Window retrofit technology can cut energy use by 25%

A 40-year-old Philadelphia high-rise was fitted with insulated glass units to study energy-use reduction and improved indoor comfort. Turns out that 400 Market Street, a 12-story building in Philadelphia, used the RENOVATE by Berkowitz window retrofit system to reduce its...

Triple-pane windows certified for use in hurricane zones

With severe weather patterns becoming more common, homeowners and builders are looking for ways to build a home that can stand up to Mother Nature. Hurricane-rated windows are one step that helps a home weather a storm. Intus Windows announced...

What you need to know about mold and windows in your home

What you need to know about mold and windows in your home

What's growing on your windows? If you have wood windows, or even dirty windowsills, the answer could be mold. "As long as it has an organic food source such as wood, cardboard or paper, mold can grow in any location," said John Stark, marketing manager for Simonton Windows. "The key is the organic food source.

Top 5 ways you can reduce winter heating costs

Many homeowners across the country are already experiencing cold to freezing temperatures. This is the perfect time for consumers to evaluate their heating costs and determine where they can save money while staying warm and cozy. Here are WhiteFence.com’s top...

Ply Gem windows products win Energy Star Most Efficient mark

Ply Gem windows products win Energy Star Most Efficient mark

Energy Star recognized Ply Gem for its commitment to energy efficient products with the Most Efficient of Energy Star 2013 mark. With 30 designated products, Ply Gem has more windows recognized as "Most Efficient" than any other manufacturer. The ENERGY...

Glass blocks offer energy-efficient alternatives for window replacements

Glass blocks offer energy-efficient alternatives for window replacements

When it comes to paying utility bills, many consumers may not know that their home’s windows are costing them money. In fact, consumers may actually be losing money by not replacing windows with more energy-efficient solutions. “Saving money is one...

Check your doors to cut drafts and utility costs

Check your doors to cut drafts and utility costs

Homeowners should check their doors at least once a year to make certain the units are not leaking air, which can increase heating and cooling bills. "Start by inspecting the weather strip around all sides of every door in your...

Get a handle on moisture for better air quality

What do houseplants, a boiling pot of pasta and your shower all have in common? They all add moisture to your home’s interior. And, while some humidity in the home is good, excessive moisture can be uncomfortable. "We often get...

Passive House certifies Marvin casement windows

Marvin Windows and Doors has received certification from the Passive House Institute U.S. for its Ultimate Casement window. Architects, builders and homeowners seeking a solution for passive house design can choose an an American-made product.

Solar shades and awnings can help homeowners beat the heat (video)

Solar shades and awnings can help homeowners beat the heat (video)

Recent record heat across the U.S. has reinforced the need for energy solutions in older homes.

Energy-efficient Ply Gem windows a feature of Proud Green Home in Georgia's Serenbe Community

Cary, N.C. – Ply Gem Windows, a leading manufacturer of window and door products, is showcasing its energy efficient, aluminum-clad Mira Premium Series windows in the Proud Green Home in Georgia’s Serenbe community. Designed for energy consumption to be net...

Real wood look possible in energy-efficient fiberglass doors

Real wood look possible in energy-efficient fiberglass doors

Homeowners who compare the attributes of fiberglass versus wood entry doors are often surprised to learn that a realistic wood-like appearance is available in durable, tight-sealing fiberglass doors. Fiberglass entry doors can create a visual impact on the look of...

Your old AAMA-certified windows could win cash

Your old AAMA-certified windows could win cash

When you open your windows and doors to enjoy the summer breeze, or decide to spend your vacation cleaning skylights instead of lounging at the beach, be sure to look for the American Architectural Manufacturer Association’s (AAMA) Certification Label. Until...

Your windows are about to get smarter with remote control coatings

Controlling the heat that moves through the windows of a home can save energy and make the home more comfortable. Energy-efficient windows use multiple panes of glass, reflective coatings and inert gases to block the sun's heat.

Make your windows work for you during the summer heat

Make your windows work for you during the summer heat

As “air conditioner” season gets under way, here's some helpful tips for homeowners to save on their energy bills during the warm and sunny months. “In between BBQs and days at the pool, summer is also a time to take...

Are your windows adequate sunscreen for your home?

While everyone knows that using sunscreen protects your skin against harmful UV rays, you should also take similar precautions for your home. According to the Florida Solar Energy Center, ultraviolet radiation is the single largest contributing factor in the fading...

Green windows save heating costs for homeowners

Apex Energy Solutions estimates that its line of replacement windows have saved Central Indiana residents an estimated 465 billion BTUs, or the equivalent of more than 3 million gallons of heating oil. Based in Zionsville, Ind., Apex has launched a...

Upgrade your bathroom and save water at the same time

Upgrade your bathroom and save water at the same time

Changing out-dated, worn-out fixtures can give your bathroom a new look on a budget. A new collection of WaterSense-certified faucets from Moen, lets homeowners give their bathrooms a renewed sense of style. The new Gibson collection available at Lowes, satisfies...

Folding window walls create an outdoor kitchen space using the indoor kitchen

Folding window walls create an outdoor kitchen space using the indoor kitchen

While the outdoor-kitchen trend continues to be as popular as ever, it's based upon a little secret: it requires two of everything, including furniture and appliances. Now, NanaWall Systems has created an innovative way for homeowners to enjoy the benefits...

Shades of green: earth friendly window treatments

Shades of green: earth friendly window treatments

Last December, Pantone's expert panel named "Emerald" the 2013 Color of the Year, citing it to be "a color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance, and harmony." And while my push for "green" window treatments...

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