Reflective Windows for Energy Conservation and Environmental Benefit
Along with walls and the roof, one of the other most common ways in which heat or artificially cooled air will escape from a building is through windows. Whether it be heat transference through cold glass or slight gaps which allow air to transfer between the inside and the outside, a window can provide a method for such loss. Air will then need to be re-heated or re-cooled which will, in the majority of cases, generally involve a machine which consumes electricity. As a result, poorly-fitting or thin single glazed windows are bad for the environment due to a household or business using more energy which will normally be created by the burning of fossil fuels.
Taking steps to prevent air loss will provide benefits not only to the environment but also brings about the added advantage of lowering fuel bills by negating the need to re-heat or re-cool the air. These include sealing and repairing gaps around the glass pane and window frame and installing double glazed or even triple glazed windows.
A further method for those truly serious about lowering their heating/air conditioning bills and contributing to environmental welfare is by installing reflective windows. As the name suggests, this glass will reflect heat energy on a warm day and keep it outside whilst still letting through light, and ultimately keeping the room cool, whilst on a cold day the heat produced inside by a fire or radiator for example will be kept back in the room rather than being lost to the outside. More on this can be found here including a couple of diagrams of the process. Reflective glass therefore keeps rooms cooler on a hot day and warmer on a cold day, which takes away a lot of the need to run heaters or air conditioners to bring the temperature up to a more comfortable figure.
Switching to reflective windows is just another fairly simply yet highly effective - particularly over the long term - method of lessening the detrimental environmental impact caused by consuming energy which is still primarily produced through burning fuels that generate damaging and unhealthy pollution.