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In Topic: What $250,000 Buys You Around the Country

Today, 06:10 AM

Is it worth it to tint existing windows?

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Anything that reduces the amount of UV coming through the glass.

 

Replacement windows or sashes made with Low E (Low emissivity) glass actually have a zinc coating on the inside surfaces of both panes of glass as shown below (surfaces 2&3):

 

Low-E-diagram.jpg

 

This reduces heat (UV) from coming through the glass in the summer and maintains heat within the home during winter. The reason the zinc or Low E coating is applied to the inside surfaces of the glass is because it is barely noticeable to the human eye, but it can be scratched off. 

 

If your home was built within the last 30 years, odds are you can purchase replacement window sashes with more energy efficient glass at a very reasonable price. My last home in Virginia was built in 1985 (2-story, 3 bed, 2400 sf) and I replaced all the sashes in the house with Low E and argon gas for less than $3k.
 


In Topic: What $250,000 Buys You Around the Country

Yesterday, 08:48 PM

If you opt for an on-demand hot water system, you'll need to live in the house for at least 4 more years to break even and start realizing any savings. So installing one when remodeling, renovating or adding to the square footage is your best bet.

 

Upgrading windows is relatively inexpensive and the gratification is immediate in that you can feel the difference as soon as they're installed. Upgrading to insulated windows with Low E and argon gas will pay for themselves in less than 3 years.

 

Believe it or not, decent window blinds will help especially if you have afternoon-early evening sun beating through your windows.

 

HVAC is tricky, but the vast majority of systems out there have a single speed motor. When the AC or the heat kicks on, the fan runs at a constant speed. If you purchase a new system and step up a few notches above the least expensive, you can get a variable speed unit that basically runs at the necessary power to get the air thru the system. ECM controlled motors make HVAC systems much more efficient than they were just 10 years ago.


In Topic: Largest teacher raise in NC history

Yesterday, 04:31 PM

The parents should suffer for it. 
 

 

Hence, the death penalty thread.....
 


In Topic: Largest teacher raise in NC history

Yesterday, 04:31 PM

I think you are probably correct.

 

But thinking about it more, why is that so terrible.

 

I think back to when I was in school.  We had class sizes just as big and there were NO teacher assistants.  You would think that the technology today was even make it easier.

 

I know that having another person in the room is a big help....but haven't we really created this situation over the past decade?

 

Quite possibly. I'm so many decades removed from school and there have been so many changes, I couldn't answer the question. There was no such thing as a teaching assistant when I was in school, but most teachers I know now say they had to gain hours as a teaching assistant at some point in their degree and/or credential program. Perhaps they can answer this more accurately.

 

When I was in the primary school years, my class sizes were 25-30. In high school, my graduating class size was 700 (total school population was almost 3000) yet my classes were smaller- 20-25 people.
 


In Topic: Largest teacher raise in NC history

Yesterday, 01:45 PM

If you seriously don't believe teacher assistants are soon to be extinct, you're delusional or an ostrich with your head in the sand.

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