With global warming being a hot topic between countries and businesses, it’s important that everyone does their part and helps save the planet Earth. Wondering what the carbon footprint is?
It is nothing but the amount of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane released into the atmosphere as a result of our actions. These gases eventually increase Earth’s temperature and are a major cause of climatic changes.
There are many ways of reducing your carbon footprint like using eco-friendly materials, using public vehicles instead of private vehicles, switching off appliances when not required, etc. But did you know that glass can also play a major role in changing your carbon footprint? Let’s understand.
Glass panels that we use in our windows, doors, facades are not energy efficient. Heat loss through windows and doors accounts for approximately 30 percent of the heat loss in the entire household. They also emit a lot of carbon dioxide while manufacturing. Although glass bottles are recyclable and can be repurposed, we seldom use them once the purpose is over. We can bring a change in this in our residences, offices, industries which will then contribute to tackling the rapidly growing climatic crisis.
Glass bottles and jars can be indefinitely repurposed and reused in households and offices. They can be used for beautification purposes such as lamps, vases, or just decorative items. They can also be repurposed as liquid soap dispensers, spray bottles, etc.
In terms of glass doors and windows, we can switch to better glass options such as Low-E glass which is better than conventional glass. These are high-performance, energy-efficient glass which is coated with invisible layers of low emissivity materials like metallic oxide. It allows natural light to enter but deflects UV & infrared into the environment increasing the insulating value of the glass used indoors or windows.
It basically helps maintain a comfortable temperature indoors during summer and keeps the interior warm during winter. This helps significantly reduce the usage of electricity made by burning fossil fuels thereby reducing the carbon footprint. When coupled with eco-friendly frames made of uPVC it can significantly lower your electricity bills and reduce your carbon footprint even further.
If you are keen on exploring Low-E glass options for your industrial/residential requirements, our experts at FUSO Glass can help you make an informed decision.