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Which 'Green' Windows Are the Best?

What you need to know when shopping for energy efficient windows

Preservation Magazine gives readers a primer on how to evaluate just how energy efficient their windows are. Offers the March/April 2009 green issue of Preservation:

"OLDER IS BETTER: Old windows were fabricated from old wood. It's generally denser and lasts longer than the new wood used for modern windows.

"CAVEAT EMPTOR: Some salespeople promote replacements as cure-alls, but even the highest-quality replacement units can fail. In addition, experts note that new vinyl or PVC replacement windows can release toxic byproducts into the atmosphere.

"INSTALL WINDOW TREATMENTS: Something as simple as a conventional window shade mounted inside the frame and touching the sill, with no more than a 1/4-inch gap at the sides, can reduce heat loss by as much as 27 percent. A shade with a reflective coating will provide even more protection."

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