Let’s face it, as celebrations go, the entry into 2023 has been somewhat muted, and for good reason. The cost of living crisis is still with us, and with fuel prices set to rise even further, there seems no end to higher energy costs.

In all, we have a way to go before economic conditions stabilise. That said, adversity often brings positive change, and as a result, we’re seeing sustainability coming to the fore.

This, coupled with the need for governments to act now to invest in renewable energy and reduce the effects of climate change, means that at a domestic level, there has never been a better time to reduce our energy consumption and look at home improvement renovation in a more sustainable way. There is a lot we can do to reduce our carbon footprint, from installing solar panels to making sure that lofts are insulated efficiently.

Given the scope and range of eco-friendly home improvements on the market now, where should we begin when considering our own property? As a guide, let’s use some of the products we offer at Global Windows to highlight affordable and energy-saving choices.

Why is uPVC environmentally friendly?

White uPVC Flush Sash WindowsThere was a time when uPVC was the poor relation in terms of window frames. But not anymore. As technology has advanced and improved, so has uPVC, becoming a good design choice for anyone considering replacing their windows with budget and efficiency in mind.

uPVC needs little maintenance and can be recycled up to ten times without losing quality. Compared to traditional wooden frames – at least those installed more than 20 years ago – uPVC can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an astonishing 40%. In fact, uPVC can achieve some of the highest window energy ratings around.

For example, let’s look at our casement windows. These are among our most popular choices for a wide range of homes, and are available in various bespoke designs. Importantly, our casement windows are ‘A’ rated for energy efficiency, and are often installed to help upgrade thermal output, save a lot of energy, and reduce heat loss.

Our uPVC sliding sash windows are particularly suitable for more traditional properties which may previously have had wooden sliders. Again, they’re ‘A’ rated for energy efficiency and designed to provide ventilation while also retaining as much heat as possible without any compromise on their good looks and overall useability.

How sustainable are aluminium windows?

Black aluminium bifold doorAluminium is one of the most energy-efficient building materials out today. It has an excellent recycling rateability – in fact, it is said that one tonne of recycled aluminium saves nine tonnes of emissions. Recycling aluminium saves around 95% of greenhouse gas emissions compared to producing the raw product, so recycling it makes perfect sense.

In this context, let’s consider our range of aluminium bi-fold doors. As well as being energy-efficient, aluminium is superbly strong, which means that a minimal amount of aluminium can be employed to hold large sections of glazing.

The lack of an obstructive frame allows in much more natural light, warming your home naturally as well as retaining heat inside. At Global Windows, we have a range of styles and colours available, as well as a choice of handles and finishes for our homeowner customers to choose from.

Are composite doors energy efficient?

Composite doorDoors made out of composite material were historically never particularly sustainable due to the nature of the materials involved, but this is no longer the case. Again, improvements in technology and increased customer demand for ‘green’ products have led to much better composite elements, so that a typical composite door will now feature a thermally efficient uPVC door frame which provides first class insulation, preventing heat from escaping while keeping out the cold.

A foam core also benefits from thermal efficiency while acting as an efficient sound barrier – important if you live on a busy road.

At Global Windows, we’ve switched from foam to timbercore composite doors – timber is a strong, more sustainable and naturally warm product, making our range of composite doors of a much better quality.

The timber core is then wrapped in revolutionary, high-performance CoolSkin technology, engineered to withstand extreme temperature changes and maintain optimum impact performance, with a colour protective layer so that it won’t get worn away or chipped.

At Global Windows, our composite doors are available in more than 20 styles, suiting a wide range of properties. We also offer a choice of premium colours and glazing options, from clear glass that optimises natural light to bespoke styles including bevelled, coloured, patterned or textured.

You can also opt for a solid-panelled composite door with no glazing, thereby maximizing privacy and security. Regardless of the style you choose, you can rest assured that all our composite doors are highly energy efficient, helping you keep that thermostat – and your heating bills – down.

How can I save money on my energy bills?

These are just a few ways of reducing your energy use at a time when we’re all looking to make savings. Investing in sustainable windows and doors for your home renovation now will undoubtedly save you money in the long term, and you’ll very quickly notice how up-to-the-minute technology is keeping your home warm and dry.

Save money

In the face of mounting calls to tackle the climate crisis, even small energy savings mean a lot, and can make a significant difference to ever-climbing fuel costs.

We owe it to ourselves to take responsibility for our environment and use less energy, so if you’re thinking about making sustainably-led home improvements, get in touch with us for excellent advice and an equally superb range of products.

Need some inspiration? Read up all about this year’s home improvement trends, learn which is the best style of window for energy efficiency, discover how much energy is being lost through your old windows, and get up to date with our long-term home energy saving hacks to help lower your bills.

To start your journey towards a more energy efficient home, get in touch with a member of our expert team today and we’ll be able to book you a consultation or offer you a free, no-obligation quote. You can contact us by either giving us a call on 0800 610 1234, or by completing our contact form.

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Windows & Doors

Brilliant company from all we’ve dealt with, right through to the fitters, to the follow-up emails making sure everything was ok. Having used you before and after having work done to my property, I thought you the only obvious choice to return. Was a little worried as I’d had insulated render fitted and was concerned about the removal and refitting into the same size opening, and the damage it would cause. No worries, it seems. Each to their own trade as they say, and I’m glad they managed it and left me in no doubt, another great job done. Many thanks to you all. And see you in 15 years again?

Checkatrade

Windows And Door

After a fair few months of looking for a good window provider we can say we are one hundred percent happy with Global. They exceeded our expectations from start to finish. Michael with the quote, the lovely ladies from the office and Andy and Josh who fitted our seven windows and front door. Very professional, good quality, quick and efficient work. A pleasure to work with such a team. Our next step is the conservatory with Global. Thank you and well done to all.

Florentina

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Excellent Service

My mum wanted to say thank you so much for the fantastic service Global windows have given her following her burglary. From start to finish they reassured her the replacement patio doors would be robust and fitted as quickly as possible to ensure the property was secured. On the day of fitting the fitters arrived promptly and installed the doors with no mess. The gentleman who organised this from Global (sorry she couldn’t remember his name) came out to check the doors and to see mum was happy with them brought her a beautiful bunch of flowers. Mum was over the moon. Thank you so much.

Margaret

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Doors And Windows

We decided to re-use this Company despite moving house and County. Global were helpful and very professional at all stages of the installation. We found all their staff friendly and knowledgeable. Dates given, returning phone calls etc. were all met. The price was very competitive, the quality of their products was excellent with a good range of colours and styles. The fitters were very hardworking, managed to get the work done in one day rather than the expected 2, mainly due to the fact they worked as a team, didn’t take breaks and clearly knew their job. Great company.

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Replace All Windows And Doors

Fantastic work from start to finish. Great suggestions made to my own thoughts. The date agreed happened and I was kept fully informed of progress before installation. The fitters were courteous and efficient and worked hard completing on time. I am happy to recommend Global windows to anyone.”

Checkatrade

Replace Lots Of Windows In 4 Bays Along With Others Throughout House. New Door Fitted Also.

Excellent communication and attention to details. Windows were fine quality. Workmanship of highest quality and very considerate and careful. Would recommend to anyone.”

Checkatrade

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Windows & Doors

Brilliant company from all we’ve dealt with, right through to the fitters, to the follow-up emails making sure everything was ok. Having used you before and after having work done to my property, I thought you the only obvious choice to return. Was a little worried as I’d had insulated render fitted and was concerned about the removal and refitting into the same size opening, and the damage it would cause. No worries, it seems. Each to their own trade as they say, and I’m glad they managed it and left me in no doubt, another great job done. Many thanks to you all. And see you in 15 years again?

Checkatrade

Windows And Door

After a fair few months of looking for a good window provider we can say we are one hundred percent happy with Global. They exceeded our expectations from start to finish. Michael with the quote, the lovely ladies from the office and Andy and Josh who fitted our seven windows and front door. Very professional, good quality, quick and efficient work. A pleasure to work with such a team. Our next step is the conservatory with Global. Thank you and well done to all.

Florentina

Which?

Excellent Service

My mum wanted to say thank you so much for the fantastic service Global windows have given her following her burglary. From start to finish they reassured her the replacement patio doors would be robust and fitted as quickly as possible to ensure the property was secured. On the day of fitting the fitters arrived promptly and installed the doors with no mess. The gentleman who organised this from Global (sorry she couldn’t remember his name) came out to check the doors and to see mum was happy with them brought her a beautiful bunch of flowers. Mum was over the moon. Thank you so much.

Margaret

Which?

Doors And Windows

We decided to re-use this Company despite moving house and County. Global were helpful and very professional at all stages of the installation. We found all their staff friendly and knowledgeable. Dates given, returning phone calls etc. were all met. The price was very competitive, the quality of their products was excellent with a good range of colours and styles. The fitters were very hardworking, managed to get the work done in one day rather than the expected 2, mainly due to the fact they worked as a team, didn’t take breaks and clearly knew their job. Great company.

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Replace All Windows And Doors

Fantastic work from start to finish. Great suggestions made to my own thoughts. The date agreed happened and I was kept fully informed of progress before installation. The fitters were courteous and efficient and worked hard completing on time. I am happy to recommend Global windows to anyone.”

Checkatrade

Replace Lots Of Windows In 4 Bays Along With Others Throughout House. New Door Fitted Also.

Excellent communication and attention to details. Windows were fine quality. Workmanship of highest quality and very considerate and careful. Would recommend to anyone.”

Checkatrade
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