Choosing Energy Efficient Replacement Windows
LESLIE: Laura in Texas has a window question. What can we do for you?LAURA: Yes, we have a 30-year-old home and we’re contemplating replacing and putting in double-pane windows.TOM: OK.LAURA: But we have three big, leaded glass windows across the front that we hate to lose because they really match the Tudor style of our house.TOM: Hmm, OK.LAURA: Do you have any ideas on making them more energy efficient?TOM: Well, what you could put in is an interior storm window …LESLIE: Mmm.TOM: … and that’s something that you can only have up in the colder months. It’d have to be custom-made for that space but that will make them a little bit more energy efficient. I don’t know that you’d be able to qualify for the federal energy tax credits for that but for the other windows …LESLIE: Because would a storm window be an energy – be considered an energy-efficient addition?TOM: Yeah, but those other windows probably would qualify. And so now is a good time to do this. For 2009-2010 you can qualify for that 30-percent tax credit, so I would definitely look into that. In fact, we just wrote a bonus chapter for our book, My Home, My Money Pit, that’s available for free online. There’s a download there for the replacement window guides called “Your Complete Replacement Window Guide.” It’s available for free right now at MoneyPit.com; it’s available for free right now at MoneyPit.com. So you might want to take a look at that because it does have a lot of detail in there on how to size the windows and the options and that sort of thing.LAURA: Oh, that would be a great help.TOM: Yeah, it’s online right now. Just go to MoneyPit.com and click on the free window replacement guide.LAURA: Oh, I’ll do that. Thank you so much.TOM: Well, you’re very welcome. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.