5 Ways To Incorporate Solar Power Into Your Home

Whether you’re looking to lower your electricity bill or are aiming to do better for the environment, solar power is a great way to help you achieve your goals! From longer-lasting heating & cooling units in your home to making a difference in your carbon footprint, utilizing solar technology is becoming more and more popular! Using solar power can be intimidating for those that don’t currently have any solar panels or devices in their homes, which is why it’s important to start small. In this article, we’ll go over some of the easy and cost-effective ways that you can begin to incorporate solar energy into your home!

Solar Powered Awnings 

Solar-powered awnings are exactly what they sound like: awnings that automatically extend and retract using solar power! With a solar-powered awning, there are no batteries to change and no wires or outlets to attach! Solar-powered awnings are easy to install and have a wide range of benefits, including reduction of your energy bills, protection of your interior furniture and décor from damaging UV rays, and the opportunity to add a terrific aesthetic to the exterior of your home! Learn more about the benefits of solar-powered awnings by clicking here!

Solar Lighting for Outdoors 

Many homeowners use outdoor lighting all night, every night. Outdoor lighting adds a level of safety to your home, as well as a look that many homeowners love. The problem with this is that powering lights every night can get expensive. That’s where solar power comes in! Outdoor solar-powered lights will charge all day in the sun, allowing them to run all night without any addition to your electric bill. This is a great way to begin incorporating solar power into your home! These kinds of outdoor lights come in a wide variety of styles, meaning you’re sure to find one that’s perfect for your home.

Solar Pool Heaters 

A pool is a fantastic and luxury feature for any home. Unfortunately, the cost of heating a pool as the weather gets colder is so excessive that most homeowners suffer through cold water on days that are on the chillier side. With solar pool heaters, the cost to heat your pool will be nothing after the initial purchasing and setup costs. Heating your pool with solar energy is a great way to save some money and begin to go green!

Solar Flashlights 

Batteries can be expensive, but having a backup flashlight for emergencies is a must for every homeowner. Solar flashlights can solve this issue and are a great, cost-effective way to incorporate solar-powered devices into your home!

Start with One Solar Panel 

You don’t have to go all out right away when it comes to solar panels. Take your solar panel transition slowly. Buy a single panel to power just one or two things, then work your way up from there. Starting slowly with solar energy is a great way to begin saving money on your utility bills and help out the planet that we all call home! 

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How to Protect Your Home from UV Rays

Many people think that there is nothing to fear from the sun as long as you are indoors. After all, not many individuals would think to put on sunscreen if they were to sit on the couch reading a book in the middle of summer. However, while sunscreen inside your home may seem a bit excessive, UV rays can enter through your windows. Protecting yourself and your belongings from UV rays is the best way to prevent damage.

Window Shades Made for UV Protection

Did you know there are window shades developed specifically for UV protection? These shades come in various colors and patterns and can also prevent damage to your belongings and skin. Shades with built-in sun protection can be adjusted so that you can choose how much natural light can come into your home.

Window Film

Window film can be applied to your existing windows with an adhesive. There are various options available to choose from as far as how much sunlight you want to block. Keep in mind, once your window film has been applied, it takes a process to remove it. Be sure you want the sun filtered through a tint before you decide to use the product.

Solar Screens

How often have you thought about the screens in your windows? Unless they are damaged, it’s safe to say it is not a common occurrence. However, your screens can play a role in UV protection. Where most screens are just typical mesh with nothing special, some are considered top of the line. These solar screens are intended to prevent the sun’s rays from passing through too harshly. Installing solar screens can be a great way to protect yourself and your belongings without making a noticeable change to your home.

Awnings

Finding ways to gain some shade is a great way to limit the number of rays coming into your house. An awning can be a fun way to block the sun’s light and provide something extra to look at. There are many types and sizes of awnings, from window awnings to patio door awnings. Some awnings can be retractable if you decide you want the sun on certain days. Nonetheless, consider the look you want and how an awning might cast shade and compare it to what you are looking for.

Smart Placement of Furniture

Have you ever considered how your furniture sits in the morning sun? Or perhaps you like the way a chair gets hit by natural light in the late afternoon while you read. While there is an aesthetic component of furniture placement, sunlight can damage your couch, chairs, and other items in your home. When you place your furniture, think about how often it will be exposed to UV rays.

Preventing damage from UV rays can be a simple fix or a more complex one. Deciding which option to choose is dependent upon your budget and personal opinion on appearance.

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The Benefits of Utilizing Solar Power

Solar energy is one of the most popular options when it comes to renewable energy sources. It is the energy that comes from the natural source, i.e., the sun, and with the appropriate techniques and equipment, it is possible to convert it into heat and electricity.

What’s more, you don’t have to pay for using the sun’s radiation energy for the production of electricity (except for the resources used in the process). Here are the benefits of utilizing solar power.

Self-Reliance for Energy

First, relying on natural energy sources will save you the trouble of utilizing the local electricity supply. Moreover, you will not face local electricity supply problems such as outages and shortages.

This will eventually help you in reducing the energy bills. More so, you can store unused produced energy for future use or sale. Hence, you can even earn from solar energy.

High Efficiency in Energy Transportation (Less Energy Loss)

When the power plants generate electricity and transmit them through the electric grid lines, a fraction of that energy is lost in the form of heat, etc. Well, the small fraction may appear insignificant, but on a larger scale, it makes up a greater portion of the resources in use for electricity production.

With solar energy, you are extremely close (reduced distance) to the electricity generating equipment and machinery. Thus, there is less loss of electricity through transportation and transmission.

Remote or Not, Solar Power Maybe Applicable

Solar energy is not limited to geological locations but depends on weather and climate conditions. In simple words, as long as there is sunlight and exposure to the sun, there is potential to produce electricity and heat through solar power.

Therefore, remote areas with no close access to local electricity sources are the best candidate for solar energy utilization. Did you know that most of the spacecraft and often the boats are equipped with solar energy producing equipment?

Smaller Carbon Footprint

Sun is a natural source of energy, so the production of solar energy is environmentally friendly in comparison to other electricity production methods (hydropower, nuclear energy, etc.)

Solar energy leaves the least impact on the environment as it does not produce greenhouse gases and harmful air pollutants. Altogether, this reduces the carbon footprint you leave in the environment when utilizing energy.

Conclusion

Are you looking for new ways to utilize a renewable source of energy? See how our solar-powered awnings can help increase home comfort and lower monthly energy bills!

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The Benefits of Utilizing Solar Power around Your Home

Solar power helps in offsetting the rising cost of your electric bills in the long run. Industries, production houses, experimental vehicles, and residential sectors all use solar energy.

Now, homeowners are utilizing solar power as it is cost-effective and gives ample light. Here are five benefits of installing solar panels at your home.

Clean and Renewable Energy

It reduces dependency on oil, coal, and other natural fuels, giving a cleaner, more human-friendly electricity.

All other sources of light radiate harmful energy emissions that affect our surrounding air, water, and soil; thus, contributing to global warming in one or the other way.

Solar energy produces no pollution and does not affect the ozone layer, a protective shield in the atmosphere guarding us against the sun’s UV rays.

Easy controlled Electricity

Solar energy gives you control over frequent or any power outage you may be experiencing. You simply need to clean the panels and keep the batteries charged. It allows them to absorb and retain as much energy as they can, depending on their capacity.

Solar panels and their batteries are now more affordable, accessible, and efficient. You don’t need to worry about refueling gas or diesel-powered generators.

A Drop in Electricity Bills

Once you install solar panels in your home, you will notice a drop in the amount you were earlier paying for electricity bills. In order to get the best out of solar panels, always install them on rooftops to get maximum sunlight during the day.

Some experts suggest that solar panels can save you a staggering 90% spending on monthly electricity bills. This is another way of saving money by spending on solar panels.

Solar polar will lower the burden on national grids leading them to serve your industries better.

Increase your Property Value

Another lesser-known but most effective part of using solar panels is that it can help increase your property value by 3-4 %. When you are selling your home, make sure to have solar panels at your home. Some studies have concluded that houses with solar panels got their market price and on top some premium amounts as well for having solar panels.

Solar Panels Costs Have Reduced

The costs of solar panels have generally fallen about 60% compared to their costs 7-8 years ago. You will further save money on its low-cost maintenance.

You should always get a manual on how to clean the solar panels, batteries, solar light fixtures, etc. Thus, you will have more vibrant, cleaner, and clear lights to illuminate your home at affordable prices.

Conclusion

This is the time to switch from electricity to solar energy, from artificial to the natural source of light, the Sun. It is renewable energy that reduces your energy bills and increases your home value.

 

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All Weather Operation

 “All Weather Operation” : Dealer Vlog

On this edition of the Sol-Lux 5, we will be focusing on the various benefits of all weather operation & temperature controls to maximize a homeowners comfort and control when it comes to solar powered awnings.

Welcome to another edition of the Sol-Lux 5. This time around I want to talk about the all-weather operation of the Sol-Lux Eos window awning.  Obviously, we all think about how these awnings help keep the house cool in the summertime, but with this crazy cold snap that most of the country is experiencing right now, I thought it was a good reminder to talk about the all-weather operation. The awnings are designed to be smart enough to know when to extend and retract based off of 3 variables: Sunlight, Wind, and Temperature. This time around I want to focus on that temperature element and talk about how these awnings can be used even in the wintertime. By default, we ship the awnings with a minimum operable temperature of 40 degrees. That’s what the setting will be when you open up the app and connect to an awning for the very first time. What that means is, for automatic operation, the temperature has to be at least 4 degrees before it will check for sunlight levels and determine whether or not it should be extended or not. For example, here in the Denver area where I live, I’ve got the awnings on my home and I’ve adjusted that setting to be 65 degrees as a minimum. So that means that the awnings need to detect that it’s at least 65 degrees before it will check for sunlight to determine if they should open. That being said, you can still manually control the awnings all the way down to 20 degrees Fahrenheit. My wife, for example, uses them all the time, even in the wintertime, if she’s getting a strong glare through the window while she’s trying to watch a TV show or something like that. She can open up the app and extend the awning even if it hasn’t reached my minimum temperature. Now something to note, is that the minimum operable temperature that you can set inside of the app is a minimum of 36 degrees Fahrenheit. You can manually control them down to 20 degrees, but that automatic operation will restrict it all the way down to 36 degrees. Let’s talk about the temperature icon on the home screen of the app. That is not air temperature. It’s a good reminder that that is the temperature that the cassette of the awning is detecting. So when it’s cold out, it’s going to closely match air temperature. But imagine as the sun is starting to warm that case up, it’s going to be dramatically different and quite a bit higher than the air temperature outside. That’s why during the summertime you’ll see a lot higher readings on that temperature output so just remember that difference there. A lot of our customers like to use these awnings in the rain. Perfectly acceptable, you can extend them in the rain. There’s not enough surface area there to really worry about sag or any issues with rain collection it just runs right off due to the pitch. But that’s great because then the customers can open up their windows and get that nice cool breeze coming in and the water is not going to come in the house because they’ve got that awning extended. That’s a great use of the awning as well. Other things to mention, is that we are just about to update the Sol-Lux mobile app so you’ll see an aesthetic difference in the app and some new features in there, so keep an eye out for that.

Hope that was helpful and a good reminder of the all-weather operation, we’ll see you next time!

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What Does the Future of Solar Power Look Like?

Solar energy has been seeing a massive push in the last several years, and as more of the world begins to recognize the need for renewable energy sources, solar is a clear winner. With such popularity, the future of solar energy is looking good. But just what can we expect in the coming years? Keep reading to learn more about what the future of solar power looks like.

The Need for Solar

With climate change being a hot topic for the last couple of decades, it is becoming more and more clear that using fossil fuels for energy is no longer a sustainable practice. And with so many options for green energy, fossil fuels are becoming less and less competitive as a realistic fuel source. And unlike water and wind energy, solar energy is accessible everywhere, from massive corporations to a farm in the country to an urban apartment building.

Increased Storage Abilities

One of the few downsides to solar energy is that you do need the sun for it to work; nighttime or inclement weather makes solar energy unavailable. Current storage capabilities – storing unused energy for later use – are not as strong as they could be. To improve efficiency and to increase usage worldwide, we can expect to see improvements in energy storage that will make solar a more feasible option for more people.

Growing Technology

With the growing importance of green energy, a lot of scientific effort is being put into the solar power industry. Advancements in solar technology are seeking to increase efficiency and storage, drop overall cost, and make solar power accessible to communities all around the globe.

A Big Industry

With the influx of new solar-related technologies, the industry is a fast-growing one. In 2019 alone, it grew by nearly 18%. We can expect that number to rise in the next few years as technological advancements and a lower cost make solar power a practical choice for consumers and companies alike.

More Developed Nations

One of the biggest setbacks for developing nations around the world is the lack of access to consistent energy. Those who aren’t “on the grid,” so to speak, are limited in the ways they can succeed in a world that relies heavily on electricity. Bringing in traditional electricity is expensive and difficult, especially in remote areas, if not altogether impossible. But solar panels can be used anywhere, and with the correct setup, a less developed, or less accessible community is now given the keys to the modern world of technology.

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What is a Solar Awning?

A solar window awning is a motorized window awning that draws its power from a battery charged by the sun rather than needing to be hardwired to the building’s electricity.  The solar awning from Sol-Lux includes some additional technological advancements that are focused on energy efficiency for the building they are installed on and convenience for the user through automation. A solar awning can be utilized in the same way as any standard awning on a residential or commercial property, but the primary difference revolves around convenience, durability, and being able to react to the elements at a moment’s notice. Read on to learn more about solar awning is and their benefits.

An Awning That is Solar Powered!

The Sol-Lux solar awning is battery powered and maintains a steady charge with its built-in solar panel. Since the solar panel is connected directly to the awning, there is no need for wiring, making the installation process quick and simple!

Additional Innovations of Solar Awnings

Today’s smart homes are all about energy efficiency and convenience.  Solar awnings from Sol-Lux help your home maintain a consistent comfortable temperature, as well as protecting your property from the sun’s harmful UV rays.  By automatically reacting to sunlight and weather conditions, solar powered awnings are an excellent addition to any smart home.

Weather Sensing Technology

The Sol-Lux solar powered awning constantly monitors the temperature, sunlight, and wind so that the awning is extended when needed and retracted when not.  This allows for consistent temperatures inside while maintaining the views and natural light from the windows in an ecofriendly home!

Mobile App Controlled

Adjust your preferences on the awnings via Bluetooth.  Users can modify and control the awnings settings based on weather or seasonal change. The awnings will manage themselves based on your settings.  Gone are the days of worrying about your awnings being damaged when the weather changes too quickly.  Relax and feel confident that smart technology will manage your awnings for you.

Solar Awning Overview

While traditional awnings have been in use since the early 1900’s, solar awnings bring innovation and change to a tried and true age-old design. By opting for solar awnings, you are not only protecting your home from the elements, but you are improving your home’s comfort and energy efficiency. Solar powered awnings come with a variety of benefits; however, the key takeaway is less effort, less maintenance, & less worry throughout the year.

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Installing A Solar Powered Awning (DIY)!

Do you consider yourself handy around the home? Prefer to install or fix something yourself before paying someone to do the job? After 3 months of quarantine, you may have fixed the house 3 times over, but there might be one aspect that has been overlooked! Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a product that could help you improve the aesthetic of your home while increasing your energy efficiency, and lowering heating/cooling costs, all while being something that you can easily install in under an hour? Solar-powered awnings are a great example of a utility that is easy to install and has immediate benefits to your home and your comfort. Read on to find out how easy these awnings are to install and enjoy.

Built With Simplicity In Mind

The Sol-Lux awnings were built with simplicity in mind. To save energy and cost, while being easy to customize, order and install.

The Process

The Sol-Lux DIY design process begins with getting the
perfect measurements of the window, or windows that you want to shade. We recommend referencing our handy measurement guide to help get the perfect measurements.

After you take the proper measurements, you will now need to
select your sample colors for both the cassette and the fabric of your awning. Go to our handy design center to order your swatches. (link to order swatches) You can order up to 10 swatches, we recommend 5 case colors and 5 fabric colors but the choice is up to you.

After your swatches arrive and you confirm your color
choices and measurements, it is a breeze to order your Sol-Lux solar powered window awning Just allow 4-6 weeks for delivery and you are ready to install.

Learn more about the DIY process HERE!

Sol-Lux DIY Time lapse Installation

No Wires, No Problem

It might seem far-fetched to think that to install a solar powered awning, all your need is a drill (and in some cases, a ladder) and you are essentially halfway there! Solar-powered awnings don’t require electrical wiring making the installation quite simple. Simply install a mounting bracket above the window and snap the awning onto the bracket and you’re done!

Set It & Forget It

Unlike traditional awnings that sit over your window, solar-powered awnings are intelligent to the point where they automatically retract during inclement weather or light conditions. After installing, simply program your awnings with the Sol-Lux mobile app and you can have the peace of mind that your awning will operate as it should in all conditions.

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Why Is a Solar Awning A Better Choice Than Traditional Awnings?

If you are in the market to purchase new window awnings for your home, it may be beneficial to investigate the benefits that come with solar awnings. Even though traditional awnings have seen improvements in designs and style, not much has changed in terms of the technology used to operate traditional awnings. This includes having stationary awnings, or awnings that require physical energy to retract and expand

Traditional Window Awnings

Aside from minor changes in design/material used, there is not a lot about traditional awnings that have changed over the years.  These traditional window awnings can greatly reduce the heat load on a building during the summer months and can allow you to leave a window or two open during a rainstorm.

The Added Maintenance & Cost Of Traditional Awnings

Traditional window awnings generally require more maintenance throughout the year. Whether it is cleaning leaves off of the top to reduce the added weight, or removing snow during the winter, it can be a hassle to maintain static awnings. On top of maintaining these awnings through the year, many of these units are built to be stationary which can be detrimental to the equipment during high winds or heavy snow, which could mean having to replace an awning or two over the years due to unrepairable damage!

Solar Window Awnings

Solar awnings may have adopted & innovated many of the successful elements of what a traditional awning can provide, however solar awnings go a few extra steps further by integrating technology, comfort & ease of access when it comes to operating a solar awning.

Solar Awnings Adapt To The Elements

Solar awnings were built with longevity in mind, with smart sensor technology a solar window awning can read temperature and weather patterns to retract in high winds, thick rain, or heavy snow. This can help to greatly reduce the need to replace an awning due to inclement weather. Our awnings have been tested in the most extreme conditions and have been built to last. We even guarantee them with a 5 year “bumper to bumper” warranty.

Versatile & Programmable

Solar awnings draw their power directly from the sun, which means that there are no wires running through your walls, and ultimately less strain on your electric bill! Long gone are the days of manually retracting your window awning! Solar-powered awnings can be programmed to retract and extend at certain hours of the day, or even based on specific light conditions to ensure that your home stays cool (or warm) throughout the year! Learn more about our Smart Technolgy!

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Where Can I Install A Solar Powered Awning?

Home 

Installing solar powered awnings on your home can be an excellent way to reduce your carbon footprint while also improving climate control and reducing your yearly heating/cooling costs! Learn more about how a solar powered awning can improve your home in terms of comfort & savings today!

Shed, Pool House, Or Warehouse

Adding a solar powered awning to your shed, pool house, or warehouse can be a great way to extend the function and comfort of the area! Without having to worry about running wires, you are free to install a solar powered awning anywhere on your property.

Business Fronts

Do you need to improve your business façade? Instead of taking the traditional route, opt for solar powered awnings to give your business front a sleek and clean design that happens to be good for the environment as well!

Benefits Of A Solar Powered Awning

Improved comfort control

With your windows protected from the sun’s glare, less heat through the windows means less work for your air conditioner. Which ultimately means more efficiency for your air conditioning unit & less expensive energy bills! Learn more about how our awnings can help to reduce heat gain and cool loss year-round!

Variety of Sizes To Choose From

Sol-Lux offers solar powered awnings to fit the majority of window sizes and allows you to meet your design needs. With options ranging from 39” to 120” we can easily put our solar powered awnings over double door entryways, bay windows, or large window facades.

Variety of Design Options to choose from

With limitless awning color combinations, the Sol-Lux solar powered awning can be a great option for both businesses and homeowners! Solar powered awnings are an excellent choice for going green, but with our extensive design capabilities, we will happily meet your branding needs. Our vast design options also work well for homeowners who happen to be in an HOA with strict guidelines.

Energy Efficiency & Sustainability

Solar powered awnings will save you money in the long run, by helping to reduce the overall demand for energy for your home or business. This makes going solar an environmentally responsible choice if you’re concerned about greenhouse gas emissions.

Take Control Of The Elements With Solar Powered Awnings!

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