With the cost of electricity on the rise, consumers are looking for smarter ways to save on their utility bills in the summer and winter months. For ages, we were told that simple home improvement solutions coupled with smart use of electricity was enough to help keep our energy costs under control – but the energy markets themselves continue to stick us with higher and higher prices. Seeing as how windows play a huge role in the loss of heat and cool throughout the home, it makes sense that addressing this area of the home will lead to cheaper energy costs in the long run. Below, we’ll outline four smart window solutions you can use to help reduce energy costs and make your home greener.
Developed and billed as a form of ‘dynamic glass’, SageGlass windows include a tinting feature that recognizes when the sun is too bright or too dim – and adjusts the amount of tint being applied accordingly. Combining quality glass with electrochromic coating, the patented system is connected to a hub that allows users to program or override any automatic adjustments in tint. Shown to withstand over 100,000 light/dark cycles, SageGlass windows help reduce the amount of light entering the home or building in the summer months and can be tweaked to do the opposite in cooler seasons.
Gila Window Film
In order to reduce energy costs without breaking the bank, many home owners have turned to an array of products offered by Gila, including its low reflective energy film. Not only can it help improve night-time visibility from inside the home, but it will also help lower summer cooling costs by as much as 30 percent. Rejecting up to 99 percent of all UV rays, the film helps block you and your family from harmful rays that can cause skin damage and cancer, while window glare is dramatically improved.
For those who want to address elements of privacy and energy consumption, SwitchLite offers a fantastic solution. Using liquid crystal technology – the introduction of gas in between two panes of glass – these windows can be configured to allow complete viewing pleasure while blocking out harmful UV rays and reflecting summer heat outward. They can also be tuned at the drop of a hat to block visibility and become translucent, giving the home an inner glow but preventing prying eyes from seeing inside. Whatever your desire, SwitchLite’s system helps you be in control of both your privacy and energy efficiency.
Chameleon Photochromic Film
Responding at the molecular level to the amount of light being applied to its surface, Chameleon Photochromic Film is used in a variety of applications including residential, commercial and auto-mobiles. On rainy days, the film remains virtually inactive, while bright sunny days while see the film transform and block out unnecessary heat. An ample amount of light is still allowed to pass through, while still blocking over 99 percent of UVA and UVB rays. This makes for a perfect and minimally invasive solution to improving your home’s energy efficiency while being proactive about preventing light damage to furniture, décor and your skin.
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Today’s guest author, Jenny Wadlow, is a freelance blogger. She is passionate about gardening and often shares valuable gardening tips in her articles. In her opinion, Gotcha Shutters deals in good quality plantation shutters.