Long Lasting Window Films May Give Utilities Load Flexibility To Reduce Power Demand and Rolling Blackouts
Washington, D.C. – September 2, 2020 - California authorities issued the first rolling blackouts in 20 years that turned power off to over 400,000 homes in order to cope with peak energy demand in the midst of historic heatwaves, but the professional installation of window film on older, less energy efficient windows may have eased the peak demand burden in the Golden state.
If window film were installed on just 10 percent of the nearly 9,000,000 California dwellings built prior to the energy building codes, research conducted on behalf of the nonprofit International Window Film Association (IWFA) conservatively estimates that window film may cut a typical dwelling’s annual energy use by 10 percent. Taken together the energy savings is comparable to about the annual output of three, 500-Megawatt power stations.
(Click on headline to read full story)