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Teaching Kids About LED Power with @GELighting

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For the past several months, I’ve made it my mission to reduce our energy costs. I’ve been targeting everything in our home that uses electricity, and we even had a home energy audit to show us exactly where our opportunities are. It was really eye-opening, and best of all, it piqued my son’s interest and now he’s always asking questions about how we can use less electricity. An unexpected, but welcome, side effect! We’re starting with simple lessons, like the life cycle cost analysis of different light bulbs, to show how we can save both energy and money each month.

But wait, let me back up a minute. About the light bulbs…

Recent lighting legislation has stated that between 2012 and 2014, all standard 40- and 100-watt incandescent light bulbs must use 30% less energy to meet minimum efficient standards. It simply means that manufacturers will have to stop producing those bulbs, and that we have to find new alternatives. CFLs are a common choice because they last up to 7 years and use 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs. But now, LED bulbs offer the same energy efficiency with a lifespan of up to 22 years!* #LEDSavings

LED benefits:

  • Directs light more efficiently
  • Compact size
  • Resists breakage
  • Long lifespan
  • Turns on instantly
  • No infrared or UV emissions
  • 1 LED Bulb lasts as long as 15 traditional incandescent bulbs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, as we finish our bathroom remodel, we’re using GE energy smart® LED bulbs in our new lighting fixture. And then, as time goes on, we’ll replace the rest of our bulbs with LEDs, too. And yes, believe it or not, when we went to Walmart to look for our new bulbs, my son was actually excited to pick them out. I love that!

Find GE Smart Energy LED bulbs at Walmart! #LEDSavings

The huge array of light bulbs they had gave me a good opportunity to explain which kind we were looking for, what the difference is, and all the places we could put them in our home.

Should you be switching to LED light bulbs? #LEDSavings #cbias

I was a little concerned about how they’d look since they will be visible, but I’m happy to see that they are simple and understated without being intrusive. I don’t want my light bulbs to be the first thing people see in my new bathroom!

I love the look of our new GE Energy Smart LED bulbs. The #LEDSavings is great, too! #cbias

I’m also really excited to see that these bulbs are dimmable, too, because we plan to put them in the kitchen and dining area, and I have always wanted dimmer switches. And with only 7 watts of energy per bulb and an estimated yearly energy cost of only $.84, we can afford to install them!

Get the Kids Involved:

So, how DO you get kids interested in energy? Make it fun!

Here is a handy little quiz that you can use to spark the conversation…

Teach kids about saving energy! Fun FREE kids activity via abcsangardenpeas.com #LEDSavings #cbias

1. Who invented the first practical and safe electric lightbulb for home use? Thomas Edison

Fun fact: Edison held a total of 1,093 US patents!**

2. How many lightbulbs do you have in your home? Take a guess, then walk around your home and count. How close was your guess?

Take it one step further and guess the usage on this month’s energy bill. See how close you can guess!

3. If a single 100-watt bulb were to burn for a year, how many pounds of coal would it take to generate the electricity needed to run a single 100-watt bulb for a year? Over 1000 pounds of coal!***

4. Choose one light bulb in your home and figure out the life cycle cost analysis of a conventional bulb vs. an LED bulb. (It’s easy to explain using the GE online energy consumption calculator.)

How much could you be saving? What could you buy with that much money?

5. What does the the Energy Star® logo mean? ENERGY STAR®-qualified bulbs are the same or better than standard bulbs, only they use less energy. When you choose a GE Lighting product that has earned the ENERGY STAR® label, you can trust that it meets strict energy-efficiency guidelines set by the EPA and the Department of Energy.

Other items can be Energy-Star®-qualified too – look through your house and see how many you can find! Learn more here. 

THEN, Take the EnergyStar® Pledge and make a plan to lower your energy use over the next year!

To stay in-the-know about energy savings, connect with GE online:

• Facebook  • Twitter • Instagram •

Ready to get started with GE Energy Smart LED bulbs? The line offers bulbs for every part of your home, from table lamps and ceiling fans to floodlights and track/recessed lighting. You can even find decorative candelabra bulbs!

Click on the image below for a $1 coupon! (Live through 5/1/14.)

Save $1 on GE LED light bulbs.

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*Based on usage of 3 hours per day.
** Source: http://www.thomasedison.org/index.php/education/edison-patents/
***Source: https://www.youtube.com/embed/BaxqkY4b8AY?rel=0

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A Greener Spring Clean: Wash Windows with Cloth Diapers!

Cloth diapers are even more affordable when you keep finding uses for them long after potty training is over!

Keep using your cloth diapers long after potty learning is done. Spring clean those windows with an insert, a mop, and 2 rubber bands!

 

Do you have a favorite green clean tip to share? What do you do with old cloth diapers?

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Dye-free Spring Petits Fours (with icing recipe) @Microgreens

This post about dye-free sprinkles was brought to you by Fresh Origins, who supplied a product sample to facilitate my review. I was not compensated for this post, and all opinions are my own and honest. 

Easter is almost here, which means that jellybeans, marshmallows and a rainbow of other candies are also making their way to children’s baskets everywhere. What’s a dye-free family to do? I wasn’t sure quite how we were going to approach Easter this year, and then I found Fresh Origins and their beautiful dye-free flower, fruit and herb crystals. As soon as I saw the beautiful spring colors, I knew. This year, we’ll be filling the baskets with garden toys and some very special handmade treats: petits fours!

Dye-free Spring Petits Fours

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How low can you go? Our Home Energy Audit with #ProjectEnvolve

I’m writing this post as a Project Envolve™ Ambassador. I have not been compensated for this post, but I did receive a promotional item to facilitate energy savings in my home.

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It’s #ProjectEnvolve time again! I can’t believe it’s time for Mission 5 already. As usual, we’re still talking about ways to cut energy usage each month and reduce your electric bill. But this month, all I had to do was sit back, relax and let the PE team take care of the heavy lifting! They sent a building analyst over to my house to do a Home Energy Audit. You might be wondering what that is (I didn’t know either…) Continue reading

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How to Make a Dye-Free Pink Ombre Cake

I’m a little behind. My baby girl’s first birthday was over a month ago, and I still haven’t written a thing about it here! I’m blaming the snow that threw off our party schedule for 3 weeks.

I did post some photos, though, and I got more than a few questions about her pink ombre cake, so I thought I’d share how I made it. So many parents are avoiding artificial food dyes these days, and it’s so important for us all to know that giving up those chemicals doesn’t mean we have to give up the fun of a brightly colored birthday cake!

For my wee one’s first, I settled on a pretty pink cake in graduated ombre tones, colored entirely with the juice of a beet. Here’s how to do it (it’s easy!) along with some of my favorite cake decorating tips that I picked up throughout my years as a cake decorator. I hope you find them helpful!

Dye Free Pink Ombre Cake

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