The Green Report

Homeowners in Dunwoody have an improved way to ventilate their attics and simultaneously slash their electricity bills while helping the environment and conserving water. With a solar electric-powered roof vent, your attic can be properly vented while keeping your power bill lower. When you use less power, the power company uses less water to make electricity.

Compared to 110-volt AC powered ventilators, the price of solar powered attic ventilators is somewhat higher, but it is a small investment that pays off. While other direct-wired attic ventilators are dependent on the house’s power supply, a working thermostat, and regular maintenance inspections and repairs to seized motors, a solar powered ventilator obtains power from the most reliable power source in Georgia, the sun, which is free. Installation is also incredibly simple because there is no connection to the house electrical wiring.

With a running DC motor, slightly less powerful than a normal powered roof vent, a solar powered roof vent runs at peak heat times, all day, from sunrise to sunset with absolutely zero charge to the power bill. That’s a lot of relief on your power bill.

While other vents may be more powerful due to the amount of power they consume, they are usually controlled by a thermostat and thus do not turn on until the attic reaches a certain temperature. Solar powered vents, however, keep a regular, consistent, cooler temperature in the attic no matter how hot the air gets. If it’s daylight, it works. It is free attic ventilation for as long as the system lasts.

So how long does it last? Solar powered roof vents are now designed to withstand anywhere between 110 and 170 mile per hour winds. They are also designed to withstand mild to moderate hail and are constructed with material that stays almost perfectly clean all the time. Many products also offer lifetime warranties—something you don’t get with a hard-wired vent.

But solar powered roof ventilators are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to energy-saving technology. Homeowners everywhere are taking advantage of many high-performance, low-cost home appliances. For example, on-demand water heaters are attracting large amounts of attention in their market. They heat water only as needed and last sometimes twice as long as storage water heaters, drastically cutting energy costs by not heating water when it’s not needed.

LED lighting is swiftly gaining popularity as costs keep coming down. LED bulbs use around 85 percent less energy than conventional incandescent lighting and last about 20 years longer. No more changing light bulbs! A cooler bulb means your air conditioning works less, also saving money.

Products like these work together to lessen your negative impact on the environment. Buying these products help the local economy, putting money back into the pockets of families here in Dunwoody, who can use their money to support the local economy.

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