Your 3 Green Lighting Alternatives When Replacing Old Incandescent Light Bulbs: LED, Halogen, And CFL Lighting Explained

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A little while ago, I wrote about the green lighting alternatives that have been coming to light (no pun intended) since the ban against some incandescent light bulbs took effect on January 1, 2014.For the record, the Incandescent Light Bulb Ban essentially does away with 100-watt, 75-watt, 60-watt, and 40-watt bulbs. At this point, low- and high-watt incandescent bulbs, decorative, and other types of specialty lighting are not affected.Many homeowners are feeling the pinch because the … [Read more...]

The Incandescent Light Bulb Ban: 3 Alternative Light Bulbs To Choose + Light Bulb Myths You Should Know About

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The incandescent light bulb ban that affected Americans in 2012 (when the 100-watt incandescent bulbs were phased out) and 2013 (when 75-watt incandescent bulbs went dark) is now about to take effect on the biggest part of the lighting market: 40-watt and 60-watt incandescent light bulbs.As of January 1, 2014, it's illegal to manufacture or import traditional 40-watt and 60-watt incandescent bulbs.This law effectively turns out the lights on the most popular light bulbs in the United … [Read more...]

4 Cool Ideas For Recycling Glass Insulators From Telephone Poles And Power Poles

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Remember when telephone poles had colorful glass insulators atop their cross arms?These days, most telephone poles have either silicone or ceramic insulators, and many people are recycling the obsolete glass insulators as communications and power companies continue updating aging lines.Old insulators, which are bell shaped and used to suspend phone lines and power lines from supporting poles, have long been a popular item to collect -- especially among many who grew up seeing vivid … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Save Money Greening Your Home

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Going green is often portrayed as requiring sacrifice and it’s even considered in many cases that it requires monetary sacrifice. But going green, in essence, is about using resources more wisely and efficiently.Doing so, either through your habits and actions or through the technology and appliances you use, often actually means financial savings.Here’s a list of 5 ways to green your home and save money from doing so (starting with the smaller actions and moving towards the bigger ones … [Read more...]

Save Energy and Money With a Timer for Your Christmas Lights

With Thanksgiving right around the corner,I know a lot of us are starting to get the urge to pull those Christmas decorations out of the attic....Or maybe you already have them up.Even though money can get tight this time of year, we still hang Christmas lights on and in our homes that are going to make our energy bills a little higher. How much sense does that make?Luckily, there is a quick and easy way to make your Christmas lights save you money this year... and you can just as … [Read more...]

Turn Your Old Sneakers Into Funky Solar-Powered Lights

If you’re like me then you probably have an old pair of shoes lying around the house that you just can’t part with. Why not turn those beloved old shoes into something that you can use or just help add style to your casa, solar-powered street lights. I know you’re probably wondering “how in the world did a company think to merge these two things and come up with such a cool product”. … [Read more...]

How To Make Your Own LED Halloween Lights

Halloween is just around the corner, but it's not too late to get your Halloween decorations up.Whether we're talking about Christmas, Halloween, St. Patrick's Day, or even the Superbowl, strings of LED lights are the foundation of any great decor!Check out these 2 awesome ways to make your own custom LED Halloween lights...  DIY Halloween Light Project #1: … [Read more...]

How To Turn a Gourd Into A Creative Party Lamp

Looking for a great DIY project to wrap up your weekend?How about turning a good old fashioned gourd into a chic and creative lamp?This project idea and how-to video come from the good folks at MAKE Magaine (and via LifeHacker).All you need to turn some hard-shelled gourds into festive party lights or elegant accent lights is:a gourd drill and drill bits LED Christmas lights assorted cutting utensils newspaper (for easy cleanup)If you like this project, check out … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Tennis Ball Photo Holder & Tennis Ball Can LED Lantern

Every now and then you want to actually display physical pictures, not just virtual ones that reside on your computer. To do that you're going to need some creative photo stands or frames (because no one wants to use plain and boring picture frames). PaperNStitch.com (via Photojojo.com) has a simple and creative 3 step way to turn old tennis balls into awesome stands to display your photos. After you turn your flat and lifeless tennis balls into these picture holders, you're going to have some … [Read more...]