The Department of Energy unveiled its annual Energy Star Awards today and a few door and window companies, and a retailer, made the list.

The Energy Star Award for Sustained Excellence was awarded to Pella Corp. According to the DOE, Pella is receiving the recognition for its commitment to making Energy-Star-qualified windows available to consumers and for outstanding promotional efforts. Key accomplishments include growing its Energy Star-qualified product sales to 98 percent of total sales in 2010, a 1 percent increase over 2009. The company also was recognized for continuing its outstanding promotion of the Energy Star brand through labeling, training, sales and marketing, tradeshows and exhibits, public relations, and consumer/end-user education efforts–totaling more than 3 billion impressions in 2010 alone—a 50 percent increase over 2009.

“This honor recognizes the ongoing energy-saving aspects that Pella designs into our windows and doors and our efforts in educating consumers about how our products can help save energy in their home,” says Elaine Sagers, vice president of marketing for the privately-held company. “With rising gas and energy prices, there’s more focus on energy efficiency. We’re very proud to be an ongoing Energy Star partner and will continue to help consumers create better views as they enhance energy efficiency in their homes.”

Lowe’s Companies Inc. also was recognized with the Energy Star Award for Sustained Excellence for its continued leadership in integrating Energy Star across all its strategic marketing efforts and customer and other stakeholder touch points, according to the DOE.

Key accomplishments noted include integrating Energy Star into its national corporate marketing strategy.

Additionally, the company continues to expand its selection of Energy Star-qualified products–including appliances, lighting, doors and windows, and more—where the sales of these products from 2009 to 2010 saved customers more than $1 billion in their energy bills over the products’ lifetimes.

Andersen Corp. was recognized as an Energy Star Partner of the Year for its commitment to making Energy Star-qualified products available to consumers and the quality of its cross-cutting environmental efforts, according to the DOE.

Key accomplishments cited by DOE include offering 201 door and window models that have earned the Energy Star across nine different product lines—a 5 percent increase over 2009, and qualifying 87 percent of all door and window models as Energy Star with the standard glazing option and 95 percent through offered upgrades despite more stringent Energy Star specifications.


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