Let The Sun Shine In

Happy May Day everyone!  It’s finally getting to feel like summer with the flowers blooming, birds singing and sun shining down on you.  Well we all love the magical feeling of the sun, but we can’t be out doors all day.  You have work, school, laundry and whatever else keeps you from getting out to the great outdoors.  Don’t fret because I’m going to show you how to bring a little bit of that sunshine inside!  That’s right – natural light in your home with the help of a Solatube.

            All my friends know that I can’t shut up about how much I love my Solatubes.  I know it sounds kind of funny, but Solatubes are small circular skylights that are installed on your roof, direct the sunlight down a reflective tube and magically spread the light through out the room.  Okay, it’s not magic, but they developed a reflective surface that helps bounce the light off the sides of the tubes from the roof to your room

http://www.solatube.com/homeowner/

Solatubes come in all sizes, but if you don’t want to do any major construction you can get them as small as 10 inches so they fit between your ceiling beams.  This is a great alternative to large skylights that can require structural work and could possibly not be allowed if you own a condominium.

I installed just two 10-inch Solatubes in this condominium and look at the difference it made.  Please note both pictures are without any electricity!

Before                                                  After
 

You can find similar products at your local home improvement store, but Solatube has patented Raybender® 3000 Technology and LightTracker™ Reflector to deliver an Effective Daylight Capture Surface (EDCS) and nearly double the EDCS of copycat products. Highly effective and simple to install, these models can transform dark interior areas and light more expansive spaces with multiple units creating a unique architectural effect.

When I was growing up my Dad installed several of the large 4 to 6 foot skylights in our house and I’m surprised that these small Solatubes can make just as big as an impact as the large traditional skylights.  Solatubes are great for Bathrooms, Hallways, Corridors, Utility Rooms, Dens, Home Offices, Kitchens, Dining Rooms, and Closets and just think how nice it would be to not have to turn on the lights when it’s still sunny outside.

If you do have a big house with one of those scary attics that are so dusty and hot you dread having to ever go up there, they also have solar powered attic fans.
 
Solar Star's Roof Mount Attic Fan is the ideal ventilation solution bringing you the most technologically-advanced, environmentally-friendly, ventilation solution today. Best of all, Solar Star brings you the solutions that cost nothing to operate. Imagine the savings!

By placing the unit where it is most effective, the highest point on the roof, it can properly circulate air and ventilate your attic space, transforming your home into a comfortable living environment. It is powered by Solar Star's proprietary 10-watt solar panel.

       Solar Star

*  Reduces heat build up.
* Reduces air conditioning costs.
* Prevents ice damming.
* Reduces damaging condensation.
* Protects insulation from moisture
   saturation.
* Fights mold and fungal decay.
* Reduces heating costs.

Learn more about Beth at http://www.ecostyledesigner.com/  
 

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