Last night (Halloween), after our kids were in bed, my husband took our dog for his nightly walk while I curled up on the couch with a cozy blanket at the TV remote to enjoy the quiet after a busy night.
When he returned, he was amazed at the noise level difference between inside the house and out. He said there were fireworks going off everywhere, and that it was still noisy and bustling outside.
Last year, with the old windows, we heard the fireworks almost as if we were still outside. This year, however, with our new Energy Star windows, it was as if there was no noise outside.
Ahhhh... warmth and quiet!!