“Going Green” is a trend that is gaining momentum every year and has become a lifestyle choice for many Americans. Not only does it allow you to do your part in conserving our precious resources, but it can also save you hundreds of dollars a year in utility costs. Making small changes can yield huge differences. Replacing just one regular light bulb in your home with an energy-efficient light bulb will reduce that outlet’s energy consumption by 75% and save you up to $40 a year! Imagine the difference that you can make if you replace all of the bulbs in your home. Another important energy-saving tip is to make sure that your doors and window are properly sealed. Drafts and broken seals can waste hundreds of dollars a year in heating and cooling cost and waste unnecessary energy. You will also want to make sure that you are using energy-efficient appliances. Seventeen percent of your household energy is spent on large appliance operation (refrigerators, clothes washer and dryers, and dishwashers). If you are not using an EnergyStar certified appliance, consider upgrading. It will save you money in the long run.
Solar power is also a great way to save energy in and around your home. If you are not ready to install solar panels on your roof and rely solely on the sun, you can still implement small uses of solar power around your home. Consider using Chinese Solar Lanterns or Umbrella Solar Lanterns at you next outdoor party instead of traditional lighting sources. Add solar powered path lights to your driveway or sidewalk. Consider investing in solar swimming pool heaters in place of traditional heat sources for your pool.
Green power is here to stay. More and more people are realizing that making these small, but powerful, changes are a necessary step toward protecting our plant AND our pocketbooks. Start making your home energy-efficient today and you reap the benefits for many years to come.
Source: US Department of Energy (http://www.energysavers.gov)
How do you keep the walkways to your front door safe and well lighted, especially on spooky nights like Halloween? Cute little ghosts and goblins will be more likely to come looking for tricks and treats if they can see clearly how to reach your porch. There are any number of holiday-themed lighting options that would work for lighting the way, but if Halloween lights are only used for Halloween, what will you do for landscape lighting the rest of the year?
Patio Lanterns offer a different approach to landscape lighting than traditional path lights or garden lights. Reminiscent of the decorative street lamps found in Paris and other European cities, patio lanterns bring old-world charm to a patio, deck, or walkway. They dress up a home’s landscape much more effectively than standard path lights or garden lights, and they are easy to decorate from season to season.
As the days gradually grow shorter, the sunlight fades a little sooner each day. You don’t necessarily need to head for the light of the indoors, though, if you want to enjoy the cool evening air. But, it’s not a good idea to drag the table lamp from your living room to the outside. Outdoor patio lamps make it possible to safely catch up on your reading, work on a project, or share a good conversation without straining your eyes in the dusky evening light. Outdoor patio lamps are weather resistant and come with a weighted base to prevent the lamps from tipping in windy weather. Outdoor lamps also come equipped with a weather-proof grounded cord and plug. Plus, they are just as attractive as decorative indoor lamps, so they fit in beautifully with all styles of outdoor decor.
Spending evenings outside on the deck, patio, or screened porch is wonderfully tempting when the weather is pleasant, but proper lighting can be a real problem if you plan to read or do any detail-oriented activities such as needlework or wood working. Seeing clearly what you are doing is important, but bringing an indoor light source outdoors is not a safe idea. Indoor lamps are intended for indoor use, which is why choosing patio lamps for your outdoor spaces is the best choice.
Outdoor patio lamps are made from weather resistant materials, such as heavy-duty resin, powder coated aluminum, or natural-looking PVC wicker, and most come with a weighted base for added stability. The extra weight in the lamp bases comes in handy when you encounter a stiff breeze. Outdoor patio lamps also have weatherproof, grounded cords and plugs. Patio lamps that come with cloth shades are covered in weather resistant fabrics that prevent fading and moisture damage.
The best part about outdoor patio lamps is their appearance — they are just as beautiful and stylish as any indoor lamp. In fact, many homeowners choose to use outdoor patio lamps inside the home as well as outside. No matter where you put a patio lamp, it will safely provide you with the right amount of lighting for whatever project you intend to focus on.