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5 gadgets to protect your home this winter

By: Katy Rank Lev on Dec. 3, 2010, 12:35 p.m.
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Motorized shades with timer

Daylight may be in short supply in the winter, but you can maximize its warming potential for your home even while you're at work. Motorized shades or shutters on a timer can be programmed to open and close as the sun peaks and sets. Wall switches let the homeowner control the window coverings at will.

Companies like NextDay Blinds can install blinds, shades or shutters that can be battery operated or connected to a power source. Blinds range widely, starting at $120 per window. Custom motorized blinds start at $200.