Stay Cool, Save Money with Exterior Solar Shades
It’s that time of year again in Wilmington,NC when the summer’s heat finds us looking for ways to keep cool and save money on our energy bills.
This is especially important when we consider that the average household spends around $1900 a year on energy costs and 44% of our utility bill is for heating and cooling our home.
Progress Energy in Raleigh, NC encourages customers to take a few simple steps to lower energy consumption and save on their bills.
Energy Saving Tips for Your Home
Tips for inside the home include setting the thermostat at 78 degrees when in use and 85 degrees or off when not at home. Ceiling fans are a good investment because they help to circulate the air keeping the home cooler. Turning off appliances, lights, and equipment when not in use will help save even more on your utility bill.
Tips for outside the home include installing window tint, patio covers, awnings, screens, exterior solar shades.
It is important to focus on window treatments as a way to save energy because up to 50% of a home’s heating and cooling exits through the windows.
The summer’s heat from roofs and walls travels from outside to inside your home. Window treatments such as exterior solar shades use material that can restrict a percentage of this heat flow, which lowers your energy consumption and your bill.
Exterior solar shades, depending on the type of fabric color, weave, and style can save up to 60% on air conditioning costs. Choose darker fabric colors for a better view out the window or lighter fabric colors for better temperature control.
Graber window treatments offers “LightWeaves” exterior solar shades in six popular colors that maintain your view to the outside, while protecting the interior of your home from harmful UV rays.
SunSetter “EasyShade” is a solar shade that offers privacy, weather protection, is mildew resistant, and maintenance free.
Exterior solar shades can be installed with a manually operated hand crank or an easy to operate motorized remote control which will open and close the shade from inside the home with just a push of a button. Exterior solar shades also add value and curb appeal to your home.
Investing a little time and money making our home more energy efficient can yield returns in several ways. We benefit by staying cooler, help the environment, and put a little extra cash in our pockets. Summer is sizzling here in Wilmington, NC so come visit us at Home Decor Solutions for a Free-In-Home consultation and we will help you choose the right window treatment that will provide savings for your home. We are just one click, one call away.