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Who would've thought that blinds could help you save money and the environment? Hunter Douglas, has created a blind reported to reduce up to 50 percent of potential energy loss at the window. Each segment of the blind is a honeycomb shape with another fabric honeycomb shape inside. The trapped air provides additional insulation between the window and the room.
Most solar-electric home systems today are created with PV technology, which converts sunlight directly into electricity to be used to power a home. But PV systems only capture about 15 percent of the sun's energy, leaving the thermal energy behind. Echo Solar System captures this unused energy, using over half of what the sun produces. This allows the Echo Solar System to power electrical items as well as heat water, heat the home, cool the home, and work with air ventilation systems. The system can be controlled via an online management system (pictured).