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Older windows can end up costing you more on your heating and cooling bills. These windows can be drafty in winter and let in too much heat during summer. According to the Department of Energy, windows can account for up to 30 percent of energy usage in homes due to heat loss and gain. Replacing older windows with newer ones can help you save considerably on your energy usage. Use these tips to help you choose energy-efficient windows for your home.

Look for Labels

No matter what kind of windows you’re thinking about getting in terms of the frame type or glass type, look for Energy Star and National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) labels. Windows that meet the requirements for energy efficiency have the Energy Star label. NFRC labels provide you with an easy way to compare different aspects of a window’s performance.

Know Your U-Factor

U-factors on windows let you know how effective they are at stopping heat from escaping your home. Lower U-factors mean that windows do a better job of trapping heat in your home, which results in lower energy bills during winter. The U-factor that works best for your home depends on the climate you’re in. For example, you should look for a lower U-factor if you live in a colder climate. This helps ensure that heated air stays inside your home.

Learn About Solar Heat Gain Coefficient

Solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) tells you how effective windows are at stopping heat gain from outside. A lower number means that windows are better at preventing hot outdoor air from getting inside, which is what you want during summer. If you live in a hotter climate, you should look for a lower SHGC number to help you save on the costs of cooling your home.

Consider Low-e Coatings

Low-e or low-emissivity coatings help prevent indoor heat from escaping your home, resulting in reduced energy usage and lower heating bills. This insulated glazing can lower energy loss from heat transfer by up to 50 percent, according to the Department of Energy. While windows with this coating tend to cost more, you’ll save in the long run with reduced energy bills.

Reduce Air Leakage

The type of window you choose can affect how much air is able to leak out. Lower air leakage rates help reduce your energy usage. Certain types of windows, such as awnings, hinged windows and casement windows, tend to have lower air leakage rates. Sliding windows, single-hung windows and double-hung windows typically have higher air leakage rates.


This Single-Family in Lakeville, MA recently sold for $420,000. This Cape style home was sold by JoAnn M. Drabble - RE/MAX Welcome Home.


199 Rhode Island Road, Lakeville, MA 02347

Single-Family

$419,900
Price
$420,000
Sale Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
This phenomenal home comes w/a little piece of history & was once used as the chapel to the "Precinct Church" which was moved in 1970 to its present location at Bedford/Precinct Streets. This stunning home is absolutely in pristine condition in every single way! There have been many renovations of this home while preserving its character & beauty! Some of the many improvements include a newer roof, newer windows, newer plumbing, newer electric, newer central air, newer insulation, a new wood staircase, a new shed, a new fence & much more! Drive up & admire this lovely home w/an oversized stone driveway w/ample parking. Step inside & appreciate an attractive designer kitchen w/corian counters/tile backsplash/stainless steel appliances, a spacious family room w/gas fireplace, beautiful pine floors, high ceilings w/oversized windows/custom treatments. This home also offers a first floor master bedroom perfect for single-level living!

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This Single-Family in Dighton, MA recently sold for $530,156. This Contemporary,Ranch style home was sold by JoAnn M. Drabble - RE/MAX Welcome Home.


Lot 33 Waterford Circle--UNDER CONST., Dighton, MA 02715

Single-Family

$509,900
Price
$530,156
Sale Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
GPS 1590 PINE ST. "The Compton" is now under construction! Only 5 homesites left! Welcome to "Stoney Ridge Estates", Dighton's premier subdivision minutes to all highway routes to Providence & Boston (Route 24, 44 & I-195). Located under six miles from Exit 11 (Padelford St.) off Route 24, you will appreciate the ease of commuting to & from the place you call "home". The neighborhood offers luxurious home sites enveloped with glorious woodlands. You will admire the awesome curb appeal as you enter the neighborhood decorated with plentiful flowering shrubs & perennials, a recreational park to enjoy on a warm, sunny day, & sidewalks to stroll! This neighborhood is a "one-of-kind"! Some features include a designer kitchen & baths w/granite counters, hardwood & ceramic tile flooring, recessed lighting, natural gas heat, central air, & a maintenance free exterior. Pricing varies depending on size & model floor design selection.

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Now that you decided to move into a luxury home, you need to determine whether you are going to build one or buy a luxury home that already exists. There are pros and cons to both sides of the coin. Also, in most cases, building is going to be more expensive. Still, you also get to choose materials and have the newest technology built-in instead of having to upgrade on top of the purchase of an existing home.

Buying a Luxury Home

The main benefit of buying a luxury home is that you can be in your home in as little as a couple of weeks if you are doing a cash transaction or in 30 to 60 days if you are getting financing. The cost of buying a home is also less than building in most cases. You might find some areas of the country where building is less expensive, but that would be rare.

The biggest con to buying a luxury home is that people rarely find a home that has everything they are looking for. Most people settle for a home that has almost everything and either do without or add the feature on later. That depends on the feature and whether the feature is a deal-breaker.

Building a Luxury Home

The best part of building a luxury home is that you can choose the location of the home. Find that perfect piece of property, whether you want a small lot or thousands of acres, and then find the perfect place on the property for your home. On larger properties, you might decide to put your home near a lake or pond on the property, or on top of a high hill with a gorgeous view.

Consider your floor plans carefully, and always find a builder that you are comfortable with. It’s easier to work with someone who is open to your suggestions and will do their best to make your dreams come true. When you are going over the plans for your new luxury home, give the builder a good overall picture. For example, if you like to entertain, tell the builder, so he can help you design a house that is good for entertaining.

You can add all of the newest materials to the build, plus have the best technology built into the house, such as a security system, hidden safes, a storm shelter, automation and top-notch appliances.

If you are looking for a smaller lot, be sure to find a lot large enough for landscaping you want, a pool and other outdoor amenities. If you are looking for acreage, space isn’t a factor, unless the piece of property sits on a mountain and the only home site is too small for the house you want. Keep in mind what you want to do with the property, including adding stables or other buildings – you’ll need room for those buildings.


Welcome home! Step inside this wonderful long-time, family-owned home located minutes to all access routes. This home has been well cared for through the many years of ownership. You'll appreciate the very spacious floor plan. Some of the many features include an inviting foyer, a fully applianced kitchen, a formal dining room w/wood burning fireplace and built-in cabinets, a living room, three bedrooms, modern baths, and a mud room leading to a partially finished lower level with plenty of storage. The exterior offers an attractive front porch to enjoy warm summer nights on, an oversized driveway leading to a detached garage with loft area, and a shed. Enjoy natural gas heat, town water, and town sewer. Private viewings will begin Sunday, March 22nd.

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