What is ENERGY STAR®?
A joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, the ENERGY STAR program helps us all save money and protect the environment through energy-efficient products and practices.
Why does ENERGY STAR matter?
The results of the program are already adding up. With the help of ENERGY STAR, Americans saved enough energy in 2008 alone to avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 39 million cars — all while saving $19 billion on their utility bills.
Pella windows and doors that have earned the ENERGY STAR can help you to:
- Lower your heating and cooling costs. You could save $146 – $501 a year on your energy bills.*
- Enhance your home’s comfort
- Protect the environment
- Block most of the sun’s ultraviolet rays that can fade window treatments, carpets, walls and furniture.
What are the ENERGY STAR requirements?
For help gauging energy efficiency, look on the NFRC label for a window’s U-Factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) rating.
- The U-Factor indicates how well the product keeps heat inside a home (the lower the number, the better it insulates).
- The SHGC rating will tell you how effective the product is at blocking the heat caused by the sun (the lower the number, the less heat it allows in).
Pella products offer some of the lowest U-Factors in the industry.
- Pella® products offer the energy-efficient options that will meet or exceed ENERGY STAR guidelines in all 50 states.**
- Some Pella products significantly exceed U.S. ENERGY STAR guidelines.
*U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy. Average National Savings estimates based on an even mix of one- and two-story detached homes of 1700 or 2600 sq. ft. respectively, with 15% of their floor space in single-pane windows that are equally distributed across compass directions. Heating and cooling systems are modeled as either natural gas heat with electric air conditioning or electric heat pump, according to the regional breakdown reported in the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) 2005 Residential Energy Consumption Survey. Estimates use the EIA’s 2006 average natural gas prices and 2007 electricity prices. Actual savings will vary by local climatic conditions, utility rates, and individual home characteristics.
**Some Pella products may not meet ENERGY STAR guidelines in Canada. For more information, contact our local Pella sales representative or go to energystar.gc.ca.