Awnings can reduce solar heat gain up to 65 % on south-facing windows and 77 % on west-facing windows according to the U.S. Department of Energy. In fact, fabric awnings and exterior shades can help reduce cooling costs by more than 50 %, according to a report by the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA).
Here’s a quick list of how awnings can help you save, according to the PAMA report.
If you do choose an awning remember to pick one that has an opaque and tightly woven fabric; a light-colored awning will reflect more sunlight, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
But, if you’re not interested in an awning you can also use exterior blinds and other window and door treatments to help reduce your energy costs. There are a variety of options you can choose from to help reduce solar heat gain including interior blinds, drapes, window shades, shutters, insulated panels and more.