ENERGY EFFICIENT WINDOWS & DOORS & OUR ENVIRONMENT
Installing energy efficient windows and doors will work to save you money in the long run as well as being a responsible undertaking for the environment. They help to conserve heat within the home by creating a barrier from wind and rain and resisting condensation, while simultaneously allowing ‘free’ energy – in the form of heat from the sun – to warm up the home.
What is a Window Energy Rating?
Window Energy Ratings use an A-E ratings guide, similar to that used on electronic goods such as fridge-freezers and dishwashers. The existence of the ratings label allows you to make an informed decision on the window you are buying in order to know how energy efficient it is. Any further information can be attained from your helpful Senator representative.
All you need to do is to look for the labels! The window should have a BFRC (British Fenestration Rating Council) certificate and if it does not, then it’s not a registered Energy Efficient Window.
ENERGY SAVING TIPS
Things you can do in just one minute:
- Reduce thermostat by 1°C.
- Turn the lights off when not in use.
- Re-use and recycle as much as possible.
- Plug out electrical appliances when not in use.
- Close curtains at night.
- Incorporate a heating timer to cut down on use.
…in 15 minutes:
- Clean your windows; dirt on vertical windows can reduce performance by 10%.
- Try not to obstruct daylight intoa room with furniture etc.
- Look for energy efficient electronic products.
- Paint room’s surfaces, including ceilings, with colours of high reflectance to maximise the day lighting opportunities.
…in 30 minutes:
- Buy a lagging jacket for your hot water cylinder – this will keep water hotter for longer and pay for itself in 2-3 months.
- Use the immersion heaters timer.
- Invest in energy-saving light bulbs.
…in one hour or more:
- Replace your old windows with double-glazed units. High energy savings can be achieved if double glazing is filled with argon gas and has low-emissivity glass, ask your Senator representative for more information.
- Improve on overall insulation including your loft. If you insulate your attic well you could save up to 20% on your home heating bill. Suitable insulation materials including mineral wool, rock wool, sheep’s wool, polystyrene, cellulose fibre and multi-layered foil.
- Get your boiler serviced regularly. By servicing your boiler, you could improve your overall efficiency by 10%–saving you up to £110 per year.
- Wall insulation is important and can save significant amounts of money. The most popular types of insulation systems are
- Insulated dry lining
- Blown mineral or cellulose fibre or polystyrene beads into the cavity or
- Rigid external insulation with render or brick finish. Specialist advice should be sought in all cases.