Lowering Your Air Conditioning Costs Tip #190 – Air Filter Replacement Frequency

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 190, Air Filter Replacement Frequency. This idea to reduce your air conditioning expenses is meant to remind us not to forget to ensure we have a clean air filter in your furnace. Don’t make your air conditioner work harder than it has to because of a dirty air filter in … [Read more...]

Home Smoke & CO Detectors

First Alert Smoke and CO Detector

This weekend we turn our clocks back 1 hour in most of North America as we switch from Daylight Savings to Standard Time. As part of this semi-annual routine we are reminded ever where that this is when we should check the air filters in our furnaces and we should especially check the batteries in our battery operated smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, check your fire extinguisher, and so on. If our smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are hard wired, we should test them using … [Read more...]

Winter Is Coming – Bring Solar Lights and Batteries Inside

Solar Panel For Solar Charged Lawn Mower

Consider this your friendly neighborhood annual reminder. These days you will get a lot of people who have solar patio and garden lights on their properties to access their gardens or provide lighting along pathways and driveways. You might also have people who use a solar panel or two, like us, to charge the batteries of their electric cordless lawn mower. Well, do not let the batteries freeze. Yes, we have all noticed it is cooler in the early mornings now that the fall season … [Read more...]

Solaris Electric Cordless Solar Charged Lawn Mower 2010

2010 Rear Solaris Grass Catcher

Editor's Note: Curious how this lawn mower is performing in its third year? You can! After reading the rest of this article simply select this link to read Solaris Cordless Electric Lawn Mower Review Three Years Later. +++++++++++++++++++++++ The past two years has seen us provide detailed reviews of the electric, cordless, lawn mower from Linamar Consumer Products with the optional solar charging option. This lawn mower is sold throughout North America under the Solaris, Epic and … [Read more...]

Delta Pilar Kitchen Faucet Review – Continued

Pilar Faucet 02

Yesterday we reviewed the new Pilar kitchen faucet from Delta, the one with the one touch, or more precisely Touch2O, technology allowing you to simply touch the faucet to turn it on and off. Today we continue our review. Now, both Harvey and I were not in a position, for a variety of reasons, to install the Pilar faucet in his kitchen. So, Harvey had Mike to do the installation. According to Mike, the install took between 90 minutes and 2 hours, pretty typical (at least for me) … [Read more...]

2009 Solaris Self-Propelled Cordless Electric Lawn Mower Review – 6

2008 Epic Mower

Editor's Note: Curious how this lawn mower is performing in 2011, 3 years later? You can! After reading the rest of this article simply select this link to read Solaris Cordless Electric Lawn Mower Review Three Years Later. +++++++++++++++++++++++ The 5 articles earlier this week were devoted to reviewing the new 2009 Solaris lawn mower (here is the direct link to Part 1 in this series in case you missed them). However, it is one thing to perform a product review in isolation. It is … [Read more...]

2009 Solaris Self-Propelled Cordless Electric Lawn Mower Review – 4

Solaris Brushless Moter Lawn Mower

Yesterday in Part 3 we reviewed the batteries for the 2009 model of the Solaris electric self- propelled lawn mower. Today I wanted to review the Terra Phase electric brushless motor which comes with this mower regardless of whether it is the Epic, Utopia or Solaris brands. The brushless motor is said by it's manufacturer to be the quietest motor for any powered lawn mower. I can believe it. This motor in the 2008 Epic mower we had last year was certainly much more quiet than any of … [Read more...]

2009 Solaris Self-Propelled Cordless Electric Lawn Mower Review – 3A

Editor's Note: I had a technology issue arise with the original Part 3 posting in this series. Therefore I have had to republish the article again. As for the comments to the original part 3 article I have added them to this republished article. Apologies for any inconvenience. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ In Part 2 yesterday we reviewed many of the features of the 2009 Solaris lawn mower with the Terra Phase brushless motor. Today we look at the batteries. As mentioned … [Read more...]

2009 Solaris Self-Propelled Cordless Electric Lawn Mower Review – 1

Solaris Packaging

Editor’s Note: Curious how this lawn mower is performing in 2011, 3 years later? You can! After reading the rest of this article simply select this link to read Solaris Cordless Electric Lawn Mower Review Three Years Later. ++++++++++ Last year we were the first (or at least among the first) to write about the new collection of lawn mowers from Linamar Consumer Products which were sold under the Solaris, Epic and Utopia brand names in the United States (on a limited basis) and … [Read more...]

Solar Charged Mower – Part 12 – Don’t Let The Batteries Freeze!

Moser Battery Charger

In Part 11 we presented several tips for maximizing the charge of the batteries when mowing the lawn for any battery charged mower, not just a solar charged mower like the one we use. Today, with the fall rapidly approaching we'd like to remind you not to let your batteries stay outside when the temperature drops below freezing. The manufacturer's instructions that came with our mower specific said that the batteries will be damaged if they freeze. So, this is the time of the … [Read more...]

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