Energy Star Windows

What Does Energy Star Rated Mean, and What Does it Tell You? 

You may have heard the terms “Energy Star rated” or “Energy Star certified” before, perhaps even right here on our website. But what does it mean, and how can it help you?

Energy Star is a program run and founded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Department of Energy (DOE). This program provides information on the energy consumption of products using standardized methods across industries. 

According to the program: 

“ENERGY STAR® is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, providing simple, credible, and unbiased information that consumers and businesses rely on to make well-informed decisions. Thousands of industrial, commercial, utility, state, and local organizations—including nearly 40% of the Fortune 500®—partner with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deliver cost-saving energy efficiency solutions that protect the climate while improving air quality and protecting public health.”

This means Energy Star is a program that rates different types of products and building materials on their energy efficiency. In addition, Energy Star will also often provide dollar ratings to some products. These ratings indicate what the average consumer might expect to pay over a year of average use. When comparing two different televisions, for example, Energy Star often will provide the average yearly cost of running those two televisions. This allows consumers to make more informed choices.

Established in 1992 as a part of the Clean Air Act, a US law, Energy Star tests products in over 75 categories. According to the organization, Energy Star and it’s partners have reduced energy bills for consumers by more than 450 billion dollars and “an average of 800,000 ENERGY STAR certified products were sold every day in 2019, bringing the total to more than 7 billion products sold since 1992.”

What Does it Mean When My Windows and Doors Are Energy Star Rated?

Energy Star certifies much more than televisions and printers. It also provides ratings for building materials like windows, doors, and insulation. For our purposes here at Premier Home Solutions, we’ll be focusing on our windows and doors. 

All of the windows and doors that PHS sells are manufactured in our facility to the strict mandates of the program. We independently certify them with the government because we want consumers to be certain our products are manufactured to the highest energy efficiency standards available. 

Energy Star Windows are, according to the program: 

  1. “Manufactured by an ENERGY STAR partner”.
  2. “Are independently tested, certified, and verified by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC)” 
  3. “Have NFRC ratings that meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).”

You can read more about the verification process here.

What Are The Savings Like for Energy Star Products? 

According to the program consumers that switch to Energy Star windows and doors save an average of 12 percent nationwide on heating and cooling bills. 

This translates into real money. For typical Michigan homes replacing single pane windows, Energy Star certified windows save an average of 366$ dollars a year.

This is a total savings of $3,500 over 1o years. In many cases, switching to Energy Star Rated Windows pay for themselves over time. Plus it will provide the home’s occupants with more comfortable home, not to mention reducing the impact on the environment. 

Factory Pricing On Energy Star Windows and Doors?

While all of this technology and engineering might sound costly, here at PHS we can offer you direct factory pricing. We offer a full line of stylish, extremely efficient, Energy Star certified windows and doors.  Because we manufacture our own windows, we cut out the middleman and pass the savings to our customers.

In addition, we offer products that are stylish and fit any home either contemporary or classic. 

If you’re thinking about switching out your windows for the best windows available on the market today, give us a call at (517)742-2424