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The Hottest Home-Improvement Technologies and Trends

The editors name some of the coolest, most innovative products that caught their eye at the 2011 International Builders' Show.

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Solar Shutters

These multipurpose plantation shutters block the sun and gather its energy at the same time. The photovoltaic panels on the louvers feed energy into a small inverter that plugs directly into an outlet, which returns power back into your electrical system. The shutters can produce about 500 watts per hour, enough to power TVs, computers and small appliances. Image courtesy of  Plug 'n Save Energy Products



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