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...]

More Electricity and Cooling Savings Tips

A few days ago we wrote about some of the additions to our Free Home Energy & Water Savings Guide. These additions came from the two contests we have held this year. In this case, we previously wrote about more home water savings ideas for inside the home. Today, we present the additions to our free Guide which relate to reducing the amount of electricity used in a home as well reducing the amount of use made of an air conditioner to keep that home cool in the long hot summer. As … [Read more...]

Applying For A microFIT Solar Contract

To date in our continuing series on our possible participation in the Ontario Power Authority's microFIT renewable energy program we have written about receiving the OurPower on-line solar site assessment, the visit from one solar installation vendor and last time the details of his written solar site assessment for our home. Here's the thing; we do not have a contract or agreement with any solar power installation vendor. Yet, a few days ago I went ahead and submitted the microFIT … [Read more...]

Solar Pest Repeller, Again

Mole Lawn Damage

Back almost exactly two years ago, we wrote about the problem we had with moles digging up our back yard lawn. We described that we didn't really want to kill the moles, yet were prepared to do so to protect our property. ;) Just look at the picture below to see the damage caused by moles. Now, the solution we tried was this solar pest repeller which emits a sound every 15 seconds or so which scares off the mole creatures yet does not hurt our pet dog's sensitive ears. And, being … [Read more...]

Solar LED Accent Garden Lighting From Canadian Tire

Solar LED Accent Garden Lights From Canadian Tire

Yesterday we wrote about solar LED outdoor lighting we installed outside our basement sliding door walkout to eliminate the need for the motion sensor light in the summer and reduce the amount of electricity used in the home. Today we wanted to write about the solar LED accent garden lighting we received again from Canadian Tire. These are very attractive in what appears to be a small garden rock. The small solar panel is built into the top of the pretend rock powering the LED … [Read more...]

Energy Conservation Products and Devices Used In Our Home – Winter – 3

Programmable Thermostat

The past two days has seen us review the inventory of the different energy conservation products and devices we use in our home during the winter to maximize our energy savings. Today, we complete the listing. Which ones do you use in your own home? Which ones do you use in your own home which we do not? 30. Programmable Thermostat 31. Real Time Electricity Consumption Reader (PowerCost Monitor) 32. Solar Air Heater 33. Solar Powered Outdoor Christmas … [Read more...]

LED Indoor / Outdoor Christmas Lights from Canadian Tire

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Last year we wrote about the solar powered outdoor Christmas lights we used in the back and front of our home. The comments we received to that article were many. If they were any indication, some types of solar powered Christmas lights perform inconsistently. In fact, one doesn't see them advertised as much this year; at least I don't. Perhaps the low price of these LED lights and current solar technology prohibits a consistently performing product. This year, I decided to … [Read more...]

Solar Powered Outdoor Christmas Lights – The Follow-up

Solar Christmas Lights After Storm

Last week we wrote three articleson our experiences with this new type of energy conservation product. One of our readers who goes by the handle 'A' (he's shy ;) ) asked that we follow-up on our experience with these energy conservation products during the Christmas season. So, here we are. As I write this we have had the backyard set of lights for about 3 weeks now and and the front set for about a week. Yesterday ended this massive 48 hour period in which we had the first major snow … [Read more...]

Noma Solar Powered Outdoor Christmas Lights From Canadian Tire – Part 2

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In Part 1 we began the installation of our new solar LED powered outdoor Christmas lights from Canadian Tire on our backyard deck. Today we complete the installation. Now, the question I had for this new product was how secure would the connection be between the solar panel unit and the string of LED lights. Pretty secure. Above you can see that the end of the string of lights and the wire coming out of the solar panel unit come delivered with their own protective covering … [Read more...]

Noma Solar Powered Outdoor Christmas Lights From Canadian Tire – Part 1

Noma Solar Christmas Lights

While Canadian Tire no longer sells its products through the internet, I found a site containing a link to their web store. Well, we used it the other day to shop for outdoor Christmas lights for the deck in our back yard. Now, wouldn't you know it but this retailer was selling solar powered outdoor Christmas lights. If you think about it, this shouldn't be anything unique; I mean, retailers have been selling solar powered patio lighting for homes for years. However, perhaps because … [Read more...]

Solar Charged Lawn Mower – Part 1 – No More Excuses

Solaris Solar Powered Lawn Mower

Editor's Note: This series of articles reviewed in detail the first year of the Solaris / Epic / Utopia brands of cordless electric self propelled lawn mower with the optional solar charging station from Linamar Consumer Products. To view the 2010 review, simply select this link to the Solaris Electric Cordless Solar Charged Lawn Mower 2010 review. With the ever increasing focus on energy conservation and solar power generation due to global warming concerns, it's sometimes easier to make a … [Read more...]

Energy Conservation Renovation Links – Build It Solar

Our first review of an energy conservation site with great information for home renovation activities in our Blog Roll is about Build It Solar, a wonderful residential energy conservation site by Gary Reys, a retired airplane product development engineer from ‘Big Sky' country near Bozeman Montana.Build It Solar focuses on ‘renewable energy for do-it-yourselfers. There are many articles and case studies on implementing different solar energy plans, tools and the like in homes. This … [Read more...]

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