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Old 02-13-2010, 07:47 PM   #1
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If you had two exact windows in all aspects except the first one had a U-Factor of 0.28 and the second had 0.30. In addition the first had a Solar Heat Gain Coefficient of 0.21 and the second had 0.27.
I dont expect a definite answer because of all the variables involved but the first window cost 625.00 compared to the second window of 408.00
In cost difference of 217.00 per each window do you think the better ratings of the first window will pay for itself over the next 5 to 10 years ?
Right now we would be getting 6 windows which is a cost difference of around 1302.00 at minimum.


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Old 02-13-2010, 08:12 PM   #2
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No, you will probably never recoup that added cost, HOWEVER, are the windows really EXACTLY the same? It is very rare to find the SAME window sold at such a price difference. What are the differences that cause the different ratings? Just because windows have all the same features, the can be major discrepancies in both the quality of the products and the installation.

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Higher rated windows qualify for up to a 30% Tax Credit thru 2010
Max credit $1500 on a $5000 expense
So if the better windows qualify take that into consideration
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Thanks for your answer based on the original question and yes you are right about the windows not being exactly the same but I had to ask in this manner and I will have to factor in the remaining differences physically and as well as warranties, replacements, etc...
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Thanks for your answer Scuba_Dave. I didnt think of that option when comparing. Ive heard of this tax credit but dont know any details. Is this up to 1500.00 that is rated as a tax break or is that up to 1500.00 that we would get in hand on next years end return ?
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Its a Tax credit $1 for $1
If you paid at least $1500 in taxes & spent $5000 on energy improvements you get $1500 back at Tax time
On the last (3) windows I installed it was an extra $10 per window to meet the requirements
$1200 for the windows - 30% of that refunded back

What qualifies (windows/doors/insulation/heating systems): 2009 & 2010

http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?...edits.tx_index

We have maxed out & will get $1500 back (+ reg return) on our 2009 return
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Thanks for the help and the link. Im trying to consider the factor of subtracting 30% from each total. The more you spend the more you save (up to 1500.00) but indeed the more you DO spend.
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My original figures were wrong in my first post and I have corrected them. The new figures have a much closer margarine to help consider the cost difference.
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Both of your choices qualify for the tax credit. It is 30% of the cost of the windows (not installation), up to a maximum of $1500.00

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