Greetings to my fellow home energy professionals...


I have been thinking about ways to work on one's garage to make it energy efficient and ways to use the space for more than just resting a car and storage items.


Garage Doors for instance qualify for Home Owner Tax Credits - Ref:


So there could be more ways to add to these tax credits and increase energy efficiency. Perhaps, installing a localized solar device on garage roof or energy efficient (biological) lightning inside the garage

Would you like to share your thoughts on ways to make a garage more useful in decreasing one's energy footprint.

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I agree with venting the garage. Just not with a solar powered attic fan.


Hal, I would be careful with your energy saving performance claims of radiant barrier paint as Iam sure you know all too well. The only problem I have with above is "problem solved", not really a performance claim but highly questionable considering some of the surfaces in the pics are getting very little direct sunlight at all.


Are you saying that your coating applied to the door of an overheated garage will solve its overheating issues?

Hi again Brian.  I know exactly what you are saying.  Unfortunately for our industry, there has been a lot of bad products for many years that do not live up to their claims.  That has given our industy a huge black eye, lot of snake oils out there.


Very cloudy day when the military base pictures were taken.  They got 2" of rain that weekend, ergo the plastic protecting our coating. 


As an example; the doors in the bottom picture at the beer plant in Vegas.  The doors would reach a temp of well over 200 degrees.  Applied our coating and it then had a surface temp of 112 degrees on a 108 degree day.  Very heavy gauge metal doors there.


Our coating brings the ouside srface temp down to within 5 degrees of whatever the ambient air temperature is at the time.  There are also many cases on our website to demonstrate how much heat it will retain when it is colder outside than it is inside the structure.


I am adding a statement from a software engineer that got some of our coating and did several applications at his home.  One of those was to the inside of his garage door to keep out heat.







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