Look for the ENERGY STAR® logo

Energy-saving program helps save money and protects the environment

If you’ve ever shopped for household products, like windows, doors or appliances, you’ve seen the blue ENERGY STAR logo that designates products that meet strict energy-saving guidelines.

Created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the ENERGY STAR program helps consumers save money and protect the environment by choosing energy-efficient products and practices.

“To save on energy usage and help reduce your utility bill, look for products with the ENERGY STAR,” said Kathy Krafka Harkema, Pella spokesperson. “It’s a helpful program designed to provide you with the information you need to help select energy-efficient products when building or updating your home.”

Pella has been recognized for its commitment to building energy-efficient products and for educating consumers and builders about the benefits of choosing ENERGY STAR.

What is ENERGY STAR?

  • ENERGY STAR is a government-backed program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through the use of high-efficiency products.
  • Started by the EPA in 1992, ENERGY STAR began as a voluntary labeling program designed to identify and promote energy-efficient products to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • The ENERGY STAR label is now on major appliances, office equipment, lighting and home electronics, in addition to quality windows and doors. EPA also has extended the program to include new homes and commercial and industrial buildings.

How it benefits you

  • ENERGY STAR designations on products like windows, doors, lighting fixtures, appliances and heating and cooling equipment mean these products use less energy, save money and help protect the environment.
  • Energy efficiency means delivering the same (or more) services for less energy, which helps protect the environment. When we use less energy, power plants don’t need to generate as much energy, which can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help improve the quality of our air.
  • Plus, energy efficiency can help the economy by saving consumers and businesses millions of dollars in energy costs.
  • And energy-saving solutions can reduce energy bills for many homeowners and businesses by an estimated 20 to 30 percent.

Windows and doors

Many Pella products meet ENERGY STAR standards. Look for Pella products with low U-values, which measure the ability to resist the transfer of heat. The lower the U-value, the better, and Pella has some of the lowest in the industry.

  • For a typical home, replacing single-pane windows with ENERGY STAR-qualified windows can save $146 – $501 a year on energy costs, and reduce a home’s carbon footprint by 7-15 percent, according to energystar.gov.
  • Double-pane insulating glass windows include two panes of glass with a gas-filled space between them — and can insulate over two times better than single-pane windows based on a comparison of U-Factors.
  • Benefits of double-pane insulating glass low-emissivity (Low-E) windows over single-pane windows with clear glass include: lower energy costs, improved home comfort in hot or cold weather, protection from the sun’s fading rays, and more peace and quiet by reducing outside noise.
  • Make sure windows fit tightly and no air comes through the frame. Proper installation is vital to energy efficiency.
  • Keep window blinds and shades closed during hot months to conserve energy and open on sunny days during cold months to let in solar heat, which can help reduce heating bills.

Pella earns ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year

Pella earned an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year 2014 award for manufacturing energy-efficient windows and educating consumers about them.

“Pella is a longtime leader in designing and manufacturing energy-efficient vinyl, fiberglass and wood windows that help homeowners lower their energy use and their utility bills.” said Elaine Sagers, vice president of marketing.

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