HOUSTON, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- The 27th annual Texas Home and Garden show opened Friday in the fourth largest U.S. city of Houston, featuring energy-saving and other latest home and garden products and services.
Thousands of home and gardening products and services from more than 400 exhibitors, from windows and doors to ceilings and floors are displayed at the three-day show, one of the largest of its kind in Texas, said Deanna Thedford, event manager for the show.
On the new trends for home and remolding, Thedford said: "Tankless water heater is really popular and kitchen remodelling is huge."
"We have some experts here who are going to show you what remodelling tips you can do in your kitchen where you get the most money back."
One of the highlights at this year's show is energy-saving products and services, such as the energy-effective windows, she said.
Phillip LaGrappe, owner of Texas-based company Wonderful Windows & Siding, said he is bringing a number of energy-saving windows to the show.
Pane Burris Window, one of the company's best-selling windows, has three layers of glass with insulated frame, which helps keep out the sun's heat as well as its damaging ultraviolet rays, he said.
A home is a prime candidate for replacement windows if it was built more than seven years ago with either aluminum or wood. Back then, less thought was given to energy-saving windows partly because energy was inexpensive, according to the website of Wonderful Windows & Siding.
Energy costs continue to rise, and locally, natural gas prices have increased about 8 percent from a year ago, and electricity costs have gone up about 9 percent. Energy-saving windows is a substantive home improvement that will reap long-term energy savings, according to the website.