Think Outside the Fuse Box for Energy Savings

We all love the sunshine, but we don’t love the surge in energy costs that happens every time we turn our air conditioning on for the year. Even if you are conservative with the temperature setting, by the time the highest heat of summer hits, your air conditioner is working overtime to maintain a reasonable… Read More


We all love the sunshine, but we don’t love the surge in energy costs that happens every time we turn our air conditioning on for the year. Even if you are conservative with the temperature setting, by the time the highest heat of summer hits, your air conditioner is working overtime to maintain a reasonable interior temperature. This year, plan ahead to prepare your house for the heat, and save money with this one simple home improvement tip: install awnings or external drop shades.

You may have already thought about installing awnings simply to add to your home’s curb appeal. There’s no doubt that quality awnings or external drop shades add beauty to any home and increase its resale value. But the real value comes from the energy benefits. A well-made awning or drop shade will pay for itself quickly through reduced energy costs while being an environmentally friendly alternative to blasting the air.

Did you know that 90% of the heat that comes in your house comes in through the windows? According to the Department of Energy, awnings can actually reduce the solar heat gain on windows with a southern exposure by 65% and by a whopping 77% on windows with a western exposure. That means that awnings can actually save you 26% of the energy it takes to cool down your house if you live in a hot climate. In temperate climates, the savings is even higher at 33%, which, depending on the month, can eliminate the need to turn your air conditioner on at all. Over their lifetime, awnings can actually save the average homeowner $2,000 to $4,000.

The size and type of awning you have installed on your home can vary. When choosing, you should take into account where it’s being installed and what kind of climate you live in. For instance, with stationary awnings—canopies over your windows and doors that are installed permanently—it’s important to make sure the installations are strong enough to stand up against the type of winds in your area. Retractable awnings are popular for this exact reason—you can roll or fold them up when inclement weather is on the way and reduce the threat of damage from snow, rain, or wind.

Motorized awnings have the flexibility of a retractable with the ease of an electric motor and handheld remote. These can even come with weather sensors, retracting the awning when you need it and unfurling it when you don’t.

Give us a call today to see what the best options for your home might be. If you take the proper steps now, you can enjoy your summer worry-free and cool in the comfort of your energy efficient home.

 

SugarHouse Industries is the largest provider of custom awnings, boat tops and specialty canvas covers in the Intermountain West. Established in 1941, our family-owned business remains committed to putting a personal touch into everything we do. That is why we custom-make every product we offer to fit the unique needs of our clients. Read our Google Reviews to see why our customers have been choosing SugarHouse for the past 75 years.