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ADDING ENERGY EFFICIENT WINDOWS

If you are living in a rental property that is letting out a lot of your heat then there might be a problem with the efficiency of your windows. Adding energy efficient windows to your rental home can be done two different ways - you can speak to your landlord about paying for the renovation or you can ask your landlord if you can do it yourself and pay for the services out of your own pocket. Either way, you have a lot of decisions to make and a lot of choices to consider when adding energy efficient windows to any rental home.

Energy Efficient Window Benefits

Older, cracked and thin windows are quite common, especially if older buildings. Older windows come with an R-value of under 2 which is simply not good enough, especially if you live in a cold or particularly hot climate. You want a window that is a high R-value to seal in your inside heat and keep out those cold drafts. Replacement windows made these days are quite high in R-value. This means they will lock the temperature inside your house and reduce the cold air or heat waves from coming through the windows. This also means they are better at blocking out sun rays and UV rays that can be harmful to your family, your flooring and your furniture.

Investing in energy efficient windows means you can easily cut back on the cost of your heating and cooling system. Because replacement windows keep the temperature locked inside, you will reach for that dial on your air conditioner or heater much less often. This can reduce your energy bills by up to 60 percent annually leaving you with more money to add colored couch pillows to the living room.

Speaking to your Landlord about Replacing Windows

Replacing your windows is not cheap; however, there are government incentives in place to help with the costs. You can expect a couple thousands of dollars of out of pocket expenses as a bare minimum but you may find that you can save up to $300 or more per year on your electricity bills. After a few years with replacement windows, they actually pay for themselves. If you are renting a larger home and plan on remaining there for several years to come, then you may be happy to pay the price yourself to see the difference in your home and your electricity bills.

If you do not want to pay for the costs yourself you can speak to your landlord about it. Bring it up when you know he is not busy so you can explain to him the costs, the benefits and the details. Get a few quotes and do a bit of research first to help him see how good this idea is. However, if he does decide that new windows are a no go, then do not go behind his back to get them done anyway. It is his home and he may have a reason he doesn't want the windows replaced.

If you really cannot stand the cool drafts or the poor noise reduction in your rental home you can invest in temporary window draft stoppers which can stop the drafts from coming in through the cracks. Look for dark curtains to also help reduce the glare and the cold air from coming in. If all else fails and your landlord won't budge, you may want to look into a new rental property in the future. Adding energy efficient windows will benefit all parties involved, including the landlord and the renter but, at the end of the day, it is up to your landlord to decide what to do.

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