Posted by Jason Warnock on March 2 at 2:00 PM
As the new economic stimulus package goes into law and the nearly $20 billion earmarked for programs like improving the efficiency of government buildings and the homes of the poor is focused at trying to find better ways to save energy, perhaps the easiest place to start is at the window. Nearly 5% of the TOTAL energy produced from all forms in the US gets lost through the windows in our homes. Windows are like “energy holes” in our homes and constantly release energy through them in cold weather and let too much in the hotter times. Maybe a first step in coming up with better and more efficient residential and commerical energy control is to simply control what we have the quickest access to. Simple passive shading elements like roller shades, blinds or drapes can cut this energy loss in half, even more when we look at automation and high performance systems with higher R values and better solar control.
I hope that in our haste to fill the market with newer and better environmental products (as the NYT has reported last week http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/26/business/energy-environment/26efficiency.html?_r=1&em) we don’t forget about the simple ones. Even more so, if we are not part of the "government buildings and homes of the poor" we still do what we can to save energy and dollars in our own homes. Topics: energy, sustainabilitySHARE: