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10 Next Steps to GREEN

Recently, Better Homes and Gardens published a 10 step guide to living green indoors.  Number 9 on their list was windows. 

Although replacing windows can be one of the most expensive home improvements, it also can have a lot of benefits.   According to Energy Star, you can reduce your energy bill by up to 15%.

Here are some of the things to look for if you decide that replacing windows is the right step at your home. 

  • Look for double or even triple panes of glass  (sometimes filled with argon gas, which acts as insulation)
  • Low-emissivity (low-E) glass and warm edge spacers that reduce heat flow and prevent condensation

Buying tip:
Federal tax credits for energy-efficient windows expired in 2007.  But many states still offer rebates.  Learn about that at dsireusa.org

How long will it last:
Aluminum 15-20 years
Wood 30-plus years