$1,500 Energy Tax Credit “Home Stretch” for Homeowners

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October is National Energy Awareness Month --- a good time for homeowners to focus on taking advantage of the remaining days of the Federal Energy Tax Credit that expires on December 31, 2010. Experts at Simonton Windows recommend evaluating windows in the home yearly to make certain they're as energy efficient as possible to save on skyrocketing heating and cooling bills.

Simonton energy-efficient replacement windows helped this Illinois homeowner cut his energy bills.

Highest in Builder and Remodeler Satisfaction among Residential Window and Patio Door Manufacturers

Homeowners have less than 100 days left to take advantage of the Federal Energy Tax Credit available to them under the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. During National Energy Awareness Month in October, experts at Simonton Windows® remind homeowners that the limited timeframe to gain up to $1,500 in federal energy tax credits will expire on December 31, 2010.

“There are three months left in 2010 for homeowners to save in three different ways when replacing their older windows,” says Gary Pember, vice president of marketing for Simonton Windows. “First, when homeowners purchase Simonton Energy Tax Credit (ETC) glass packages in their replacement windows they are guaranteed to qualify for the federal energy tax credits of up to $1,500. Second, those homeowners purchasing 12 or more of these qualifying Simonton products can receive up to $150 toward the preparation costs of their 2010 personal income taxes from H&R Block®. And third, once installed, Simonton ETC glass packages in windows help homeowners save daily by reducing their household energy bills.”

According to Pember, the benefits of investing in replacement windows are numerous. “In addition to the financial savings, vinyl replacement windows add resale value to the home and enhance the curb appeal of a house,” says Pember. “The low maintenance aspects of vinyl windows also mean minimal yearly cleaning of the units and longer lifespan between window replacements.

“There are so many reasons to replace older windows in a home. If you have windows that are failing, or are older than 15 years, it makes sense to examine them carefully and replace them while these government offers are still available.”

Since the federal tax credit incentive was launched in 2009, Simonton has had tremendous success selling replacement windows with the ETC glass packages. “Homeowners nationwide have embraced the opportunity to replace their windows and gain lower energy bills along with tax credit savings,” says Pember. “With October being National Energy Awareness Month, now is the ideal time for consumers to meet with a professional window installer to evaluate their current windows and consider upgrading with more energy efficient units.”

Simonton Windows produces ENERGY STAR® qualified replacement and new construction windows and doors, including a line of impact-resistant products. Simonton ranked “Highest in Builder and Remodeler Satisfaction among Residential Window and Patio Door Manufacturers” in the J.D. Power and Associates 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2006 Builder and Remodeler Residential Window and Patio Door Satisfaction StudySM. The company also ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction among Residential Window and Patio Door Manufacturers” in the J.D. Power and Associates 2010 Windows and Patio Doors Satisfaction Study SM.
Simonton was also ranked #1 in quality in the 2009, 2007, 2002 and 1998 Brand Use Studies sponsored by Builder magazine and has won three Best In Class Awards from Market Research Associates.

Founded in 1946, Simonton’s hallmark has been to deliver its made-to-order products in five days or less. Part of the home and security business of Fortune Brands, Inc. (NYSE: FO), Simonton delivers award-recognized products nationwide to key markets throughout the 48 continental United States. Simonton is a founding sponsor of The Weather Museum and a supporter of Homes for Our Troops. For information, call (800) SIMONTON (1-800-746-6686) or visit http://www.simonton.com.

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Headquartered in Westlake Village, Calif., J.D. Power and Associates is a global marketing information services company operating in key business sectors including market research, forecasting, performance improvement, training and customer satisfaction. The firm’s quality and satisfaction measurements are based on responses from millions of consumers annually. For more information on cell phone ratings, car reviews and ratings, car insurance, health insurance and more, please visit JDPower.com. J.D. Power and Associates is a business unit of The McGraw-Hill Companies.

Simonton Windows received the highest numerical score among window and door manufacturers in the proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2010 Windows and Patio Doors Satisfaction StudySM and 2010 Builder and Remodeler Residential Window and Patio Door Satisfaction StudySM. Customer Study based on 3,049 consumer responses for new windows/patio doors purchased in the previous 12 months. Builder/Remodeler Study based on 4,320 responses. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed in March-May 2010. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com

ENERGY STAR is a government program that helps consumers protect the environment through superior energy efficiency and is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

*Homeowners who purchase a minimum of 12 Simonton windows or patio doors that are eligible for the Federal Energy Tax Credit under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 from any of the qualifying product lines from a participating Simonton Windows® dealer between February 1, 2010 and December 31, 2010 will qualify for this offer to receive a certificate good for up to $150 toward preparation of his or her 2010 personal income tax return at a participating H&R Block office in the United States. Qualifying product lines include: Simonton Reflections® 5500 Series, Prism® by Simonton Platinum Series, Simonton Impressions® 9800 Series, Simonton Impressions® 7500 Series, Simonton Impressions® 7300 Series, Simonton ProFinish® Brickmould 600 Series and Simonton StormBreaker Plus® Series 300VL. Offer void where prohibited, licensed, taxed and restricted by law. Redemption forms must be postmarked within 60 calendar days of invoice date. Simonton Building Products, Inc. is not a legal or tax advisor. Subject to complete Terms of Offer available at participating dealer locations and online at http://www.simonton.com/hrblock.

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