Homeowners, businesses, and managers of public or private sector facilities often miss out on federal, state and/or local renewable energy funding and/or tax incentives for new or renovated buildings, site improvements, parking, or roadway projects. When it comes to renewable energy and energy efficient projects (including many solar lights), all levels of the US government may well be able to help you with your new or renovation project.
How do you find out about these programs? What’s available for your project, be it new construction, building renovations, or site enhancement/development project?
This post is the first of a two part series on incentives for residential and commercial renewable energy programs.
Part 1 focuses on what programs are available, what types of projects are eligible, and how to find them. Part 2 focuses on questions to ask the people who administer the funds, the contractors or merchants supplying goods and services and other other important considerations if you want to take advantage of these program. Interested?Continue reading →
SolarLightingSmart.com loves the Victorian Solar Lamp. We’re really glad that it’s now gotten even better! Along with models that have PIR/Motion Sensing Technology for smart solar lamps, our store’s Victorian Solar Lamp is now available with warm white LEDs for illumination far more like old fashioned lamps and lamp posts.
Yes, the primary purpose of our blog is to provide information and answer questions about outdoor solar lights and landscape products.
From time to time we do share info when our store (SolarFlairLighting.com) has special sales and this one is a rare chance to get some high quality solar lamps and shed lights at great prices, with free shipping.
At the home center the other day, it wasn’t surprising that there were far more solar lights available than last year, and certainly more than three or four years ago.
It also wasn’t surprising that most of the lights weren’t particularly well made and very few were all that bright.
The most disappointing (and the most expensive) were solar lamps and lamp posts produced by traditional light manufacturers. The selection and quality of light just wasn’t there. Find out why! Continue reading →
Whether your solar lights remained outdoors during the winter or whether you’re adding stored ones back to your landscape, odds are that some of the lights won’t be working properly.
The good news: most solar lights will work as good as new with new rechargeable batteries.
The bad news: if you use the wrong type or size battery, you may well permanently damage the fixture and void any warranties.
Here’s some important things to note about solar lights and batteries, including when to tell the solar light has outlived its usefulness and replacement batteries are a waste of time and money. Continue reading →
We’re working on a post about household hazardous materials (because April or May is when most counties or municipalities that have regular household haz-mat capabilities have special collections.
Household Haz-Mat disposal is completely different and far more important than regular recycling. We know that a lot of people don’t recycle, though few will admit). Okay: I admit I don’t always recycle for a variety or reasons including laziness or I’m in a rush.
I also know that if I don’t put my recyclables into a separate bin, somebody else is going to sort through my trash. And not just because the lack of a recycle bin targets my garbage cans for dumpster divers, most of looking for deposit bottles but that they could also find things that are private. So, if you think recycling is a nuisance, here are some things to consider.
Lithium Ion Batteries are Commonly Used and Inherently Very Safe
Due to recent events in the news and a call from a customer, we want to reiterate that Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) batteries are extremely safe. Along with many solar lights, Li-Ions are regularly used in everyday products that include hearing aids, digital and film cameras, hand-held video games, video games, video recorders, laptops, cellphones and smart phones.
(Sorry, but in this day of social media, half-baked “theories” spread faster than gossip at a 7th grade lunch room.)
Many of you undoubtedly have taken and/or used these items onto airplanes and it is perfectly safe to do so. We are reiterating the safety of Lithium Ion batteries because we have heard on the news (and so did a customer who called in a minor state of panic about her lights with Lithium Ion batteries) that there may have been large quantities of large Lithium Batteries on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 flown as cargo. Lithium Ion batteries are forbidden by as cargo by most aviation agencies in the world, including the US Federal Aviation Administration. Find out..