I am a recent graduate of William and Mary with a double major in environmental science and policy and public policy. I will be an energy blogger. How can the U.S. reduce its dependence on foreign oil? Is green technology going to happen sooner than we think? What kind of message is needed to sell individuals on the need to stop drill baby drill? These are some of the questions I'd like to ex...
Windows and Energy Efficiency
According to Bruce Mulliken, one way to be energy efficient is by installing "solar control window films (which) can be applied to existing glass. Solar Gard, a maker of such films, says their products help buildings consume up to 30 percent less energy for cooling by stabilizing interior temperatures, transforming standard glass into high performance windows." However, while it is great to have solar films during certain seasons like during the summer or in spring time when the sun is out a lot, during the winter months, it might be great to have some sun to shine in when it is cold. Consequently, being energy efficient has its drawbacks, perhaps in the form of comfort in terms of what individuals are accustomed to, but in the end there is no denying the benefit of less energy consumption which in turn saves individuals on their electrical utility bill.
Solar control window films, like any new innovation, renewable or non-renewable, will inevitably have positive and negative aspects to it. The question that must be answered is whether the positives outweigh the negatives, or another way of putting it, is do the pros of the product or service outweigh its cons? In the case of solar film windows, it may not be great during the winter to have sunlight blocked, but such impacts can be managed and mitigated. The overall savings is hard to ignore and is truly a large benefit of solar film windows. On the whole, therefore, solar film windows are indeed a benefit to the consumer and should be looked into by the average consumer if they are serious about energy efficiency and being environmentally conscious. Becoming energy efficient does not necessarily have to be inconvenient. Rather, it can be thought of as helping your pocketbook from lower electrical bills and the environment simultaneously.
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