SMUD Rebates for Windows When You Upgrade Your Home’s Energy EfficiencySMUD’s window rebates, which are part of their Seal and Insulate rebate program, are pretty darn incredible for Sacramento homeowners. That’s because the folks at SMUD understand just how important windows are for overall home energy efficiency. Leaky, old windows can be a drain on your home’s energy resources and, of course, your wallet. To help provide incentives for homeowners to upgrade their windows to new energy efficient options, SMUD offers a window rebate of $500 to homeowners who are already Seal and Insulate customers, i.e. people who have had their ducts sealed and upgraded according to California Energy Code Standards. While receiving the window rebate does require you to deal with your ductwork first, the good news is that SMUD offers a $3000 rebate for that project. It’s sort of a win-win situation! If you are indeed a Seal and Insulate customer with SMUD and are interested in taking advantage of the window rebates, there are a few requirements to be aware of in order to qualify:
- Your new windows must have their NFRC ratings labels intact
- You must have at least 50 square feet of new windows
- Your new windows must have a U-Factor of at least .30 and a solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) of at least 0.25
The Benefits of Better Windows Using the SMUD RebateOf course, the window rebate is certainly not the only incentive for homeowners to upgrade their windows. While getting $500 is exciting, so are the benefits you’ll reap for many years after your windows are replaced. Here are a few of the things you can look forward to once your home is fitted with energy efficient windows:
- Better curb appeal: Getting new windows is like giving your home a makeover. It really makes a huge difference when it comes to the curb appeal on your home. Plus, if you decide to sell, you can expect about an 85% return on investment when it comes to installing new windows.
- A more comfortable home: Energy efficient windows do wonders for increasing the comfort of your home. Say goodbye to draftiness and air leaks for good. You can also expect that your new energy efficient double pane windows will keep out dust and allergens, improving the air quality in your home.
- A healthier HVAC: You probably didn’t think of your windows and your HVAC as being connected, but in fact they are. Since energy efficient windows get rid of air leaks and drafts and effectively insulate your home, your HVAC doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain a consistent temperature. If your HVAC doesn’t have to strain, it will likely have a longer lifespan.
- Lower energy bills: I sort of alluded to this benefit above, but you better believe that energy efficient windows can save you significant cash. If you are replacing single pane windows, your savings could be anywhere between $130 to $465 per year.