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Watts Up With Light Bulbs? Part 1: Technology

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Innovations in technology and household items have made people yearn for the “good ol’ days,” when things were much simpler. Light bulbs, for example, have become an example of a once-easy decision—picking just the right number of watts—into one that involves numerous considerations. New energy standards have phased out traditional incandescent bulbs. The lighting aisle of stores has become more diverse, with new styles of bulbs showing a wealth of information far beyond the wattage. The good news is that new bulbs provide more choices for consumers in both the type and amount of light produced, while simultaneously reducing energy costs. In this series we’ll take a look at the new types of bulbs, what makes them different from old bulbs, and what you need to know in order to make smart lighting choices. We’ll start with the basic bulb technologies. There are four main types of bulbs produced for home lighting today: CFL, LED, halogen, and incandescent. CFL Bulbs…

Everything You Need to Know About Solar Heat Gain

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The sun is our original and ultimate source of energy. Understanding how to control and use sunlight gives us new and better ways to make use of solar energy. Every homeowner should take sunlight into consideration to reduce their energy costs. If there is sun shining on your house, it has some effect on indoor temperatures, either positively or negatively. Windows are one of the biggest areas of concern when it comes to the influence of sunlight on your home’s heating and cooling. A Little Solar Science Solar heat gain, sometimes called passive solar gain, is the term used to describe how a home is heated by solar radiation. Sunlight contains different wavelengths of radiation. Objects in sunlight absorb short wavelengths of solar radiation, which is what causes them to warm up. When sunlight shines on a window, the amount of solar heat gain inside the room depends on how much radiation gets through. There are multiple factors involved here,…

Ceiling Fans: When and How to Change Rotation Direction

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Ceiling fans serve as functional features of your home that can add aesthetic appeal while saving money in energy costs. The types of ceiling fans available give you an array of options to fit your home’s decor as well as your satisfying your specific needs for cooling the house. One way to maximize the energy-saving benefits of ceiling fans is to alternate the rotation direction of the fans during different times of the year. By alternating the rotation direction, you can maintain a comfortable temperature in your home and reduce your energy costs in the process. Pay attention to these factors in determining how and when to alternate your ceiling fan’s rotation direction. Choosing the Correct Rotation Setting The direction of your ceiling fan’s blade rotation will cause the air to either be forced downward toward the floor or upward toward the ceiling. Knowing this difference helps you determine which direction is best given the season. The forward rotation direction,…

Is Wallpaper Making a Comeback?

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Interior design choices in recent years moved away from wallpaper as a popular decorative choice. The shift in contemporary style was so dramatic that wallpaper itself had been seen as a signal of dated home decor and a feature ripe for addressing first when redecorating. More recently, however, wallpaper has seen a resurgence in popularity. The once declining choice is available in a wide array of new colors, patterns, and textured options. Wallpaper was not always a product of mere design choice, but rather a means for covering walls that were less than stylish in their aesthetics. Rather than incur the sometimes expensive cost of resurfacing or painting interior walls, wallpaper was a viable and relatively inexpensive way to add interest and style to a home’s interior design. Early iterations of wallpaper use meant having to deal with cumbersome installation and an even more time-consuming and often frustrating procedure for removal. Current types of wallpaper not only offer a wider…

How to Safely Decorate Your Children’s Rooms

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Decorating a room for a child can be a lot of fun. You can make bold design decisions that might not be suitable for an adult, while having fun picking out all the decorations. There are also important safety considerations to take into account when designing a child’s room. Decorating Safely for a Baby’s Room Babies have simple needs. They spend a lot of time sleeping, being fed and changed, so parents should pay special attention to the crib and changing table. A baby’s bed should be a comfortable, safe environment that is free from choking hazards. There should be no risk of the baby falling out of the cradle or crib, so choose a stable model and make sure it won’t easily move or tip over. Do not locate the crib or changing table near a window. You need a flat surface for changing the baby. Make sure there is no risk of the baby wriggling off this surface…

The Right Lighting Choice: Accent, Primary, and Natural

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The form of lighting you use to illuminate your home will go a long way in defining your overall decor. Light allows you to create an atmosphere that can highlight the furnishings of each space, brighten the color and texture schemes of your walls, and set the mood that best fits each room. Choosing accent lighting to go along with primary lighting choices requires that you consider the bigger picture regarding your style and the ambiance you hope to create. Natural lighting, on the other hand, does more than simply provide a creative way to design the overall look and feel of your décor—it’s also a way that you can conserve energy by utilizing sunlight, not electricity. Determining which lighting type to use and how these types work independently or together involves understanding the differences among the choices, as well as the factors of your interior design goals. Primary Lighting Primary lighting choices involve the ways in which you light…

BlindSaver.com Recognized as Google Trusted Store

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Denver, Colo. — July 8, 2014 – BlindSaver.com, a leading online retailer of blinds and shades, was recently selected to join the Google Trusted Stores program. To help shoppers identify online merchants that offer a great shopping experience, the Google Trusted Store badge is awarded to ecommerce sites that demonstrate a track record of on-time shipping and excellent customer service. When visiting the BlindSaver website, shoppers can hover over the Google Trusted Store badge and see metrics on the store’s shipping and customer service performance. BlindSaver has a pronounced rating for excellent service and a consistent rating for on-time shipping. “We take pride in leading the industry in customer service with innovative features like the Perfect Fit for You program which we launched earlier this year,” said Tim Baker, president of BlindSaver.com. “Participating in the Google Trusted Store program was the next logical step to formalize what we were already doing to take care of our customers.” As an added…