So Pope Francis is Green…and other Reasons We Like Him

We’re not really religious, but we don’t think Pope Francis’ Letter: On Care for Our Common Home is really about religion as much as it’s a very clear statement on climate change, descriptions of impacts to the Earth (and how we’ve been lousy custodians), and when the Pope speaks, boy do people listen. Our onsite blog discusses why we think it’s important AND relevant to us since we sell renewable energy, often with funds from incentive programs.

Pope Francis and quotes Letter: On Care for Our Common HomeWe think there are other reasons why this Pope is a refreshing change of face, and actually really kind of a cool guy Continue reading

Saturday May 16, 2015 is Armed Forces Day

Most people think of Memorial Day as May’s holiday for the men and women who have, do and will protect our country. Don’t forget about Armed Forces Day! In fact, the entire month of May is the USA’s National Military Appreciation Month. 2015 Armed Forces Day Poster

Saturday May 16, 2015 is Armed Forces Day. So: please thank and keep good thoughts for our US service men and women (and their families) this weekend. (Find out more about Armed Forces Day and how to help our sailors, soldiers and marines and their families below). Continue reading

Where Did The Photos Go? Away with Our Old Site

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Where Are the Images? Website Updates Changed, Updated, Renamed Many Images

Lots of the images on this blog are gone, for a while anyway. That’s because SolarLightingSmart.com updated our other site.

Since the two sites shared many graphics and we upgrade the other ones, we need to replace images on this site. Especially ones in our older posts.

Since solar lighting technology evolves rapidly, its a chance to give this blog a good cleaning.

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Light Pollution: Too Much of A Good Thing

Year_of_light_light_pollution_largeImages from International Year of Light 2015 – Official Trailer by International Dark-Sky Association (www.darksky.org/)

A couple of years ago, we got our first call asking if we sold lights that addressed light pollution. Today, it’s a common question not only for people concerned about the issue itself, but because municipalities throughout the USA continue to add zoning restrictions about lighting to address light pollution.

Most people know certain types of light bulbs and energy sources are more eco-friendly than others. Far less have heard or understand what light pollution is and the more common problems associated with it, so here’s a brief overview with links to additional information.

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Solar Lanterns, Solar Flashlights, Rechargeables, Even Crank or Dynamo

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

Recommended: US Homeowners Want Solar, Find Two New Reports

Recommended reading from Renewable Energy World

“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.”

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Solar Lighting Tips

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 of these tips are directly from or have been the Understanding Solar Lighting page of SolarLightingSmart.com.

Based on customer requests, we now will be listing all Solar Tips of the Week on this site SolarLightingSmart.com.

Display Your US Flag Proudly and Correctly with Solar Flagpole Lights

US FlagMany 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?

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Add Low Cost (and Better) Fertilizer to Your Garden with DIY Compost

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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