Thinking Green

Solar Sun Screen Saves Energy for Your Home

By: Danny Lipford

Installing solar sun screen on sunny windows is a great way to block much of the direct sunlight out of your home. This can reduce the solar heat and harmful UV rays coming in your windows by up to 90%.

While it does obscure the view out your windows more than standard screening and allows less air circulation when the window is open, solar sun screen works well for windows on the south and west side of your house that receive a lot of direct sun.

Replacing your existing screen with solar sun screen on sunny windows will keep your house cooler in the summer, reducing air conditioning costs, and protect fabrics and furniture from fading.

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Danny Lipford: It’s rare that I ever leave the house without my sunglasses. For good reason, too. Doctors say sunglasses with UV lenses help protect our eyes from developing cataracts. Plus, you look really cool wearing them, right? Well, here’s a green twist. You should think about sunglasses for your home.

What I’m talking about is solar shade cloth. This stuff has been around for several years and the reason it fits into Thinking Green is because strategically placed solar shade cloth can screen out solar energy which, in turn, reduces heat gain and helps lower home cooling expenses.

Good quality solar cloth can filter out up to 90% of harmful UV rays. The benefit isn’t limited to the inside either. Under cover of this cloth, outside ambient temperature can be fifteen degrees cooler. One other green benefit is that once they’re in place, you’re helping to keep your home cool without using any extra energy or spending any money.



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