Energy Star Windows

Energy Star WindowsThese days, many people are realizing the importance of energy efficient products. More and more people are paying attention to the amount of energy they consume and are trying to reduce their individual carbon footprint.

Energy Star is a government backed symbol that lets consumers know they are buying a product that will save them money and help protect the environment. The EPA gives the Energy Star rating to products that meet the energy efficiency requirements in the Energy Star product specifications.

Energy Star products must meet consumer’s needs and pay the consumer back the extra money spent on an Energy Star product by reducing energy costs.

If you are thinking about replacing your windows with Energy Star rated windows look no further than Carrollwood Window & Door.

Carrollwood Window & Door has been serving the Tampa Bay area since 1991 when they first opened their business on a shoe-string budget. Since then, their faithful customers have helped them grow into their new 22,600 sq. foot warehouse and showroom outside of Brandon, Florida.

Energy Star windows are a great investment as they are known to reduce your energy costs up to 15%. Not only that, but you will be reducing the amount of energy you consume, thereby improving the environment but reducing the amount of greenhouse gases local power plants emit.

And the benefits don’t stop there. Installing ENERGY STAR qualified windows, doors, and skylights shrinks energy bills — and carbon footprints — by about 7-15 percent compared to non-qualified products.

Your estimated savings will vary depending on current heating and cooling costs in your region.

For a typical home, choose ENERGY STAR and save:

$146–$501 
and 
1,147–3,839 pounds of CO2

which is equivalent to 59 to 196 gallons of gasoline

a year when replacing single-pane windows

$71–$247 
and 
692–2,825 pounds of CO2

which is equivalent to 35 to 144
gallons of gasoline

a year when replacing double-pane, clear glass windows

UPGRADE TO ENERGY STAR

ANNUAL SAVINGS1

This image shows the regional annual savings when upgrading to ENERGY STAR qualified windows from either single-pane or double-pane, clear glass windows. The source for these savings is the U.S. Department of Energy. 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 windows that are equally distributed across compass directions.

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Savings estimates are based on RESFEN 5.0 calculations performed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). View methodology.

Get Comfortable

Comfort. It’s the essential quality of home. ENERGY STAR qualified windows, doors, and skylights do more than just lower energy bills — they deliver comfort that other products just can’t match.

Protection for Winter Chills

On cold winter nights, do you avoid seats near the window? The cold, inside surface of an inefficient window pulls heat away from your body, so you can feel chilly in a sweater with the thermostat at 70 degrees. With ENERGY STAR qualified windows, the interior glass stays warmer, so you can enjoy your window seat even when the temperature outside dips well below freezing.

Shielding from Summer Heat

Do some of your rooms feel like a sauna in the summer? A standard double-pane window allows approximately 75 percent of the sun’s heat into your home.1 With ENERGY STAR qualified windows you can stay cool all summer long. Most ENERGY STAR qualified windows reduce the “heat gain” into your home more than typical windows do, without reducing the visible light. You get the light you need without the uncomfortable heat.

1 Source: Residential Windows. Carmody, Selkowitz, Arasteh, and Heschong. 2007.

Protect Your Valuables

Drapes, wood floors, a favorite photograph: all these things can fade or discolor after repeated exposure to direct sunlight. Whether their value is monetary or sentimental, you want to protect your belongings from fading and discoloring.

ENERGY STAR qualified windows have coatings that keep out the summer heat and act like sunscreen for your house, protecting your valuables from harmful, fading ultraviolet light without noticeably reducing visible light. These special coatings reduce fading by up to 75 percent.1

1 Source: Residential Windows. Carmody, Selkowitz, Arasteh, and Heschong. 2007.

What is a Carbon Footprint?

Your personal carbon footprint measures the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions caused by your activities. It includes CO2 emissions from such things as driving your car or flying in a plane, the manufacture and distribution of the products you buy, and turning on the lights in your home. A carbon footprint is usually measured in pounds or tons of CO2 per year.

Home energy use accounts for about one-quarter of your carbon footprint, but this can vary depending on the kinds of energy sources available to power your home. ENERGY STAR calculates carbon savings for ENERGY STAR qualified windows, doors, and skylights based on the mix of fuels in a region and the estimated energy use for a typical home.

Home energy use: 27%, Purchase: 20%, Transportation: 19%, Services: 15%, Recreation: 14%, Food and drink: 5%

Carrollwood Window & Door employs a full time, in-house staff to install your new energy efficient windows so you don’t have to worry about not knowing anything about a contractor that another company might hire for the job.

At Carrollwood Window & Door, we provide comprehensive, in-house training so our installers are experts in the business. We treat your home as if it is our own, cleaning up and even vacuuming if needed so you will only know we were there because you now have beautiful, brand new, energy efficient windows.

Sources:
EPA Power Profiler (fuel mix) www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-and-you/how-clean.html.  2009.
Carbon Footprint, Ltd. Accessed at www.carbonfootprint.com/.  2009.