Do you like finding a twenty dollar bill on the ground? Who doesn’t! How about finding money you didn’t know you had? We’re not talking about change under your couch cushion. What if you reached into your pocket to grab your keys and found a $50 bill you don’t remember leaving there. That’s a good feeling, isn’t it? We actually have a lot of free money around us we don’t even realize we have. It could be an item in your attic that you think is a piece of junk, but that someone else would pay you crazy money for, or it could be something new that has money hidden inside it–like those new windows you bought last year.

If you had a window replacement done last year, you could be sitting on free money. The U.S. government wants you to move toward making energy-conscious decisions for your home, so they have instituted an incentive plan to motivate you. You may have taken part in that plan without even realizing it. If you bought windows in 2016 that were Energy Star compliant, the government may give you some money for that smart decision. It is all part of their tax credit for Solar Energy Systems plan. All you have to do to get that free money is claim your window replacement on your tax forms. Done. Easy peasy.

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What if I didn’t buy Energy Star windows last year? What if you still have the same old leaky windows you’ve always had? There is no time like the present to get those windows replaced! If you buy windows in 2017, you can get 30% of that money back on next year’s taxes. 30%! That’s crazy money! And all you have to do to get it is make your home more beautiful and more energy efficient.

If you’ve been thinking about replacing your old windows and giving your home a facelift, you have everything to gain. New windows come with new technologies that resist heat transfer. Not only will you be warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, you’re going to see a difference on your energy bills. Upgrading windows is a remodeling project that pays for itself. But, on top of all that, the government wants to give you 30% of your money back.

Make 2017 the year you add beautiful new, energy-saving windows to your home, and make 2018 the year you got 30% of that money back. Reach out to one of our knowledgeable online agents to schedule your free, no obligation, in-home estimate today.

Asking yourself “Are energy efficient windows worth it?” or “Are double hung windows energy efficient? The answer to both questions is a resounding “Yes!”, so read on for more information on choosing energy efficient double hung windows.

How Windows Affect Energy Efficiency

If you have old windows, they are drafty. When air leaks from the inside out, you consume more energy to keep the home comfortable. By replacing your old with new ones, you will stop air leaks and curb energy consumption.

If you live in an older home, you may have single pane windows where there’s a single pane of glass between your home interior and the outdoors. By selecting triple-pane double hung windows with an argon gas fill, you can triple the protection between indoors and out.

Argon, an inert gas, is less conductive than oxygen, so it keeps heat from passing through the three panes of glass that comprise the window. As you can imagine, this makes new replacement windows much more energy efficient than your current windows.

An optional low-e glass coating prevents the solar heat gain that makes the air conditioner work harder to cool your home. By deflecting UV rays from the house, the low-e coating also protects your art and furniture from the effects of the sun and keeps your home comfortable year round.

Are Energy Efficient Windows Worth It?

Energy Star windows offer twice the energy efficiency as windows manufactured just ten years ago, which means the time is ripe to replace your existing windows. While you will save money and energy with baseline replacement windows, you will enjoy better energy savings if you can purchase mid-range or premium replacement windows, which offer greater insulation and more energy-saving features.

When you replace your existing windows with energy efficient double hung windows, you will enjoy benefits such as:

  • A more comfortable house – Double hung windows create a tight seal with the envelope of the home, reducing air leaks between the inside and outside of the home, which means your home will feel more comfortable throughout the year. No more drafts when you’re sitting by the window!
  • Lower utility bills – When air leaks are reduced, your heating and cooling systems are able to operate efficiently (because cool air isn’t seeping out through drafty windows), which lowers your utility bills.
  • UV protection – You protect your skin from UV rays, but what about your home? Replacement windows with low-E coating block furniture, art, and rugs from fading as a result of UV exposure.
  • Improved safety – The glass used in replacement windows is stronger than the glass used in old windows, which better protects your home from environmental damage and break-ins.
  • Higher resale value – Last but not least, energy efficient upgrades are among the top desired renovations by homebuyers, which means investing in energy efficient windows improves your home’s potential resale value.

The most energy efficient double hung windows come with the Energy Star certification. By choosing these windows, you may be eligible for a tax credit, another perk of making the switch!

As you can see, there are many reasons why our answer to the question,“are double hung windows energy efficient?” is yes. After exploring the benefits of upgrading your windows to energy efficient double hung windows, are you ready to shop for windows? Get a free quote for replacement windows from Window Nation or learn more about our wood and vinyl double hung windows today.

“I just felt that Window Nation had a great record.”

Dealing with old windows can be a challenging experience for any homeowner, especially when the windows are over 90 years old! The original windows in the Madox family’s Severn home were installed in 1925 when the house was built.

These windows were in rough shape. They were rusted so badly that they couldn’t be opened. The thin, single pane windows offered little in the way of insulation and had to be backed with wood in order to keep drafts at bay.

Replacing old windows like these can help keep the heat and air conditioning inside your home, rather than having it leak out. This saves you a lot of money on your energy bill, especially if you have drafty, single pane windows.

The Madox’s decided to replace their old windows with state-of-the-art, energy-efficient, double hung windows. They chose Window Nation because of our excellent customer service record, competitive pricing and the depth of knowledge shown by our exterior design consultant.  

Take a look at the before and after pictures below to see the dramatic transformation for yourself.  

If you think it is time to replace the windows in your Maryland or DC home, contact our Baltimore area Window Nation showroom for a free estimate today.

 

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“Whatever you need on your house, you all can get taken care of. It was quick and simple!”

Even though the Hayes family has only been living in their Annapolis home for two weeks, they decided they needed to replace some of the biggest windows in their home. Their major concern was that their single pane windows were not energy efficient. Replacing single pane windows can go a long way toward keeping heat and air conditioning inside your home, rather than having it leak out through the windows.

They decided to replace their single pane windows with state-of-the-art, insulated, argon-filled Grandview windows.

The Hayes family ultimately chose Window Nation because of the depth of knowledge shown by their sales representative, excellent customer service, and because we simply offered the family a superior product.

For us, the best possible outcome for any project is that we prove ourselves to be a reliable partner for life. The Hayes family states their new windows make the house look better and that they are coming right back to Window Nation for the rest their window replacements! Take a look at the before and after pictures below to see the transformation for yourself.  

If you think it is time to replace the windows in your Maryland or DC home, contact our Baltimore area Window Nation showroom for a free estimate today.

 

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With just over two years of service to the Leesburg community, Little Tree Huggers LLC has just received its second sustainable business award. 2016 earned them the Loudoun Sustainable Business Challenge Platinum award and this year they were awarded the County’s top award: the Loudoun Sustainable Business Excellence Award on October 19, 2017!

Little Tree Huggers LLC is Loudoun County Virginia’s first bilingual eco-green preschool with the goal of encouraging children to connect with nature, care for the environment, and celebrate and respect the diversity of our multicultural world. With a carefully planned farm-like setting, historic bank barn and chicken coop, plus plenty of surrounding wildlife, Little Tree Huggers is committed to offering daily opportunities to learn about and care for the environment. Lia D. Johnson, the founder and Director is passionate about the arts, embracing all cultures and taking care of our planet. With a quarter century of experience in early childhood education, Johnson is convinced that experiencing and learning about nature and the environment are integral to creating the culture of environmental stewardship our planet needs to survive. In her acceptance speech at Rehau North America in Leesburg, Johnson told the assembled group “yes we have solar, we have geothermal but what it’s really about is the children and our responsibility to teach them by setting the example.”

Little Huggers LLC accredited as Audubon at Home Wildlife SanctuaryAs early as December 2015, Johnson was quoted as saying they were striving to become the first carbon neutral pre-school in the area. “We believe that an eco-green environment is essential for healthy minds and bodies. We do our part daily to sustain the planet, celebrate the wonders of nature and set the example for other households and business in the area.” In order to achieve this goal, the Johnson’s had their property accredited as an Audubon at Home Wildlife Sanctuary by the Loudoun County Nature Conservancy and converted their oil burning HVAC system to geothermal. They started with a solar panel providing ventilation for their chicken coop and immediately started looking for partners to assist with the expansion of their sustainable business vision

The challenges were daunting because it wasn’t only a 4,200 square foot preschool and home that needed to be carbon neutral, the property’s centerpiece – a 200 year old bank barn needed to be heated and cooled as well. Nothing was left off the table as the Johnson’s embarked on this journey. They even contacted local colleges and universities to see if a combination of solar, wind or even a micro-hydroelectric system would do the trick. Early on, however, it became clear that the first step was to convert their oil burning hvac system to geothermal. Solar is more widely known and marketed. However, the return on investment for geothermal is far better than solar in this region due to the low cost of electricity and limited sunlight compared to other parts of the country.

North American Geothermal, therefore, became Little Tree Huggers’ first sustainable business partner. And, although the savings were appreciable, the Johnsons felt strongly enough about setting the example for the local community that they went about restoring their bank barn with a combination of Amish Craftsmanship from Sylvan and Stoltfus Builders and the modern expertise of Window Nation who installed replacement windows, doors and insulated siding around the entire structure. The barn may have been on its way to being insulated but the heating and cooling challenge scared away more contractors than it attracted. Modern Mechanical finally came through with a high efficiency Mitsubishi mini-split system. The final challenge was solar and for this challenge the Johnson’s partnered with Prospect Solar to design and install a 32 panel solar array on the school’s 200 year old back barn at the end of 2016.

The results of all these efforts have been astounding! The twelve month operating cost to heat and cool the 4,200 square foot house and school with geothermal was only $576 and, with close to 11,000 kWh hours of solar energy production, average total energy cost over the last eight months has been right at $100 per month to heat, cool and power over 6,500 square feet of facilities! As the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce says “Go Green to Save Green.”

Little Tree Huggers brings together the best of the early childhood educational endeavors Johnson has worked with over the years. As a result, lessons in art, math, science, history, and Geography, as well as regular story time are held as much as possible outdoors. The preschoolers, aged three to six, are also taught Spanish daily, as the Argentine native incorporates Spanish into the daily curriculum. Another part of LTH’s mission is to expose the children to the various languages and cultures represented in each class. Children are encouraged to prepare projects highlighting family histories and backgrounds; and parents are further involved by participating in LTH’s Community Hero Program, a program throughout the year, which involves parents sharing their talents and family backgrounds with the children.

An average day has the children spending much of the time, rain or shine, observing over 20 native birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and insects needing help due to loss of habitat as well as helping out on the working farm. They feed the animals — two ponies, two alpacas, three goats, a dozen hens, two ducks and two guinea hens — and help clean out the pens and put down fresh straw. In the mornings, they observe the abundance of flora and fauna as they pass the school’s windflower and pollinator gardens, beautiful forest glade, bridge and stream, on their way to the chicken coop to collect eggs – which in turn become the basis of a tasty cooking lesson later in the day. Lunches are spent further observing their surroundings and discussing the best ways to reuse, recycle or compost any waste. During playtime, the children’s creativity leads the way. You won’t see a multi-thousand-dollar playground at Little Tree Huggers. Instead, the children have access to a recycled wood tree house, green house, teepee, log cabin, nature observation deck, an obstacle course made out of natural stones, logs and branches, wooden blocks and lots and lots of free space. “Nature is what provides the opportunity for creative learning,” Johnson says.

As far as risk is concerned, LTH strictly follows Virginia Department of Social Services guidelines, maintains a student/teacher ratio of 6 to 1, and regularly involves parents in activities. In addition, as the curriculum is cumulative, progressively encouraging interaction with the animals and fostering responsibility, LTH offers a year round program for full time students, with a minimum of 6 hours a day and two weeks off in July. Tuition starts at $960 a month for six hours five days a week and goes up to $1,200 for ten hours a day five days a week.

Maybe you vowed to go to the gym every day after work, or finally check off the items on your home improvement to-do list this year. The start of a new year is an ideal time to make goals, and most of us go into the year with the best of intentions – but then life happens. That’s where Window Nation can come in and rescue your goals for giving your home a new look and improved energy efficiency with new windows!

Is Replacing The Windows Worth The Investment?

Installing replacement windows can seem like a lot of effort and expense, and some homeowners wonder if it’s really worth it. You know it will give your home a facelift and really improve the overall appearance of your home, but is that enough? There are many benefits of installing replacement windows that you may not have thought about, including:

  • Improved interior and exterior appearance

  • Increased energy efficiency and energy savings

  • Increased comfort indoors

  • Increased home value

It takes about four hours to install a replacement window. If you’re thinking about installing replacement windows throughout your home, you may simply be pressed for time and unable to complete your goal. That’s how Window Nation can come to the rescue! We can install the windows for you and help you reach your home improvement goals for improved appearance and help you save some money on your energy costs.

How Much Can I Save With New Windows?

ENERGY STAR qualified windows like those offered from Window Nation can lower your energy bills. In a typical home, you’ll save between $126 and $465 per year when replacing your single-pane windows, and between $27 and $111 a year over double-pane, clear glass replacement windows.

Increase the Value of Your Home

Curb appeal and an updated home are important to improving the value of your home. If you should decide to list your home for sale, having new windows is a selling point for many buyers who would not want to buy a home with aging, less efficient windows. Plus, having new windows simply makes your home look nicer, which will attract potential buyers.

Window Nation would love to help you reach your goals for home improvement this year by installing replacement windows in your home. Whether you’re looking to improve the appearance, home value, or increase your home’s energy efficiency – replacement windows are a great investment.

Did you know that your family’s carbon footprint can be related to your windows and how energy efficient your home is? That’s right! Older windows that are drafty and are not properly sealed or installed can greatly increase the amount of natural resources that you need to make your home comfortable for you and your family to live in.

What Is A Carbon Footprint?

According to Wikipedia, a carbon footprint is defined as “the total sets of greenhouse gas emissions caused by an organization, event, product or person.” So, for a homeowner, this basically relates to the volume of emissions that you produce as you run and maintain your home. In order to make your carbon footprint as small as possible, you should try to make your home as energy efficient as possible; and your windows are a great place to start!

How Much Do Energy Efficient Windows Save?

Older windows can be responsible for a lot of energy loss in your home. Drafty windows allow either the cold air or warm air that you are trying to keep inside your home to escape. This means you will need to use more resources to try and maintain your home’s temperature, therefore, unintentionally, increasing your carbon footprint. The best way to solve this problem is by installing new ENERGY STAR replacement windows into your home which will result in less energy and resources being wasted, and your carbon footprint being reduced.

Other benefits to installing new, energy-efficient windows in your home include:

  • New energy efficient windows will protect your belongings, like flooring, window treatments, and furniture from damaging ultraviolet rays, allowing them to last longer within your home.

  • New windows that work properly can be opened easily in order to cool your home, instead of automatically turning on your AC on a warm day.

  • They can also shut tightly, allowing the sun to shine through in order help warm up your home which means you can keep your thermostat at a lower temperature during the colder months.

  • Energy efficient replacement windows, along with other small changes like switching over to ENERGY STAR rated appliances, all will help to lower your monthly energy bills, saving you money.

Replacement Windows From Window Nation

For help deciding which type of replacement windows will work best with your family’s needs and the style of your home, contact the experts at Window Nation today. Our professionals will sit down and work together with you to make your home stylish, energy efficient all while lowering your carbon footprint through the installation of new ENERGY STAR rated replacement windows!