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When people think of energy saving measures, double glazing might spring to mind. Double glazing, however, if you don’t have it already, is a significant financial undertaking. Of course, most modern properties already have installed, and it’s not always recommended for older properties. There are, however, cheaper ways you can save energy and boost the value of your home.

For example, energy efficient composite doors offer savings on energy bills and carbon emissions. Compared to the likes of double glazing, composite doors are a simple, cost effective way to save energy and cut household bills.

You can reduce your energy bills by installing a Door-Stop International composite front door, the only brand of composite doors we are happy to put our name to. This is thanks to the specific insulating properties of composite doors. This means they are in fact energy saving doors, recognised by no less than the Government as the 3rd most cost effective measure you can take (out of 47!) to reduce your energy consumption. And that means cheaper fuel bills.

Let us explain.  To qualify for the Government’s Green Deal, any energy saving measure must yield energy savings equal or greater than the cost of repayment over the term of the Green Deal Plan. In less technical speak, if you install a composite door it will pay for itself in short order. In fact, reports calculate all things being equal, the payback period can be as quick as 5 years. Obviously a number of variables can influence the financial returns depending on the type of door and the initial cost. High quality composites, such as the ones we sell, can be expected to last a long time so they continue to make further savings.  You can’t say the same for wooden doors.

Our composite doors offer all round performance. Not only do they meet strict tests of durability and security they also offer better insulation: they lose heat more slowly than hardwood or PVC doors.  We know this because we’ve tested various materials to determine, what’s known in the trade, as their U-values. A 1.8 U-value is the standard required for current Building Regulations.  Our composite doors meet or exceed this standard. On the other hand a thick hardwood door has U-value of between 2.5 and 3.0. There’s no comparison really. Save on energy bills by installing a composite front door.