Windows will always add to the expense of operating a home. This is something to be aware of when trying to be as Swamp Yankee Green as possible.
Even the most energy efficient windows made are a total heat sieve. The cheapest windows made cost more per square foot than any wood frame wall. Windows will always leak, rot and cease to function over enough time, so use them judiciously.
Admittedly, when well located they can get you a wee bit of heat from a cooperative winter sun, provide cross ventilation that limits the desire for air conditioning, and allow you to keep the light bulbs off in your house till the sun goes down.
So windows are necessary. But costly.
This is a continuing series by author and architect Duo Dickinson. Read his original blog about Swamp Yankee Green.
Duo Dickinson has been an architect for over 30 years and received over 30 awards. His work has been published in over 70 national publications. Mr. Dickinson’s latest book is Staying Put. He is the architecture critic for the New Haven Register, and writes for Design Bureau, A.B., New Haven Magazine, and his own blog, Saved By Design. He has taught at Yale, Roger Williams and Harvard GSD Summer Program.