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Solar Gain Solutions for South-Facing Windows

Save energy and money with these sun-blocking products
By Lisa Readie Mayer
Published: June 1, 2010
Is the sunshine through the south-facing windows of your cottage or camp a little too much of a good thing? Here are a few ways to cut the heat from solar gain, helping you save energy and money.
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