Energy Efficiency Every Day! - A MiniBlog
Is your house insulated for the winter season?
Many times we never enter our attic space except to get down the Christmas tree and decorations. So now would be a good time to check and see how much attic insulation you have. If you can see the joists in the attic you definantly don't have enough attic insulation. This would be about R-11 or 12. You need an R-38 or more to be properly insulated for our market. Adding insulation is one of the least expensive ways to improve your home's energy efficiency. Blowing in treated cellouse not only insulates but also helpls to keep rodents out and raises the fire retardation. This can easily be done in a day and you'll benefit year round. Having insulated vinyl siding also can improve the insulation value of your home. Improving the windows with the proper glass system having a Lower U-Factor and having proper weather stripping around doors can also make a differance. Good luck with your project.
Replacement windows Dallas
How does a person pick the right replacement window company in such a large market with so many choices?
Is price the only consideration? Is quality the most important or the company you are dealing with? I believe that all three have to be considered. The cheapest is normally the least because they have found a way to cut expenses. Now that isn't always bad. Cutting shipping cost, storage cost, office personel and warehouse personel is good ways to control cost. Cutting cost is quality of material or the manufacturing of the product is not. Is the company a large company or nationwide who manufactures the product thereby being there to honor their warranty is very important. Good customer service and service techncians are important. Especially important is the installation crews. Cutting cost their could be critical as it could void the warrany and damage your home. Air leaks, water leaks and windows that don't close or open properly are common when installed by day labor or a jack or all trades.
Does the company belong to the Better Business Bureau or their local Chamber of Commerce. Do they have references and carry insurance on the company and installers? You the homeowner are the general contractor and could be at risk if they don't. Do they provide a Waiver of Lien guaranteeing that there aren't hidden expenses that could show up later. Remember the old saying, " You get what you pay for." Windows are part of your most expensive possession your home. Don't comprise with the unknown. Know what you are paying for.
Gregg Graham- Owner
Dallas Energy Efficient Products- Plano,Tx
Surprisingly there are alot of questions about Patio Doors. First let's define the differances in patio doors. A true sliding patio door comes in 5-6 ft widths. They can come in wider doors at a premium. These doors only slide and typically come with a half screen. Where most people have problem with these is in the roller balls on the bottom of the doors. Over time because of the dirt and grit brought in on the roller area they become worn and lose their ability to roll easily causing the door to jerk and move with effort. Sometimes these can be replaced if you know how but the older models this can be a problem finding the right bearings. Most people today prefer French Doors because they swing in on a hinge and elimanate the ball bearings. Also they are much easier to open and both sides can be opened if necessary. They come in high energy efficient glass and can come with internal mini-blinds. Even though they may be higher priced they are worth the differance and most people would prefer them. Prices range from $1,500 to $3,000 depending on the quality and whether it includes installation.
Fall is finally here.
After all the heat this summer it sure is nice to have some cooler days. Many people feel that getting solar screens can help eliminate window energy loss and in some ways they are correct. It does help to control some of the radiant heat that comes thru the glass but a few things it doesn't do is help to keep the heat in during the fall and winter months and to control the ultraviolet light damage. Noise pollution is also a concern in some areas and solar screens won't fixed that either. They typically don 't add real value to the house when selling as replacement windows do. Now with the tax credit coming to an end on December 31st it is the perfect time to get Uncle Sam to help you pay for the window replacements. 30% of the cost of materials amounts to about 25% of the cost of the project. Why not let someone else pay that expense. Year round energy savings and comfort is worth alot wouldn't you agree. Take the time to get a freee estimate now. Contact 972-398-6105 for your free estimate.
Gregg Graham- Owner of Dallas Energy Efficient Products- Plano, Tx
Spring is in the air.
It is hard to believe that it is Spring already and Summer is not to far away. With Spring comes warmer weather and higher utility bills. Many have considered getting new energy efficient windows for their home in the past but thought it would be too expensive to do. NOT DOING IT IS TOO EXPENSIVE. Every year utilities are going up 10 -14%. Did you know that new windows can cost as little as $300 a window installed depending on size, style and color. With the available tax credit it can bring the actual cost down to as low as $240 each. Why wait when you can get started today and be enjoying the lower electric bills and cooler home before the heat of summer arrives. The only way to know what the cost will be is to get a FREE ESTIMATE. It will take about an hour and I'll show you how we can get you started. Call today at 972-398-6105 to get your free estimate.
Make you house look brand new!
I can remember each spring as I got out to start mowing the yard and looked up at the house I got that sick feeling of what was to come. Another summer of painting. The masonite was splitting and swelling at the seams and bottom. Stains had penetrated the paint. It wasn't at all like the home when we first bought it. Wouldn't you like to have a home that always looked brand new?????? Well you can. Some people believe that concrete fiber is the way to go. Is it??? Remember that concrete will absorb moisture and the paint will fade and stain. Will vinyl? No way, good vinyl is colored all the way thru and won't stain. It won't peel, crack or split. You will have a beautiful home and one in which you will never have to paint again.
It will also raise the value of your home and increase the insulation value of your home. It can help to control noise also. Now for the good news. Siding will cost anywhere from $400 a square (100 sq. ft.) to over a $1,000 a sq. Big difference. Some use 1`/4" insulation behind the siding to 3/4". Siding that has the insulation conformed to the back of the siding can be 1 1/2" thick. More is better. Soffit panels for your eaves and overhang will cost anywhere from $15. per linear ft. to $30 or more depending on how wide your overhang is. The best way to find out what your project will cost will be to let us come out and give you a FREE estimate. You will learn alot and be really impressed with our quality. Please call 972-398-6105 for a free estimate. You can visit our web site at www.dallasenergyefficientproducts.com and go to siding to see the different products available. I look forward to hearing from you.
Gregg Graham- Owner DEEP
Spring is on its way!
Before you know it spring will be here. It is one of the best times of the year. Everything comes alive and the flowers are back. Unfornately that means Summer is soon to follow. Remember last year when the new tax credit was announced and you told yourself that this was the year that you were going to replace those old aluminum windows with the new high energy efficient vinyl windows and not only earn the tax credit but lower your utility bill dramatically. Well some did and they are now enjoying those benefits. For those of you who procrastinated this is the time to make up for it.
When buying those new windows the major questions you should ask yourselves before purchasing is what do I really need. Do I need Double Hung windows in which both sashes operate? Do I really want grids in my new windows? What color to I prefer. How much should I pay? These are all important questions. Not everyone needs double hungs. They are great if you have a two story building and need easier cleaning. They typically add $80-$100 per window. Grids typically add $50-$75 per unit. Color can add anywhere from 6%-10% to price. The price range for vinyl windows can go from $300 on the low end for Single Hung white without grids to as much as $1,000 per unit. Average price is about $500 per unit with tax credit approved windows.
We have windows that meet all these ranges depending on your needs and desires. Please call us to arrange a free showing and energy audit of your home. Call 972-398-6105.
Gregg Graham- Owner- Plano,Tx.
What's your new year resolution?
Every year most of us are challenged to review the last year and to try to find ways to improve upon it. Some will try to stop smoking, to eat less or to be a better parent. How about finding new ways to save more money. Some of you were able to take advantage of the home energy tax credit that was available last year. Taking advantage of tax credits up to $1,500 was great. For those who didn't it looks like you'll have another chance this year.
Saving money is important but there are other reasons why you should improve your home's energy efficiency. One, to teach your children the importance of energy conservation and not wasting resources we already have. Two, to be a better stewart of the this earth that we have to protect it by not wasting its resources. Three, to provide a more comfortable home for our families. There are many ways to do it, from recycling, programmable thermostats, and more efficient A/C systems. But the way that will help produce the most results will be by replacing those old inefficient windows that you have. Most of the energy loss that we have comes through our windows and doors. The new glass systems do a tremendous job of controlling heat loss and gain and keeping your home comfortable. Window replacements run from about $300 to $1,000 per window installed depending on the kind you choose. Custom wood windows will cost the most with vinyl windows costing the least. Buying too cheap and you get mechanical frame (screwed together) and rubber seals (seal failure) with Low E2 with argon gas. The next step up offers fusion welded frames and lifetime seals and the most current glass using Low E 3 with Argon gas. Paying alittle more pays big dividends. Your also get experienced installation crews and better warranties.
Please call and set up your no hassel free estimate at 972-398-6105.
Conservation is within all of us.
Most of us now know what it means to be living "green" and trying to conserve our natural resources. We want to leave a smaller carbon footprint and be less dependent on fossil fuels. We want to make this a better world for our children and grandchildren.
We encourage the development of solar and wind power but for most residential use it is still too expensive and space prohibitive. What we really need to do is CONSERVE what we aleady have and quit wasting our natural resouces whether it be water, gas or electric. Most tract homes aren't really built to save energy but to control cost many builders continue to use cheap aluminum frame double pane windows with minumum solar heat gain control and minumum attic insulation and ventilation. Both that will cost the new homeowners thousands of energy dollars during their stays. Most can't change everything but we can still make a differance one step at a time. Changing out a few windows, adding 6-12" of insulation, updating your a/c system from a 10-12 Seer rated system to 16-18 seer rated.
Using compact flourescent bulbs that use 75% less energy and last 10 times longer. Use of programmable thermastats to reduce usage during the day when we're not there are just a few of the ways you can make a differance. Call us at Dallas Energy Efficient Products and we'll be glad to come to your home and show you how you can save money and have the government help pay for it. Call us at 972-398-6105 to set an appointment.
Gregg Graham- Owner
Replacement windows are a better value than sun screens and glass replacement. Sun screens are not effective during the winter months and make the house dark. Glass replacement just puts back into your home the same problems with seal failure and poor energy efficiency. The overall price of replacement windows has come down and with the help of the new tax credit that the government is offering it is even better. Replacement windows also increase security, add value to your home, reduce noise pollution and with double hungs can make it very easy to keep clean and maintain.
Excluding those that are the cheapest and those that are the most expensive the average cost of replacement windows is around $300-$600. This will depend upon the size,shape and glass package that you get. Some windows also require tempering which will add to the price. Replacement windows also normally only take about 1 day to replace. When you consider the energy savings, the increased home value, and the tax credits NOW is the time to take advantage before the year is up and the weather turns bad. Please call for a free estimate of your home and take advantage of all the savings. Call 972-398-6105 for your free estimate.
Understanding Window Terms
When getting ready to purchase a new item like windows it is important that you understand the terms and differences in styles of windows. For instance when someone says U-Factor is important, what do they mean? U-Factor has to do with the ability of the window to keep heat in the house during winter months. From a scale of 1-100 the lower the number the better. The new tax credit requires a U-Factor of 30 or better. This means that the window as a whole is able to keep at least 70% of the heat inside the house. Solar Heat Gain Coefficiency is another term you will hear. It has to do with the ability of the window as a whole to keep solar heat from coming thru your window into your house. Obviously that would be very important here in Texas. Again, the minumum rating for the tax credit is 30. Both factors must be met. You also only get 30% of the cost of materials only upto $1,500.
Windows can be Single Hung meaning that only the bottom sash operates as opposed to a Double Hung where both sashed can operate and tilt in for easy cleaning. There are Sliders where the sashes operate horizontally rather than vertically. This is typically for a openinag that is wider than it is tall. Picture windows can be helpful to minimize the number of units by combining two units that are side by side and improve visibility. Picture windows can't be used in Bedrooms unless there is an operating window also for egress (excape). Casement windows are window in which crank open to the outside. These can be used where maximum visibility is desired and yet ventilation is desired.
There are vinyl windows, aluminum windows, fiberglass windows and wood windows. Most people already have aluminum windows. They are highly conductive of energy and not energy efficient. fiberglass windows are strong and can have energy efficient glass but are typically more expensive. Wood windows like Peachtree, Pella and Anderson offer can be a beautiful choice if one wants the look of wood inside and aluminum clad for protection on the outside. Again, these are on the high end and are usually in upper end homes. That leaves vinyl windows. These are energy efficient in their frams and can have high energy efficient glass systems. They can range from anywhere from $300 a avg. window to well over a $1,000 a window depending upon the vendor you choose.
Storm windows and solar screens are on the low end of the price range but typically do not add resale value to your home and are stop gap products to help but not completely take care of the problem of energy efficiency in your home. Replace the glass when fogged is also a get by way of reducing the visibility problem but not really improving the energy efficiency at all. Also, you are just putting back in rubber seals that will again rot and have to be replaced. With the current tax credit available it only makes sense to invest in something that will not only increase the energy efficiency of your home but improve security, control noise pollution, minimize ultraviolet light damage and build value in your home. Call today for your free estimate. 972-398-6105.
Gregg Graham- Owner
Getting More for Less
Everyone today is trying to find bargains or discounts to stretch their dollar's purchasing power. I agree that we all should be saving as much as possible. I believe that with the current high utility bills that one way to save would be to get the TOP OF THE LINE windows for average window prices. How can you do that you might ask? Let me show you how. Windows run in price from $300 to over a $1,000 per window. The average price then would be around $650. If you were to purchase 10 windows that would be about $6,500 right. The low end price would be $3,000. The is a differance of $3,500. Now the low end windows don't qualify for the new tax credit guidelines. The average ones do.
If you take the formula of 70% being material cost then the average price of $6500 would be around $4550 for materials and the rest labor. The tax credit allows you to take 30% of the cost of material up to $1,500 right. Now if you take 30% of $4,550 you get a tax credit of $1,365. When you take that off the original cost of $$6500 your actual cost would be $5135. Now when you combined the increased energy savings each month from the better glass system which typically is about double the savings over the average glass system, you can see that it wouldn't take long to make up the differance of $2135.
We currently have a sale on for the remaining summer months in which we will match the tax credit you qualify for therefore double the savings. My tax credit approved window on sale also doesn't cost $650 but around $400 depending on style and size. This is your best chance to get the best at the lowest price window cost. Call TODAY to get your free estimate.
Gregg Graham- Owner
Filling in the Holes.
If you were to wake up one morning and on the way out of the house noticed a brick was missing and there was a hole to the outside, would you leave it that way? How long would it take you to fix the hole? Most of us have many holes in our homes some as many as 20 - 30. Some would call them windows, but in reality with the amount of energy you are losing it might as well be called a hole.
If you were planning to take a trip that was out of state or even across town and waited till every light turn green before starting when do you think you would start. NEVER !! You might be waiting right now for a better time to get your windows replaced or put new siding on your home but are waiting till every-thing improves. When will that be???? No one knows but you can be sure that your utility bill will keep growing and getting worse.
Right now is the perfect time to get started. Perhaps you can't get them all replaced but you can certainly replace the worst offenders and start getting some benefit. We have a SUMMER SALE going on and the government is even willing to help you pay for your windows with an upto $1,500 tax rebate for the right windows. Your bills will be lower, your house will be cooler, quieter, and look great. Call NOW! for a free estimate to get you started. Call 972-398-6105 today.
Gregg Graham - Owner
Why Paint when you can have Maintenance Free?
The weather has been blistering and hot. Already over 100 degrees. Now that we are in the middle of summer its time to think about what to do with your outside house. The paint today doesn't last forever and no one wants to think about painting their house in this hot weather. Having just sided my own home I'm excited about the fact that there will be no more painting, no more rotten wood and no more looks from my wife about why it isn't done.
Most houses today have at least some wood and in most cases it is masonite lumber. Compressed wood chips that are glued and pressed together. Cheap for the builder but NOT good for you. Once water penetrates this at the seams and lower areas, deteriation sets in quickly. Having a quality vinyl siding job replaces this rotten wood and covers it to make your whole house maintenance free. Your home will look new again. It improves the value of your home and reduces energy cost as a blanket of insulation is used behind the siding.
Some people are doing it in stages, doing the eaves and overhang (soffit and fascia) first and then doing the flat walls next. This allows increased ventilation into the attic, reducing heat and lowering utility bills and saving the compressor on your A/C system. Let us come out and give you a free estimate on our great siding program. Review the different materials and colors on this website. Call 972-398-6105 for your free estimate NOW.
Gregg Graham - Owner Plano, Texas
Low Energy Prices today may cost us later.
Recent steep drops in global crude oil prices has caused delays and cancellations of major energy projects across the globe. Experts fear that this pullback coulde provoke costly supply shortages just over the horizon. "Energy investment worldwide is plunging in the face of a tougher financing environment,weakening final demand for energy and falling cash flows," the Paris-based International Energy Agengy warned in a report late last month. Cambridge Emnergu Research Associates believe that deferred or canceled projects will prevent an additional 7.6 million barrels a day of oil from coming onto world markets in 2014. They also believe that 52% of the potential new growth in liquids production capacity from 2009-2014 is at risk because of poor project economics or investor cash flow difficulties.
Few markets are as volatile as oil. Over a period of 12 months, contracts for future delivery of oil soared from $70. a barrel to a record $147 a barrel in July. Then they colapsed over the next four months to less than $40. Why do I share this infomation with you????? Because NOW is the time to prepare yourself for the inevitable by preparing your home to make it as energy efficient as possible. Energy approved windows and doors, added insulation to your attics, radiant barriers or new higher seer rated A/C systems. Don't wait until it happens and all these products are higher. Call now for a personal review of your home to see what can be done to help you save more money.
Gregg Graham, Owner Plano, Texas
The Sky is Falling
Have you ever noticed how some people under difficult times see the nagative in everything and believe the worst is going to happen to them. To change this they must have everything corrected and have all green lights before stepping back out into the market. This current market is a challenge and there are alot hurdles we must cross but it isn't impossible. We don't have bread lines and people living in shanty towns without electricity. I have talked with numerous people who have had utility bills that ran upwards of $700-$800. or more. You don't have to stand there and take it any longer. We have great highly energy efficient windows and doors that can make a tremendous differance. You don't have to do them all at once if your budget is tight but at least do those facing west and south to cut down on your energy bills.
What about adding some additional insulation or putting a radiant barrier in your attic if your windows have already been done and you still need help. One of the least expensive ways to cool your homes. Dallas Energy Efficient Products is dedicated to helping Texas residents make a differance. Call us at 972-398-6105 to set a free inspection of your home.
Gregg Graham- Owner Plano, Texas
Locking in Low Electric Rates
Perhaps you saw the article in the Dallas Morning News in the business section that encourages homeowners to LOCK IN their contracts for low electric rates ahead of the usual summer volatility. Consumers have enjoyed lower rates during the winter and spring because the price of natural gas, which accounts for about half of Texas electricity production has plummeted. This will increase in the summer as demand increases. Gasoline prices always go up before the summertime starting with Memorial day weekend.
How long to lock is the challenge. Even if it is only 6 months you will at least know that during the highest months your rates won't go up. Alot of utility companies offer really low rates with no long term commitment and many start with them and don't pay attention and the rates begin to increase dramatically soon thereafter. You really need to monitor you cost per kilowatt hour each month. If you have locked in in the past be sure to mark your calendar when that contract expires because your rates will go up and you should shop around prior to that time.
Perhaps another way to help control this roller coaster ride is to put energy efficient window replacements into your home. Not only will you control your energy losses year round but their is a pontential $1,500 tax credit that is available for your taxes next year to offset this year's investment. Many don't start this project because of the number of windows that they have and the assumed high cost. Most reputable companies will help the homeowner to set up stages in which they will break the project down into more manageable cost starting with the biggest energy losers. We also have a great summer special on our most popular windows that are tax credit approved with a turn around of 3- 4 weeks. Call now to arrange a free estimate of your home.
Gregg Graham- Owner
Finding the Right Price
No one wants to pay to much for a product and be taken advantage of, but you can pay too little and get an inferior product that doesn't hold up or fulfill the needs you were looking for. Take siding for example. On the low end you could pay $300- to $400 a square. (100 sq. ft.). Many times this could be coextruded siding that has been recycled. We all believe that recycling is good but not with vinyl siding. It will crack and delaminate (color separates from the gray-back). There are a number of companies selling for more than a $1,000 a square.
Good economical vinyl siding should be around $500 a square with premium vinyl siding running around $600. a square. What makes premium vinyl siding is open to debate but normally it includes the thickness measured in mils of thickness with 44-48 being the range. Many of the premium siding comes with insulation form fitted to the back of the siding providing strong panels to impact and more insulating factor. One other factor may be the wind rating. The right design of the siding panel and how it is attached can hold siding onto your house in winds above 190 mph. One other important factor is the ability of the siding panel, especially darker panels, to withstand the sun's UV attack and not fade. Going with a siding company that uses an established manufacturer is also critical in case you want to add onto your siding later or need warranty work. Remember the old saying, "You get want you pay for." Your house is your biggest investment so can you afford to jeopardize your equity and savings by going too cheap????? Now is a great time to get this project taken care of before the heat of the summer takes it's toll on your home for another season.
We have a sale going on and beautiful colors of siding to make your home look like new again. Give us a call at 972-398-6105 for a free estimate today.
Gregg Graham- Owner Plano, Texas.
Why Vinyl Siding
Now is the time of the year that people are spending time in their yards and getting things spruced up from the winter blues. Now is also the time of the year that people start planning what projects have to be done this year. How many years have you been putting off getting your house maintenance free and improving the energy efficiency of your home? Most of us made a decision years ago that you didn't want to continue to rent from someone and help them pay off their house. You made the decision to buy your own home and start developing equity in your own home. Good decision. So why would you continue to rent paint from someone and keep yourself repeating the same process every four to five years????
No one except the companies that do it for a living enjoys scrapping and sanding and painting their homes. All the paint on the market today has no lead in it that gave the paint of old its staying power. That is why paint doesn't last. Vinyl siding is final. Permanent. No more replacing. Aluminum can dent and weather. Steel can rust and is heavy and hardy plank is breakable and needs to be repainted after time. Of course there is all kinds of vinyl siding out there and not all of it is made the same, but the reputable companies use the best siding from reputable established manufacturing companies. We decided to use Mastic Home Exterior products because they were the ones who invented vinyl siding 50 years ago and have continued to develope the best products on the market. They have over 3,000 coordinated products. Their expansive siding portfolio presents color design solutions in a variety of architectural styles for home exteriors that offer lasting beauty and proven performance. They are also backed by "best in the business" warranties.
Don't wait another year. Call us for a free estimate and we will help you to permanently beautify your home. 9742398-6105.
Gregg Graham- Owner
Beautiful Wood Doors
Having beautiful wood doors come with a price. Why is there such a differance in pricing among door companies? One of the biggest reasons is that those on the low end use wood veneer over medium density fiberboard. Wood veneer can be about an 1/8" thick. When you expose that to the extremes wh have in Texas of both heat and rain it won't take long to have that veneer separate and split from it's backing. Once the water penetrates the mdf it can cause warping.
The really good wood doors are make of solid wood and are much heavier and stronger than the other doors. Depending on the wood species chosen it can run from a few thousand to well over $5,000. Double doors with full wood jamb in matching wood add to that cost. Working with a company that has multiple vendors and who is willing to listen carefully to your goals and help design a door that is just right for your home is critical. Installation of course is just as important and should be done by an expert who has the experience to adapt to minor changes that occur in older homes.
We have a wide selection of wood doors. Numerous doors with beautiful glass and caming as well as wrought iron selections. Please call and we will come to your home and help you design the door that you will be proud of. Steel and fiberglass doors are also available upon request.
Gregg Graham- Owner
Windows for Free?
Wouldn't it be great if we could get new energy efficient window replacements for free. Well as the old saying goes, "There is no such thing as a free lunch." How many other products have you bought that immediately started paying you back for having them???? The right kind of windows will do just that.
If you think about what it is costing you to keep your old windows and do nothing it will amaze you! For example, lets say that your average utility bill is $350 a month. For some it will be much higher. Let's say that the utility cost are only going up 4%. (In the past two years it has been closer to 10-15%). What do you think you would pay in utility cost over the next 12 years if you did nothing? IT WOULD BE $75,126.
Imagine what you could do with $75,000 dollars. If you were able to save only 25% your savings would be $18,511. More than enough to pay for most window jobs. What about increased home value. Different project return different percentages but in the South good energy efficient replacement windows return around 90% of their cost in increased value to your home. That's another way they pay for themselves. All the other benefits of added security,easy cleaning, no maintenance, UV protection, sound control and enhanced beauty are all extras. Add in the new $1500. tax rebate and you would have to ask yourself why you wouldn't do it right away. Call for a free appointment before the summer heat gets here.
Gregg Graham, Owner Plano, Texas
Energy Savings is good for everyone.
With summer just around the corner we all are thinking about summer plans, vacation and of course our utility bills. Last summer proved to us all that the utility companies are all looking for ways to make more money by raising rates. They try to justify it by saying their cost are higher and usage is higher. Bottom line is that we all pay for those increases. What are YOU going to do different this summer to make a differance in those bills?????
With the new tax credit that is available there isn't a better time to address those old aluminum windows you have with new highly energy efficient ones. We have two different lines of windows that qualify for the new tax credit. One with a SHGC of 18 and U-factor of 18 (our best window) and one with a SHGC of 19 and a U-Factor of 30. Getting an estimate is free. Saving money is fun. Why wouldn't you want to do that. There will never be a perfect time. There will always be other expenses. This one just happens to be able to pay for itself over time. No maintenace. Improves the security in your home and enhances the beauty of your home. Call now for a free estimate at 972-398-6105. We will meet with you and help you find the right plan to save energy today.
Gregg Graham- Owner Plano, Texas
Summer is right around the corner.
Summer is right around the corner and it won't be long till we will be having 90 degree days everyday. Now is time to address those high summer utility bills before they show up. The best way to do that is thru a combination of efforts. First, count the number of windows that you have. If the average window is 3' X 5', and you have 20 windows you have around 300 Sq feet of glass space in your house. That would be equal to a wall in your house that is 30' long and 10' tall all being glass. Can you imagine how much heat can come into your home in that much space. Most homeowners have builder grade aluminum windows in them with 3/8" glass separation. Maybe you have Low E film but that's about it. The U-Factor is .76 and the SHGC is .47. To be considered an energy star rated window is has to be better thatn 40 on the SHGC.
Remember that to qualify for the new energy tax credit you window replacement must be better than 30 U-Factor AND 30 SHGC. Our best window is 18 and 18. Remember the lower the number the more solarheat it is repelling. 47 would mean that it is letting 53% of all the solar heat to come straight thru you window into your house. A window with SHGC of 18 would only be allowing 12% of the total heat to come thru your window opening. A BIG DIFFERANCE. Adding to your insulation in the attic would also be an inexpensive way to control heat from coming into your house from the attic. Depending on the number of inches you put in that could be anywhere from $1 per sq. ft of attic space to $1.60 a sq. ft.
PLease call and we will send a consultant who can sit down with you and decide what would be your best course of action. Our window special of 15% off will be in effect until the end of April. You can reach us at 972-398-6105. Call now for an FREE APPOINTMENT.
Gregg Graham- Owner Plano, Texas
New Energy Tax Credit for 2009
Many of you may have heard about some of the new tax credits that have been created in the last few weeks. One of the them in particular is the credit for window replacement. Many companies out there will tell you that you will get a tax credit up to $1,500. for replacing your windows. This is only partially true. There are minumum requirements that must be met to qualify for this tax credit. The replacement windows must have a SHGC (solor heat gain coefficiency) of less than 30 and a U-Factor of less than 30 to qualify. Most windows out there DO NOT QUALIFY.
They may meet one of the requirements but not both. It is up to you to ask the right questions and to make sure that the window your considering does meet both requirements. 30% up to $1,500 is a tremendous benefit. Our Weatherbarrier Max does meet this requirement. It has a SHGC of 18 and a U-Factor of 18. Now is the time of the year to take advantage of this and our sale and get your windows replaced before the heat of summer arrives.
Gregg Graham- Owner Plano, Tx.
What Hybrid cars and Windows have in Common
Hybrid cars work because they use the best of both worlds. They use efficient gasoline engines combined with electric motors to enhance the performance and use less gas to get you were you want to go. Good replacement windows do the same. They use the framework of vinyl which is a product that doesn't transfer heat or cold , fusion weld it to make it strong and then combine it with the best glass systems that make up 85% of the window.
Technology is advancing even in the glass world. We have had LowE glass for some 15 years or more. It was first used in the North to help capture the winter sun's heat in not let it escape back out the window. When it was brought to the South it was combined with tinted glass and used to reflect the heat from entering during the long cooling season we have. LowE2 then came out using two coats of Low Emissivity to strengthen the protection from radiant heat. Glass manufacturers have not developed LowE3 or cubed to enhance it even more. This combined with exotic gases like Krypton or Xenon have raised the bar of efficiency even higher. New technology does cost more initially but pays higher savings in the long run. The question you need to ask is how long to you plan on being in your current house? If this is to be you retirement home and you have no plans on moving going with this new technology definantly makes sense as it cost 15-20% more.
As fuel cost continue to increase and when the economy improves this should be high on your list of home improvements. Think of your windows as a hole would be in your car's gas tank. No matter how energy efficient the engine is it can't perform correctly with the lead. Your windows are like holes in your house that are leaking your energy savings out. Meet with one of our energy consultants to show you how you can put together a stage program of how to make you house truly energy efficient.
Gregg Graham-Owner Plano, Texas
Economic Relief Package
You may be asking what exactly will this new economic relief program that President Obama has been pushing do to help me in the next few months. Good question. Unfornately, very little change will be seen by the average citizen. I believe that it is dangerous to be in a critical condition and sit and wait for somebody else to create a miracle that will make all your problems go away. I was raised with the mentality that we are personally responsible for our actions and reactions. Taking the initiative and doing whatever I could do to start making a change for the better was always better that waitin for a handout and program to correct the situation.
This year will be difficult but not impossible to those who believe that the glass is half full, to those who refuse to believe all the media hype about the economic end times. Now is a good time to sit down and redo our budgets or create one for the first time and see where our money really is going. To control waste and overspending . To set financial goals for ourselves and our children. To teach them control and restraint. How to save and conserve. GET BACK TO THE BASICS.
One way we can do this is to teach our children what it means to go GREEN. Protects our environment and quit wasting energy. Look around your house and see where you could be saving money and energy. Let us help. We can do a basic ENERGY AUDIT and help you to put a program together to save money. Just call and set an free appointment.
Gregg Graham, Owner Plano, Texas
Window Replacement why Now?
With the economy in the worst shape since the Great Depression why should anyone consider window replacement as a wise move. The first reason is because people are staying longer in their current house and they will benefit longer from the energy savings that will come. Secondly, the current housing market has slowed and those houses that have benefits that everyone can benefit from will help them stand apart from the rest of the homes on the market. This will help them sell faster. Thirdly, we live in a society that if finally understanding the benefits of living GREEN. Protect our enviroment and quit wasted our natural resources. Replacement windows do all three.
Some will do it better than others. Some are more energy efficient than others. To be a window that qualifies as an ENERGY STAR rated window it only has to have a SHGC of 40. That means that the window as a whole blocks out 60% if the radiant heat from coming into your home. Obviously that would be better that clear glass windows but few of us have those. To be a really efficient window it should have a SHGC of less than 30. The very best windows have a SHGC of less than 20 like our Weatherbarrier Max that is rated at 18. Why if you are putting in a product that will last your lifetime would you want to put old technology that is already out of date????? Invest a little more now to gain much more later. Doing it in stages with fewer windows that are better is smarter that just getting it done with poor quality replacement windows. Don't you agree. Now is the best time also because you can get them installed before summer sets in and get the best return on your investment throughout the summer heating period.
Gregg Grham - Owner Plano, Texas
You have to Prime the Pump!
Years ago in the 50's my Grandparents who lived on a farm in Nebraska had a hand pump on an old well on the property. They kept a closed jar of water nearby that you would use to pour down the top to prime the well. (Soften the rubber seals so they would expand) This would allow the pump to work properly and pull up the water. If you didn't do that you would just continue to pump and get a dribble.
Too many times we want to change the way things are without putting in any effort of our own. Life just doesn't seem to work that way. At least, not for the better. I imagine now that we have had a few real cold months your heating bill is starting to rise dramatically. You will need to spend a little to get the results that you want. Buying energy efficient products do cost, but you are spending anyway and long term will have little to show for it. If you could get 20- 35% savings on your current energy bills that you could apply to that cost wouldn't it soon pay for itself. There is no time like the present to change the future and make it what you want it to be. Too many people think that if I can't change them all then I won't change any of them. How does that make sense???? That's like a person drowning and saying that if I can't get my entire body out of the water why try. Getting my head out of the water is all that I would want to do at the moment. I'll worry about the rest later.
Fuel cost are spiraling and the utility companies aren't going to worry whether you can afford the increases. You are the only one that can make a differance. DO SOMETHING! We do partial jobs every week. We help people become aware of the different ways they are losing energy and create a plan to help them address it in the most affordable fashion for them. We can do the same for you. Call us and set up a time to correct your problems. You'll be glad you did by this summer. God Bless
Gregg Graham- Owner Plano, Tx.
Replacement Windows or Solar Screens ?
Recently I have had a number of people ask me why should they do replacement windows and not just put solar screens on their house. Obviously, solar screens would be a cheaper option but it does have a number of weaknesses. First, they are designed to help control radiant heat from entering the window but it also stops alot of the visible light from coming into the house as well. If your house seems dark, you'll likely want to turn on the lights thereby running your electricity anyway. People like light,bright rooms to feel good and not depressed. Secondly, and more importantly, these screens will not help you during the winter months to control the heat that is going out the window. Heat will always travel toward cold. The glass system in most homes with older glass systems are designed to reflect the heat back into the house. The gas bills will still be high. The right kind of window replacement will also put an high energy glass package into the window which is about 80-85% of the window. This will work year round controlling energy loss.
Good Replacement windows will also help to control NOISE POLLUTION which has become a more of a problem in recent years. Noise from neighbor's dogs, road noise or being near a airport's landing system. Security also is becoming a more important isssue and solar screens do nothing to help that matter while some of the best replacement windows have a number of security features built into them. The truth is to get all the benefits you need you need to invest in replacement windows. Remember that just like cars which get fuel milage that ranges from the single digits in some big trucks and RV's to into the 50's or higher in hybrids, the same is true with replacement windows. The less expensive ones will give some energy help but nothing like whats available with the newest systems utilizing LowE3 with triple pane and Krypton gas. The old saying, "you get what you pay for" is still true today.
People are staying longer in their current homes. Either because they can't get into a new home because of credit or because they don't want to raise their risks by going deeper into debt with a soft job market or because they can't sell their current home because of dropping house pricing. If you are going to have to stay they why not get it fixed up NOW. Getting these home improvements done now will be less expensive because prices will only go up and you'll want they projects done before you retire and go to a lower income. Replacement windows, additional attic insulation, radiant barriers and energy efficient doors are just a few of the ways you improve your home. Start somewhere and start making a difference.
Gregg Graham- Owner Plano, Tx.
Understanding window terms helps in finding right selection.
When purchasing windows to help in saving energy or becoming more energy efficient there are a number of terms used in the industry which may be confusing to many. The first term is U-factor. This number refers to the amount of non-solar heat flow. What normally is in the house go out through your windows, skylights and glass doors. The NFRC or the National Fenestration Rating Council uses the entire window performance, including frame and spacer material in created a rating. The LOWER the U-factor, the more energy-efficient the window,door, or skylight is. It can range anywhere from .44 for Double pane with clear glass to .18 with triple pane glass with Low-Solar-Gain LowE with Argon/Krypton Gas. The next term is SHGC or Solar Heat Gain Coefficient. This is the measurement of the total window (glass and frame) ability to block out Radiant Solar heat from entering the house. The lower the number the better the window is in blocking out radiant solar heat from entering. These can range from .18 on the lowest end to .60 with just double pane clear glass. Clearly the glass system which represents about 80 to 85% of the window can make the biggest difference. VT the last term has to do with Visible Transmittance. The ability of the glass system to let light through. It is expressed as a number between 0 and 1. The range is from .63 for clear double pane glass to lower .40's for triple-glass with LowE with gas. The higher the number the more light is coming through. I hope that this guide can help you to better understand the use of these terms and how it applies to your goals. Be informed so that you can make an informed decision not an emotional decision. Your ability to save energy affects us all.
Gregg Graham -Owner Plano,Tx.
Understanding my past gives clues to my Present.
For 15 years I worked for Sears and learned a great deal. Having quality products and reliable service, and a great warranty gives peace of mind to customers. We have all bought Sear's products like Kenmore,Craftsman and Diehard. Sear's is built around these products. I was in charge of the Home Improvement Division for North Texas and believed that this would always remain the guiding principles in all their businesses but eventually saw that this was changing. Utilizing the best products and what was best for the customer became secondary to profit and hitting the bottom line. Change isn't always good. I knew there were products out there that were superior and met more of the needs of the customer than Sear's was willing to meet.
Having an opportunity to start my own company and help create products that were cutting edge and used the most recent innovations in the different products is exciting. Designing products that meet a wider range of needs and colors and taking a "we can do that attitude" is what makes me tick. I'm grateful for the learning experience I gained from Sears and hope that they can get back to the quality they used to have so they don't end up like Montgomery Ward. Check out my website on Windows and get excited about what they could do for you and your energy bills. Now is the time of the year to get your extra attic insulation blown in and your Radiant Barrier installed before the hot season arrives. Call or click for specials on these two products. Thanks for your interest and God Bless.
Gregg Graham- Owner Plano,Tx.
Where are we going - Dallas, The U.S. and DEEP?
When you start a new business a bank would require a business plan for your business for the current year and for the next five years. Most successful businesses have goal plans to which they work toward. What is the government's energy goals and plans for the next 5 years???? What plans to they have to wean us off oil and onto alternative energy sources? Does anyone out there really know? It is not surprising to me that we haven't made any more significant gains in this area when those leading in the battle can't agree or work together to meet specific goals.
We might not be able to make a differance at the national level but we can make a big differance on the personal level. First we need to understand why we need to change before we'll be motiviated to change. Global warming is not a joke or theory, it is a reality. This is directly tied into the amount of Carbon Dioxide that is being released in the air. This is affected by factories and gasoline burning cars that emit carbon dioxide into the air. It is affected by the amount of energy use we consume. The kind of energy we use in our homes. It is your Carbon footprint you hear about. Saving energy consumption isn't just about saving money it is about controlling waste on natural resources. Each time we turn off a light before leaving a room or hallway we control waste. When we use programmable thermostats that turn down the use of energy while we are gone. We save. When we put current energy conservation technology to use in our windows, doors, attics, and A/C systems we start making a differance.
With change comes effort and cost. That is why so many don't. They think that they can't afford to upgrade or take the time to be conscious of developing a plan on how to get there. They just keep on doing the same old things expecting others to make the sacrifices necessary to make a differance. Start somewhere and create good habits of conservation and recycling. Get an ENERGY AUDIT done to see where your greatest loses are and how to start attacking them. You'll be surprised by the differance YOU can make. Let's make 2009 a fresh start and let's make a differance you and I.
Stayed tuned as in the next installment I'm going to talk about what I learned from my 15 years at Sears Home Improvement and what I have improved on.
Gregg Graham-Owner Plano,Tx
Why we need Energy Efficiency.
I recently read an article in the Times Magazine written by Michael Grunwald by the name, "Wasting our Watts." In the article he speaks about the fact that we don't need new drilling or new power or nuclear plants. What we need is to get efficient. We already have a perfectly clean,remarkably cheap,surprisingly abundant and immediately available source of energy. This miracle juice goes by the distinctly boring name of ENERGY EFFICIENCY. When we had our last energy crisis in 1973 we start working towards impletmenting new energy ideas that have reduced current use by about 50%.
When our children and grandchildren look back 20 years from now will they be able to say that you and I made a difference in saving energy and resources and making this a better, cleaner world? Do you still want your children and grandchildren to be hooked at the wallet with the Middle East and dependent on oil? There are numerous ways that we can start making a difference and they are not all expensive. Like using those pigtailed flourescent lights that use 75% less energy and last 8 times as long. Using programmable thermostats and motion detectors in rooms that automatically shut the lights out when no one is there. Properly inflating our tires to reduce drag and improve milage.
Other ideas might be more expensive like driving fuel-efficient cars rather than gas guzzlers or new state of the art appliances that use a third of the energy than 20 years ago. Putting in energy efficient windows that utilizes the most recent technology to save the maximum energy year round. High efficient AC systems. Today's can be almost twice as efficient as those just 12-14 years ago. Radiant Barriers and increased attic insulation are also ways that can make a big difference. The increase cost is only temporary. The savings will pay for the changes. NOT to change will cost you and perhaps those you love in the future much more. Please feel free to call for a free energy audit of your home and let us see how we at Dallas Energy Efficient Products can save you money.
Gregg Graham-Owner Plano,Tx.