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
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