Cut The Cost Of Your Energy Bills With Roller Window Shutters
Installing roller window shutters in your home can improve your energy efficiency and reduce your energy bills. This environmentally-friendly solution also reduces your carbon footprint.
Summer in Australia is approaching quickly and long-range forecasts suggest that summer 2012-13 is shaping up to be hotter than normal, so this is the time to start thinking about how you can insulate your home from the heat. Also, as most people in Adelaide will be aware, power bills are rising just as quickly as the temperature - but there is a way to avoid being hit with a huge bill for your air conditioning and cooling costs.
Roller window shutters are an effective, cost-efficient and environmentally-friendly way in which to keep your home cool in the summer and to cut down on your use of air conditioning and electricity. Installing insulated window and door shutters means that you have in place an extra level of insulation that protects your home from the heat of the sun, as well as the additional benefits that roller shutter windows and doors provide in terms of security and noise reduction.
Because glass is such an effective heat conductor of heat, unprotected windows are one of the main reasons that your home can become excessively hot during the summer months, but installing window shutters can reduce this significantly. High-quality aluminium roller shutters insulated with high density polyurethane on your windows and doors block up to 90% of the sun’s heat, meaning that your need for energy-consuming air conditioning to cool your home down is substantially reduced.
Recent research carried out in Australia using National Housing Energy Rating Software has demonstrated that the reductions in energy use to be gained by installing insulated roller shutters can be significant (www.nathers.gov.au). Given the current high costs of electricity, this could amount to a substantial saving on your annual power bill, as well as an important reduction in your home’s carbon emissions.
In addition, roller shutters on your windows and doors also help to protect your home from the sun’s glare and the resultant damage and fading caused by the sun to carpets, curtains and furniture, as well as to window frames, saving you money on replacement or refurbishment costs.
A further benefit is that you can harness the sun’s energy by installing a solar power operating system, which means you can operate your window and door shutters by remote control but without incurring further electricity costs. Many energy conscious families who have made the choice to install roller shutters in order to cut down on the amount of power required to cool their homes have opted for this innovation, which means that they can have the ease and convenience of remote control operation without using mains electricity, further reducing their carbon emissions.
Cost- and energy-conscious homeowners should undoubtedly look towards installing roller door and window shutters as a means of more efficiently and effectively keeping their homes cooler during the anticipated hot Australian summer and as way of combatting ever-increasing energy prices.