California: A Portrait of Energy Efficiency

As energy use across the country rises due to rapid increases in electronic devices and appliances in homes, California’s per capita energy use has been almost flat for the last 35 years. This trend has been described as the Rosenfeld Effect, named after former Commissioner of the California Energy Commission Dr. Arthur H Rosenfeld. Rosenfeld

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PG&E Window Insulation Recommendation

According to PG&E, standard aluminum frame windows does not provide proper insulation that windows should for your home and could be costly on your energy bill. Instead, they recommend vinyl windows, fiberglass windows, or vinyl-coated wood windows as they are effective in sealing outside air from coming into your home. PG&E also recommend dual-pane glass

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PG&E Recommendations On Window Replacement

PG&E, the largest utility provider in Northern California, offer some recommendations on how to upgrade your home’s window. PG&E present two options; either improve the efficiency of your home’s existing windows or consider new window replacements. For existing windows, caulking or weather-stripping are a cost-effective way to insulate and seal air pockets in order to

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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,

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J.D. Power and Associates recently conducted a windows and patio doors satisfaction study and found that customers tend to be less influenced by price when purchasing windows or patio doors than by brand names that have high customer satisfaction with Simonton brand ranking the highest in customer satisfaction. J.D. Power and Associates has been measuring

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In a previous blog post, “‘Many San Francisco Buildings with Large Windows are at Risk of Being “Soft Story,”‘ we cover the hazards of old San Francisco buildings due to large windows or openings on the ground floor.  A recent article from PBS MediaShift called, “San Francisco, a City That Knows Its Faults”, address the

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The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) conducted a survey among home buyers on the type of window features they look for in their ideal homes. In the survey, participants were asked to rank a number of window characteristics according to “not important” or “essential”. The study concluded that there is a steady growth for

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Since the passing of the American Taxpayer Relief Act on Jan. 1, 2012, which allows federal tax credits for homeowners who make energy-efficient upgrades to their homes, Simonton Windows took the initiative to provide information for homeowners regarding the tax credits they may be able to qualify for when purchasing Energy Star windows for their

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Energy & Money Saving for Your Homes

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has released a number of resources on their website to help homeowner be more energy and cost-efficient. Resources include the following: A list of energy saving tips that can reduce residents monthly utility bill by 10%-30%. Energy Upgrade California is a program that provide information helping residents be energy-efficient in

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