Solar lanterns offer lots of benefits over traditional ones that use candles, electricity, kerosene or even batteries. Ditto with solar flashlights, and most of the ones we carry can hold a up to 80% of their solar charge for several months, great for keeping them in your car for emergencies.
Here’s the most recent video on our YouTube channel. Check it out…(and yes, the San Rafael Mission II style solar lanterns are back.) And, there’s a lot to choose from. That’s why we posting our latest video that focuses on these great gadgets. .Some are pretty and really “decorative” lighting, others are highly functional with special features like bendable handles so you can hook them up and keep your hands free, or really do provide light strong enough to use camping or dining (indoors or out). Continue reading →
“Two new reports attest to the popularity of solar among homeowners across the U.S. While the two reports come from very different sources — The Center for American Progress (CAP) is a progressive advocacy organization and Market Strategies advises 20 of the U.S.’s largest utilities — their conclusions are roughly the same: U.S. homeowners are interested in and want solar.
The studies suggest that utilities, policymakers and regulators should consider this as they consider current and future net-metering and other solar incentive policies.”
Each week our sister site, SolarFlairLighting.com, posts tips about solar lighting.
Some tips address how to get the most from solar lighting at different times of the year. Others discuss the attributes of different types of solar lights and other solar products, including what to look for to get the most for your money.
Many Americans proudly raise their US flag on patriotic holidays, others display the flag at all times. With Armed Forces Day, Flag Day, Memorial Day, and Independence Day right around the corner, there’s no doubt we’ll soon start seeing many more flags than at other times of the year.
But, did you know there not only are customs for how to display the US flag, there are also laws on how to properly do so?
Organic Compost You Can Make Is Cheapest and Best Fertilizer for Gardens and Lawns
Whether you are an organic gardener, “frugal” or really into reducing waste that would otherwise to to landfills or sewage systems, nothing is as good for your garden bed as humus.
It doesn’t matter whether your gardens’ purpose is to create lovely flowers and shrubs or yummy veggies and fruits, humus provides nutrients better than the best chemical compounds available.
Humus also is a great way to make grass greener without harmful chemicals that eventually end up in your water supply and can give pets and people breast, brain, and other nasty cancers. Continue reading →
With Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy hitting much of the east coast a couple of weeks ago, followed last week by a strong Nor’ Easter that hit most of the same areas, it’s a good time to remember that all homes and autos should have an emergency kit.
In the western parts of the country, many areas experienced (and some still are dealing with) wildfires. And, no matter where one lives, floods, earthquakes, and/or tornadoes unfortunately also are real possibilities.
Here is a list of things, many taken fromFEMA.govandwww.Ready.gov, which has lists of what an emergency preparedness kit should include, as well as pointers to prepare for and deal with forhurricanes, earthquakes. and tornadoes. (Other pages discuss everything from floods to wildfires to landslides and hurricanes.)
As we were preparing for Sandy, we noted (as we did last year when wrote about hurricane preparedness), FEMA and many state emergency management agencies are adding solar flashlights, emergency lights and solar chargers to the list of things that can help. While it’s true that you can’t always depend on the sun, it’s also true that you won’t always be able to depend on gasoline for generators, as far too many people have learned over the past couple of weeks. Continue reading →
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Shopping online is safer today than ever before, even though crooks continue to try to find ways to hack into systems, intercept your transactions or emails, and use “phishing” techniques to gather private information from you.
If you do shop online or over the phone, there are some things that you can do, and things to look at carefully, to make far safer.
Start with Your Computer Habits
Yup. The weakest link could be your own computer and security habits (or lack thereof.)
All of the things discussed below aren’t much use if you don’t have good firewall and security software on your own computer.
Some of the most common brands are Norton™ by Symantec™ or McAfee™ Symantec, along with proprietary software, are used by many banks, financial institutions and payment processors including the largest banks in the United States.