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For Immediate Release Contact:  Eco Smart Shutters                     The Hoots Group
                                                            Kim D. Eger                               Mia McCorkle

                      (770) 639-5222                          (404) 474-7379

Eco Smart Shutters™ launches innovative, energy-wise home automation:
The Hoots Group to feature 1
st Solar-powered rolling shutter in U.S.
ATLANTA, GA; September 25, 2008 – Eco Smart Shutters and The Hoots Group today announced the launch of Eco Smart Shutters first Solar-powered rolling shutter.  The innovative Eco Smart Shutters land first at the corporate office of The Hoots Group.

Eco Smart Shutters

Eco Smart Shutters is a young Atlanta start-up, founded by Kim David Eger, an American of German descent.  “Visiting Germany as a kid with jet-lag, I quickly discovered one major benefit of basic rolling shutters—better sleep.  For years, I considered launching an Americanized version with automation, but felt our interest in energy savings devices was underdeveloped,” said Eger.  “Now, the time is finally right.  We have a technological breakthrough happening at a time when energy analysts predict natural gas and oil heating costs will jump between 30% and 50% this winter.”

Homeowners can learn more about other Lifestyle benefits of owning automated, solar-powered rolling shutters at booth # 427/#330.  “This new solar-powered line brings together cutting edge home automation with the ability to save energy and money-- 20%-to-45% energy savings in the S.E.” 

While there are many benefits of this type of external rolling shutter, according to Matt Hoots, owner and founder of The Hoots Group: “There were 4 primary reasons behind the decision to purchase: Energy Efficiency, Black-out capability, Low impact installation and added Security.”

1. Energy Efficiency – the solar-powered motor allows for automation with zero net energy consumption, while the product reduces thermal heat gain in the summer and provides insulation in the winter, reducing overall energy consumption and cost.

2. Total Black-out capability - improves visuals of presentations in conference rooms.
3. Low impact install – because the power supply is the sun, no wires or holes have to be cut in the walls for the wires. 
                                        This allows the finishes on the interior to stay preserved.

4. Security – it adds a real barrier to entry, not just a monitoring system.

The Hoots Group 
The Hoots Group is an EarthCraft® contractor dedicated to sustainable construction and energy efficient standards for new homes and renovations. Founded in 2005, The Hoots Group has quickly become the leader in eco-friendly building in the Atlanta Metro Area. For their leadership in sustainable design and building, they were awarded EarthCraft House 2008 The Renovator of the Year  award.  To promote green building in the South East, they were chosen to build the showcase houses for the Southern Building Show for both 2008 and 2009.

Upcoming Events:  

September 25th-28th, Come visit the The Hoots Group and Eco Smart Shutters™ at the Atlanta Fall Home Show @ Cobb Galleria (Atlanta, GA)

October 4th - Come Visit The Hoots Group EcoShowroom on the GA Solar Tour of Homes. This will be the first public showing of an install of the Solar Powered Shutters by Eco Smart Shutters™ .  The Hoots Group has two other sites on the tour also: EcoLumina and the Shields residence.  For more information visit

p: 770.639.5222    f: 678.455-8194                                               p: 404.474.7379    f: 404.420.2961  (Booth # 427 / # 330)     (Booth #1605)

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