It is easy to see how aesthetically pleasing and architecturally interesting awnings can be, but did you ever think about how much you can reduce your energy costs and UV exposure? Awnings provide a tremendous cost savings by reducing heat gain into your home or business and drops the temperature and strain on your air conditioner. Awnings also prevent UV (sun) damage to you, your draperies, furniture and carpet.
Awnings are one way for all of us to do our part for the environment by reducing our carbon footprint and the impact of global warming from greenhouse gas emissions.
Energy Savings – Study by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers
Awning Energy Study
This study is the strongest statement for the benefit of awnings from an energy reduction and environmental impact standpoint. Cut your costs and add to the beauty of your home while helping the environment. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Please click on the link below to see the study and specific energy savings data highlighted in Phoenix:
- Center for Sustainable Building Research, University of Minnesota August 2007 Skin Cancer
"On average, one American dies every hour of every day of every month from skin cancer."
– American Cancer Society
More Americans are getting skin cancer than ever before! Why is this so? People are still not protecting themselves adequately from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. People today spend more time in the sun! Shorter working hours, earlier retirement, a longer lifespan, lighter clothes, a waterside lifestyle and more sport and leisure pursuits all put people in the sun more often. UV damage is cumulative, and there's no doubt that skin cancer 'catches up with you.' The longer one lives, the more irreversible damage one suffers from the sun's UV rays.
The fastest growing cancer in the United States is skin cancer. Dermatologists are alarmed by an epidemic of skin cancer, and children between the ages of 2 and 14 are particularly vulnerable.
In June 2003, the American government officially listed ultraviolet radiation as a human carcinogen alongside tobacco.