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2013 Solar Decathlon introduces innovative interior designs

Blackout drapes of any design are great to keep thermal energy in or block it from overheating your house.

Blackout drapes of any design are great to keep thermal energy in or block it from overheating your house.

It may seem hard to believe, but the window treatments you use in your house could play a major hand in your property's overall energy efficiency. This will be weighing heavy on the minds of everyone attending the 2013 Solar Decathlon in Irvine, California, this September, as the teams participating will be focusing on interior designs geared toward baby boomers.

The reason the main competition is focusing on boomers – the generation that is either about to retire or nearing that age – is because as this massive demographic exits the work force practically en masse, they will be seeking out lifestyle changes that will make day-to-day living easier and more cost-effective. One of the best ways to go about this is to invest in efficient, clean energy solutions for the home that lowers the burden on your electric bill without impeding on your way of life. 

The Decathlon introduces new kinds of housing layouts that utilize, among other alternative practices, solar energy as a means to allow the property to place only a minimal impact on the power grid. This year, four designs will be entering the fray that are targeted specifically towards the post-retirement set that have not just photovoltaic panels, but slanted roofs to create innovative irrigation systems, windows placed specifically to allow thermal heat to enter the home and even blackout drapes to trap that heat in at night.

Consider purchasing velvet blackout drapes today if you'd like to make your home more energy efficient as you enter retirement. With a bevy of designs and colors available, these window treatments will fit in nicely with any aesthetic.