Energy Saving Solutions for Homeowners

Retractable Awning in backyard setting

Shade products are a highly sought-after upgrade for homeowners. They provide unique home styles, shaded patios, increase home values, and reduce energy costs. Rainier Shade products provide fresh and innovative solutions for going green and preserving energy year-round. Having an awning on your home is a great way to shelter from the elements and is a sleek addition to your home’s look and feel. Energy Savings Retractable awnings and power screens will help homeowners cut down on the energy costs of their homes. Not only will they help keep you cool outside, but they will also keep you cool inside during the summer, warm inside during the winter, and save you money. When installing an awning on your home, you can create shade outside and inside your home. You will be able to use cooling systems less which will ultimately save you money on your energy bill – up to 25%! And the bonus: when you use less electricity, you also reduce your carbon footprint! Hooray for sustainability! During the winter months, you can retract your awning to allow the sun’s rays to heat your home. Retractable awnings can even help trap some of the heat around your windows. Dark-colored fabric will absorb light energy, so if you live in a cooler climate, you might want to consider choosing a darker color. We recommend that homeowners in a warmer climate, select a lighter color to keep their awning from absorbing too much heat. Lighter colors will also keep the home interior partially shaded. Choosing the best fabric color for your awning based on your climate is easy because Sunbrella fabrics are fade-resistant. The retractable awnings will maintain their color while helping regulate the temperature in and around your home for years to come. Schedule a free in-home consultation to find the best retractable awning for your home. Click here to find a dealer near you. Fade Resistant Fabric The question we often hear from customers is, “What are your retractable awnings made of, and how will they protect us from the elements?’ We manufacture our Retractable Awnings with Sunbrella® fabric. Sunbrella is among the highest quality and most durable fabrics on the market. Sunbrella fabrics are highly water-resistant, protect from harmful UV rays, and are resistant to mold and mildew. The fabric is 100% solution-dyed and is guaranteed not to fade for ten years. Rather than dying the top of the fabric, which would then fade in the sun, Sunbrella manufactures its fabric by adding color pigments to fade-resistant fibers which are then woven into the fabric, allowing the color to penetrate throughout. Even better, there are thousands of colors to choose from. That means you can create an awning that will complement the color of your home and even add a little pop of color. Learn more about Sunbrella fabrics here.

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4 Ways that Awnings Help Save Energy

Although we are in the middle of winter, you might want to start thinking about how you can get ahead on your energy savings this summer. More often than not, it isn’t until after that first heatwave, after the AC has run full blast, and after the energy bill arrives that it is too late to start creating energy savings solutions for your home. Before it gets to that point, here are a few things to know about how you can save some dough on your energy bills this summer. Awnings can reduce your cooling energy by 25%. This can result in an annual savings of $200 or more a year, according to the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA). The first step in cutting your energy consumption is to figure out which side of your house gets shade; this will help determine where you should install an awning. Awnings can reduce solar heat between 55% – 77%. On southern-facing windows, fabric awnings can reduce heat between 55% – 65% and 72% – 77% on western-facing windows. Since the sun’s rays can increase the temperature in your home by as much as 20%, an awning can help keep your home cooler and can reduce your dependency on air conditioning. Shades and awnings work in conjunction with your air conditioner. According to the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers, external shade devices like retractable awnings can minimize the heat load of your house. When you reduce the amount of heat coming into your home, you can also reduce the amount of air conditioning used. This will not only help save costs on your energy bill, but it is also environmentally friendly. By using less energy, you can offset your carbon footprint by emitting fewer greenhouse gases into the air. The type of fabric used in your awning can influence your energy savings. Choosing fabric for your awning is important because it can influence how much heat comes into your home and how much energy you can save. Choosing fabrics that are light in color helps reflect the sun’s rays away from your home. Dark-colored awnings absorb heat and are ideal in colder climates that get a lot of light through the windows. Luckily, Rainier Shade offers Sunbrella® fabrics in a variety of colors and patterns. Sunbrella makes one of the longest-lasting fabrics on the market and is guaranteed not to fade for 10 years. For more information on Sunbrella fabric, click here. To figure out how you can cut down on energy costs in your home, check out the Home Energy Saver audit tool. Have more questions on how you can get ahead of the game on your energy savings this year? Schedule a free in-home consultation with a local dealer. They will come to you and help find the best shade and awning solution for your home. Click to find a dealer near you.

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