Sep 04, 2014
Pollution. That invisible enemy that permeates the city sky line, its only marker; the faint haze it lays across the horizon as the sun sets. It’s easy to pretend that it isn’t an issue when we can’t see it. Even easier when all we hear is that the effects of our pollution are making the ice on the poles slowly melt, or wild conspiracies about green house gases that are supposedly peddaled by the oil companies to keep us consuming.
There’s a whole load of disinformation on the subject and very little concrete scientific study that can genuinely demonstrate how creating an alarming amount of carbon emissions, for well over a century, can affect the planet. That’s not to say that it isn’t an issue, but rather to say that the issue is so new and so vast that it’s incredibly difficult for those studying the effects to come to exacting, concrete conclusions.
Rather than plead ignorance and imagine that it’s not a problem that we, and our future generations, are facing, I believe it’s the responsibility of the individual to accept that pouring excess mega-tonnes of gas into the atmosphere is definitely dangerous and ought to be adressed on a personal level.
I like to compare the problems with pollution to salting food. There are naturally occuring salts in our foods that satisfy our daily requirements, yet we still place a little in for flavour. Just a little is fine, of course, but excess salt quickly turns your meal unpalatable and unhealthy, with too much salt guaranteed to make you sick. The same goes for CO2 emissions, except it’s not us getting sick, but rather the planet – and our perspective is too small to really see these effects.
So what can we do? Well, there are plenty of things from recycling to purchasing an electric car, or even simple steps such as walking places instead of driving. One thing that we at Oak Windows can help with, and which we are really trying to integrate into all of our timber designs, is to install energy efficient windows.
We’ve been developing a system that incorporates Grade A energy efficient glass within an oak window frame that provides a considerable drop in the amount of heat loss through your windows. This not only means that we’re preventing excess heat to escape into our atmosphere, but that we needn’t heat our properties quite so much – further reducing the amount of carbon emissions we create by burning less gas.
Pollution is something that we all need to take very seriously, and, at Oak Windows, we pride ourselves on taking every step we can to reduce our carbon footprint. We just ask that you do too!