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Ken's Weekly E-Tip: Window Replacement

Replacing windows is often the most costly and least cost-effective energy-efficiency investment. But there are sound reasons besides saving on energy bills to invest in new or replacement windows, such as comfort, resale value and aesthetics.


Reducing Energy Costs 

Think about your goals. According to Remodeling Magazine's annual Cost versus. Value Report, the average cost of vinyl window replacement is $11,319; wood window replacement comes in slightly higher at $12,229.  

If reducing energy costs is important, an energy audit by a qualified auditor is the best way to compare your options. The auditor can perform a diagnostic test to determine how leaky your windows are. Tests often show that windows (even older ones) are not as leaky as one might think. More significant air-leakage problems may exist elsewhere in the home.


Good Window Candidate for Replacement

As stated above, there are sound reasons for replacing windows. Here are some pointers on which windows to replace.

  • Single pane. These are the least energy efficient and allow for most heat transfer in all seasons.
  • Windows that don't open or close properly. Besides being a nuisance, this is a sign they have passed their prime.
  • Failed seals. Drafts experienced around windows when closed signals comfort issues and wasted energy.
  • Outside noise. If noise from outdoors can be clearly heard inside, it is a sign that your current windows are outdated.


Replacement Options

Replacement options can make one's head spin. Here are the standard choices available:

  • Clad-Wood: Wood windows are energy-efficient and long-lasting. Clad-wood have aluminum or vinyl exterior jackets that reduce maintenance and prevents rot.
  • Fiberglass: Stronger than vinyl, wood or aluminum. Will not warp or bow, and can be painted. Look for ones that can accept foam injection for more energy efficiency.
  • Fiberglass: Lowest-price replacement, but can warp over time.


Energy Star 

Always look for widows (no matter what type purchased) that carry the Energy Star logo and rating for optimum energy savings.


Earn $50 Bill Credit

Let CEC install a load control device on your own electric water heater and earn a $50 one-time bill credit and a monthly $2.50 bill credit. Call 800-521-0570 x2195 to learn more. Members having a water heater installed by the cooperative are not eligible for the credits.


Twitter and Load Control  

Participants in our load control program for electric heat and water heaters can find out when and how long control periods are predicted by logging onto and clicking our Twitter logo. Please remember these are only predictions and actual times may vary.



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