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Why you might want to buy new windows

by Susan Gillin | Jun 21, 2019
Removing old windows_blogIt's not just the savings on your bill
At Chelan PUD, we encourage customers to invest in energy efficiency to save on their electric bills. With many products, you'll get a return on your investment in efficiency in a relatively short time.

That's not the case with windows, which are a long-term investment yet bring immediate results through improved comfort, reduced noise, ease of use and curb appeal. They can lower your electric bills, too -- but with Chelan PUD's low electric rates, it's just not enough to cover your costs.

How much do windows cost? Costs vary, but you don't need to break the bank. Consumer Reports Buying Guide notes that vinyl windows are less expensive than wood or fiberglass and held up very well -- better than fiberglass -- in testing.

In 2018, customers participating in the PUD's window rebate program paid an average of $25 per square foot. (In some cases that included installation costs and in others, only materials. Your costs could differ greatly. Always get at least two bids.) Many homeowners choose to install new windows themselves.

For a quick lesson in what to look for in windows -- or possibly just improve the ones you have -- watch this Consumer Reports video.

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