How shutters can help you push the envelop on energy savings.
There it sits on your kitchen bench top. Unopened. A simple envelop on top of the pile, indistinct from the others except for the cheerfully sinister logo of your energy provider.
You stare at it, mentally willing it away. You check the name and address yet again in the forlorn hope that the postie got it wrong. But there’s no escaping the fact that it’s meant for you, and only you.
Your temples begin to throb with that dull, familiar pain as your sweaty hands snatch it from the pile. There’s a brief moment where you kid yourself that it won’t be as bad this time, but the numbers don’t lie. It’s a whopper. Again.
Ok, this scenario might be a bit dramatic, but it’s not too far off the mark for thousands of households like yours all across this great state of ours. Energy costs are on the rise and that’s not going to change any time soon.
What to do about energy costs?
Firstly, you need to understand that there’s no single solution to reducing your energy costs short of going totally renewable and taking yourself off the grid. The answer lies in taking a range of measures that work together to produce the desired result.
They key lies in understanding your home’s level of thermal protection. It makes sense that no matter how much heat you generate inside the home, if you’re losing much of it you’re losing money. So the equation is pretty simple – the more heat you retain, the more money you save.
The weakest link in the thermal protection of your home is windows.
While they keep out the elements and offer a view to the outside world, windows also allow around 30% of the home’s heat to escape. Looking at it another way, this means around one in three
Kilojoules of costly energy are wasted! That’s a lot of heat and a big chunk of cash literally flying out the window!
The obvious solution is to reduce the amount of heat escaping your home so that your heating system doesn’t have to work as long or hard to maintain a comfortable temperature, which should be around 18 degrees or cooler. Remember, your energy use goes up by ten percent for every degree warmer than this.
Simple energy saving steps you can take
- Keep doors closed and heat in (Yes, kids, we’re talking to you!)
- Dress warmly. It’s easier to heat yourself than a whole house.
- Block cracks under doors with a draught stopper.
- Keep curtains drawn at night to keep the heat in and open them during the day to allow the sunlight to warm the house.
- Install external shutters on your windows.
Australian made Security Integrated Shutters can add not only much needed insulation to your home in winter and summer, but also protection from the elements and unwanted visitors.
The beauty of it is that the money you spend on the peace of mind of Security Integrated Shutters can be recouped over time by the savings you’ll make on your energy bills.
Imagine that. Security you can trust and no headaches next time you open that envelope.