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Not Your Standard Windows

kitchen skylight for natural sunlight

For several years there has been lots of focus on upgrading your home with new windows for energy efficiency, with double or triple pane windows. If you’ve already updated all your windows, congratulations and save these tips for a future home.  The federal tax credits helped fuel this trend to motivate construction spending during a sluggish economy, and to prepare for rising energy costs.

Another reason for upgrading one or more windows is to bring more natural sunlight into your home. While it might not be as simple as taking out an old appliance and sliding the new one in, you... 

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Windows: How to Buy the Right Ones

Double hung windows are the most common window style

You’re likely seeing lots of advertising for replacement windows to save energy which means lower bills for heating/air conditioning. Newer windows are more energy efficient – we saw manufacturers jump through hoops in 2009 when they raised the bar for windows and doors to be eligible for the federal energy tax credits. Replacement windows are one of the top 5 remodeling projects every year (see Remodeling Trends Focusing on Lower Costs). We’ll add an article here soon with the latest data from the 2010 to 2011 Remodeling Cost vs Value survey.

There are several challenges though around the decision to replace... 

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Improving Window Efficiency

Window efficiency house

When rushing home from work, do you stop to look at your home the way a perspective buyer might? Maybe you have more time after dinner to relax, and hopefully you’re aware of your surroundings, what you like and maybe a few things you’d like to change.

Windows are a key component of your home but … do you have any idea how many windows you have? Close your eyes and try to count them. If you’re like me, you’ll end up walking around to count them. Yes, even I had to count my windows visually so I’d love to share... 

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Tips to Save Money: Bubble Wrap

The  current federal tax credits are meant to help home owners save energy, and windows are one of the top ways to reduce your energy costs BUT they’re expensive, even with the tax credits which only apply to the cost of the windows.

For many home owners, new windows aren’t any option right now. That’s fine but every home owner should still be looking for ways to reduce their energy bills. Here is a creative way for home owners to “insulate” their windows? Not the insulation you typically think of, and not a building product but it helps.

Look for Creative Ways... 

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