The Best Windows Start With A Star

Start With The Star by Auben Residential

Energy efficient windows are a great way to save the environment and the cash in your wallet.  Find out how to choose the best energy efficient windows for your home.

Shopping for windows has become significantly easier with the advent of Energy Star certification.  Energy Star labeling is provided by the US Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.  An Energy Star labeled window has been tested by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) and meets minimum requirements for efficiency and cost savings.

Compare Windows For Your Zone
Energy Star labeled windows are designed for specific climates.  You will want to look at windows that are labeled for your geographic area (called a climate zone).  The three climate zones are:

  1. N North zone
  2. C Central zone
  3. S South zone

You can find your zone at the Energy Star web site

Lower energy bills
New windows are a great way to lower your heating and cooling bills by improving the energy efficiency of your home.  You can choose from a variety of glass options that hold up to Minnesota weather, including insulating glass and double- and triple-paned windows.  Most Pella® windows with Low-E insulating glass meet or exceed ENERGY STAR standards in the U.S.

$1500 tax credit
There’s never been a better time to replace your windows and doors.  Now through December 2010, you could get up to a $1,500 tax credit for installing qualifying Energy Star products.  Talk to your window contractor to see if your new windowsqualify for the $1,500 tax credit

NOTE: The criteria for ENERGY STAR Residential Windows Door and  Skylights has been revised effective January 4, 2010: View the new specification (206KB)


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