So, how do awnings and the various types of shade structures actually help reduce your energy bills in the summer? Well it’s pretty straight forward: shade reduces heat and that means the load on your air conditioning unit is less. Your electric/energy bill won’t be as high because you’re using shade to help reduce solar heat gain on your home, office, restaurant, or other business.
In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy states that window awnings can reduce solar heat gain in the summer by up to 65 percent on south-facing windows and a whopping 77 percent on west-facing windows! That means your family, your customers, and your guests are staying cooler without the need to crank up the a/c.
The shade an awning provide also helps protect the interior of your home or business as well. Remember, UV rays and sunlight can degrade fabric colors on couches and other materials. So, remember, when you’re thinking of an awning, just keep in mind that it’s not just an energy saver, but a great way to keep things protected from the harmful rays of the sun.