New windows can be a big investment for homeowners, but choosing energy efficient windows can bring a return with savings on heating and cooling bills.

Monique O'Grady of the Alliance to Save Energy says special coating on the windows keeps heat outside in the summer and inside in the winter. They're also built to reduce drafts, which can literally send your heat or air-conditioning out the window.

Heating and cooling costs average about $1,000 per year nationwide, but windows with the Energy Star label can cut those costs by up to 30 percent, putting real money in your pocket.

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