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When homeowners look at ways to save money, fitting new windows and doors can often be seen as a costly investment rather than a long-term saving. But what many don’t know is that inefficient windows and doors can actually cost the average home an extra £215 in energy bills each year.
If you’re looking for different ways to reduce the cost of your fuel bills, installing modern, energy efficient glazing is one way to do it, as many new windows have improved thermal efficiency meaning you can live in a warmer environment and your energy costs can be reduced. Here are some other ways windows and doors can help save money in the home:
The time and energy that goes into keeping windows looking great has encouraged many home owners to make the change to lower maintenance ‘self-cleaning’ glass to reduce the need to employ a window cleaning service or spend hours of their own time cleaning them. It works by using natural sunlight and rain (or, in dry spells, a garden hose) to reduce the build-up of dirt and grime on the glass surfaces.
Window film acts as an insulator, improving the thermal performance of your windows. It helps achieve true energy efficiency, therefore saving on fuel costs. Similarly, energy efficient low-emissivity glass (or low-e glass as it is commonly referred to), contains a coating which reduces heat transfer, meaning less heat escapes through your windows to the cold outdoors, making your general indoor living environment more comfortable and your bills more family-friendly.
Homes with modern, energy-efficient windows tend to sell at a higher price than those without them. That’s because house hunters would rather pay extra at the point of purchase, than undertake a large-scale renovation once they’re moved in. In our most recent survey, 75 per cent of homeowners said they would consider energy efficient windows and doors important when looking at their next property, so while it’s not cash in your bank immediately, you’ll reap the awards of new windows and doors if you ever move home.
Undertaking any home improvement raises a concern that you’ll lose your hard earned cash due to a problem with your contractor or chosen installer. In the glazing industry, there are certain codes of conduct that must be adhered to, which protect the consumer. Ask any company you hire about their insurance-backed guarantees and warranties for the services and products they’re providing, and check the cancellation terms being offered. Most companies don’t offer a cancellation period for made to measure windows, but GGF Member companies do – it lasts for seven days from the date you sign the contract.
When we asked homeowners the ways in which they try and save heat and energy in the home, the list was endless. Energy saving lightbulbs, water-saving shower heads, cavity wall insulation, draught excluders, solar panels, extra layers of clothes and even thermal wallpaper cropped up on the list. These are things that must constantly be replaced or topped up, and can often make only minor differences to your household bills. By making the up-front investment in new windows and doors, you’ll instantly enjoy a more comfortable home, and you’ll see the impact on your outgoings sooner than you might think!
James Lee is director of marketing at MyGlazing.com.