The past few years have been tough financially; no question. Double-dip recessions, credit crunches and economic downturns have had a negative impact on jobs, living standards and personal finance.
Energy costs have risen exponentially. Householders are searching for ways to trim expenditure. The answer could well be in reducing energy wastage. It is estimated that 18% to 25% of energy is lost through un-insulated windows.
Suppliers of replacement windows offer a number of solutions. From fitting double glazing to installing solar panels, there are many ways to cut costs and to be kind to the environment.
UPVC also offers protection against Ultra Violet (UV) rays from the sun.
UPVC windows can also be manufactured in various styles, such as casement windows, sash windows and turn and tilt windows.
Double glazing will enhance insulation against the weather and noise.
So, the correct installation of UPVC windows by professional suppliers of replacement windows will make a big difference to conserving energy and driving down costs.
Having learnt how to save energy from escaping out of the window, now let us look at the actual production of electricity.
Suppliers of replacement windows are also at the forefront of installing solar power energy panels.
Modern solar power systems are not just reliant on the sun shining. Solar Photovoltaic (PV) systems work off light intensity so they can also generate electricity on overcast days.
The UK Government encourages home owners to invest in solar power systems by paying for surplus power that is fed into the national grid; in fact the government actually pays the consumer for every unit of electricity that is generated by the solar panels.
Not only is the home being heated and lit by natural resources, but the householder is rewarded financially.
There are a number of suppliers of replacement windows, so how do you choose the right supplier?
The replacement window industry has been plagued for many years by companies that use hard sell techniques; including knocking on front doors uninvited and unsolicited telephone calls.
The best companies with a proven record in quality workmanship and excellent customer service do not tend to utilise hard sell tactics; they don’t need to. Their satisfied customers are happy to recommend them.
Top quality suppliers of replacement windows also offer warranties in the knowledge that they will rarely have to pay money back because their customers are happy with their work.
So when you are looking to replace your windows, ask the supplier for customer testimonials. Many reputable companies will encourage you to visit properties where they have installed windows.
Do not buy based purely on price. There are a number of unsavoury characters who will promise a cheap job, and that is what you get, cheap and shoddy work.
So, if you want a professional job, go to a professional, well established company who has been in business for many years with customers who are happy to allow potential customers to visit their homes in order to demonstrate high quality workmanship.
So now you have decided to invest in double glazing in order to cut energy costs; you may choose to take advantage of the solar power electricity systems and get paid for the electricity you produce. You may even have decided that a new conservatory will be a good investment, given the money you are saving.
What about planning permission? Well, here’s more good news. The government has recently unveiled plans to relax planning restrictions to enable house owners to extend their homes by up to eight metres without the need for planning permission.
No more doom and gloom; things are on the up.