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Create openings for natural light
An opening that provides light to areas that are dark during the day will reduce the need to use artificial lights.
What You Need to Do
Step 1Engage a contractor to help you create suitable and structurally safe light openings.
Step 2Be sure to select windows with at least an energy performance profile outlined below.
U value of 0.40 or less. SHGC of 0.40 or less
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