Go GreenIt has been a while since I posted some  energy saving tips, which I usually find on one of the sites I often visit.

Today’s tip is about saving money on your heating and cooling, by having the right kind of windows in your home.

Today’s tipMultiply Your Pane

What?
Save money – and reduce global warming – by replacing inefficient windows.

How?
Clear, single-pane windows let as much as 84% of the heat out of a room. Get rid of them. In their place, install efficient windows, such as multiple-pane windows with low-E coating.

Why?

The average homeowner spends nearly 50% of yearly energy costs on heating and cooling. Window replacement can reduce that to just 20%.

Did You Know?

Cooling generally costs you about three times as much as heating. So if you live in a warm climate, you have even more incentive.

Check out your windows, and do the right thing to save energy, and money.

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5 Responses

  1. Monica

    October 18th, 2011 at 9:44 am

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    While replacing windows would be the most effective way to go, some of us might not be up for that- it is rather costly especially if you have a big house with many windows. Or if you are renting a house…
    I have experienced both, but right now I am renting a house that was built in 1922 that has old windows (not sure if they are original). I will be using the 3m indoor window insulator kit. They work REALLY well. We have used them in our house in Kansas which had terrible drafts.

  2. Monica

    October 18th, 2011 at 9:47 am

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    (continued) On a separate note this post was about multiple pane windows. Yesterday I was at my friend’s house on the army base and she had double glass windows with blinds in between. I guess the army felt it was cheaper to do rather than replacing blinds. lol
    Here is a link to show you about the blinds. I just did a google search and found this- not promoting this company. http://royaltechwindows.com/
    But how cool would it be to never wash blinds again!

  3. Valerie

    October 18th, 2011 at 1:09 pm

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    While I was visiting in-laws in Poland 4 yrs. ago, I saw that they had this type of window & doors with the blinds inside. I guess that my thinking was that we in the USA are on top of everything, however we are not. I must give credit to the European countries that are more advanced in many areas. The plasma TV was in Belgium 10 to 12 years ago.

  4. Suburban Grandma

    October 18th, 2011 at 7:54 pm

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    Monica, you are correct about the cost of replacing windows. We replaced all our windows in our previous house, but it was well worth the cost. our windows were not very old, about 10 years, but they had aluminum frames, which resulted in lots of condensation. We ended up living in that house for over 20 years, so that project turned out to be an investment rather than an expense, and I am sure it helped us in selling our house, quickly and with a nice return.
    I have seen the kind of windows you are referring to, with the blinds inside. They sure look very practical, but I am not sure how well they stay in top operating shape. It would be nice to hear from someone who has these kind of windows.
    Thank you for your comments.

  5. Suburban Grandma

    October 18th, 2011 at 7:57 pm

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    Valerie, your in-laws in Poland are lucky to have these type of windows, however I have visited family and friends in Poland about 5 years ago and they did not even have screens on their windows (they live in Krakow, and Wroclaw), which surprised me quite a bit. They have sheer curtains instead. I even suggested that someone should start a business making windows with fitted screens.
    Thank you for sharing your comments.


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