PG&E announced they will no longer offer rebate for high performance dual-paned windows for single-family homes, but still encourage the use of energy-efficient windows. PG&E recommend homeowners in the market for windows replacement to look for 0.32 or less SHGC and a 0.35 or less U-factor.
After deciding to replace the windows in your home, it’s a good idea to get all the facts and figure out what type of window is best for you and your home. You may be thinking that high performance dual-paned windows are too expensive, but looking into potential energy savings could make the benefits long term well worth the costs. For example, if you have a lot of art on your walls looking into windows that reflect harmful UV rays away from your collection could save you the money it will cost to replace faded pieces. Also looking into your energy bills will uncover potential patterns of energy waste that heat-loss reducing windows will prevent.
Here we have put together a few good resources from the National Fenestration Rating Council, who evaluate and rate every window based on terms of energy efficiency that will help you in your decision.
- Ultraviolet Radiation and Fading: https://c.ymcdn.com/sites/nfrccommunity.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/fact_sheets/uvfactsheet2009february27.pdf
- Facts about Windows and Heat Loss: https://c.ymcdn.com/sites/nfrccommunity.siteym.com/resource/resmgr/fact_sheets/u-factorfactsheet_000.pdf
- Facts about Windows and Daylighting: https://nfrccommunity.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/fact_sheets/windows_and_daylighting.pdf
- Facts about Solar Heat Gain and Windows: https://nfrccommunity.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/fact_sheets/solarheatgain.pdf
We hope that this information helps you in your search for the perfect windows. AAA Windows 4 Less offer many alternative to high performance dual-paned windows such as vinyl replacement windows, fiberglass window replacement and more. Our selections of energy-savings window replacement offer the same benefits as dual-paned windows as well are eligible for PG&E’s rebate.
By: Paul Doh