LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW) - Replacing the windows in your home can help reduce your energy costs.
The Wisconsin Energy Institute says the state is lagging behind other Midwest states when it comes to clean energy.
A new study shows Wisconsin's power rates are 2nd highest in the Midwest.
Replacing your windows can improve your family's comfort, enhance the overall appearance of your home, and help reduce energy costs.
Chris Pasa, a window salesman, says "the most important rating system that windows have today is the U factor. U factor is a number that they put on each window that tells you just how efficient it is. The lower the number, the more efficient that window is."
Common signs that your windows need to be replaced include wood rot and drafts.
Angie Hicks of Angie's List says when you hire a window contractor make sure to do your homework and know what kind of guarantees and warranties come with the windows.