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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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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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Project Envolve™ Mission One: Save Energy with your Holiday Lights!

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

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The approaching new year has me thinking about positive change. I’m welcoming new ideas, for sure, but also revisiting those things that are important to our family and strengthening our resolve to do better in 2014. Eating habits, exercise, living a little more consciously. We could use a brush up on all of those things. And now, as a Project Envolve Ambassador, I’m going to do just that with a REcommitment to saving energy every day! Continue reading

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Create your own Happy Haven: Dyson DC35 Vacuum Giveaway! {Ends 12.17}

Wow! Things are really hoppin’ today. Busy bee, as usual…but when I find great content, I like to share. I stumbled across a really helpful and well-put-together site called Happy Havens, and I wanted to pass it along to you!

For anyone looking for tips and ideas on DIY projects, sustainability, saving money, improving health and wellness or going green, this site is loaded with positive information. The main goal of Happy Havens is to help their readers “feel more happy and productive in the spaces they inhabit, whether through improving air quality, feeling good about saving energy, or having beautiful decor and well-organized design.” Continue reading

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A new life for us.

Well, my small break from blogging ended up being a whole lot longer than I had expected.

Even though I had tons to write about, I honestly just didn’t feel like it.

I’m not sure why. I should be jubilant. We’re finally in our new home, and a whole world of possibilities awaits us, but I’m feeling… weird. :???:

Maybe it’s because we still have the old place to deal with, and we have to replace the entire septic system to the tune of about $10,000 before we can sell (which I have NO idea how to even start.)

Or, maybe it’s because we gave up TV, my internet service is spotty, and I’m really, really not used to having a long weekend away from work. Although I should relish the break, I’m feeling seriously disconnected. :(

It could be because we’ve discovered our new pink-rose encrusted bathroom is merely a facade, and it doesn’t work at all. Until we can renovate, I’m resigned to using the basement shower, which is nice – except for the creepy crawly centipedes down there. Yeah. Not cool…not one bit.

It doesn’t help, either, that we missed out on this year’s garden due to trouble with our settlement date, and now it’s nearly fall. All our really big plans for the new homestead won’t start taking shape until the spring…which seems lightyears away.

There are lots of reasons why the past week has left me feeling a little funky. I had no idea where to begin a blog post, because I couldn’t wrap my head around what exactly was bugging me.

But then yesterday, I think I figured it out.

We went back to the old place to tend to the lawn and pick up a load from the garage, and it hit me.

Like a ton of bricks, actually.

An overwhelming sadness for what I was losing. Who knew I’d care AT ALL about leaving that old, raggedy, broke down shack? I hated that place! Truly hated, at times. My husband and I fought over it. We never had people over, because there just wasn’t room. We had spiders galore, I didn’t trust the safety of the heat or electrical systems. The ceiling almost fell in on my head. The kitchen was awful. I could go on and on…

But, when faced with leaving, I remembered. I remembered the first time I went there with my husband-to-be after I hadn’t seen him for nearly 2 decades, and I remembered remembering the love I had for him as a silly teenager.

I remembered the summers we spent there, getting to know each other again, planting the garden and seeing the fruits of our labor, talking about how, someday, we hoped to raise our children to share that same love.

I looked out at the overgrown garden, teeming with weeds and who knows what else, and I remembered the day he proposed to me there, under the trellis filled with purple-flowered yard-long beans.

But most of all, I reminisced about the last time I had seen the little nursery quite that empty. It was when we were getting ready to welcome our son. I sat in there and rocked, dreaming about him, in the same chair I would sit and rock him in for endless hours over the next 2 years, nursing his little self all hours of the day and night.

The first two whole years of his life were spent there. I became a mother there. The most important, life-changing, self-affirming moments of my entire life happened there. My son’s first days, first steps, first words. And yes, my little boy’s love of being out in the garden, plucking the first pear tomatoes and eating berries by the fistful started there, too. He didn’t know it was a rickety old house that his mama was ashamed of. He just knew it was the place where kitties played, birdies sang, fish swam in rain barrels and good things to eat grew abundantly.

We moved further out into the country with very specific intentions, and we look forward to fulfilling our dreams here. But that doesn’t help so much this week, when the isolation is very new, my community seems so very far away, and my memories are locked up in an old, empty mobile home with only a few odds and ends hinting at the new lives that were started there.

As we got ready to leave, my son bolted up the hill toward the garden as he always has, looking for tomatoes to steal. I followed behind, stopping at the blueberry patch on the way. A sweet surprise – the last handful of the season’s berries – waiting for me. I choked back not just tears, but a full-blown sob as I picked them. My little man squealed with delight as he popped them all into his mouth, and I realized that while we planted many seeds at that old place, we get to take the most important ones with us.

Now, back to blogging. Onward and upward!

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