Aluminum Solar Blinds Power Eco-Friendly Apartments

Aluminum Solar Blinds Power Eco-Friendly Apartments
Design

SolarGaps are designed to be a passive source of energy gathering in an eco-friendly home

Jennifer Passas
  • 2 june 2017

A recent innovation has made solar power an option for those of us who live in apartments but dream of having eco-friendly homes. Yevgen Erick co-founder and CEO of SolarGaps has created window blinds that harness solar energy to fuel homes.

The blinds, which are made from aluminum and fiberglass, come in a range of sizes from extra small to extra large, with the option of having them custom made. Horizontal with multi-slats the blinds feature SunPower monocrsytalline cells that are motorized to follow the sun, similar to sunflowers.

The blinds come with a smartphone app for iPhone and Android that allows you to raise and lower the blinds, change the angle and control the functionality while you’re away by setting up timers for them to open and close. Additionally, you can track how much solar energy is being created as long as you have a total of 10 square feet of blinds installed in your home.

In addition to helping the planet, the blinds will save people money on their energy bills as the blinds reduce heat coming into the home. Erik estimates that an average electricity and air conditioning bill could be reduced by as much as $100 a month depending on the size of the windows, where the windows are in the residence and how much you spend on air conditioning.

The fact that solar powered energy grew 50% last year, mostly due to consumers in US and China, coupled with the growing trend of more people living in apartments in cities than ever before puts SolarGaps in a good place.

Iterations of the blinds’ design are currently being done so they can match the existing decor in your home. Currently the design is quite heavy-duty, which has some advantages. First the opaque solar blinds can block out more light than traditional blinds, and second, they can act as a shield protecting windows from hurricanes and strong winds.

SolarGaps’ Kickstarter campaign has a goal of raising $50,000 with the blinds shipping between September and December 2017.

SolarGaps

A recent innovation has made solar power an option for those of us who live in apartments but dream of having eco-friendly homes. Yevgen Erick co-founder and CEO of SolarGaps has created window blinds that harness solar energy to fuel homes.

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