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06 Jul 2022
Anthony Lockley

On Target for Charity Mountain Climb

Staffordshire’s Target Windows is reaching new heights this July as it prepares to take on Yorkshire’s famous Three Peaks Challenge in aid of Stoke-on-Trent MND sufferer, Anthony Lockley.

Led by director of Target Windows, Guy Basnett, a strong team of dedicated employees, who are all based at either the company’s Stone and Uttoxeter showrooms or Meir Heath Head Office, will take on the challenge this weekend, Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th July.

Team Target is raising money for Anthony Lockley – a friend of the family-owners and directors Jane Basnett and Mick Tune. Anthony was diagnosed with incurable MND (Motor Neurone Disease) at the end of 2021. Target Windows pledged to support Anthony and his family as they come to terms with this scary and life-changing news.

Mick Tune of Target Windows said: “We have known Anthony and his family for a long time. He is a much-loved member of the community and a truly decent stand-up guy so to learn the news that he has developed this scary and unforgiving condition was heart-breaking.

“He has worked hard all his life to bring up his family of two daughters and a wonderful son who has Down syndrome. All he’s ever done is work hard to give them a start in life, to then be struck down with this disease when he should be looking forward to finally retiring and having a rest. We really need people to dig deep to help him.

“The money raised will go towards hopefully giving the family a better quality of life, as well as funding much-needed physiotherapy aids, equipment, care and house adaptations as they learn to live with MND.”

Customers, colleagues and friends have been donating direct to Target Windows and via a dedicated  Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/anthony-lockley-target-windows.  So far, the company has raised and passed over £440 to Anthony and his family and hope that this next effort will be able to top up this total.

The company will also be installing a new front door at the family home in the next couple of weeks with an approved low access threshold that will make life easier getting in and out of the house. This has very kindly been donated by Central Window Systems – the company’s main supplier of windows and doors.

Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is an uncommon condition that affects the brain and nerves. It causes weakness that gets worse over time. With no known cure, MND can significantly shorten life expectancy, but there are treatments to help reduce the impact on a person’s daily life.

Target Windows is a Staffordshire-based company, part of Stone and Stoke for over 40 years, extending into Uttoxeter and beyond. This family-owned and run businesses is built on quality, trust, and hard work, and has grown from strength to strength over the last four decades. Target specialises in single-story extensions, window and door installation, build of orangeries and conservatories, and a range of home improvements services across Staffordshire.

08 Jun 2022
orangery extension

What happens when you book an orangery extension with Target Windows – 7 steps to make your dream a reality

An Orangery extension is a new take on the traditional conservatory or extension, adding a contemporary flair to any home with Target’s latest technology. Brick pillars add privacy, whereas the height and openness of the roof flood the room and adjoining areas with light and provide a focal point for skylight views.

Adding a stunning orangery extension to your home could not be easier with Target Windows. Our team of experts will take care of everything for you, from the initial stages of consultation all the way to complete installation, providing all the help and advice you need to create your dream orangery. Target’s experts can design and construct everything from roofing to double-glazing, and from lighting to plumbing.

We understand that extending your home is a huge decision and so we have outlined our simple process for you to find out more and take a load off your mind.

1. Get in touch  

Get in touch with us here at Target Windows via 01785 811558 or sales@targetwindows.co.uk to discuss your vision for your orangery. You can also visit our showrooms in either Stone or Uttoxeter to get ideas and inspiration. Our friendly team will be able to give advice on the design options including roof, windows, and doors.

2. Initial consultation

Once we’ve got your vision in mind, we will arrange a visit to your home at a time most convenient for you to see how we can make your dream possible. Our installation team will offer advice on how best to achieve your design and suggest any alternatives that would best suit your home if a certain structure is not possible.

3. No-obligation free quote

Once we have completed the home visit and a design has been decided on, our team will put together a no-obligation quote for your orangery extension. This quote will include drawings, surveys, regulations, design, materials, and installation costs.

This quote is completely free and no-obligation, giving you all the information you need to make a decision for your home improvement.

4. Booking your orangery extension

Once you are 100% satisfied with the design and quote, you give us the word and we will book in your orangery extension. A 20% deposit is required at the time of booking to secure the job, and then we will book in the most convenient installation date for you to disrupt your life as little as possible while home improvements take place.

5. Leave it to Target

Leave it to us to make your dream home a reality! We will keep you updated each step of the way and provide any relevant information, allowing you to relax while the installation process runs as smoothly as possible.

We work with trusted partners and our in-house surveyor will assess your home for any structural concerns and double-check everything before we begin, giving you peace of mind that your orangey extension will be completed to the best structural quality.

6. Your dream orangery extension is complete

It usually takes around a week to carry out the work once the foundations have been completed, depending on the size and build of the orangery extension. We aim for quality work with as little disruption as possible, and it does not take long for your dream home transformation to be complete.

Watch This Loggia Home Extension Take Place

7. Taking care

We make sure to provide aftercare for our customers, and our materials have warranties, to ensure that our quality home improvements last for years to come.

Why choose Target Windows for your orangery extension?

We are a Stoke-on-Trent-based company that specialises in single-story extensions, window and door installation, build of orangeries and conservatories, and a range of other home improvements. As part of Stone and Stoke for almost 40 years, we have taken our family-owned and run business from strength to strength over the last four decades, extending into Uttoxeter and beyond. We are built on quality, trust and hard work.

Don’t wait any longer, get in touch with our expert team via 01785 811558 or sales@targetwindows.co.uk to discuss making your dream orangery extension a reality.

25 May 2022
Target Windows Commercial

Target Windows Partner with Novus Property Solutions on Bromsgrove Housing Project

Staffordshire-based, Target Windows is working with property maintenance company, Novus Property Solutions, to transform five blocks of apartments owned by Bromsgrove Housing.

The project, which started in March 2022, will see Target Windows fit energy efficient windows to around 75 apartments. The works will also alter the aesthetics of the apartments turning the window frames from white to a stylish grey. To complement the windows the buildings are also being re-roofed and rendered as part of the project.

Guy Basnett, Director of Target Windows, said:

“Our commercial side is going from strength to strength, and we are thrilled to be back working with Novus Property Solutions on the Bromsgrove Housing Project.

“This project will see a complete transformation of the exterior of the apartment blocks giving them a new lease of life for residents – and truly showing how windows can make a huge difference to the style and feel of a home.

“The energy efficient glass used in our windows retains warmth within the home and is also designed to exploit radiant heat energy from the sun. This helps to significantly reduce heating bills, while boosting curb appeal and adding value to a property.”

Local, family-run Target Windows boasts a venerable 30+ year heritage supplying quality double-glazed windows and doors, uPVC windows, sash windows and bespoke conservatories.

It has operated a commercial side to its business since 2005, opening the firm up to a national portfolio of housing improvement works. The business has taken on a number of projects since it began, ranging from £20,000 to £350,000.

As part of its commercial offering, Target Windows is able to supply a range of services, including design and information for clients on what would be the best and most cost effective solution.

Previous clients include: Seddon Construction, McPhillips, Novus Property Solutions, Gladman, Adlington, Dogs Trust, Morgan & Bond, Unitas and Fortior Homes.

Find out more about the commercial side of Target Windows.

11 May 2022
Jubilee garden party

10 ways to throw the best Jubilee Garden Party

Thinking of throwing a Platinum Jubilee garden party? We can help you make it the best it can possibly be! Keep reading to find out how.

June 2022 marks the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, honouring her 70th year of reign. Her Majesty took the throne in 1952, making her the longest-reigning female monarch in history. The entire nation will be in celebration during the long bank holiday weekend from the 2nd-5th June, hosting an array of garden parties, attending street parties, and toasting during afternoon tea.  

Thinking about throwing your own celebration for the Platinum Jubilee? Follow our handy guide to get rid of any planning stress, be the host with the most, and really enjoy the best Jubilee Garden party.

1. Get your garden royal ready

It may have been a while since your garden has seen the sun, so dust off your garden furniture, mow the lawn, or jet wash the patio.

This could also be the perfect excuse to invest in some new garden furniture if yours is worn or if you don’t have enough seating to throw a party.

Time to get it fit for a Jubilee garden party!

2. Weatherproof the garden

UK weather can be very unpredictable and though we are expecting a weekend of scorching sunshine for the Jubilee, there is always the chance of rain.

Putting up a gazebo or marquee means that guests can seek out shady spots if it is sunny, but if there are showers there’s also a space for cover to protect both your guests and the buffet table. No one wants a soggy sandwich!

3. Throw a Jubilee garden party in full bloom

As the party is taking place in the garden, flowers are a natural way to decorate with ease. You could plant some flowers in Jubilee colours such as red roses or poppies, white tulips, lilies, or daisies, or bluebells, blue peonies, or cornflowers.

If you are not sticking to the traditional red, white, and blue colour scheme, flowers in royal purple such as violets or lilacs, or other bright flowers such as daffodils or sunflowers will make your borders eye-catching.

As well as the flower borders, flowers in pots or buckets around the garden tied with ribbon make excellent summer decorations.

4. Furniture fit for festivities

Your garden is an extension of your home, so bring out the matching chairs and the cosy blankets so that your guests are as comfortable as they would be in the lounge. Lay out picnic blankets or a garden rug and an assortment of pillows and cushions.

Match your furniture to the theme through removable items such as seat covers or fabrics draped over chairs in red, white, and blue, or royal purple, gold and white.

5. Lay the table

The table is usually where guests gravitate to, after all that’s where the food and drink are! Set the scene with a table runner or a cloth in one of the Jubilee colours, with the Union Jack flag, or a white table cover with blue and red paper confetti.

Paper plates are the easiest choice for a garden party, and you can easily purchase sets in the colour scheme or with the Union Jack on. Or use plain plates with coloured napkins, and wrap napkins and cutlery with coloured ribbons to tie the theme in.

6. Decorations

Nothing says ‘party this way’ like a balloon arch, bunting, or flags. Pin bunting to the garden fence, the washing line, or drape over trees.

Novelty props such as party hats, tiaras, and face masks of the Queen are brilliant for photos.

String lights, outdoor lamps, and candles in jars add a friendly twinkle when the sun sets to keep the party going after dusk.

7. A feast fit for a queen

Lay your table with classic party foods such as sandwiches, chicken coronation, sausage rolls, trifle, scones with cream and jam, strawberries and cream, cupcakes, salads, Victoria sponge, and more! Jugs of Pimm’s, prosecco, lemonade, and fruit punch are the perfect summer tipple.

For a festive feast add toothpicks with little union jack flags and drink stirrers with paper crowns.

8. Transform your garden shed into a bar

Your shed can be multi-purpose rather than just sitting as storage at the bottom of the garden. Transform a dull shed into part of the event as a garden bar. This will give your garden party a professional feel with a serving hatch and a bar top.

9. Extend your Jubilee garden party inside with a conservatory or orangery

A conservatory or orangery is the perfect way to extend the party, with large windows and open space letting in a lot of light and acting as a bridge between the home and the garden.

Furniture and decorations can be colour coordinated to match inside and out and provide inside seating and a place to put the buffet table if you don’t have room for a gazebo in the garden and the weather turns.

Target Windows is a Stoke-on-Trent-based company that specialises in single-story extensions, window and door installation, build of orangeries and conservatories,, and a range of other home improvements. As part of Stone and Stoke for almost 40 years, Target has taken its family-owned and run business from strength to strength over the last four decades, extending into Uttoxeter and beyond. Target Windows is built on quality, trust and hard work.

Find out more about transforming your home and garden with a Target Windows conservatory or orangery.

10. Let the good times roll

Take a breath and soak up the party atmosphere. You’ve done a great job, now go and enjoy all the festivities!

29 Apr 2022
maintain your guttering

How to maintain your guttering at home – and why you should never ignore it

Maintain your guttering at home to help reduce the cost of home ownership by preventing damage to your property. Gutters can easily become clogged with leaves and other debris, and this can cause water to fall along the side of your home rather than down the spout, damaging the walls and even the foundations or structure of the property. It is not just the outside of the home that can be damaged, but blocked gutters can cause water damage, mould, and damp to the inside walls too.

As we experience a lot of rainfall in the UK, you should never ignore guttering maintenance as the amount of water can make this a vital issue for your home.

Below is our handy guide on how to maintain your guttering at home.

1. Clean the gutters

Leaves, twigs, and other debris can easily gather in the guttering and clog it up. You should clean your gutters at least once around late springtime to get rid of any remaining winter debris – and to remove any seeds, blossoms and pollens that have fallen from trees during spring. You should also clean once at the end of autumn, to remove the leaves that have fallen from the trees.

Cleaning your gutters at home can be tricky as they are hard to reach. You will need a sturdy ladder, waterproof gloves, a tool to scrape the debris, and a tarp, bucket, or bag on the ground to collect the debris you remove from the gutter.

  • Climb onto the ladder and check the gutter for anything that is clogging it.
  • Remove the debris with your hands and the tool, throwing it to the tarp or bucket below.
  • Once you have removed everything, use a hose to wash any remaining dirt out of the gutter.
  • Running water down is also a way to check that the gutter is completely unblocked and that the water runoff is going down the drain properly.
  • If the water on the ground is not draining properly, you can try and remove blockages from the lower drain by tapping the pipe or removing the back spout and flushing the underground drain.

2. Carry out repairs

When the gutter is clean you can check to see if it needs repairing.

  • Check for cracks, splits, or holes by running the hosepipe and seeing if there are any leaks. These can be repaired with waterproof sealant.
  • Check if the gutter bracket has become loose or detached from the drainpipe. This will need reattaching as if it is hanging off the direction of the water runoff will change and can cause damage.

3. Call the experts

We know that these areas can be hard to reach at home, and it can be dangerous to get up on a ladder to try and reach any awkward spots. The best thing that you can do if you have any issues with your guttering is call the experts.

Here at Target Windows, we can take the pressure off home maintenance by offering professional advice and services from our team of experts with over 30 years of experience. We provide repair and replacement for guttering, fascias, soffit, and cladding. We have a variety of colours and decorative styles to suit any property, so your home can look stylish as well as sturdy.

Target’s Rain Water Goods Service makes the task of gutter maintenance virtually maintenance free going forwards, as our materials do not experience paint peeling or timber rot. This takes the stress away and it is one less dangerous, and sometimes disgusting, home maintenance job for you to do.

To find out more about our guttering and fascias services, visit https://targetwindows.co.uk/fascias-and-guttering/

11 Apr 2022
anthony lockley

Charity support for Anthony Lockley

Stoke-on-Trent based company Target Windows has pledged charity support for friend Anthony Lockley, who was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) at the end of 2021.

Target Windows is part of a group aiming to fundraise £1,500 to support Anthony and his family.

All of the funds raised will go towards meeting the costs of care and equipment for Anthony, including physiotherapy aids, equipment, and house adaptations. This support will be vital for the road ahead as the family learn to live with MND, with the hope of granting Anthony a better quality of life.

This incredible cause has already garnered much support with £1,210 raised by 34 supporters so far through a Just Giving Crowdfunding page. Now Target has launched its very own Just Giving Crowdfunding page to help boost this total for Anthony and his family.

MND is a condition that affects the brain and nerves, casing weakness over time. While there is no cure, treatments such as physiotherapy and medicines can reduce the impact the disease has on a person’s daily life, to help them live with the condition for years to come.

This is not the first time that Target Windows has dedicated time and money to raise funds for causes important to them. In August 2021, a team from Target completed the Three Peaks Challenge and raised £1,315 for Dogs Trust, a charity which is also close to their hearts.

Target Windows is a Staffordshire-based company, part of Stone and Stoke for almost 40 years, extending into Uttoxeter and beyond. This family-owned and run businesses is built on quality, trust, and hard work, and has grown from strength to strength over the last four decades. Target specialises in single-story extensions, window and door installation, build of orangeries and conservatories, and a range of home improvements services across Staffordshire.

25 Mar 2022
curb appeal

How to boost your curb appeal

Curb appeal is how desirable the exterior of your home is, including everything from doors and windows, to even the guttering. In simple terms, curb appeal is how attractive a property looks to a potential buyer from the outside.

The outside of your home grants the first impression, therefore curb appeal can make the difference between a greater property value and a higher selling price or an offer below the asking price. With more online property sales than ever before, an image of the house’s exterior is the first thing potential buyers are going to see.

Here’s our top 5 ways to give your own home’s curb appeal a boost…

1. Make your door stand out

The front door is the entryway to the home, and so one of the easiest ways to boost your curb appeal is to have a stylish door that grabs attention. A bold colour that stands out against your home’s exterior will make a statement and draw focus to the area. As one of the first things people see, a new front door is a great investment to increase your curb appeal as it gives an impression of the quality and design of the property.

Other exterior doors of the property can also make a huge difference by tying into the theme and design of your home. Target Windows offer a range of door styles such as patio, composite, French, bi-fold, and glass panel designs, along with quality door installation services. With such a wide variety of glass panels and designs, and any colour you could dream of, we can provide a door to meet any street style.

Try out our virtual Solidor Door Designer to create your dream door from the style to the colour and finishing touches. 

2. Refresh your windows

Windows are the eyes to the home, letting in light and providing views. From an outside perspective, having clean and fresh windows is a huge factor in raising curb appeal. You can choose a colour window frame that either matches or has the same theme as the front door to tie the property’s aesthetics together.

Target Windows specialise in double glazing and offer modern designs as well as PVCu window frames. These stylish windows come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colours, to give you the look you want for your home.

3. Extend your home with a conservatory or orangery

An extension of your home produces huge curb appeal as it creates more space and adds an extra functional room to the property that can be designed to meet your needs.

A conservatory can be transformed into a desirable space such as an extended kitchen or a home office. Orangeries add a contemporary take on the traditional conservatory, as the brick pillars provide privacy, whereas the high roof allows light to flood into the home.

Target Windows offer glass roof and insulated double-glazed windows, which keep the conservatory cool in summer and warm in winter, to enjoy all year round. Our expert team can design and install your dream conservatory or orangery, including flooring, double-glazing, lighting, and plumbing.

4. Revitalise your property with refurbishments

Keeping your home looking fresh, rather than tired and worn, is the best way to maintain the overall appearance of a property and automatically give it higher curb appeal. If you have a conservatory that you are no longer using or is not meeting its function, transform it into a usable space to see property value soar.

Target Windows provide conservatory refurbishments with a wide range of roof colours and finishes to enhance the style of your home, which also aid with thermal, structural, and condensation issues to keep the property in good condition.

5. Keep on top with improved fascias and guttering

Any damage to the roof or guttering will be noticed by a potential buyer and is an issue that should be addressed as soon as possible to give the exterior of your home a solid, quality, and fresh appearance.

Target’s trained experts can replace fascias, guttering, soffits, and cladding, offering a range of colours as well as standard or decorative styles to match the theme of your home. These areas are hard to reach to repair and so we offer a virtually maintenance free Rain Water Goods Service. The high-quality products do not experience paint peeling or timber rot, keeping their appearance for years to come.

How can Target Windows help boost your curb appeal?

Target Windows is a Stoke-on-Trent-based company that specialise in single-story extensions, window and door installation, build of orangeries and conservatories, and a range of other home improvements. As part of Stone and Stoke for almost 40 years, Target has taken its family-owned and run business from strength to strength over the last four decades, extending into Uttoxeter and beyond.

Target Windows is built on quality, trust, and hard work. We offer a variety of quality home improvements services across Staffordshire which can revitalise your property and amplify your curb appeal.

To find out more about how Target Windows quality design and installation services can maximise your property’s curb appeal, click here.

28 Jan 2022
Target Windows Sale

The Target Windows Sale Now On. Our price freeze is being extended!!

Take advantage of the Target Windows sale now extended for the whole of February. Pay only a 20% deposit to secure your booking and benefit from our super price freeze available until the end of February.

Finances are always tight at the start of any year, but this year things seem even tougher for families – and businesses – across the UK.  Due to the ongoing pandemic impacting all areas of the supply chain, prices are hiking up everywhere.

We’ve been hearing about energy price rises for a long time, and there seems to be no sign of these slowing any time soon. But have you also noticed your weekly shop seeming more expensive than usual? Food has been one of the biggest culprits when it comes to price rises.

We’re freezing prices 🧊 but hurry, must end soon 💨

And it’s no different in the world of windows, with materials like glass all costing more than they ever have done before. But at Target Windows we are trying to hold off the eventual price rises for as long as possible.

So, for a limited time only, we are absorbing all price increases and freezing our prices at 2021 rates. That means, if you request a quote and order windows and doors with us, you will benefit from 2021 prices and beat any price hikes taking place in 2022.

And to secure your booking, you only need to pay a 20% deposit, giving you even more time to pay for your essential home improvements.

Must end 28th February. Call us on 01785 811 558 or email sales@targetwindows.co.uk and quote PRICEFREEZE for your no obligation quote.

06 Dec 2021
winter proof your home

6 ways to winter proof your home

Now that winter is upon us it’s time to make sure your home is ready for the cold snap. With a few simple updates you can winter proof your home and be ready for anything this winter throws at us.

1. Keep the warmth

When the temperatures drop outside, we’re much more inclined to turn up that heating dial to keep warm. But in doing that we need to make sure we are looking at ways to prevent heat escaping from our homes unnecessarily too. Heat is most likely lost through the roof, windows, walls, floors and any gaps around windows and doors.

Properly insulating your walls and roof are sure fire ways to reduce energy loss, but you can also make simpler and more affordable updates, too. By using curtains and draught excluders in winter and sealing any gaps around door frames and windows, you are creating a barrier keeping heat energy circulating in your home. In fact, simply shutting doors in your home to keep heat trapped in the room you are using can make a difference.

Heat loss can also be significantly reduced with properly fitted double glazing, using air or a vacuum between the panes of glass means minimal or no heat is able to pass through. The energy efficient coated glass used in our windows retains warmth in the home. It’s also designed to exploit heat energy from the sun and reduce condensation. And the best bit, it will help you to save money on your energy bills.

2. Secure outside

With al fresco dining a thing of the past – for now – it’s a good idea to look out on the patio and make sure you are protecting your garden furniture, barbecues and accessories. Some metals tend to rust with over exposure to the elements, so if you have somewhere to store this type of furniture for the winter months, great. Or alternatively cover them up to help protect them.

Secondly, have a look at where water is collecting or storing such as in your hose pipe or odd buckets around the garden. When temperatures drop, the water will freeze and cause hazards for you and wildlife. Drain the water and hang up or store these inside, too.

Finally, secure any furniture or accessories with rope or hold them down with heavy slabs or bricks, especially if there are high winds forecast!

3. Check your guttering

Leaves, twigs and other winter debris can collect in your guttering causing them to become clogged and preventing them from doing their intended job! Instead of carrying water away, it is likely to spill over the guttering and this can lead to a lot of issues, and even damage to your home.

Maintaining your guttering, fascias or cladding is not an easy job to do. And, sometimes, they are in hard to get to places making it virtually impossible to keep on top of. If you are having trouble with the exterior of your home, speak to us. We’ve got 30 years of experience in providing these types of services, as well as specialised products which are virtually maintenance free.

Learn more about our fasicas and guttering services.

4. Look after your pipes

During cold weather, pipes are at risk of bursting due to the water inside them freezing. Insulating your pipes can prevent this from happening and reduce heating loss.

Be sure to minimise any ways where cold air can make its way to your pipes such as through cracks or holes in your walls – inside and outside – and repair any that you can see.

If you are away from your property and it is particularly freezing temperatures, it might be a good idea to maintain a low level of heating so the pipes are not exposed to freezing temperatures for an extended period of time.

5. Be prepared for the weather

They say you can’t predict the weather, but when it comes to winter you know it’s likely we’ll have to live through it all. The wind, the rain and, of course, the snow. Being prepared for all that winter might throw at us will not only give you peace of mind, but also mean you’ll be able to carry on with life when the weather finally does arrive!

Keep trees and bushes trimmed back to avoid excess debris flying around or landing on your property. If snow is forecast, make sure you have suitable clothing and access, and brush back your driveway so you are able to drive in and out safely. If your property is susceptible to flooding, make sure you have enough sandbags to help minimise damage.

And remember to check the forecast regularly so you know what you are likely to be up against.

6. Don’t forget your conservatory

A conservatory is a great way to extend your home giving you more living space. But if you have an older model, you might find them to be too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer heat.

If you’re struggling to keep your conservatory warm in winter, have a look at how you can reduce draughts in similar ways you would the rest of your home. Draught proofing windows and doors and using rugs and draught excluders should help to make a difference. Blinds and curtains can help to retain heat too.

Insulating or replacing your conservatory roof can also make a world of difference and is a good way to minimise costs if you cannot afford to opt for a newer, more energy efficient conservatory model.

At Target Windows we have and expert team who can provide you with all the help and advice you need to create your dream conservatory. And, thanks to our glass roof and insulated double-glazed windows creating excellent energy efficiency, the room will stay cool in summer and warm in winter, meaning you can enjoy your conservatory all year round.

Find out more about our conservatories.

25 Oct 2021
save money on energy bills

How to save money on energy bills

The continuing energy crisis across Britain has meant we’re all looking at how we can save money on energy bills. With gas prices expected to rise well into next year and energy bills rising as much as 30% in 2022, now is the time to make changes.

Here’s our top ten tips to make your home more efficient and help cut the costs of energy bills.

1. Switch off at the plug

Switching your electricals off standby when you are not using them during the day and overnight can be a huge saver. In fact, the Energy Saving Trust says you can save £35* per person per year by switching off at the plug.

Devices like TVs, game consoles and laptops are the worst culprits when it comes to electronics and should always be powered off at the plug or unplugged when not in use.   

2. Turn your thermostat down

It’s no surprise that heating hot water and warming your home are the biggest and most costly parts of our energy bills. But being savvier with your heating can save you money in the long run. Just turning your heating down by one single degree can save £££.

Plus, keeping a monitor on your heating usage, setting timers and investing in smart home technology can give you greater control on how you heat your home.

3. Invest in double glazing

If your home is only fitted with single glazed widows, you’ll be losing a lot of heat. Double glazing not only saves money on energy bills by acting as an insulation barrier but will also keep more noise out.

Target Windows specialises in double glazing offering a range of styles that will suit your home. Our bespoke glazing design service comes fully guaranteed and handled by experts with more than 30 years in the industry.

save money on energy bills
Save money on your energy bills with Target Windows Double Glazing

4. Draught proof doors and windows

If you can’t afford to pay for double glazing right now, you should look to temporarily improve your insulation by draught proofing your home.

Draught proofing windows and doors could save you around £25* per person per year according to the Energy Saving Trust. Using draught excluders, sealing tape or double-glazing window film can all help to limit heating loss for the short term.

5. Shorter showers

Spending one minute less in your shower each day can save money on energy bills. In fact, making that simple adjustment to your morning routine comes with a potential saving of £17* for a four-person household over the course of a year.  

You can also be more energy efficient and eco-friendly by choosing a water saving shower head. This way you will help to restrict the volume of water that leaves the shower head without compromising on pressure.

6. Opt for LED bulbs

Swapping to LED bulbs can also reduce energy bills. LEDs use significantly less energy than Halogens and last a lot longer. You would be looking at a saving of somewhere in the region of £30* per person per year by doing this.

LED bulbs are available from most supermarkets and DIY stores. Ask a specialist in store for more advice if you are unsure what wattage you should go for.

7. Get a smart meter

Smart meters are great for helping to keep tabs on your heating usage. They will also provide your energy company with accurate meter readings so that you only pay for what you use, instead of relying on costly estimated readings.

Smart meters are free to use and free to install with most energy suppliers. It is worth switching to an energy supplier that will provide a smart meter. Check with your current supplier for more details.

An old conservatory can be refurbished with a new roof to help with energy efficiency

8. Insulate your roof

Roof insulation is a sure-fire way to help cut the costs of your monthly bills. And it is relatively cheap and simple to carry out. If you have an old conservatory or extension on your home, be careful that you are not losing additional heat through this.

By refurbishing your conservatory roof, you’ll be able to get rid of condensation build-up and also control the temperature better throughout the year.  

9. Don’t let it boil over 

Filling the kettle with just enough water for what you need can lead to a potential saving of £6* per person per year.

Remember that you don’t need to fill the kettle all the way to the top just for one cuppa!

10. Turn off your lights

Finally, switching off lights when you leave the room can save around £11* per person per year. It seems like such an obvious and simple task, but you’d be surprised how many lights are left on when they don’t need to be!

*energysavingtrust.org.uk provided the data on the potential £££ to be saved. Check out the website for more information on being energy efficient.

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