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Jason Dickinson of Oklahoma-based Thermal Windows, Inc., demonstrates the ease of cleaning double-hung windows. Photo by Jocelyn Pedersen


average payback in home improvement of about 78 to 83 percent,” Batts said. “That’s right behind a kitchen and bath remodel. The difference is the kitchen and bath don’t give you much payback on energy effi ciency.” Chambers echoed Batt’s conclusions about energy-effi cient frames and windows. He said low-e, triple-pane windows with a thermal barrier and a minimum of double panes are the most effi cient. “The better the product, the higher the price,” Chambers said, reminding homeowners that double-pane windows are very affordable. Jason Dickinson of Thermal Windows in Oklahoma City advised con- sumers to select a company with a reputable product and a lifetime, prefer- ably transferrable, warranty. No matter where homeowners go to buy windows, or what price point works for any given family, Chambers summed it up when he said, “Anything we can do to reduce the consumption of energy—not only elec- tricity—but all forms of energy helps not only our pocketbook, but the environment as well.”


Making the right choice


While double-pane windows are very affordable, triple-pane and low-e glass windows offer more energy effi ciency. Remember, the energy effi ciency of frames is as important as the glass. A rule of thumb is, the better the prod- uct, the higher the price. So, how do homeowners decide what to purchase for their homes? Experts agree it’s important to calculate the life cycle cost. Consider how long you plan to own your home and how much your budget can bear. Looking at cost savings over time is the best way to make a decision. Check the web for information on the many rebate programs available and ask your bank if it offers low-rate incentive loans.


Rebate Programs http://greenbuildingwire.com/oklahoma-renewable-energy http://en.openei.org/wiki/Utility_Rebate_Program


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