Turn your staycation into a makeover

Published on Thu, Jun 16, 2011
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Big or small, a home improvement project can dramatically improve your living space and potentially lower your energy bills, too.

“Summer staycations are a great time to make home improvements to make it more enjoyable and more energy-efficient,” said Kathy Krafka Harkema, spokesperson for Pella Windows and Doors.

Ask yourself: Where do we spend the most time? How can we improve those areas? What rooms or spaces are not used? How can we transform them into a more inviting space?

Shaker-style kitchens – an organized, wood-paneled, cabinet-centric design – are making a major comeback.

“Energy-efficient wood windows like the Pella Designer Series with between-the-glass blind or shade options will compliment your new kitchen and may also help reduce your energy bills,” Krafka Harkema said.

Upgrading to new Energy Star-qualified windows may save you $146 to $501 annually on energy costs and reduce your carbon footprint by 1,147 to 3,839 pounds of carbon dioxide – equivalent to 59 to 196 gallons of gasoline, according to energystar.gov.
American homeowners may claim an energy-efficiency tax credit from $200 to $500 on certain Energy Star-qualifying windows and exterior doors installed in 2011.

Visit Pella.com for qualifying wood, vinyl and fiberglass products, and for more home improvement inspiration.