Installing double glazed windows in your home or office can be a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. A Carbon footprint is calculated by working out how many tons of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are produced by the activities of a person or company. Installing double glazing can be a great way to cut down on these carbon emissions.
The way that most people can work out their own carbon footprint is to use some online software, which is easily available. This calculates a number of things such as the number of car journeys or plane journeys a person makes among other things. These are known as the primary carbon footprint and also include a measure of how energy efficient your home is. That is, does it have insulation in the loft and wall spaces etc.
Next, it asks questions about your indirect carbon usage. This is your secondary footprint and involves things such as where your produce comes from. Do you buy sugar produced in your own country or shipped in from far away for example?
Double glazed windows are made from frames containing two panes of glass quite close to each other. These act as insulators as they trap air between the panes. This can reduce the heat which is lost from a house by up to half.
This immediately has an direct impact on how much energy you lose through your windows. This means, of course, that you are using less energy to keep your house warm and so you see a reduction in your energy bills. Your carbon footprint will decrease by roughly 740kg per year, for an average sized house.
Double glazing is indeed a quick and energy efficient way to transform your property from one which leaks heats through the windows into one which conserves heat. And if we all do this, we all help to save the planet too.
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