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Study Says Energy Efficient Windows Reduced Heating and Cooling Costs

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Friday, January 18, 2013

A division of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) known as the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is reporting that Americans used less energy to heat and cool their homes in 2009 than they did in 1993, and energy efficient windows have contributed to the reduction.

New survey results show the energy used to heat and cool American homes dropped from 58 percent in 1993 to 48 percent in 2009. The amount of energy used for space heating alone dropped from 53 percent in 1993 to 42 percent in 2009.

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Tax Credits for Windows Extended

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Saturday, January 12, 2013

Congress has extended energy efficiency tax credits for upgrades to existing homes, including a credit for windows.

The credit applies to purchases made in 2012 and 2013 and covers up to 10 percent of the cost for products that meet minimum efficiency levels. The credit is capped at $200 for windows.

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ENERGY STAR Seeks Fenestration Industry Input

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking input from the fenestration industry on the latest draft of the ENERGY STAR© for Windows, Doors, and Skylights specification.

The EPA is accepting comments at windows@energystar.gov until February 8, 2013.

Where to you see the fenestration industry in five years?

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DOE Invests $9 Million in Building Envelope Technology

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) plans to invest $9 million in building envelope technology, and one area of focus is high-performance windows.

According to Energy Secretary, Steven Chu, the average American family spends about $2,000 per year on their home energy bills, yet much of that money is wasted on air leaks. DOE says bringing more energy efficient products into the market can improve energy savings and strengthen U.S. manufacturers.

The National Fenestration Rating Council’s (NFRC) energy performance rating label helps consumers and industry professionals determine how windows, doors, and skylights will perform. Learn more about the NFRC label here.

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