Posts Categorized: Energy Efficiency and Sustainability

Window Styles That Help With Increasing Energy Efficiency

Not all windows are created equal. The materials and special insulating glass are fundamental to increasing energy efficiency, and there’s even a difference between window styles. Starting with the right window material is the first step to increasing energy efficiency. Nature knew what it was doing, because wood is still one of the best insulators,…

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4 Points to Look for in Eco-Friendly, Energy Efficienct Windows and Doors

Spring is the greenest time of year, a perfect time to think about energy efficient, green products. Here are 4 points to look for in energy efficient windows and patio doors:  What materials are used in the window frames? Eco-friendly window manufacturers will be able to show you how much recycled material is used and…

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Green and Energy Efficient Windows: Experts who use Marvin

Used as the Southern Building Showhouse, this home is a model of water and energy efficient practices. What window would an expert on green building choose? At AVI, besides priding ourselves on the fact that our Buckhead showroom was the first commercial space to be certified green by EarthCraft, we also supply Marvin’s energy efficient…

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Fiberglass Windows: Are they really better than vinyl?

For years vinyl replacement windows were the modern way to update old deteriorated windows. But did you know that for over 15 years, fiberglass windows have been outperforming vinyl in every way? Here are some quick facts to consider if you’re shopping for new windows for your home. Fiberglass windows: have a 38% longer life…

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Smart Home Technology Choices as Cool as your iPhone

You love your smart phone, your iPad, your cool technology, right? Doesn’t your home call for the same kind of cool? Consider these two tech savvy products that also can add comfort and convenience to your home – as well as giving you something to beat your friends’ newest gadgets. NEST Thermostats You might think…

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Do Thermal Lined Curtains Work?

As the temperature drops outside, you may be dreading drafts and cold spots indoors. Read this before investing in insulating curtains and drapes find out if they really help you save energy. Are insulating curtains cost effective? When you cover your windows with treatments that have a thermal panel liner, you’re shutting out chills in the short term….

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Georgia Power Company Energy Efficiency Tips: Doggone Fun!

GP's energy savings tips: a homeowner's best friend. With the cooler months coming, where can you turn to take the bite of energy bills? Four furry friends from Georgia Power Company. With countless tips on reducing energy waste and making your home more efficient, they’ll truly be your best friend.  Click here to visit the website.

From Spanish Style to Farm House Plans: Marvin Window’s Architect’s Challenge Winners

With home designs ranging from an ultra-contemporary mountain home in Oregon to a classic rural farmhouse in Maine, the winners in this year’s myMarvin Architect’s Challenge cover a wide variety of styles. The Architect’s Challenge is an annual contest held by Marvin Windows and Doors, and this year for the first time, the competition included an…

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Design Trends: 5 Benefits of Sustainable Homes

If you’re drawn to the idea of building or buying a green home, or simply considering greening your current home, here are 5 reasons you’re on the right track.  Sustainable building is better building. Green building follows high standards, usually above existing building code, so your home improvements can have long-lasting, successful outcomes. Green living…

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Yes, Energy Efficient Windows Lead to Energy Savings

If you’ve ever wished you could get “off the grid” and stop paying utilities, here’s a story for you. This beautiful country home looks like a dream, but even better, it’s a zero-net energy home. Not only have they reduced their energy usage with changes such as replacement windows from Marvin, but the home also generates…

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