NEW double glazed windows are now even more energy efficient and cost effective.

And a Huddersfield window installer became one of the first in the local area to adhere to new environmental standards.

Pennine Home Improvements is playing its part in helping Huddersfield homeowners to cut their bills as well as their carbon footprint.

New government regulations introduced last October dictated that double glazing installers must fit, as standard, windows which achieve a category C rating.

The new amendments apply to all replacement windows in domestic properties.

This is all part of Britain’s commitment to the international Kyoto Protocol and is a major step in reducing carbon emissions and ensuring the UK becomes more energy efficient.

Craig Hanson, who runs Pennine Home Improvements based at Lincoln Street, Aspley, says: “Our window profiles can also be upgraded to a category A by including the most energy efficient glass. I understand we were one of the first in Huddersfield to sign up to the new regulations and now fit category C as standard.

“For the homeowner this means that they save on energy bills, therefore cutting down carbon emissions. It means their home is warmer with no draughts and they are doing their bit for the environment.”

Pennine uses the Advance 70 window profile which is at the forefront of window manufacture.

Before last October, window energy ratings ranged from A to G. New innovative window design incorporating five chambers in the window frame mean that C, B and A ratings are now easily achievable.

Craig said: “People in Huddersfield can now reduce their heating costs, help the environment and make their home look more attractive.”

Window energy ratings are calculated by looking at the solar gain and thermal loss. The resulting value is placed on an energy scale from A to G which gives consumers a simple way to compare one product with another.

The Kyoto Protocol is an international agreement which sets targets for nearly 40 industrialised countries and the European community for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.