Going Green is not only heard on the lips of self professed environmentalists these days, but one might find that professional people from unsuspected industries have adopted this old yet now popular practice. Not only can going green give a person a sense of responsibility, but also it can be quite favorable on the pocket. Initially going green may seem like an unnecessary expense to some, but the long-term positive effect will help to remove the carbon footprint by utilizing natural resources, while showing a significant savings on comfort utilities over time.

When thinking about housing structures in the earlier part of the century, one may remember that a great deal of windows that were in homes (and for many still are), tended to be long, pulley system and not well insulated. Though the windows did not keep out the drafts, the large heavy curtains that often accompanied them usually did. Never the less, once daylight hit, the curtains were pulled back in order to let in the sunlight through these large windows. This not only provided light for daily functioning, but also it could create heat in the rooms where a great deal of sun entered. The windows then were specifically designed in order to let the sunlight through in such a way that it not only illuminated the house, but also did in fact have a solar effect and heated the room.

These windows were ideal for the time they were created, installed and needed. That is not the case in this modern world. These drafty windows can result in a heating loss that costs the homeowner nearly a quarter more in their heating bill in comparison to a home with more modern, energy efficient windows. In addition, the natural light coming in through can heat up the temperature in the house during the summer months. This making the air conditioner work harder and the homeowner pay more in cooling costs. Therefore, the sun is pouring in and the cold conditioned air is pouring out through the old, drafty frames. Proper insulation, combined with proper installation will make all the difference that is not only evident on seasonal bills, but it also becomes obvious with the quality of comfort felt within the home.

The considerable difference in the heating and cooling bills more than justify the updating of windows to an existing structure. Being more cost effective, as well as more comfortable are important points. Although today in a “Green” conscious era, the reduction of the use of heating and cooling systems cuts back on the use of electricity, as well as gas and oil therefore reduces its waste being put into the air inside and outside of the home. This improvement of air quality can in fact lessen the suffering of seasonal and indoor/outdoor allergy sufferers. With an improvement in air quality, increased savings, increased comfort and an updated design, installing new windows is a no brainer and a growing environmental necessity.