What is ENERGY STAR?

ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Enviromental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping all of us save money and protect the enviroment through energy efficient products and practices.

In 2008 alone, Americans like you, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved enough energy to avoid greenhouse gases emissions equivalent to those from 29-million vehicles — while saving $19-billion on utility bills.

Every ENERGY STAR qualified window is independently certified by the National Fenestration Rating Council, or NFRC, to perform at levels that meet or exceed strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Energy. Just like the EPA sticker on a new car gives you a cars fuel economy, or miles per gallon, the NFRC label will help you measure and compare the energy performance of different window brands. ENERGY STAR requirements for windows and doors vary by climate zone. For instance, a window that is energy efficient in San Diego will not be the best choice in Chicago.

What criteria does ENERGY STAR Program use for Window and Door Performance?

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The first energy performance rating is the U-Factor. U-Factor measures heat transfer through a window and tells you how well the window insulates. The lower the U-Factor, the better the window insulates. During winter months, the lower a windows overall U-Factor, the less energy you will use to heat your home.

The second performance rating is Solar Heat Gain Coefficient.This measures how much solar heat is admitted in to your home through the window, and tells you how well the window blocks heat caused by sunlight.  The lower the SHGC, the better the window is at blocking heat. During summer months, a lower SHGC means less radiation is admitted through your windows, keeping your home cooler, and saving you money on running your air conditioner.

Benefits of ENERGY STAR Qualified Windows

What are the benefits of ENERGY STAR qualified windows and doors?

Save Energy and Money

  • Windows can account for almost one-quarter of household energy use. Many studies tell us that the number one priority of homeowners like you in replacing windows is energy savings.
  • Installing ENERGY STAR qualified window and doors in your home will lower your energy bills by 7-15% compared to non-qualified products.
  • Lower energy consumption also reduces greenhouses gas emissions from power plants and shrinks a home’s carbon footprint.

Increased Comfort:
ENERGY STAR qualified windows can help put an end to cold drafts and overheated rooms in your home by keeping your home’s temperature consistently comfortable.

Prevent Fading of Interior Furnishings:
With repeated exposure to direct sunlight, drapes, carpeting, wood flooring, and photos can fade and discolor. ENERGY STAR qualified windows have special coatings that act like a sunscreen for your house, enabling you to let in the light you want while blocking ultraviolet rays that can damage your furnishings.

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