Well, now any savings are pretty slim. All you are improving is the
infiltration loss. The room will be more comfortable, but I doubt you will
measure much in the way of savings unless the thermostat is in that room and
was cycling too much, thus overheating the rest of the house while trying to
maintain the living room temperature.
Even if you were upgrading to a double pane window, $50 was rather optimistic.
After all, even a small house may have 1000 sq ft of ceiling and another 1000
sq ft of walls, and all you would have been doing was raising the R value on 32
sq ft from 1 to 3.
But for $200, it's an inexpensive upgrade and a more comfortable living room.
I'm surprised they even make a single pane window that large anymore.
1. Replace the window as the first priority -- It's value to the house is
the most evident -- especially if you put the house on the market (assuming
your price of $200 is accurate -- that seems low for an insulated or dual
2. Check at places like Habitat's resale store or other charity resale
locations for a low-volume efficient flush toilet. You can afford to wait
until the right one shows up because your present one is still working.
single pane vinyl window would almost assuredly not qualify. (Also note
that $50/month savings in the winter is not much more than $10/month year
round (if these figures are in anyway accurate). Perhaps the solution is
the toilet plus caulking around the window (or as one poster suggested,
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