How To Make Your Home More Environmentally Friendly in Winter
Published: 9th December 2016
At Lockwood Windows, we feel strongly about cost-effective, eco-friendly living! So much so that we have invested heavily in providing our customers with high-quality glazed installations that help you to achieve an efficient, functional and comfortable home… as well as looking great!
There are also plenty of other ways that you can achieve an environmentally-friendly and financially-efficient home this winter. Here are just a few ideas:
Energy efficient bulbs
Dark mornings and early evenings call for lights and lamps to be switched on more often, so make sure that you remind everyone to switch off lights when they leave a room. If your kids are particularly forgetful when it comes to lights, explain that the more money saved on energy bills means more to spend at Christmas! You can also invest in LED bulbs, which are extremely efficient compared to traditional incandescent lights.
Turn down the heat!
We’re all guilty of boosting our radiators a little too high when the weather first turns. But do you consider the other techniques you can use for warming up your house? Begin by identifying any areas that can be improved in terms of heat retention – draughts, cracks and ill-fitting windows and doors, for instance.
Once these problems have been fixed, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much warmer your home feels. You should also programme your thermostat and ensure that no family members play around with it. Be sure to turn it off (or at least very low) throughout the night, and also when the house is empty. There’s no point in wasting expensive heat, after all!
Careful with curtains
Another effective way to manage your home’s thermal efficiency is with thoughtful window dressings. Open your curtains and blinds at the warmest points in the day, allowing the sun to flood inside. When it starts to get colder and darker, shut them tight to retain as much heat as possible. If you feel your window dressings aren’t the best performers when it comes to keeping in the heat, it may be worth investing in new, thermal efficient solutions.
The technical stuff!
Since we spend a lot more time indoors in winter time, we have to find other forms of entertainment. Televisions, stereos, computers and games consoles will all be used more frequently, which means they’ll also be guzzling electricity. Tablets and phones may also need to be charged more often. Be mindful of the amount of gadgets you use, and remember to switch things off at the mains (items left on standby can add an extra 10% on to your electricity bill!)
Install air tight windows & doors
Lockwood Windows manufactures A-rated Kömmerling PVCu window systems, which are 5-chambered for better thermal performance and come with steel reinforced profiles for improved security. We supply the frames with low emissivity (Low-E) Pilkington K Glass or Pilkington energiKare glass to further improve energy efficiency.
Installing new windows to help cut energy bills does not involve compromising on style, as we can make frames to fit any space and in more than 40 different finishes, so they will match both your interior and exterior decor.
In addition to our extensive range of PVCu windows, we also manufacture a wide selection of energy efficient door styles including residential front doors, patio doors, French doors and stable doors, which are all fully-reinforced with galvanised steel.
Now is a wonderful time of year, and by considering your energy efficiency and spending habits, you’ll be able to enjoy an environmentally-friendly winter without splashing the cash.
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