July 24, 2012
As Nation Continues To Face Record Summer Temperatures Easily Installed Window Film Can Reduce Peak Electricity Demand
WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feeling the heat? The International Window Film Association (www.IWFA.com), is offering free information on how to both reduce cooling costs and the demand on our nation’s electric power grids, noting that roughly one third of an average building’s cooling load is from solar heat gain through windows.
According to the US Department of Energy (DOE), buildings use 41 percent of our of nation’s energy, a figure that is higher than the energy used by transportation. The DOE also reports that 25 to 35 percent of energy wasted in buildings is blamed on inefficient windows. Similarly, the California Energy Commission estimates that 40 percent of a typical building’s cooling requirements are related to solar heat gain through windows.
In addition, many window film products block up to 60 percent of infrared energy to reduce solar heat gain and improve on cooling costs. Other advantages include the 99%reduction of UV rays to decrease fading of upholstery and reduce harm to the skin.
The informational booklet can be downloaded at: www.iwfa.com/ConsumerInfo/IWFAWindowFilmBooklet.aspx. It offers expertise on window film for energy savings and extending the life of windows without changing their architectural integrity.