The environmental benefits of double glazing
For a long time, the benefits of double glazing have been lauded by all, but as the years go by the concern for the environment persists. There are still many homes and buildings across the UK that struggle on without double glazed windows, sticking instead with single panes of glass for insulation. In this article we will lay out the benefits of double glazing from an environmental stand point.
What is it?
Double glazing is a phrase we’ve all heard by now, but for some people it simply represents an industry buzz word. For the most part it is exactly as its name describes; rather than a single pane of glass there are two, doubling the layers of protection for any home or premises. It is, however, the gap between the two which acts as the biggest barrier. Often filled with air or a gas, such argon or krypton, there is a far greater barrier between the outside atmosphere and the one inside. This layer of gas presents a buffer, keeping warmer air inside and the cold outside.
How does it benefit the environment?
The benefits of having double glazing fitted where there was once only a single paned window has long been known. Because of the insulating benefits, they help to reduce drafts and heat loss from a home, therefore less energy is expended by a heating system and more often than not the temperature on the thermostat can be reduced along with the amount of time that the heating is on for.
CO2 levels in the UK are estimated to be over 86 million tonnes per year, with the cost both monetary as well as environmental. As a country, we have entered into an agreement with other neighbouring nations to cut emissions by 80% by 2050, relative to levels in 1990. To meet such a demanding target, there is a great deal of focus on bringing homes, especially period and older properties, into line with the latest energy saving installations. Our homes can be the biggest source of wasted energy, but are equally the easiest to put right with some simple changes.
If all the period homes in the country were updated with double glazing, we could save around £200 million. Not only that, but the amount of carbon emissions would be reduced by over 700kg per home if double glazing was installed – imagine having this kind of carbon footprint reduction across the entire country and you have a huge reduction overall, with the 2050 target more than achievable.
Most newly built homes come with top rated double glazing windows as standard, but it would only take a day or two for a person to upgrade their home if they are struggling through with single panes.
Here at Bridgewater Glass, we know how important lowering the environmental impact is, and that’s why we supply only the best double glazed units to ensure you can update your home and help the environment. For advice or further information about how our double glazing products for windows and doors can help you, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our professional team today.