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2022

What is “Energy Star” and Why Should I Look for It on Windows?

Energy conservation may not be the first thing that comes to mind when building or renovating your Muskoka dream cottage or home. But if you’re not using energy efficient windows and doors, you’re missing out on some serious savings.

You can lose up to 25 percent of your home’s energy through leaky windows and doors. So whether you’re trying to cool your lakefront cottage or warm up your Huntsville home, it pays to go green.

Look for the logo

You can easily spot an energy efficient home in the Muskokas from its windows. Just look for the Energy Star logo.

This blue symbol lets you know that the product has been tested and certified to ensure it meets the highest standards of energy efficiency. The Energy Star program is a collaborative effort between government and industry to make manufacturing more energy aware. It’s recognized in both Canada and America, so all North American manufacturers can take advantage of this rating.

For cost-conscious cottage owners, choosing these accredited products is a no-brainer. Energy Star windows are around 20 percent more efficient than the average window, while Energy Star doors are 15 percent more efficient.

And if you really want to bring down your bills, look for Energy Star’s ‘Most Efficient’ label. These windows and sliding glass doors offer up to 55 percent more energy efficiency than average models.

Use any of these products and you could even qualify for Energy Star rebates or incentives to further offset your cottage costs.

Style, sustainability and savings

At Muskoka Window & Door Centre, we want to make sure your lakeside getaway isn’t just beautiful, it’s also taking advantage of the most up to date and reliable energy-saving technology. That’s why we partner with manufacturers who can provide elegant yet efficient windows and doors.

 

In fact, one of our long-standing suppliers, Andersen Windows & Doors, has been working with the Energy Star program for over two decades and, in 2017, received the program’s Partner of the Year award for Sustained Excellence.

From specialty windows to sliding doors, we carry a wide-range of Energy Star-rated products that keep the weather out and the energy in – without sacrificing style for savings.

And, of course, choosing your windows and doors is only the first step. Shoddy workmanship and poor installation can sabotage your efforts to seal up your home, leading to leaks and soaring bills. Our team is very experienced in installing, maintaining and (when necessary) replacing Energy Star products so you’re guaranteed longstanding and secure windows and doors.

Reducing your energy use isn’t just good for your wallet and your home. It also benefits the beautiful Muskoka environment – less energy wastage means more sustainable energy use. 

Boost your conservation credentials with a beautiful set of energy-efficient furnishings and you’ll be indirectly helping to preserve the picturesque beauty of cottage country for generations to come!

Muskoka Window & Door Centre is one of the region’s oldest and most established suppliers and installers of high quality windows and doors. Contact us today to talk to a member of our team about how we can help make your home more energy efficient.

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