Energy Conservation and 3M Window Film

Energy Conservation and 3M Window Film

Energy Conservation with 3M Window Film - A study by the US Department of Energy

Did you know that 68 million square feet of 3M Window Films has been sold in the U.S. in the last decade? That’s a staggering figure, but it highlights the fact that there are many residential and commercial customers who understand the value of window film in their energy conservation plan. Back in 2011, the US Department of Energy did a really comprehensive study of the top 50 commercially available energy conservation methods. The study focused on 3 methods:

  • Payback
  • Probability of success
  • Overall energy savings

The technologies or methods were then sorted into two categories:

  • First tier technologies—for deployment
  • Second tier technologies—technologies with less benefit and may be considered for specific targeted applications

What were the results? 3M Window film was ranked as a first tier technology, with a 3 year payback and had the highest probability of success. Not only that, of the four technologies studied, 3M window film received both the fastest payback rating and highest probability of success. This is a great study with some interesting details. One of item of note:

“Replacement windows were also studied, yet they received much slower payback ratings and lower probability of success due to the significant initial investment costs and disruption to tenants required for a new window replacement.”

It’s good to remember that, according to the EPA Energy Star Buildings Manual in the United States, approximately half of a home’s utility bills are wasted by loss of heat or heat gain through untreated windows. This is especially so for older homes. Doesn’t it make sense to change that? We think so. Check out the study below. If you have any question about the 3M Window film options that are available for you, feel free to contact us.

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