If you’re home is single glazed or your double glazing was installed prior to April 2002 then you could be losing heat and therefore money, literally out of the window. However, by switching to Energy Efficient Windows (EEW’s) you can save energy and reduce your household bills by as much as *£461 per year.
To help make choosing Energy Efficient Windows easier for householders, the British Fenestration Ratings Council (BFRC), has launched a ratings system, based on the energy label found on all new washing machines and tumble dryers. All windows are rated from ‘A’ to ‘E’ with ‘A’ being the most energy efficient. This labelling allows householders to simply and quickly compare the energy efficiency of competing products.
So what are Energy Efficient Windows? They are windows that help to contain and conserve heat within your home during the winter, cool it in the summer, keep out wind and resist condensation. They can be made using any frame you choose, timber, PVCu or aluminium.
If you live in a single glazed house and install EEW’s, you could reduce the energy you use by 0.30 tonnes or 18% - almost reaching the Government target of 20%. Add to this other energy saving measures and you could be making a real impact in reducing your carbon footprint.
* in an electrically heated house taken from DTI Quarterly Energy Prices, Tables 2,2,3
For more information on Energy Efficient Windows and details of suppliers and fitters in your area please visit the Glass and Glazing Federation website – www.ggf.co.uk or alternatively telephone 0870 042 4255. For more information on the BFRC and its energy ratings system visit the website, www.bfrc.org or telephone its advice line, 020 7403 9200.
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The Glass and Glazing Federation:
The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) is the trade association for all companies who make, supply or fit flat glass, such as windows, film or plastics. The website supplies information and details of how to source reputable manufacturers and installers. For further information, please contact the GGF PR department:- T: 0207 207 5864
The British Fenestration Rating Council (BFRC) is responsible for Window Energy Ratings in the UK. This is with the support of all the window industry trade associations and a broad range of other bodies, including research organisations, professional institutes and the Energy Saving Trust, backed by the Government. For more information on the BFRC and its energy ratings system visit the website, www.bfrc.org or telephone its advice line, 020 7403 9200.
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