Homeowners Get a Bailout From High Utility Bills

A High Energy Bill Could Earn Energy Efficient Improvements, Window and Door Makeover From JELD-WEN

KLAMATH FALLS, OR--(Marketwire - August 7, 2009) - As banks, the auto industry and insurance companies received bailouts this year, many consumers demanded to know, "Where's mine?" Now JELD-WEN is planning to award a special bailout opportunity to the homeowner most troubled by high energy costs.

In an effort to help provide some relief to homeowners and prove the powerful difference that improving energy efficiency can make, JELD-WEN is kicking off a search to find the worst monthly utility bill in the nation. The homeowner who has the highest bill has an opportunity to receive a complete window and door makeover by JELD-WEN, with the latest energy efficient technology designed to provide long-term fiscal relief. The winning home will also be featured on the Emmy-nominated television show, "Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford®."

To enter, homeowners can submit their entry online at www.jeld-wen.com/bailout for a chance to win new JELD-WEN energy efficient windows and doors. The JELD-WEN Utility Bill Bailout contest runs from August 6, 2009 through January 29, 2010. Any 2009-2010 utility bill is eligible; one entry per household. Homeowners will be asked to submit their highest monthly utility bill, a digital photo of their home and a brief story explaining why their home is deserving of an energy efficiency makeover. Complete contest rules are available at www.jeld-wen.com/bailout.

Nationwide savings

Energy efficiency is now a year-round concern for people in hot, as well as cold climates. In fact, according to the Energy Information Administration, states in hot climate zones will receive 31 percent of the $5 billion in stimulus money to weatherize homes this year -- nearly double the percentage of funding that's been allocated to Sun Belt states in years past.

"High utility bills are like throwing money right out the window. Wasting energy has a huge impact on costs, comfort and the environment," said Brian Hedlund, JELD-WEN product manager. "No matter where you live, your home doesn't have to be an energy hog, and we're out to prove it by demonstrating that energy efficient windows and doors can help lower utility bills."

To learn more about how homeowners can save energy or enter to win the JELD-WEN Utility Bill Bailout contest, visit www.jeld-wen.com/bailout.

Contact Information: Contact: Stefanie Stockton CMD on behalf of JELD-WEN 503-274-7006