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African American History Month

Many people know that the first African American History Month was in 1976, but did you know it's roots go back much further?  

  • In 1926, the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February was to be "Negro History Week". It was chosen because it marked the birthday of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.
  • In 1970, leaders of the Black United Students changed it to "Black History Month" in recognition for all that happened at Kent State.
  • In 1979, the US Government finally recognized "African American History Month" marking the importance of Black history in American nationally .

February Home Improvement

Now that Winter has really set in, it's time to save the exterior home improvements for the Spring...or is it?

Windows on Washington has set the standard in installation practices for the Metro DC area. For 90% of our projects, we can complete the installation in one day. That means that your home is only open to the elements for a very short period of time. In fact, we are typically able to replace and entire home of windows in just one day. We also do not perform installations during inclement weather, further protecting your home and possessions.

At Windows on Washington, we know that there is no "perfect" time to begin a home improvement project, but there is also no "wrong" time. Most window replacement, exterior doors, siding and metal roofing projects are not subject to the same temperature restrictions. Although these projects require sealants and adhesives which are subject to curing, we are sufficiently familiar with these materials to advise you on the required temperature for suitable use. Consequently, homeowners do not need to postpone these projects until the warmer temperatures of spring and can take advantage of the energy savings now!

Replacement Window and Insulation Energy Tax Credit Extended For 2013

Now is the time to take advantage of the additional tax savings that you can achieve from making your home more energy efficient. During the colder months of the year, the energy inefficiencies throughout your home are more noticeable. So why not replace those drafty windows and doors or add air sealing and added insulation now? There is an even better reason to get going on these energy saving home improvements as soon as possible. Due to the last minute deal to avert the "fiscal cliff," the $500 tax credit has been extended by Congress to make these improvements a little more affordable. Homeowners can claim a $500 maximum tax credit to cover material costs of energy-efficient upgrades to existing homes in 2013. This $500 tax credit is only available to taxpayers that have not previously used it on prior year tax retuns.

Windows on Washington provides the following services that are currently eligible for the tax credit:


Insulation - Additional insulation to walls, ceilings, or other part of your home that meet standards set in 2009 IECC.

Air Sealing - Sealing cracks around your home and ducts to reduce air infiltration and heat

loss in a manner consistent with the 2009 IECC.

Replacement Windows and  Exterior Doors - 10% of material cost, up to $200 for replacement windows and exterior doors that meet Energy Star requirements.

Skylights - 10% of material cost up to $200 and must meet Energy Star requirements.

 The IRS requires homeowners to obtain paperwork from the manufacturer to certify that the products used in the home improvement meet or exceed the standards outlined in the Taxpayer Relief Act.



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