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When you think of "solar energy," you probably envision those big ugly solar silicon panels from the past. Today, homeowners have exciting options not only for powering their entire home but for also using solar energy to power their laptops, cell phones, and even their car batteries when there is a power outage or when they are traveling. With oil prices climbing once again it makes sense to look for energy alternatives. There are a number of different ways that you can increase your energy efficiency simply by managing the sun's energy. 1. Window coverings Our home has a tremendous number of windows that capitalize on the great view. The challenge is those windows can heat up our house by an additional 20 to 30 degrees if they are not covered in the summertime. The...