Replacing windows means energy savings

If you think your energy bill is too high, the culprit could be inefficient windows.  Updating old windows with energy efficient ones is one of the best investments you can make.

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Angie Hicks, Angie’s List founder:  “My favorite home improvement projects revolve around energy efficiency and window replacement is a great example.  If you replace your windows you can save as much as 30 percent on your heating and cooling bills. In the long term you can potentially get 70-80 percent of that investment back.  We asked highly rated window companies on Angie’s List what types of windows are available to consumers. Today, consumers can choose from vinyl, wood and even fiberglass. The most popular choice tends to be vinyl because of their durability and the fact that they are low maintenance.”

Joseph Daniels, Window Man, Inc.:  If you see fogging between the glass of the windows that would be a good time to look at it and then always look at your energy bill. If you think your energy bill is too high a good place to start would be your windows.  The window process will vary depending on how many window you are doing in a home. Most common homes we can probably do in a day or a day and a half. If you have really big job it could take up to three days depending on how many windows you have.  When hiring a window company you should insist on an in-home estimate and the estimate should be in writing. The company should include the pricing information and also the window rating. That way you can make apples to apples comparisons of the estimates.”

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If you want to save energy, its probably the space around your windows that are inefficient. Not the windows themselves. If you want to save energy, start with an energy audit - a diagnostic for your home that will pinpoint exactly where you are saving energy. Usually you need to invest in a little caulk and some good insulation - not windows! For more on how you can save your existing windows to work better, check out www.savethewindows.org.

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