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A Window to Environmentally Responsible Improvements

(ARA) – With the return of warmer weather, homeowners often plan home improvement projects and many look for ways to do them with minimal impact on the environment.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating and cooling account for 44 percent of the average home’s total energy use. Replacing old and leaky windows with energy efficient models can bring a significant return on investment when you consider today’s high energy prices. Plus, saving energy is good for your wallet and the environment.

Craig Evanich, president of Renewal by Andersen, suggests homeowners look for the ENERGY STAR label to ensure that a window is energy efficient. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, replacing inefficient single pane windows with ENERGY STAR qualified windows could save up to 15 percent on your energy bills.

Evanich adds that Renewal by Andersen windows come standard with High-Performance Low-E4 glass which is designed to perform at even higher standards and is over 14 percent more energy efficient than stringent ENERGY STAR requirements.

Homeowners are increasingly seeking products that not only help reduce their energy consumption, but do so in an environmentally responsible manner. This means taking into consideration the full product life-cycle, from materials to manufacturing and use, to recycling and disposal. Here are some points to consider:

  • Choose windows that are made from recycled or renewable materials.For example, Renewal by Andersen windows, America’s only Green Seal certified replacement window, are made from a highly sustainable composite material that blends the best attributes of thermoplastics and wood fibers — much of it reclaimed directly from the company’s manufacturing plant operations.

  • High-quality windows made from sustainable materials are built to provide long-term performance and minimize the long-term impact to the environment.Evanich says windows made from composite materials can be a good option for homeowners who like the look and strength of wood windows but want the low-maintenance features of vinyl. Because of the unique blend of materials, composite windows do not need ongoing staining or painting to maintain their natural beauty, saving homeowners time and money.

  • Shop by performance not price. Shop around for quality windows that enhance the beauty of your home based on long-term value, not price. Saving a few dollars now could mean another replacement project just a few years down the road.

For more information on choosing energy efficient windows, visit or call (800) 630-5838.

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