Everyone loves to save money, and with the rising cost of utility bills this is a great place to start. Everyone has heard of the different ways they can invest money in resources which will save them significant money or erase their electricity bills entirely. Yes, we’re talking about solar.
The problem with solar is that it takes a considerable initial investment, with a moderate return rate that may not be quick enough for those facing financial difficulties or possessing limited funds.
One great alternative to this option is to try tinting your home windows with high-quality film known to produce results. While it may not save as much as solar panel cells would, it can make a significant impact.
Window Tint Benefits
The main benefit to tinting your home windows is the savings in your utility bills. This occurs because the windows keep heating or cooling inside the house more efficiently, and simultaneously blocks the opposite from entering your home. Both contribute to high energy costs.
These are not all the benefits, however. We’ll discuss just how much you can expect to save by having the windows in your home professionally tinted in a moment. Before this, however, let’s take a look at some of the secondary benefits of tinting your windows.
- Reduces glare, which can be very beneficial during the afternoon when the sun is at it’s highest.
- Protects your furniture, paintings, carpets, curtains and other fabric surfaces from sun damage. This includes fading, thinning, and general aging of the surfaces.
- Allows for additional privacy, depending on the exact film, because it makes it more difficult to see inside your home.
- Some window tinting films are created to prevent windows from being broken or shattering. This could help to protect your home from burglary by stopping one more way an intruder might enter your home.
How Much Can Be Saved?
The big question on everyone’s mind is how much money can really be saved on utility bills by installing window tint. While the answer is different for everyone based on a variety of factors (such as house size, window age, local electricity provider costs, etc.), we can work out an average savings estimate. For example:
- The average window allows for $20 to $30 of heating and cooling costs to be lost per square foot of window pane annually. The average number here is $25, so this is what we will use for our calculations.
- The average window on a home is four square feet. This means a single window allows for around $100 in lost heating and cooling costs per year.
- A typical home will have anywhere between ten and thirty windows, depending on how many bedrooms, bathrooms, and additional rooms (den, Livingroom, attic, basement) exist in the house.
- At 10 windows, a homeowner could save $1,000 annually in lost energy costs by using window tinting.
- At 20 windows, these savings could amount to $2,000 annually, or around $166 monthly.
- At the maximum of 30 windows, annual savings are $3,000 or an estimated $250 monthly for full efficiency.