Thursday, September 21, 2017

Skylights that Pay for Themselves

New VELUX Energy Performance Model Skylights Combine Energy Efficiency with Cost Savings for Homeowners


      Homeowners can maximize energy efficiency and take advantage of a 30 percent federal tax credit with the new VELUX Energy Performance Model skylight featuring automated energy performance.
      Launching at the 2017 International Builders' Shown in Orlando, Florida, the Energy Performance Model combines and Energy Star-certified VELUX fixed skylight with a factory-installed, double-pleated, solar-powered, blackout blind and a preprogrammed Intelligent Touch Remote Control in one box. 
      "When closed, the double pleated blind boots the overall energy performance of the Energy Star-certified skylight by 40 percent," said Ross Vandermark, national product manager for VELUX. "And the blinds are fully automated when the room is not in use, closing during the warm summer days and cold winter nights to block light and insulate."
      With a 30 percent federal tax credit, homeowners will receive an average of $730 in federal tax credit eligibility.
      "The federal tax credit makes this product very affordable for homeowners looking to make a big impact on their home decor as well as their utility bills," Vandermark said.

VELUX is an Energy Star partner and has been recognized as a Partner of the Year. For more information, visit www.whyskylights.com or naturalightsolar.com

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Case Study: Roofing and Skylights are Happier Together

A newly purchased Marin County home was in need of a new roof and brighter interior spaces. While it had existing traditional VELUX Skylights in good condition, the homeowners wanted to add four VELUX SUN TUNNELs.
This photo shows the existing skylights and
new curb mounted Sun Tunnels before being sealed
with the white vinyl roofing.

Naturalight Solar was called in to coordinate the installation with Wedge Roofing, who would be installing a new white vinyl roof. Sun Tunnel skylights can be installed on any roof type, but some roofs, like white vinyl, require extra steps for proper installation.

Naturalight Solar built the required curbs for optimal waterproofing and then installed the curbs and four 14" TCR VELUX SUN TUNNELs. As a finishing touch, we also added colored theater gels to tint the light to a warmer tone, per the homeowners preference.

When our work was complete, Wedge Roofing returned to install the white vinyl roofing, sealing the vinyl up the sides of the Sun Tunnel curbs for a seamless waterproofing.

If it's time for a new roof on your home and you think you might want to add skylights, give us a call for a free estimate at 707-527-5330. Likewise, if you want to add skylights and it's nearing time for a new roof, consider having both done at the same time. New roofs and skylights are happier together.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Something Not Right with Your Light?

Have your old tube skylights stopped giving out light? Has the trim ring or diffuser fallen from the ceiling? Are there mysterious insects showing up inside your tube skylight?

All of these conditions can be caused by age or improper installation, and they don’t necessarily mean the tube skylights need to be replaced.

One of the twenty-year-old tube
skylights after being repaired.
Naturalight Solar recently performed a service call for an owner of two twenty-year-old tubes of unknown brand. The tubes had stopped giving out light and when our certified installation specialist took a look in the attic, he found that both tubes had only been taped at their seams when originally installed. After twenty years, the tape had failed, causing the tubes to fall apart in the attic. The tubes themselves were in fine condition, so our installer screwed them back together and re-taped the seams.

When the tube seams are connected and aligned properly with screws and tape, there are no places for bugs to enter, no pieces shifting down from the ceiling, and lots of natural light.


If you are experiencing a problem with your old tube skylight, give us a call to schedule a service appointment at 707-527-5330.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Happy Labor Day

Wishing you a relaxing holiday weekend!


"Genius begins great works; labor alone finishes them."
- Joseph Joubert

The Naturalight Solar Office will be closed Monday, September 4 for Labor Day. 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Brighten Up and Cool Off with One Great Package

How can you get both brighter interior spaces and less heat this summer? With a VELUX Sun Tunnel Skylight and SRS Solar Attic Fan Combo.

This summer, we're giving you $50 off* 
when you buy a Sun Tunnel/Attic Fan Combo.


VELUX Sun Tunnels let in the light without the heat or harmful UV rays. Plus, you can add an energy efficiency diffuser to further reduce heat transfer.


The SRS Solar Attic Fan works hard to remove hot air from your attic, allowing your home to stay 10-15 degrees cooler, all without using electricity. 


*Offer ends September 22, 2017

Visit NaturalightSolar.com
Or call for more information
(707) 527-5330

Monday, August 7, 2017

4 Ways to Lower Your Energy Bill This Summer


Summer heat comes withs its own energy challenges, especially when it comes to keeping your home cool and comfortable. And though the days are longer, it doesn’t mean you can forego the use of electric lighting in dark, land-locked rooms. In fact, you may choose to use electric lighting during the day so you can keep your blinds closed against the hot rays of sun baking through the glass.


But you don’t have to decide between well-lit rooms and a cool home, nor does your electric bill have to soar with the rising mercury. Here are four ways to brighten your home and keep it cool, all while reducing your energy bill.

Tube Skylights

VELUX SUN TUNNEL Skylights are tubular skylights that can bring light to rooms where windows or traditional skylights cannot fit, such as small closets, bathrooms, and hallways. Tube skylights eliminate the need for electric lighting during the day, reducing your energy bill. They can also bring extra light to rooms where the shades are drawn across the windows because you won’t have to worry about heat gain. While the standard model has minimal heat transfer, with the energy efficient diffuser upgrade, you can leave behind all worries of heat transfer into your home while still enjoying natural light.


Venting Skylights

VELUX Fresh Air Skylights are operable skylights designed to vent out hot air that naturally rises to the ceiling. It also allows an influx of fresh air for healthy air circulation. Best of all, these skylights can be solar powered, so they require no wiring and won’t add to your energy bill. In fact, they may help lessen your need for air conditioning by passively cooling your home.

 

Skylight Shades

If you’re concerned about the hot sun beating through your skylight, then consider skylight shades. They can be closed during the heat of the day to keep your home cooler. The VELUX Skylight Shades can also be solar powered to eliminate the need for electrical wiring. Solar skylight shades work excellently in combination with a solar powered venting skylight to keep your home cool and lower your energy bill.

 

Solar Attic Fans

SunRise Solar Attic Fans actively pull hot air out of your attic using only the power of the sun. By keeping your attic cooler, they also help keep your living space cooler, reducing the need for air conditioning. With its low profile design and whisper quiet operation, you’ll hardly remember it’s there until you see your energy bill savings.

 

Along with cutting your energy costs this summer, the solar powered skylights, shades, and attic fans currently qualify for a 30% Federal Tax Credit on both the product and installation price.

It’s the perfect time to check out these products and start saving. Call Naturalight Solar today to ask about how you can cut costs and say cool this summer.
Take a look at naturalightsolar.com, or call (707) 527-5330 for more information.


Naturalight Solar is a VELUX certified 5 STAR Dealer.
We are a team of dedicated skylight installers and day-lighting specialists.


Friday, June 30, 2017

Happy Fourth of July


A Nation’s Strength
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1904)


...Not gold but only men can make
A people great and strong;
Men who for truth and honor’s sake
Stand fast and suffer long.

Brave men who work while others sleep,
Who dare while others fly...
They build a nation’s pillars deep
And lift them to the sky.
~~~

Our office will be closed Monday, July 3 through Tuesday, July 4.We will resume our regular hours on Wednesday, July 5.