Solar energy fans ‘use’ he at to help consumers keep cool
by Christine Haas / KHOU 11 News
Posted on June 29, 2011 at 12:34 PM
Updated today at 12:52 PM
HOUSTON—With the extreme heat and this summer’s drought, consumers are paying more than normal just trying to keep their homes cool, and a product is actually using the heat to help keep customers cool.
Solar energy fans are gaining popularity for Texans trying to use the hot sun to their advantage. Solar fans draw hot air out of your attic and help cool your home - all while being powered by the sun.
The government is even hoping people will take advantage of solar energy products, so a 30 percent tax write-off is being offered until 2013 on products and installation costs.
Dan Marshall, owner of Innovative Skylights, says a solar attic fan costs about $750.
Marshall says most of his customers see about a 20-percent reduction in their energy bills every year.
If homeowners chose to install other products, like solar panels, it could take longer to see the long-term cost benefit.
Marshall advises people do their homework and find a reputable company to install the products, because the installation requires cutting a hole in your roof.
If done right, the financial investment will deliver a large pay-off for the life of the home.