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Storm Windows & Energy Efficiency

July 3rd, 2009 · No Comments

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July 1, ’09
I just talked with Andy at Green Mountain Windows and learned that on June 15 the feds changed the performance standards once again so that storm windows cannot be made to qualify for the tax credits. The fed’s website still mentions storms windows being allowed, but the standard they set cannot be met in practical terms of actually making a storm. I talked with the good folks at MonRay and they say the same thing.

The vinyl pirates win another battle. We cannot depend on the big corporations and federal government. Forget tax credits. We must take our own action to save our windows. Buy Green Mountain storms, or any other, or simply maintain the storms you now have. Add a low cost interior air panel to your wood windows and exterior storms, or simply use ordinary roller shades and curtains and you will have a window system that far out-performs any replacement window, and you keep the vinyl pirates’ off your ship and their hooks out of your pocket book.

Learn how to make your own interior air panels:

Posted by John Leeke

Tags: Champlain Valley Millworks · maintenance · windows

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