High Efficiency Windows - year round benefits

High efficiency windows are another option for those that are interested in maximizing the energy efficiency of their home. Modern windows have as much as an R-7 rating, and that's very impressive considering there is only glass and gas between the inside of the house and the outside air.

When you consider that R-12 was once considered an adequate level of insulation for an attic, that means the best windows today are 60% as good as state-of-the-art attic insulation used to be. That's impressive.

State-of-the-art windows are known as "low E." The "e" stands for emissivity. That means that the windows are highly resistant to giving off energy, whether it's from the inside to the outside or the other way around.

Such high efficiency windows have an inert gas between the double panes. Since the panes of glass are sealed, there is no convection to help transfer energy. Since the gas has good insulating qualities, there is no conduction of energy to speak of.

This won't be one of the more cost-effective of the energy saving tips as the price of these type of windows is quite high. High enough to discourage me from replacing mine. I opted instead to install storm windows to provide a little more insulation as well as minimize drafts coming from bad window seals.

Even though you might not ever recoup the cost of replacement windows in the form of energy savings, they can make sense if you have to replace your windows for another reason, or you're building a new house. There is no sense putting in inferior windows when you have the chance to put in higher quality windows right from the start.

Done with High Efficiency Windows, back to Ways to Save Energy

There certainly is a broad scope of topics here at Frugal Living Freedom. When you think about it, money permeates so very many activities in our lives, therefore, being frugal encompasses a wide range of interests, from being employed to taking a vacation, and just about everything in between. Enjoy the variety, pick up some new ideas, and start making frugality a part of your signature.

I'm a big proponent of being debt-free, and I mean entirely debt-free - no mortgage payment. It's not essential for financial freedom, but you'll love the feeling once you get there. If you didn't have a rent or mortgage payment, how much more could you do for yourself with your current level of income? I suspect plenty.

If you ever hope to see an abundance of wealth, you need to plug the hole in your boat. The wealthy don't necessarily make lots of money, instead, they know how to hang onto what they make, and make it work for them.