With the cost of energy rising and taking an increasing toll on your wallet, it’s important to look at ways that you can reduce your energy costs at home.
Turning lights and appliances off when they are not in use will certainly help to decrease energy use and cost, and take steps towards looking after the environment. However, there are additional ways to turn your home into an efficient, environmentally sustainable investment; with the use of timber windows.
‘The Australian Dream’ of home ownership has lead to our houses becoming bigger and bigger over the years, but not necessarily more sustainable. From the 1950’s to now, the average Australian home size has more than doubled!
A bigger home requires more energy overall, from the building of the home itself, to the maintenance costs associated with keeping it running. There are generally more lights and appliances, as well as considerably more heating and cooling needed to keep your home comfortable year-round.
Over time, homeowners of homes that haven’t been designed with energy efficiency in mind will face significant costs.
So how exactly can timber windows from Windoor make a difference and why are they such a worthwhile investment in your home?
Timber windows offer more bang for your buck than other window types, ticking all the boxes from good looks to longevity.
Research has found that timber windows last longer than their counterparts, thanks to their resistance to heat, frost, corrosion and pollution. This means that you avoid the costs associated with replacing the windows, as well as reducing the subsequent landfill.
Although timber may be a slightly more costly resource in the beginning, it will pay you back over time in a number of ways.
You may think that wood = deforestation = bad for the environment, but you will be surprised to hear that timber windows can actually be an environmentally sustainable choice.
In New South Wales, native and plantation forests are strictly governed, ensuring that the timber is produced in a sustainable way to safeguard the longevity of the resource. For every tree that is harvested, up to ten trees are planted in its place.
Unlike aluminum, plastic or steel, which are not sustainable or renewable resources, timber takes far less energy to produce and can be recycled.
In Australia, having a house that keeps cool during summer and warm during winter is crucial to keeping comfortable and keeping those energy costs as low as possible.
Timber is a natural insulator with low thermal conductivity, which means that it also comes in with a better thermal performance than a aluminum windows of the same size and glazing.
Thermal performance refers to how well the material reacts to external changes in temperature. A good material, such as timber, will help to maintain a comfortable temperature inside, regardless of the temperature outside, whereas an aluminum window frame allows significant amounts of heat to transfer between the outdoors and indoors.
This links directly to energy efficiency – if your home is doing some of the hard work for you to keep your home cool or warm, you will save much more on your energy bills in the long run.
Timber has the added benefits of emitting oxygen, and capturing and storing carbon from the atmosphere as the timber grows.
This means that even after it is installed in your home, it is helping the environment by keeping a safe hold on large amounts of carbon dioxide that would otherwise be adding to our greenhouse gas issues!
Producing timber windows also requires significantly less fossil fuels and energy than other resources, which in turn, reduces the amount of emissions entering our atmosphere.
At Windoor, we take pride in creating bespoke timber windows that are durable and made from the highest quality solid timber.
Windoor has been in the timber window and door industry for over 25 years, so we know what works. Our team can give you the best advice and talk you through our range of top quality timber products, which are customisable to suit your home.
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