During its seven years as an ENERGY STAR partner, Parkersburg, W. Va.-based Simonton Windows has seen a 25 percent increase in requests for products meeting ENERGY STAR guidelines according to a recent company statement.

"When we first became an ENERGY STAR partner in 2000, approximately 52 percent of all the products we sold met ENERGY STAR guidelines," says Bill Lazor, senior product manager for Simonton Windows. "Now, less than a decade later, demand is so strong for these products that we sold almost 80 percent ENERGY STAR-qualified windows and doors in 2006.

"Consumer awareness for energy-efficient products has skyrocketed and shows no sign of slowing down. Homeowners we've surveyed find great value in having ENERGY STAR-qualified windows and doors as a way to help them reduce energy bills throughout the year."

In October of 2006, Simonton worked with a national home improvement radio show to determine how important energy efficiency is to consumers when selecting windows for their home. Data collected from a June 2006 survey conducted by Ventura Associates that determined the importance of using ENERGY STAR-qualified windows was also cited by the company to reinforce the October findings. In both studies, at least 70 percent of the respondents indicated having ENERGY STAR-rated windows in their home was either "extremely important or important" to them.

"Having two separate surveys that bring back such similar results proves to us that energy efficiency is absolutely the chief concern of homeowners interested in replacing windows," says Lazor. "That knowledge tells us we're on the right path when we focus our efforts on educating the public about the energy efficient construction of vinyl frames and glass packages.

"These surveys also show that ENERGY STAR has done an amazing job of informing and educating the public on the value of purchasing energy-efficient products. From computers to dishwashers to windows, purchasing ENERGY STAR-qualified products is a sensible way for homeowners to lower energy costs."