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Enhance Your Home’s Aesthetic While Lowering Your Energy Bill

03/19/2024 08:47PM ● By KAREN CASSIDY
Are you looking for a cost-effective way to add more color, personality, and curb appeal to your home while also lowering your monthly energy bill and reducing your carbon footprint?

It may surprise you to learn that awnings and solar shades are where it’s at. Awnings are a decorative and colorful way to make your home more energy-efficient by using shade to cool your home instead of running the A/C. And for those not interested in awnings, solar shades are rollup, retractable, custom “sunglasses” for your windows. What’s even better, awnings and shades are made from mesh fabric so they’ll block the sun but not the view.

Otter Creek Awnings  has been proudly serving all of Vermont, Upstate New York, and New Hampshire for over 48 years. What began in a Middlebury, VT, basement in the ʽ70’s, is now the area’s No. 1 awning company.

Otter Creek is the leading local supplier of retractable awnings, commercial awnings, deck and patio canopies, window awnings, solar shades, and many other shade products. The company prides itself on offering the finest products and impeccable customer service.


Sarah and Kristopher Larson purchased Otter Creek Awnings from the original owners in 2018. They were happy to be able to keep the company in the “Otter Creek family” and love that some of their products are made right down the road in Middlebury, VT, where the company originated.

"My husband had been in sales management with the company for years and was offered the opportunity to purchase it," Sarah said. “We loved the idea of owning a well-established Vermont company known for its customer service and quality products, and here we are today... We’ve been loving every minute of it ever since!”


Otter Creek Awnings can help design your outdoor oasis. Its designers provide free on-site estimates to determine the best solution for your home or business.  

The Otter Creek Awning team really enjoys sharing all the possibilities and benefits that an awning can bring to a home or business. Gone are the days of plain, boring awnings. Homeowners and business owners are choosing bold, vibrant colors to add color and personality to their outdoor spaces.


At Otter Creek Awnings' showroom, you can find an extensive display of awnings and peruse fabric options


Awnings can be manually operated using no electricity and can lower your energy bill by blocking sunlight and radiant heat from entering a room, all without blocking the view. Awnings and solar shades can also help reduce the need for air conditioning, lowering your energy consumption by 25 percent. 

Another benefit of an awning is that you can extend your home’s living space by covering your outdoor areas with a retractable patio awning or deck canopy, thus avoiding the high cost of construction and having to wait for the job to be completed. Otter Creek Awnings' products can add value to your home or property and can be installed in as little as a day.

“Our Gennius products are like new-age sunrooms that are installed onto your patio or deck and can be completely enclosed with screens. This product is hurricane-rated and protects against wind, and even has its own built-in gutter system for rainy days. Our Gennius products are custom-made for your space and are like adding another room to your house.” 

All of their Gennius products are available to both residential and commercial clients and can be found on display in their showroom in Williston, which happens to be one of the largest awning showrooms in the country. There, you can see all their products and view fabric samples. They offer free estimates, which includes a designer coming to your home or business to see your space, take measurements, and provide a quote.

Motorized awnings, which allow you to control the awning remotely with the touch of a button or an app on your phone, are becoming more popular and attractive to customers.

The quality of the product that Otter Creek Awnings provides really stands out, as their awnings generally have an average lifespan of 20 to 30 years.

Otter Creek Awnings’ designers are always happy to discuss options for your outdoor oasis with you. Their massive showroom is open from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. Visit their website,, for more information and to see what the company has to offer. 


19 Echo Place 

Williston, VT

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