. Start by using this dealer locator. It will help you find a trained professional near you who will work with you and your budget to find the right window film. Depending on the product, window film costs an average of $5-9 per square foot to install. But your local dealer will be able to give you a precise estimate for installing window film to your home.
Don’t go through another record-breaking summer with your home unequipped to handle the heat. Add energy saving window film to your home to help keep your cooling costs down and to keep you and your family more comfortable.