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    Outdoor, solar powered, LED lighting!

    energy, energy conservation, energy efficiency, green living, light bulbs, solar, Uncategorized

    I have written about LED lights before, I am a great fan. They use less energy and are quite bright, as opposed to some energy saving light bulbs. Now I have found a great home improvement product that will save you time, aggravation and money. Outdoor, solar powered, LED lighting. Now you can place a light post at the end of your driveway without running wiring underground or hiring an electrician, plus this is real lighting, not just accent lighting so you and your guests can really see your way in the dark. No leaving the light on before you leave for work in the morning, the lights come on automatically at dusk and shut off at dawn. All this for about what you would pay for conventional lighting and no electrician and no electric bills now or in the future.  Be the first in your neighborhood to have the greenest outdoor lighting available.

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    Habitat for Humanity, a Homerun for Energy Efficient Products

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    In a June 1st article by Dan Cook, in Arizona’s The Daily Courier, he wrote about a Habitat for Humanity home that had been built as a “net-zero energy” house.  The idea is to use smart building products and techniques, as well as alternative energy sources, such as solar, so that the house does not use any energy from the grid or fossil fuel. This is a whole new niche in the building industry and there is an unlimited amount of products and services to choose from. The problem is that builders and prospective  homeowners, we don’t know which products are proven, or will work in our situation, or have a chance to see the product installed or talk to a builder who has actually installed the product.

     

    That is why I found this article interesting. If the companies offering these great new innovative energy saving products donated them to Habitat for Humanity, we would all benefit. First the company would win, getting actual exposure to the public with their product, as well as goodwill, for donating the product. Any builder interested in the product could donate their time to help install the product at the Habitat for Humanity job site. This gives them goodwill for helping, but also gives them experience with new products and techniques that they can sell to their clients. The homeowner wins because they are buying a product that they have seen work and are having it installed by someone who has had experience with the product. The recipient of the Habitat for Humanity home wins with lower or no utility bills. And last, but not least, the environment wins every time we do not use fossil fuel to power our world. This could be the ultimate win-win situation.

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    Go To a Convention For FREE!

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    Haven’t you always wanted to go to a convention and find out more information, but you just couldn’t justify the time and expense of going? Now is your chance. Virtual Energy Forum is offering a free two-day converence on clean energy. No plane trip, no hotel room and no credit card bill!

    Just sit down at your computer and wonder through the convention. Catch a live presentation by a keynote speaker or ask a vendor some questions. All while sitting at your desk, you can learn the latest about the most important issue facing the world.

    This is your chance to find out how you can make a difference in clean energy without wasting any of your energy. Sign up today for free at Virtual Energy Forum. They can’t make it any easier than that. Set the date June 24th and June 25th, 2009.

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    Energy Efficient Light Bulbs…who knew!

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    CFL Light Bulbs

    I have never really been a fan of the new energy saving compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL). I am extremely sensitive to mercury and have had several medical emergencies due to mercury exposure used in medical procedures. So I guess I am biased, even if the mercury used in CFL light bulbs has nothing to do with my allergies. The fact remains I am not the only one with this concern. Mercury, even in minute amounts can be profoundly dangerous. If you have the time, the following video can shed some “light” on this issue.

     

     

    This does not mean I do not use CFL light bulbs, I do. CFL light bulbs use only ¼ the amount of energy of incandescent bulbs and last 10 times longer. I do not put them in any lamp that my dog or four year old nieces can even remotely get near. This limits these bulbs to overhead lighting. Most of my over head lighting is on dimmer switches so I am paying $12 a bulb and taking my time replacing the incandescent bulbs one at a time. My two biggest complaints about the energy saving bulbs are they have a tendency to hum and they take forever to “warm” up to their full lighting capacity.

    I have found a new CFL light bulb made by ionlite, at this time it is only available on the internet. This is not your typical energy saving CFL light bulb. Each bulb is also an ionic air purifier. The benefits of ionic air purifiers are enormous; they do everything from killing bacteria and viruses to improving your mood. The bulbs are a little bit pricier than regular CFL light bulbs but more than worth the price. Watch this quick 40 second video.

     

     LED Light Bulbs

    Now let’s talk about light-emitting diodes (LED). I don’t pretend to understand how they work, but they use even less energy than a CFL light bulb. LED lights have been used for a while in things like car lights and traffic lights. LED lights are widely used in solar landscape lighting because of the low voltage needed to operate. Now they have now come out with LED lights that can be used in regular household fixtures. They cost a little more that CFL light bulbs but have no mercury, do not get hot, and do not have the “warm” up time to get bright. I went to Wal-Mart (Home Depot did not have LED light bulbs) and for $5.87 I purchased a LED globe light bulb to replace a burnt out incandescent bulb on my vanity. It looks different from the other bulbs but will be fine when the other two bulbs are replaced. The light is bright immediately and was cool to the touch after 30 minutes of use, meaning no waste of energy. According to the package this light will cost approximately 16¢ to operate for the whole year and will last 30,000 hours, that is a huge energy savings. These bulbs are becoming more cost effective over time as the technology improves. A quick internet search proved that for a dimmable bulb I would be paying almost $90, still a little steep but LED technology is still evolving. LED lights are now available in all types of bulbs from chandelier shapes to Christmas lights at an affordable price.

    My family is so impressed with our new LED light that we have decided to remove the dimmer switch from our living room and put LED lights in the recessed lighting fixtures. Because this will virtually eliminate the heat in the light canisters and we will be able to insulate around the light canisters in the attic. This will save us even more energy.

    As this technology advances and the price goes down, I think we will see LED lighting as the energy saving standard light bulb of the future.

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