Solar Garden Lights, their Costs, and Pros and Cons – Outdoor Lighting Ideas for your Garden

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You can Brighten Up Your Garden With Electricity-Free, Solar Garden Lights; here is how:

Being able to make the most of your garden area, whether it is simply a small patio, or an extensive area of greenery and flowers, is something that most people would love to do! There is nothing better than relaxing and spending time with your family and friends in a beautiful garden.

Now you can use the sun to light up any and all parts of your garden at night

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Needless to say, running electrical wires to all parts of the garden can be a difficult and costly process, here is where outdoor, solar-powered lights can help you enjoy your garden even when the sun has set.

How Do Outdoor Solar Garden Lights Work?

The topic of solar energy is one which has often been debated, and while its use as a serious power source to help keep the country running may still be in dispute, using solar garden lights is a very good way to harness the sun’s rays and to use natural and abundant solar energy to power these lamps during the evening.

Working like a small solar panel, the sun’s rays are converted into energy by the cell during the day, and stored in a battery, and then during the evening the energy in this battery can be used to power a lamp, or a number of lights together depending on the style of the light in question.

Cost

You can buy solar garden lights at your local home improvement store for. The prices range from $2 to $50 on average. For instance, you can buy a Portfolio 3-Light 12X Brighter Black Solar LED Landscape Flood Light Kit at Lowe’s for about $40.

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Home Design Evolution – Redefining Interior Design, Decor, and Architecture

Do you know how millennial consumers are reshaping residential architecture, interior decor, modern home design trends? Would you like to learn more about what the future of millennial-inspired home design will be like?

If so, let Proto Homes, an innovative design and build company disrupting smart home building and design space, bring you up to speed on how modern home design, interior decor, energy-efficiency and sustainability elements are being redefined by discerning millennial home buyers.

Have you seen the future?

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WHO ARE THE MILLENNIALS?

Before we explain how millennials are redefining design, we better first explain who exactly these millennials are.

The Millennial generation or as some call them the Generation Y is largely considered to be a group of people born between 1980 – 2000.  Millennials have come of age during a time of technological change, globalization and economic disruption. That’s given them a different set of behaviors and experiences than their parents.

According to Goldman Sachs, Millennials have been slower to marry and move out on their own, and have shown different attitudes to ownership that have helped spawn what’s being called a “sharing economy.”

They’re also the first generation of digital natives, and their affinity for technology helps shape how they live. Finally, they are dedicated to wellness, devoting time and money to exercising and eating right. Their active lifestyle influences trends in everything from food and drink to home design.

I think Millennials are a generation unlike anything we’ve seen on this planet.

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Top 10 Winter Home Improvements and their Costs – DIY Home Improvement Ideas

Now is the ideal time for making some improvements around the house to make sure it’s ready to handle the cold weather, snowstorms, and other “unforeseen” surprises. 😉 Your imagination and your wallet are both screaming, “Go big or go home!”. So what are some of the major home improvement and DIY projects to consider?

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Backup Power Generator for Snowstorm-related Energy Disruption Emergencies

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If you can not afford to go completely green and can not afford to be without power for any length of time than a conventional standby power generator and automatic transfer switch is the answer to ever-present grid failure. Your two main considerations are strength and endurance. Units can be installed from 7 kilowatts of power (about $2,000) up to 22 kilowatts and more to power an entire house (about $5,000).

Personal Wind Turbines – Talking about Energy Independence

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Is your region susceptible to winter storms that can leave you without power for days on end? Maybe it is time to begin your move off the grid with a small wind turbine.

These all-weather energy generators are increasingly becoming consumer-friendly and provide clean, emissions-free power for homes and small businesses. Put away those images of massive towers and rotating elephantine arms – personal wind turbines can be installed on property as small as an acre.

Begin by checking with your local zoning ordinances to determine if personal wind turbines are permitted. Once you have the go-ahead determine the size turbine you will need.

A typical home requires a 5-kilowatt generating capacity that will come from a turbine about 18 feet in diameter. Depending on your topography the turbine may be mounted on a tower anywhere from 30 feet (ten feet less than a telephone pole) to 140 feet high to pull from winds at least 12 miles per hour.

Expect to pay an average of $30,000, but if your wind situation is favorable a turbine can be installed for as little as $10,000. The normal payback period will be between six and thirty years, factoring in such variables as electrical usage, local rates and government tax credits that can approach 30% of the installation cost.

When contemplating a wind turbine or other structure on your property, it will often require a site plan filed with your local permit application. No longer is it necessary to rely on the costly and time-consuming skills of a professional surveyor. Companies such as 24hPlans.com can save you time and money by preparing a conceptual site plan from property sketches and get your project approved with no fuss and hassle.

Radiant Barriers

Insulation in housing goes back to the days of mud chinking in log houses. These days a modern insulation technique is radiant barriers composed of highly reflective material. These are installed in attics and especially useful in hot climates to reduce heat build-up in the summer. Since they are installed in attics, winter is the ideal time to tackle this project when the working space is bearable.

It is imperative that the radiant barrier panels be as perpendicular to the heat source as possible and certified installers are typically your best option. Outfitting a 1000-square foot house with paid installers will run in the neighborhood of $1,500. Radiant barriers can also be installed in conjunction with thermal insulation to provide increased cost savings in the winter as well.

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