Even though Earth Day is only celebrated annually, there are many ways you can help protect the environment and our planet year-round. From making a commitment to reduce, reuse, and recycle, to planting a tree that will provide life-giving oxygen for years to come, Earth Day is about making smarter choices year-round that have long-lasting impacts that matter. Did you know even your choice of windows can make a monumental difference? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heat gain and heat loss through windows are responsible for 25 to 30 percent of residential heating and cooling energy use.
At SoftLite, we believe in sustainability and strive to make the world a better place for everyone. With industry-leading energy-efficient windows, our products are precision-engineered to provide enhanced energy efficiency. Rigorously tested to meet the requirements for ENERGY STAR® certification, a program backed by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, SoftLite windows play a crucial role in helping you maximize your home’s energy efficiency.
In fact, SoftLite is a proud recipient of the 2021 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award and the Sustained Excellence Award for the eighth and sixth consecutive year, respectively. When you invest in energy-smart building solutions, you save money and make a difference for the planet we call home. See the video below for why your energy choices count.
It’s vital to familiarize yourself with the various industry ratings for energy efficiency, as there are some differences in what you’ll be looking for depending on your climate, such as the cooler Midwest. No matter what your needs, SoftLite has numerous energy-efficient windows to choose from — most of which are ENERGY STAR certified. Below are only some of our options. For the full list of choices, visit our product portfolio.
SoftLite double-hung windows are the highest performing in the industry when it comes to energy efficiency and our most popular style. Double-hung windows get their name from the double set of sashes that can be raised and lowered individually. They come with specialized air barriers and weatherstripping that minimize air infiltration, numerous energy-efficient glass packages, and an innovative sill design that provides a strong bond between the window’s sill and jamb for maximum weather protection. As a bonus, SoftLite double-hung windows come with a tilt-in opening mechanism that makes them easy to clean inside and out.
Another one of our most energy-efficient windows is our casement line. Casement windows are attached to their frame by one or more hinges at the side and are specially designed with air barriers, premium weatherstripping, and effective energy-efficient Low-E coated glass packages that will significantly reduce air infiltration and improve insulation. One benefit of casement windows that makes them appealing for homeowners and designers alike is the many design possibilities a set can provide, especially when creatively combined with other offerings from SoftLite.
Fixed to the wall and not openable, Picture windows by SoftLite are manufactured with our industry-leading standards, making them among the best options for energy efficiency. Stationary and precision-engineered to amplify insulation and have minimal air infiltration, SoftLite picture windows provide an artistic touch to any home. A clear, unobstructed view and countless design options, including wood grain finishes and color choices, means there’s something for everyone.
These are just some of our energy-efficient window styles that will help you save money ― all while helping to protect the environment. Because making smart energy choices for your family and for our planet isn't just about one day a year ― it’s about sustainable actions with far-reaching impact for good.