Getting ready to spruce up your home? Check your windows. Installing high-performance windows will improve your home's energy efficiency. While it may take many years for new windows to pay off in energy savings, the benefits of added comfort and improved anesthetics and functionality may make the investment worth it to you and there might also be tax incentives. Many window technologies are available that are worth considering. Efficient windows with two or more panes of glass, improved framing materials, and low-e coating(s), will help keep heat inside during the winter and outside during the summer. Can’t manage new windows, consider adding storm windows. But be sure you have adequate weather-stripping and caulking - a small leak around windows, electrical receptacles and pipe and wire entry points is the same as keeping your window open and will make your air conditioner work harder and longer and waste energy and money.