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New Video Provides Easy-to-Understand Look at Energy Advantages of Fabric Awnings and Solar Shades -- 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, 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.
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New Data Shows that Fabric Awnings and Exterior Shades Can Help Homeowners Reduce Cooling Costs by More than 50% -- Sweeping 50-city study proves awnings are a smart retrofit to reduce home energy consumption
Everyone knows that awnings provide shade for homes. But record hot temperatures, rising energy costs and tighter household budgets are bringing to light the tangible role awnings can play in efforts to reduce energy expenses. A new energy study funded by The Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA), shows that fabric awnings or external shades can save homeowners as much as $200 annually by reducing the load on air conditioners (depending on where a home is located). The study, released this week, calculates the impact of awnings in 50 cities across the United States.

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Record Heat Nationwide Causes Homeowners to Seek Energy Saving Means to Stay Cool
New energy study commissioned by the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association shows that awnings and exterior shades can reduce home cooling energy consumption by as much as 50%. Record hot temperatures were set or met in many cities across the United States during the recent heat wave, and similarly hot temperatures are expected throughout the summer. While cranking up the air conditioner is a quick and natural response, it can cause power overloads resulting in outages as communities start turning up the A/C.  An alternative is to add awnings or solar shades into the equation.
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New Energy Study: Awnings and Exterior Shades Reduce Cooling Costs by More than 52%
Wide-sweeping 50-city study from Professional Awning Manufacturers Association proves awnings reduce home energy consumption. According to updated analysis, in a hot year, awnings can reduce annual cooling energy by more than 52%, compared to homes with completely unshaded windows. This can amount to as much $200 or more in energy savings for home homes with equal window distribution having single or double pane windows.
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Electronic Awning and Canopy Fabric Selection Tool Launch
Architects, designers, facility managers and other building professionals can now quickly find awning and canopy fabrics to meet their project specifications using a new interactive Awning and Canopy Fabric Selection Tool developed by the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA).
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Business Building Webinars for Awning Industry Now Available
The Professional Awning Manufacturer (PAMA) has produced three webinars on business building solutions for the awning industry that provide practical ways to examine and manage new revenue streams.
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Homeowners Add Environmentally Friendly "Saving Energy" to New Year's Resolutions in 2012
When making 2012 New Year's resolutions, resolve to be kind to the environment by saving energy. Reducing your home's energy use not only helps conserve natural resources but it also saves you money.
The Professional Awning Manufacturers Association has an easy way to achieve that resolution by adding fabric awnings and canopies over doors and windows.

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Awnings Provide Shade While New Trees Grow
Playground and outdoor living spaces need shade now
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Fabric Awnings help build commercial success
New video reveals that awnings add functionality, promote brand visibility, expand revenue potential, and cut energy costs - even contribute to LEED® certification
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High-Tech Awning Controls Help Homeowners Optimize Benefits
Awning sensors and controls enable designers to improve comfort and increase energy efficiency by balancing the use of sun and shade.
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How to Protect Pets from Sun and Heat
New video offers safety tips for pets exposed to sun and heat
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Combatting the environmental impact of the emerald ash borer
Fabric awnings and canopies can help offset the consequences of millions of trees lost or removed due o the green menace
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Illinois Couple Saves Energy with Awnings
Awnings deliver energy savings, a reduced carbon footprint and curb appeal.
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Ever-so-humble fabric awnings enhance home getaways
Awnings professionals launch online resource,, helping landscapers and homeowners create staycation retreats with fabric awnings.
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The Right Design and Functionality Elements Enhance a Home’s Backyard Appeal
Tying indoor and outdoor elements together, homeowners can fully enjoy outdoor living spaces

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Creating a Staycation Retreat in Your Own Backyard
In tough economic times, homeowners are planning at-home vacations
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Using Landscaping and Design Tips, It’s Easy to Create an Outdoor Oasis
Begin planning now. Soon, you’ll have a backyard haven to match your landscape vision
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• Awnings Enhance Curb Appeal, Save Energy in Homes
B-roll footage illustrates the many benefits of awnings
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• Enjoy Family Activites this Summer without Worrying about the Weather
Awnings work to extend the living space and add protection during outdoor activities
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• National Record Temperatures Cause Homeowners to Pursue Additional Ways to Stay Cool
Air conditioning and awnings are a good long-term solution for staying cool
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• Eco-friendly Home Concerns Don’t Match Buying Behaviors
Survey results validate need for more energy neutral product solutions for homeowners
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• Results of Second Energy Study Reinforce that Awnings Save on Cooling Costs
Research in five additional cities proves awnings reduce home energy consumption
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• Energy Neutral Products Take Homeowners to the Next Level for Eco-Friendly Additions
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