• Energy Efficient Glass

    Posted on 17th May 2011 by Andy.

    Over the weekend whilst watching the television, I noticed a lot of commercials advertising and promoting Energy Efficient Glass. Although not a new creation, energy efficient glazing and windows has now been given a platform and increasing numbers of people are considering using this when replacing existing windows or at a new build stage. In the past few decades the implementation of double glazed windows has helped tremendously with reducing the cost of heating and energy bills, and there are a number of  options for different types of specific coatings on the glass like Pilkington's Activ Self-Cleaning glass and low emissivity energy efficient glass such as the energikare by Pilkington or Planitherm. Here’s how energy efficient glass works… Believe it or not up to 26% of your houses energy is actually lost through the glass! That’s a quarter of your houses energy! Although double glazing does improve reducing the loss of energy there is more you can do with the type of glazing you choose. As the natural rays of the sun stream into the rooms of your home, they create warmth. Normally the warmth could escape through the pores in the glass, but Energy Efficient glass has a special coating on the inside of the pane which reflects the warm energy back into the room.  This not only includes the natural energy from the sun but also heating from radiators and fires already in the home. This then enables you to turn the heating down in your home.  There are plenty of companies currently providing energy efficient glass like Pilkington and PlaniTherm. If you're one of the lucky people who have sun streaming through and it all gets too much then you could consider putting up a beautiful Controliss remote control blind. Then you can control how much sun comes into the room and how warm and bright you want it. They will work hand in hand with energy efficient glass and look amazing too. Not only can you transform your windows and decrease the use of the heating in your home, but you’re helping the environment with less energy escaping from the home and therefore a decrease in your carbon footprint.

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  • Home Efficiency Lower Your Window Blinds

    Posted on 18th November 2010 by jenny.

    Looking to lower your energy bills and be more efficient? Then, lower your window blinds. Thermal imaging cameras directed at Edinburgh historic buildings show that buildings with lowered window blinds or drawn curtains show up as deep blue, signalling that little heat escapes. Buildings with raised window blinds or open curtains show up as a high red and orange hue showing that this simple practice can lead to heat loss. In fact, this simple technique can be just as effective in keeping heat in as double glazed windows. This interesting study was conducted by the Edinburgh World Heritage Trust which aims to show that historic buildings are designed well and easy solutions can be made to make these buildings perform as well as modern buildings. The Edinburgh researchers also include other solutions such as draught excluders to keep historic buildings energy-efficient. According to Chiara Ronchini, Edinburgh World Heritage Trust’s energy efficiency expert, improving the energy efficiency of historic buildings will help in reducing carbon emissions and contribute to combat fuel poverty in the future. Ronchini further advises home owners to keep their window blinds closed at night to make sure that heat energy does not escape through the windows. If you find that lowering blinds every night is a chore, consider purchasing electric blinds that can be lowered, raised, or tilted with a remote control. We have remote controls that can control up to 99 different blinds with the same handheld device. With Controliss blinds, lowering your blinds will be so hassle-free that all it takes is a mere touch of a button. We have an extensive range of electric blinds to suit every decorating style, be it modern or traditional. So visit us and choose from the best designs in electric blinds.

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  • Energy Saving - Interiors Advice

    Posted on 2nd November 2010 by jenny.

    For most of us, the idea of renovation often entails some new pillow cases, a fresh coat of paint, or new flooring. However, renovation does not only mean transforming your home into a visual haven; you can actually shave off a few pounds from your annual electricity bill in the process of your interior makeover. According to energy-efficiency experts, a few changes in your lighting and window coverings can lead to significant energy savings. We let you in on a few of these cost effective and do-it-yourself energy-efficient secrets. 1.    Install blinds with good quality light efficient fabrics on windows that are vulnerable to the sun. The sun’s hot rays during summer will drive air-conditioning bills sky high so install new window blinds that will help block out the sun. The Controliss blackout roller blinds including Estrella Acorn and Estrella Ice in luxurious fabrics are great neutral-coloured remote-controlled blinds that will also help prevent unwanted heat loss during the winter months. 2.    Choose suitable bedding to keep the thermostat stable. Some of the best bedding available allows adjustable layering so that you can adjust according to the room’s temperature. Experts recommend that thermostat should be set from 28-30 degrees during the day in autumn or winter months. For warm months, keep your thermostat setting at 20 degrees or slightly higher, the mid-day sun will soon heat the house up after a brisk morning. Maintaining the thermostat at a low setting can save you up to as much as £200 per year. 3.    During winter, look for ways you can warm up your home without turning up the heating. For example, you can drape your sofas or chair with warm soft throws that can keep you warm. Adding a few plush area rugs to a cold floor made with any type of material can save you some money from your heating bills. 4.    Fans can keep people inside a room three or four degrees cooler and use no where near as much electricity compared to air conditioning. To decide on the size of fan you'll need consider the room size. A room that is around 50 square feet needs a 29-inch fan. For a 75-square feet room, you need a 36-inch fan. Look for an Energy Saving Recommended seal in your fans to find the most energy-efficient product. 5.    Efficient lighting should be foremost in your renovation plans as 10 percent of your energy bills goes to lighting. Consider localised lighting so that you don’t have to rely on overhead lighting for small jobs. Use compact fluorescent bulbs for all your lighting needs as they use 75 percent less energy than incandescent light bulbs. CFL bulbs are more costly than ordinary light bulbs but they can last 10 times longer and don’t heat up like halogen lights. CFL bulbs can save you around £45 during their life cycle. 6.    Try not to block heating or air conditioning vents with furniture or soft furnishings. Choose window blinds over curtains to prevent fabric from covering air vents. 7.    Energy-efficient appliances with Energy Saving Recommended badges are highly recommended by experts. Consider replacing appliances that are 10 years old (such as a CRT TV) as these appliances cost about 50% more to operate.  If you opt for these old appliances, you may add around £37 a year to your electricity bills.

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