How Energy Star Certification Saves You Money and Improves the Environment

How Energy Star Certification Saves You Money and Improves the Environment

The Energy Star certification, offered by the EPA and Department of Energy, is more than just a stamp of approval for energy-efficient windows and doors. It’s a way for consumers to reduce their utility bills and help protect the environment. In this article, we’ll examine how Energy Star certification can benefit you and the world around us.

The Benefits of Energy Star Certification for Consumers

By investing in energy-efficient products certified by Energy Star today, individuals can cut their annual electricity costs up to a whopping 30%. Over time, these savings add up, making it possible for people to experience significant reductions in what they spend on home energy consumption.

Energy Star-certified products are more than just a responsible choice for the environment – they’re also an economical and long-term investment. These advanced technologies help reduce air pollution, and their efficiency continues to push innovation forward in energy conservation measures that offer savings on utility bills over time.

The Impact of Energy Star Certification on the Environment

The benefits of Energy Star certification don’t stop at saving you money; it also positively impacts the environment. Companies that participate in this program are incentivized to develop products with improved energy efficiency, driving innovation towards greener solutions and reducing emissions without sacrificing convenience or comfort. By choosing energy-efficient products, we can all do our part to reduce our carbon footprint and protect the environment.

Energy Star certification is the ideal way for informed consumers to positively impact our environment while also benefiting from significant cost savings. Investing in Energy Star-certified products can reduce your energy consumption, save money, and help drive innovation toward a more environmentally responsible future.

Fiberglass vs Wood Windows: What’s the difference?

Fiberglass vs Wood Windows: What’s the difference?

One of the most important decisions when replacing your home’s windows is choosing the right material. As we touched on in the Vinyl vs Fiberglass blog article, this can seem overwhelming simply due to the number of options available. Here, we’ll discuss two of the more popular options, fiberglass and wood, so you can feel confident making the best decision for your home.

Wood windows

Wood has been a popular window material option for centuries due to its abundant supply and the traditional detail it offers. Compared to materials like vinyl, wood is a strong, durable option that resists warping during temperature changes.
Originally made by craftsmen, wood windows were built with an artisan’s touch. Modern wood windows continue to convey a sense of craftsmanship and detail, and are often selected for their rich, traditional appeal. Wood windows also can add charm and beauty to a home.
However, upholding that charm and beauty long-term requires periodic care and preservation. While wood windows offer strength and stability, they tend to require more maintenance and refinishing. Inspecting, sanding, reapplying stain, resealing, and repainting, are all part of owning wood windows. That’s a lot of work.
Wood windows also tend to cost more than other materials, especially when you factor in the cost of maintenance, repair, and eventually, replacement (again).
Is there a way to have the traditional look and character of wood, but more durable and with less maintenance?

Fiberglass windows

Compared to other materials, fiberglass is the strongest material you’ll find for replacement windows. Since fiberglass windows don’t deteriorate or rot, they offer better strength and stability than wood windows, and without the maintenance. Due to the resiliency of the material, fiberglass maintains its shape even in the harshest of climates with regular exposure to temperature variation, wind, rain, or snow. Fiberglass windows expand at virtually the same rate as glass, making them more resistant to leaks and seal failures that can affect long-term performance.

Infinity from Marvin’s Ultrex® fiberglass 

While fiberglass is a superior material compared to wood, not all fiberglass windows and doors are the same. Infinity from Marvin’s Ultrex fiberglass is a proprietary composite designed and engineered by Marvin — making our windows truly unique. In fact, when it comes to strength, stability, and durability, Ultrex fiberglass continues to outlast and outperform the competition.
Ultrex fiberglass is 8x stronger than vinyl and 3x stronger than wood/vinyl composites — supporting up to 34,000 pounds. That strength allows for narrower frames, bigger views, and additional sunlight in your home
Ultrex fiberglass is thermally stable, so it expands 87% less than vinyl windows. That stability means Infinity from Marvin’s windows and doors stay tight and true even after extreme temperature swings. By expanding and contracting at nearly the same rate as glass, Infinity windows made with Ultrex are more resistant to leaks and seal failures so you can enjoy your windows for years to come.
The strength of fiberglass windows is important, but Ultrex fiberglass has more than strength — it adds beauty. Infinity’s proprietary acrylic finish is 3x thicker and smoother than the competition. The finish resists scratching and denting and performs so well that Infinity offers dark colors without fear of UV degradation or fading.

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Tracy and Fizz’s 10,000 for the Troops

KYGO’s Tracy & Fizz’s 10,000 for the Troops is back!
We are on the mission again this year to collect holiday cards to send to deployed and local U.S. troops!
We’re asking our listeners to help us brighten the holidays for our bravest that are away from their families over the holidays and those local troops serving as well.  The deadline to drop off cards is November 15th.
Start writing out those holiday cards now and drop off at Gravina’s Window Center of Littleton located at 209 W Littleton Blvd, Littleton, CO 80120 or at any of the Smashburger locations listed below!

Store Name Store Address City State Zip
Glendale, CO 1120 S. Colorado Blvd. Glendale CO 80246
Applewood 3356 Youngfield St. Wheatridge CO 80033
Quebec 7305 E. 35th Ave., Ste. 165 Denver CO 80207
Northglenn 832 E. 120th Ave. Northglenn CO 80241
Tabor Center 1201 16th St., Space 106 Denver CO 80202
Parker 2630 S. Parker Rd. Aurora CO 80014
Crestline 8100 W. Crestline Ave., Ste. A2 Littleton CO 80123
Colfax & I-225 – Aurora 13700 E Colfax Ave., Ste. K Aurora CO 80011
Alameda & Wadsworth – Lakewood 7740 W. Alameda Ave., Ste. B Lakewood CO 80226
2nd & Union 220 Union Blvd. Lakewood CO 80228
Orchard 14375 Orchard Pkwy. Westminster CO 80023
Smoky Hill & Aurora Pkwy 23890 E. Smoky Hill Rd., Unit 240 Aurora CO 80016
Dillon & McCaslin 994 W. Dillon Rd. Louisville CO 80027
104th & 36 6415 W. 104th, Ste. 100 Westminster CO 80020
Lowry 200 Quebec St. Bldg. 100, Unit 115 Denver CO 80230
Denver Tech Center 5302 DTC Boulevard, Ste. 500 Greenwood Village CO 801111

To coordinate a drop-off at the station, please contact Jordan White at
You can also scan the QR code below if you would like to donate to Operation Warm Heart, a non-profit organization that provides financial relief for Airmen, Guardians, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen during emergency situations.  Operation Warm Heart has assisted individuals get home to family in emergency situations and purchase food for families who were going through financial hardships.  For example, a Team Buckley Airman’s family member experienced a life threatening medical emergency.  The funds from Operation Warm Heart have also been used to purchase airline tickets for the Airman to get home within hours of the notification.  “THIS IS AN UNOFFICIAL ACTIVITY.  IT IS NOT A PART OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE OR ANY OF ITS COMPONENTS AND IT HAS NO GOVERNMENT STATUS.”

Special thanks to our 10,000 for the Troops sponsors:


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Infinity from Marvin Bifold Doors 

Reimagine how you live and entertain with Infinity from Marvin’s Bifold Door. Bifold doors Effortlessly slide and stack the door open to frame your own scenic view and invite maximum airflow into your home. When completely closed, the Infinity Bifold Door is designed with narrow profiles to fill your home with light. Only Infinity’s Bifold Door is built with Ultrex® fiberglass on the exterior and the interior for virtually no-maintenance performance.

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9 Home Design Trends to Embrace in 2023


9 Home Design Trends to Embrace in 2023

As the world of interior design continues to evolve, it’s essential to stay on top of the latest fads. The year 2023 promises to be an exciting one for home design, with some bold new looks sure to transform how we decorate our homes. Here are nine home design trends to keep an eye on in 2023.

  1. Sustainable Materials: Eco-friendly materials such as bamboo, cork, and reclaimed wood are becoming increasingly popular in home design. These materials are not only environmentally friendly, but they also add a unique, natural touch to any space.

  2. Colorful Kitchens: Bright and bold colors pop up everywhere in the kitchen. From cabinets to backsplashes, these vibrant hues can instantly transform a room.

  3. Statement Wallpapers: Wallpaper is making a big comeback in home design. Whether a modern geometric pattern or a bold floral print, wallpaper can add a dramatic touch to any room.

  4. Natural Accents: Natural elements such as stone, wood, and plants are becoming increasingly popular in home design. These materials can add texture and warmth to any space.

  5. More Natural Materials: One of the biggest home design trends for 2023 is a move toward more natural materials. This includes textiles such as wood, stone, and bamboo. These materials are not only more aesthetically pleasing, but they are also more durable and sustainable.

  6. Bold Colors: Another trend that is gaining favor is the use of bold colors in home design. Bold colors can add a touch of personality to any space and make a small room appear larger. This can be done through accent walls, furniture, or even appliances.

  7. Geometric Patterns: Geometric patterns are also becoming more popular in home design. These patterns can be used in various ways, including on walls, floors, furniture, and accessories. Geometric patterns can add interest and visual interest to any space.

  8. Smart Home Technology: Innovative home technology can make your life easier and help you save money on your energy bills. Innovative home technology is also becoming more popular in home design. This includes programmable thermostats, lighting controls, and security systems that can be controlled via a smartphone or tablet.

  9. Sustainable Design: Sustainable design is another trend that is gaining popularity in home design. Sustainable design considers the environmental impact of the materials used in a home and the home’s energy efficiency. Sustainable design features can lower your carbon footprint and save you money on utility bills.


Home design is ever-evolving

Home design is ever-evolving, changing from year to year to stay on trend. 2023 is expected to bring some exciting home design trends that homeowners will embrace. Bold color palettes are replacing the more understated look of years past, and natural materials like stone, stone-like porcelain, marble, and cork, as well as sustainable materials, have become a focus. Home automation takes center stage as it allows homeowners the convenience of controlling their homes while they’re away in an easy-to-use fashion. Comfort and coziness have become essential elements in home design trends, too – making cozy spaces with rich textures and layered details a key factor when designing your home. Smart home upgrades such as voice assistants also offer great function and convenience with the latest home designs that make home living more manageable than ever before.


Marvin Windows Skycove Wins Best Indoor Product at the IBS


Marvin Windows Announces Revolutionary New Products

At the 2020 International Builders’ Show (IBS), in Las Vegas, Marvin unveiled its Marvin Skycove, a fully constructed, projected-glass box structure that can seat one or more people to extend functional living space. The window, which won Best Indoor Product at IBS, is built on a steel structure, designed to hold 60 pounds per square foot (slightly more than many decks, which are rated at 50 pounds per square foot).

Woman in Modern home sitting in Marvin Skycove Interior space

Photo: Marvin Windows

Its new Skycove product was a great representation of a theme seen throughout the show for narrow sightlines. The company said it noticed homeowners spending time in these little spaces created in homes, so this was a product the company hopes will meet that desire through windows. It is a fully constructed glass pop-out structure that expands interior space.

“The space that it creates can be used to solve many different problems that we don’t solve today amongst window and door companies, and that is to create space perhaps in a smaller kitchen or where a couch would not normally fit," said Levi Geadelmann, senior marketing product manager for Marvin, at IBS. "You now have the ability, through a window and door company, to buy a product that actually gives you more thoughtful space within the home.”

Because the window protrudes out, the glass on the side and top offers more light and visibility than traditional rough openings. “It lets quite a bit more light in… . You get one-and-a-half times the amount of glass [than] you do in a normal rough opening,” Geadelmann said.

The window comes in two sizes: 6.5-feet wide by 70 inches high and 8.5-feet wide by a little more than 7 feet high.

Skycove windows will be available in mid-2020, shipping to Marvin dealers in Seattle, the San Francisco Bay area, Minnesota, and some dealers in the Northeast.



IBS 2020: Marvin Skycove Wins Best Indoor Product


The Big Guys Introduce Big Products at Builders’ Show

The Big Guys Introduce Big Products at Builders’ Show

Founding Member of Marks All Pros



Gravina’s Window Center of Littleton is proud to be a Founding Member of Marks All-Pros

Remodeling is hotter than ever, with no signs of a slowdown in the future.  With the future of Denver’s home values climbing and showing ‘no signs of letting up,’ remodeling continues to dominate the home improvement market.  When homeowners are looking for remodeling contractors who can they trust? There is no better way to find a reputable contractor than from referrals.  That’s where Marks All-Pros comes in.  Mark Schlereth and his partners created his referral network to simplify the process and help you connect with honest, trustworthy and professional companies.  His name, the integrity that he possesses, and his dream to build the best referral network in the country made Marks All Pros.  Marks All Pros connect smart consumers with great businesses exactly as they say they will.  Mark Schlereth is a proven winner, and all of Gravina’s Window Center of Littleton’s customers know they need a winner they can trust when replacing their windows and doors.





Now is the best time to improve your home

With little inventory, homeowners are investing their money in the smartest place… their home. Now is the time to replace your windows if you’re hoping to save energy, improve your home’s appearance inside and out and value. We can help homeowners out with home improvement projects.






When should you get new windows for your home?


When do you need new windows and doors?

For most homeowners, knowing when to get your windows replaced can be a big question.  Should you replace windows in the summer or winter? Is it all about saving money?  Is it a long term investment?  Is it about upgrading energy efficiency?  All of these and more are prime considerations in deciding when and how to improve your windows; solving comfort, convenience, and maintenance problems are also crucial.

• To help you make the most of window and door replacement projects, here are other things to consider:


Do you want to be remodeling during the holidays or when it’s warmer out?


Maybe you are just ready for a change.  There is nothing wrong with that.  Some people live in their homes for a very long time.  Why not enjoy it and remodel it the way you want as opposed to what the resell market wants?  New windows will help upgrade your home and your life.


Tired of using wood dowels to lock or prop up your windows?  Do your windows even lock anymore?  If you have to worry about home security and you have already hired a locksmith to check all of the locks, you may need to replace windows and doors.


You have decided to do your windows.

You’ve got the go-ahead on your window replacement project.  Now it’s time for the details, such as:

  • Window or door type
  • Interior and exterior material
  • Divided light styles
  • Color and stain
  • Hardware style and finish
  • Shades and color
  • Security sensors
  • Screens


What other situations should you consider for window and door replacement?  Here are 9 Questions to ask when shopping for replacement windows.


Infinity from Marvin Excels in JD Power Windows and Patio Doors Satisfaction Study

Windows and Patio Doors Satisfaction Study | J.D. Power examines the key drivers among customers who recently purchased Windows and Patio Doors.


Marvin’s premier line of fiberglass replacement windows and doors, Infinity, recently won the J.D. Power award for excellence in the Window Design Category.   Another reason to remodel with the best fiberglass window on the market.

Fall and Winter Energy-Saving Tips

Don’t be left out in the cold – Installing ENERGY STAR qualified windows lowers energy bills and adds comfort to your home.


Fall and Winter Energy-Saving Tips for Your Home  


Use these winter energy savings tips to cut back on your utility bills and make your home more comfortable during the heating season.