Companies Celebrate Energy Star Partnerships During Energy MonthOctober 12th, 2018 by Drew Vass
This October marks Energy Awareness Month, when the U.S. Department of Energy provides leadership and resources to encourage companies to be more energy efficient. Among these initiatives is the Energy Star program run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). To mark the occasion, several companies are celebrating their partnerships with the program, including door and window manufacturers Andersen and Milgard.
To commemorate its 20-year relationship with Energy Star, manufacturer Milgard Windows and Doors is offering homeowners $10 Amazon gift cards with the purchase of every Style Line Series Window, $20 gift cards with every Tuscany Series window and $50 gift cards for every Tuscany Series patio door purchased through November 15, 2018.
“Milgard has been an Energy Star partner since 1998 when the program began,” says Kevin Vilhauer, Milgard doors engineering manager. “We constantly conduct thermal simulations to help improve energy performance in our windows and patio doors.”
The company’s windows can meet or exceed Energy Star version six requirements for U-Factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient criteria.
“[Our] vinyl windows and patio doors are exceptionally energy efficient,” says Vilhauer. “They are highly insulating and ideal for cold and mixed climates.”
Andersen Windows, which is also celebrating a twenty-year Energy Star partnership, was the first company to be awarded Energy Star National Window Partner of the Year in 1999, and was awarded this year’s Energy Star Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award. This is Andersen’s fourth Sustained Excellence Award, and the ninth time that the company’s been recognized by the Energy Star program.
“Andersen’s leadership in energy efficiency is exemplified through products that have helped set industry standards for minimizing environmental impacts while maximizing energy efficiency, performance and durability for our customers,” says Eliza Clark, Andersen’s director of sustainability and environmental.
Company officials say the long and successful partnership has challenged Andersen to constantly evolve toward greater energy efficiency.
“In addition to developing and promoting energy efficient products, Andersen is committed to reducing energy use across its operations,” says Clark. “We have an enterprise goal to reduce energy use by 20 percent by 2020, using 2013 as a baseline.”
To mark Energy Awareness Month, Energy Star will celebrate Energy Star Day on October 21st. Andersen will participate by, “encouraging our internal and external audiences to make a difference in protecting the planet,” adds Clark.