You probably ask yourself the same question every month when the energy bill comes – “How can I save more money on my energy bill?” They have a tendency to surprise us with how expensive they can get. Well, we have one major solution: window awnings for your home.
Having window awnings will ultimately save you money (especially smart technology-based, retractable ones). Consider reducing cooling costs, increasing your overall comfort by keeping your home cooler, and reducing potential problems you could have with your AC unit.
Reduce Your Cooling Costs
Being from Colorado, we at Sol-Lux are always looking for ways to be as environmentally friendly as possible. Our goal when creating these awnings (which are also solar powered) was to present a more eco-friendly way to stay cool during summer months.
Awnings can significantly cut down the amount of energy you consume and save big time on air conditioning usage and costs each summer.
Based on a study from the Professional Awnings Manufacturing Association (PAMA), awnings could potentially save you more than $200 annually, depending on where you live. In a similar study, PAMA found that in a typical year you could save anywhere from 27% to 77% on your energy bill.
Bryce Yonce, chairman of PAMA, has said: “While turning up the air conditioner results in higher energy bills, awnings and shades work with the air conditioner to keep your home cooler and reduce the need for additional energy.”
Keep Your Home Cooler
Not only do awnings save you some extra money, but they also help reduce the overall demand for energy (especially at peak times), making them an environmentally responsible choice if you’re concerned about greenhouse gas emissions.
As Popular Mechanics has mentioned, the main source of heat gain in the house is sunlight shining through the windows. On a hot day, the sun’s rays shine through glass doors and windows and bake the interior of your home, turning your sanctuary into a sauna.
There are plenty of ways to keep the inside of your home cool during the summer, but one option that is consistently mentioned is having awnings. Conversely, on a cold day, you may open the curtains to let sunlight in. That helps heat the interior of your home – but with a fixed awning, that isn’t an option.
What’s nice about Eos home window awnings is that they retract and extend depending on the temperature and amount of sunlight, allowing in sunlight and heat when it’s cold in addition to preventing sunlight and heat from entering your home when it’s hot. The retractable feature also helps reduce energy usage by contributing to the temperature indoors.
Help Your Air Conditioning Unit
Less heat gain through the windows means less work and more efficiency for your air conditioning unit. That also means fewer problems you may have with your AC since it doesn’t have to work so hard.
Managing director of PAMA, Michelle Sahlin, mentioned in a study that “The sun’s rays through glass are responsible for almost 20% of the load on your air conditioner. Awnings reduce direct solar gain through windows.”
Of all the different options out there to help you save money on your energy bill each month, having window awnings on your home is one that pays for itself every time the sun is out.
Consider an awning that doesn’t compromise your view, can recognize temperatures, and retract when it’s colder. Your furniture, your air conditioner, wallet, indoor plants, and your furry friends will all thank you.