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Grant Update - Greener Homes Initiative
Are you tired of high energy bills and feeling guilty about your carbon footprint? Well, the Canadian government is here to help! They're on a mission to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the country, and they're offering some amazing advice and incentives to qualifying homeowners.
What are Energy Star energy ratings?
Although windows and doors do not consume energy, they can be a significant source of energy loss. If you are buying windows with energy efficiency in mind, then the ER will help you make standardized window product comparisons.
What are window ratings?
Reading window and glass ratings are easily confusing, sometimes the high number is better and sometimes the lower number is better. Here are a few tips to help you out.
CDN Energy Star climate zones (as of 2022)
Even though windows do not consume energy, they can be a significant source of heat loss in a home. ENERGY STAR qualified windows will save you money by reducing the overall annual energy costs. ENERGY STAR windows will also help keep your home more comfortable all-year-round and may have less condensation in cold weather compared with a conventional non-certified product.
What is Low-e Glass?
LoE glass, also known as Low-emissivity glass or low-E glass, is a glass with properties that reflect radiant heat, thus potentially improving the thermal efficiency of a window. Emissivity is a measure of how much a glass surface transfers radiant heat through it.
What is an R-value?
Move over, traditional window specs - the R-value is taking over the world of window sales! This rating, which has been around for a while, is becoming increasingly popular as a measurement of window efficiency. But why the sudden surge in popularity? Keep reading to find out.
What is the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient?
Let the sun shine in, or not. The Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) measurement can help you achieve a desired increase or decrease in the amount of solar radiation (heat) passing through a window into your home.
What is a U-factor?
In Ottawa, our windows lose heat to the outside during the colder months and gain heat from the outside during the warmer months. U-factors allow consumers to compare the insulating properties of different window products in order to optimize home comfort.
What is visual transmittance?
The amount of light you let into your home is a matter of personal taste. When replacing your windows, understanding the VT will help you get it right.
Keeping your energy costs down and comfort level up
Windows provide light, warmth and ventilation, but they also decrease home energy-efficiency and can affect the comfort in your home. Choosing the right glass option will allow you to find a balance between energy costs and the desired level of home comfort.