Sustainable and eco-friendly windows in your new home
The Importance Of Having Sustainable And Environmentally Friendly Windows In Your New Home
We know that moving house involves a lot of upfront costs. Whether you have to buy furniture to suit your new space, or even fork out a lot for home renovations, every cost is an investment in your new home. When it comes to your energy consumption, spending that little bit more at the beginning can result in some pretty hefty savings down the line. Your windows are a great place to start. If you are renting a property and are in charge of your energy bills, keeping an eye on your windows is important to make sure you aren’t being overcharged. So, let’s delve into some of the benefits of investing in sustainable and environmentally friendly windows in your new home.
Keep the warm air inside
We hear the term ‘eco-friendly’ all the time, but it can have different meanings when attached to
different objects or behaviours. When it comes to windows, one of the main signs of their efficiency is the amount of heat that is lost through them. This not only refers to the actual glass of the window, but also to the frames. The less heat that is lost through your windows, the more energy-efficient they are. But, why is this important?
Lower your energy bill
You can lose up to 10% of your home’s energy through poorly insulated windows, which is a staggering proportion of your energy costs. So, no matter how much heat you produce at home through your radiators or underfloor heating, you will never reap all the benefits if your windows aren’t insulated properly. According to the Energy Saving Trust, you could save up to £120 a year on your energy bills, simply by replacing your windows.
Be more environmentally friendly
Opting for sustainable and eco-responsible windows will lower your carbon footprint. Now, it’s easy to think, ‘do my windows really have an impact on the environment?’. Well, the answer is ‘yes’. Losing heat doesn’t just lose you money, but it’s also very bad for the planet. As we know, poorly insulated windows result in energy waste. Wasted energy is energy that brings no benefit – instead of being used for its desired effect (keeping us warm, powering up our appliances, etc.) it just floats away! This causes unnecessary environmental degradation, especially when we consider that around 54% of the UK’s energy production is wasted by homes and businesses. More energy is being generated than we need, since we are wasting so much of it.
Protect your health
Having a chilly home in the winter can have some serious health consequences. If you aren’t managing to keep yourself warm, you could come down with the common cold, the flu, or something far worse and long-lasting. Ensuring that the heat you generate at home stays trapped inside, rather than escaping into the cold outdoors, will protect you from illness and also keep you comfortable in your home.
So, how can I make my windows more energy-efficient?
Make sure that your windows are at least double-glazed, and also ensure that you aren’t losing heat through the frame of your windows. If there is any space between the glass and your frame, then you are definitely losing a lot of heat and money.
To sum up…
If we improve our energy efficiency at home, we can significantly increase our savings. While this may require some up front, unwanted spending on your part, it can bring about some long-term savings that lower your energy bill and your carbon footprint alike.