A simple home-upgrade reduces home energy consumption
and saves homeowners money.
Saving money, enhancing curb appeal and reducing your carbon footprint are just a few benefits to retrofitting homes with awnings this summer, according to a new video released by the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA).
The animation, which can be accessed at awninginfo.com, provides a simple overview of how awnings are a smart choice for homeowners.
In the light-hearted video, two neighbors casually discuss the results of PAMA’s recent nation-wide, 50-city energy study that shows how fabric awnings or exterior shades can save homeowners up to 50% in cooling costs in some areas of the country.
Animation Shows Fabric Awnings are Smart Retrofit
The 2012 study focused on older homes that are typically smaller and less insulated than newer construction. Resulting data supports awnings and solar shades as “smart” retrofits to help make older homes more energy efficient.
For example, awnings on a home with single or double glazed windows in Pennsylvania can reduce cooling energy 46-50% in a hot year compared to the same house without awnings. In a hot city like Phoenix, AZ the estimated net savings was $193 in a typical year.
“The Awning Energy Study video is a fun way to help homeowners find the study online and share it with others.” said Michelle Sahlin, managing director of the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA). “Fabric awnings are a simple home upgrade that enhances your home exterior, while reducing energy used by running air conditioners at full-blast. The sun’s rays through glass are responsible for almost 20% of the load on your air conditioner”
“Awnings block solar heat before it passes through the windows into the house.” says Peter Yost, Vice President of BuildingGreen.com, an online green building design resource. “Installing fabric awnings make the home interior more comfortable and they can save 30% or more on the summer energy bill depending on geographic location. ”
Details on how the study was conducted, a summary report and data for each of the 50 cities are available at awninginfo.com.
The Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA), a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), is the only international trade association committed to the awning industry. PAMA membership is open to companies who are current members of IFAI and manufacture or sell awnings, as well as those who supply goods and services to the awning industry.
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Reducing Our Carbon Footprint
Projects such as the installation of a 500-kilowatt solar panel system at our Norlina Plant and the upgrade of all lighting fixtures in three warehouses reduce annual CO2 emissions by over 1,000 tons.
Anderson is recognized as a member of the South Carolina Environmental Excellence Program as a result of our recycling and waste reduction programs. The Anderson team recycles all of its waste – including industrial materials, packaging, office and cafeteria waste.
All Sunbrella and Firesist® fabrics are certified by the GREENGUARD Institute’s Children and Schools standard for contributing to healthy indoor air quality by being a low emitting interior product.
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Because Sunbrella fabrics last longer, people use less fabric
and generate less waste as compared to other fabrics that might fade, lose strength or succumb to mildew and atmospheric chemicals.
Our unique coloring process eliminates the harmful chemical effluents of conventional dyeing processes.
The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends Sunbrella fabrics in shading products as an aid in the prevention of sun-induced damage to the skin as a part of a complete sun protection regimen, including regular use of sunscreen.
“Buy American!” might sound like nothing more than a slogan advanced by American manufacturers to sell products made in the USA, but the truth is that there are many reasons to consider buying American-made clothing, American-made toys, and other US-manufactured goods. We’ve listed just a few of the benefits of buying American below:
Top Ten Reasons to Buy USA Made Products:
10) Foreign labor standards allow unsafe worker conditions in many countries. When you buy American you support not only American manufacturers but also American workers, safe working conditions, and child labor laws.
9) Jobs shipped abroad almost never return. When you buy goods made in the USA, you help keep the American economy growing.
8) US manufacturing processes are much cleaner for the environment than many other countries; many brands sold here are produced in countries using dangerous, heavily polluting processes. When you purchase American-made product, you know that you’re helping to keep the world a little cleaner for your children.
7) Many countries have no minimum wage restrictions, or the minimum wage is outrageously low. When you choose products made in the USA, you contribute to the payment of an honest day’s wages for an honest day’s work.
6) The growing lack of USA ability to manufacture many products is strategically unsound. When you seek out American-made goods, you foster American independence.
5) The huge US trade deficit leads to massive, unsustainable borrowing from other countries. Debt isn’t good for you and it isn’t good for America.
4) Foreign product safety standards are low. For example, poisonous levels of lead are in tens of millions of toys shipped to the USA. When you buy toys and other goods made in the USA, you can be confident that American consumer protection laws and safety standards are in place to protect your family.
3) Lack of minimum wage, worker safety, or environmental pollution controls in many countries undermines the concept of “fair and free trade”. No Western nation can ultimately compete on price with a country willing to massively exploit and pollute its own people. When you buy only American-made products, you insist on a higher standard.
2) Factories and money are shifting to countries not friendly to the USA or democracy. When you avoid imported goods in favor of American-made items, you help ensure that the United States doesn’t find its access to vital goods impacted by political conflict.
1) As the US manufacturing ability fades, future generations of US citizens will be unable to find relevant jobs. Buy American and help keep your friends and neighbors-and even yourself-earning a living wage.
By Todd Lipscomb, founder of MadeinUSAForever.com and author of the book “Re-Made in the USA”
Window awnings can reduce solar heat gain in the summer by up to 65% on south-facing windows and 77% on west-facing windows. You can use an awning to shade one window or have an awning custom-made to shade the entire side of your house.
In the past, most awnings were made of metal or canvas, which need to be re-covered every five to seven years. Today, awnings are made from synthetic fabrics such as acrylic and polyvinyl laminates that are water-repellent and treated to resist mildew and fading. Whatever the fabric, you should choose one that is opaque and tightly woven. A light-colored awning will reflect more sunlight.
Awnings require ventilation to keep hot air from becoming trapped around the window. Grommets (eyelets) or other openings along the tops and sides of an awning can provide ventilation. The awning may also open to the sides or top to vent hot air.
You can roll up adjustable or retractable awnings in the winter to let the sun warm the house. New hardware, such as lateral arms, makes the rolling up process quite easy.
During the summer, we all can appreciate a little fun in the sun but too much sun exposure can be a danger to our health.
The sun gives off ultraviolet (UV) rays. If you are not properly protected from UV rays, you could suffer the consequences of skin cancer.
Anytime your skin experiences too much sun exposure, your skin ages faster. You can identify when you have had too much sun exposure by the amount of wrinkles and moles developing on your skin.
How can you protect yourself from skin cancer?
The answer is to find ways to stay out of the sun.
The sun peaks between the hours of 12pm-2pm. You should reduce the amount of time you spend outdoors during peak hours.
To be pro-active about your skin protection, you should:
-Wear a hat to cover your head
-Cover your skin as best as possible
-Wear sunscreen to reduce your chances of sun burn and skin cancer
-And have an awning installed for your home.
How can awnings protect you from skin cancer?
To put it simple, awnings can protect you from skin cancer by providing you more shaded outdoors areas on your home property.
When you don’t have to worry about UV rays as much, you can truly relax and enjoy your outdoor living spaces. Eat out on your patio. Take a nap. Read your favorite books or listen to your favorite music without the harm of sun exposure.
Residential awnings can block up to 98% of UV rays from the sun.
Awnings can also help you keep your outdoors areas cooler because it prevents the sun from radiating off your walls and windows. This will not only help your outdoors areas stay cooler but it will also reduce your energy bill costs.