DOE Announces Energy Saving Projects

January 11th, 2013 by DWM Magazine

As part of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) efforts to help homeowners and businesses save money by saving energy, the DOE announced a $9 million investment in building envelope technologies, including high-efficiency, high-performance windows, roofs, and heating and cooling equipment.

“A typical American family spends nearly $2,000 per year on their home energy bills, and much of that money is wasted on air leaks and drafts in our homes’ roofs, attics and walls,” said energy secretary Steven Chu. “By bringing new, affordable energy efficient products to the market, we can help families save money by saving energy, while strengthening U.S. manufacturing leadership in technologies that are increasingly in demand worldwide.”

This new investment supports six advanced manufacturing projects in California, Connecticut, Idaho, Maryland, Missouri and Tennessee that advance whole home energy performance. This includes approximately $3 million to two projects that focus on building envelope materials.

In the winter months, windows can account for 10 to 25 percent of a home’s utility bill through heat loss, says the DOE, while adding that these projects will help bring new, affordable technologies to market that address these opportunities for improved building performance and cost savings.

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