Invention gaining popularity
A NEW invention by a Banora Point resident that allows you to keep your windows open while it’s raining has taken the industry by storm.
Inventor Andrew Cottle was working on the Gold Coast, fixing buildings damaged by weather due to windows being left open when he came up with the idea for a window weather guard.
In what is a world first, Mr Cottle’s window weather guard fits all existing homes via a DIY method and allows residents to “keep their windows open through rain, hail and shine”.
The invention has been dubbed by some innovation leaders as “the new fly screen.”
And there are plenty of other benefits to Mr Cottle’s invention.
“The number one thing that’s very popular about it is energy efficiency,” Mr Cottle said.
“People love being able to have the house open all day long, it allows the house to breathe and here at Banora Point on a particular summer’s day, I don’t have to run the airconditioner because the rain hasn’t gotten into the windows and the house is 10 degrees cooler.”
But it has been a long road for Mr Cottle to get his invention on the market.
He said it took at least a decade from the conception of the idea to have the final product on the market.
“You can invent something the size of a matchbox, put it in the sun and have it power your house for the whole week and it would take 10 years to get on the market,” Mr Cottle said.
“I’d like to see the government step up more to support Australian innovation, it benefits Australia, the economy and the environment.”
Mr Cottle said other benefits of his window guard included savings in electricity costs, better sleep and overall better health.
“The CSIRO has published a finding saying it costs $12 billion a year in health and lost productivity by breathing just the air in your home,” he said.
“Their number one recommendation is to open your windows.
“People don’t open their windows because it may rain, these days you can chuck on your weather window guard and it can stay like that 24/7.”
Mr Cottle’s invention is available at Mitre 10 in Murwillumbah, which is the first major retailer to take on the product.
He is looking to expand the product nationally in the near future.
GREAT IDEA: Inventor Andrew Cottle and his window weather guard with Tweed Shire Mayor Katie Milne at Mitre 10 in Murwillumbah.