Did you know that your old, drafty windows could be causing you to use more energy and consequently spend more money? If you’re seeing a rise in your energy bill you are not alone.
According to the Department of Energy, 45% of the average energy bill goes toward heating. For about half of the Americans who use natural gas for heat, the average cost was $649. If you’re looking to stop watching your money fly out the window, get on the phone with your local window company to learn about the window replacement services they offer.
Think of replacing your home windows as an investment that will produce significant savings long term. On average, replacing a window costs between $300 and $700 per window. However, when windows are high quality and properly maintained, they can last 20 years or longer, depending on the material. According to the National Association of Realtors, homeowners who replace their windows can get back 80% of their investment. The long term benefits are too good to pass up when looking at window repair and window replacement. Below are just a few things that you can ask your local window company about when deciding on new windows:
The United States government rewards homeowners who work to make their home more energy efficient and window replacement falls under that category. Ask your window company about their ENERGY STAR window and door options. After speaking to the window installation company, contact a tax professional to make sure you qualify for tax credits and additional savings.
Upgrade the Quality of Your Windows
Dual-paned windows are about two times as effective at retaining heat and air conditioning compared to single-paned ones. In general, you’ll save up to 15% a year on your energy bill if older double-pane windows in a 2,600-square-foot house are replaced with energy-efficient windows with low-E coatings, according to the Efficient Windows Collaborative, a coalition of government agencies, research organizations, and manufacturers that promotes efficient window technology.