There are various opinions that state when the Earth’s resources of fossil fuels will run out. That, as well as the continuing damage being done to the planet’s atmosphere by carbon emissions, has seen the popularity of green energy and technology rise significantly in recent years. The dual benefits of using green technology are the immediate reduction in environmental harm, and the long-term savings to be made through the reduction of energy bills.
We took a look at the top five products that can have the biggest impact.
Texlon is a revolutionary product that can work to reduce both heating and lighting bills. This compound is produced with layers of ETFE foil filled with a low pressure air, which gives texlon its insulating qualities. As these “cushions” are transparent they are also excellent for reducing the use of lighting. This compound can even be shaped to control the level of light it lets through, enabling consistent lighting levels so a building does not get too bright on a sunny day.
These are still growing in popularity, and as demand grows and the cost falls they should become even more so. Depending on the area covered by solar panels, buildings can sometimes get all of their heating energy from solar panels, although in households with smaller exposure the figure equates to around a 20% reduction in heating bills.
Despite it being common knowledge that roof and cavity wall insulation can save a household thousands of pounds in the long-term, many have still not invested in high quality roof or wall insulation. Although the cost of having this done, particularly in the case of the walls, can be high, the long term payoff in terms of savings is more than worth it.
In many cases these have proven to be even more popular than solar panels, particularly as it is believed much more energy can be gained from them. What cannot be denied is that at least it can store energy around the clock, whereas solar panelling is only useful in daylight hours! Wind turbines are easy to fit onto a roof and are being widely used more than ever before.
Along with home insulation, energy monitors are another product that seem to have been around forever, yet also a product that is still underutilised. By using this tool and understanding where most energy is used and wasted in your home, you can adapt your lifestyle habits accordingly to ensure you reduce your carbon footprint and energy bills.
Vector Foiltec are the developers behind the revolutionary material Texlon that has been used in some of the most impressive buildings worldwide.