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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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{Guest Post} Greening Your Home

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We’re in the middle of a heatwave, but the veggies won’t wait! I’m spending my day in the garden, as well as the garage, getting ready for Friday’s yard sale! Today’s post comes your way courtesy of guest blogger, Sara. She’s got some great ideas on how to make your home a little greener. The greener, the better, right?

How to Green Up Your Home

There is a lot of talk about using organic ingredients and eating healthfully whenever possible. You’ve learned how to clean your air with plants. But what about the rest of your home? What are some good ways to “green up” your home? Continue reading

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Celebrating Earth Day with Bamboobies: Review and Giveaway {Ends 5/10}

I have a riddle for you!

What’s shaped like a heart and fabulous enough that I keep it close to my heart all day, every day?

Yup! You got it! These days, I’m never found without my BAMBOOBIES! 

Do you know about Bamboobies? They are, without a doubt, the best washable nursing pads on the market. Besides being a single-use product that ends up in the garbage, disposable pads are filled with a nasty gel (like disposable diapers) that bursts out when it gets too full. One night, I found it on my skin and my son nearly ingested it. From that day forward, I have only used washable fabric pads. I have tried so many, and mark my words: I will never use another brand. My heart belongs to Bamboobies! Continue reading

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Win a 3-month Subscription to Conscious Box (Ends 4/8)

Subscription boxes. There’s no shortage of them these days. From fitness focused to eco-crafts for kids, there’s something for everyone who likes to find fun things in their mailbox each month.

My favorite? Conscious Box, hands down. This is the box that is curated just for me. For my interests. For my commitment to the planet, to pureness, to sustainability. When a Conscious Box shows up in my mail, I know I’m about to find some new treasures.

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Purge that Pile of Junk with the Best Buy Recycle Program

When I came home from the hospital with our new little love a couple of weeks ago, the first thing I did was stock up on movies. Some for me, since I expected to be up all night, and some for my son, who I knew would be pretty bored while Mommy was stuck recovering on the couch for a while. Since our favorite, Peter Pan, had just been rereleased, we skipped the RedBox and just purchased it.

I was a little irked to see that I could only purchase the movie in a set that included both the DVD and the Blu-Ray disc. I guess I see the idea behind it – if you buy both, you’ll have the disc when you decide to make the switch to Blu-Ray (which we have not done yet, although I feel like we won’t have a choice soon.)

Now, don’t get me wrong. I love new technology. Really. What I don’t love is the pile of old electronics in our garage! TVs, VCRs, old monitors, and other old relics, tossed aside and dusty. Still working, but outdated. It’s kind of sad, really, for the poor, once-loved technology as well as the environment! After all, you can’t just throw that stuff away so it tends to just stick around as clutter…for a looong time.

Luckily, there is a quick and easy way to get rid of those unwanted items. Did you know that you can recycle them at Best Buy? In fact, Best Buy not only accepts your old electronics for recycling, but they are leading the industry in recycling efforts by offering the service for FREE in every Best Buy location in Puerto Rico and the U.S.

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