Rooflights are a great way to get extra light into your home or a commercial premise. Not only do they look fantastic, they also have some key benefits when it comes to sustainability, lowering your carbon emissions while saving you money at the same time.
Why your carbon footprint matters
We all know that climate change is a major issue. While governments and large corporations often have the onus put on them to cut emissions, and that is important, it is also a collective responsibility we all share. If you are a homeowner and want to do your bit, taking a closer look at your personal carbon footprint is important.
That carbon footprint is basically defined as the CO2 waste we each put into the atmosphere as individuals. The energy we use has a big impact on our footprint. It’s thought that the average person in the UK has a carbon footprint of around 15 tonnes of CO2. If we are to reverse global warming, the research suggests that we will all need to reduce this by about 80%.
While looking at your windows and installations like rooflights to reduce carbon emissions might seem quite insignificant, the truth is that with global warming every little helps.
Skylights can save you money and lower your carbon footprint
There are several ways that rooflights can help reduce your carbon emissions.
The first is by providing natural light. If you have an area of your home that is prone to get dark, especially in winter, you are more likely to switch on artificial lights. Installing a rooflight reduces the need for this and contributes to lowering your electricity bill and your emissions at the same time.
Rooflights also deliver what is called passive heating and cooling. In the winter, the high thermal efficiency of the glass means you can keep more heat in your home. In the summer, when you think it is likely to be too warm, rooflights can act to cool your room.
That means in the winter you don’t need to have the heating so high and, in the summer, you don’t need to have the air conditioning on. Both things help reduce your fuel consumption level and thus cut carbon emissions. Rooflights can also come with their own inbuilt ventilators that can further help cool down the area where they are installed.
The added health benefits of rooflights
It’s not just the impact on carbon emissions that make rooflights such a good choice. Natural light is much better for us than artificial light. The more you have of it, the better your sense of wellbeing. You often find yourself sleeping better and you could have much lower stress levels.
All in all, rooflights can have a really positive impact on your home. They help to reduce the amount of electricity you use, make you feel happier and provide you with a space that is both aesthetically pleasing and easy to maintain.
If you’d like to find out what difference a rooflight installation can have on your home, contact us today to find out more.