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The Latest and Greatest in Smart Home Technology

Posted: Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 | Filed under: motorized window treatments, retractable awnings, Smart Homes
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P1010625The “Smart Home” has been a marketing catch phrase for a while, but this month Apple kicked it into high gear by focusing on family and the “smart home” in its WWDC presentation to the tech world.  Of course, there are many people who already live in smart homes.  Technologically savvy homeowners and apartment dwellers have long known that conveniences such as remote operated security systems, remote shading systems, and other home electronic devices can make life both easier and more economical.  A smart home can provide better analysis of power usage, and let homeowners determine where and when to cut back for better energy conservation and cost savings.  It has real world implications as well.  For example, people with older parents may soon find that a smart home can deliver more safety on everything from generating alerts if someone falls, to ensuring water is shut off, and ovens and stoves are not left on. Read more »

Sunrooms and Greenhouses Sustainable and Fashionable

Posted: Friday, June 13th, 2014 | Filed under: Greener living, Greenhouse shades, sunroom shades
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IMG_1661When real estate housing and apartment décor trends are discussed there are very few features that everyone can usually agree on as being highly covetable (especially if you live in New York City).  However, there is one perk that is considered a coveted luxury no matter where you live:  a greenhouse space or sunroom.  On top of being a stunning décor choice, greenhouse rooms or sunrooms have the added bonus of potentially helping you save energy (with the proper window shading options) during both warm and cool months. Read more »