November 18, 2011
Many of us find ourselves getting a little blue when the seasons change. There are many different treatments for the winter-based seasonal affective disorder, including light therapy with sunlight or bright lights.
Light Boxes May Help Melt Those Winter Blues - NYTimes.com cites a 2006 multicenter double-blind randomized controlled trial that compared bright-light therapy with the antidepressant Prozac (fluoxetine) in 96 subjects. The study found that the two treatments were equally effective for alleviating winter depression, though light produced results faster, usually within a week, and with fewer side effects.
An affordable device such as this popular SunTouch Plus Light and Ion Therapy Lamp safely combines the powerful healing of 10,000-lux light therapy and negative ion therapy. The SunTouch bathes you in light while simultaneously releasing healthy negative ions into the atmosphere. Lift your spirits, balance your body clock, and feel refreshed.
At Light Boxes
November 3, 2011
You can make a reusable storm window out of bubble wrap, according to Lifehacker tip. If appearance is a concern, the bubble wrap can be confined to less visible windows, such as the bathroom.
The strategy is to attach the bubble wrap to a clothes hanger frame, instead of taping it into the window, to create a tight frame. When warm weather arrives, you can remove it and store it for use next cold season. Get the directions.
October 26, 2011
October 19, 2011
We all know about spring cleaning, but what about the fall? It's actually an excellent time to get your home in shape and to save money on upcoming heating expenses. How to Prepare Your Home for the Fall Season | Main St has some tips on maintaining your roof, windows, garage, landscaping and trees, outdoor furniture, chimney, heating system and thermostat.
Some recommendations are protecting your lawn chairs and tables with waterproof outdoor furniture covers, installing a chimney cap and upgrading to a programmable thermostat which should trim about $180 off your energy bills.
September 22, 2011
Many homes these days are equipped with a pull-down attic ladder. These generally are installed without air sealing or insulation and therefore leak, wasting energy and your money.
This practical Attic Tent Attic Cover Insulator insulates folding attic stairs, knee wall doors, and attic scuttle holes. You install it over the hatch, staple it to the attic floor, and then simply zip open when you need to climb through. It installs in 4 easy steps and has an insulating value of R-3.2.
September 16, 2011
If the weather is cooling off where you are, soon staying warm will be a top priority. The new Dyson Hot Fan Heater oscillates smoothly to distribute heat across the whole room, keeping you and yours toasty warm.
It pivots on its own center of gravity, so it stays put and you can direct airflow where you want it. The temp can be set between 32 and 99 degrees, so the unit can do double duty as a cooling fan.
The Dyson Hot Fan Heater comes with a remote control unit, curved and magnetized to store neatly on top of the loop amplifier. There are no fast-spinning blades or visible heating elements, so it is easy to clean. And if your pets or children tip it over, an automatic cut out switches off the heating plates.
Free Shipping is available on Dyson vacuums and fans.
August 5, 2011
If your recent electric bill gave you a shock, you probably can thank your air conditioner. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating and air conditioning your home account for 43 percent of your monthly utility bill.
The heat this summer has been so relentless, it's likely a necessary expense. We found some tips to help us all stay frugal over at 9 ways to cool down air-condition costs | Bankrate.com. Among them are: cover your windows, maintain your A/C unit, retreat to the basement
and the time-honored way--make liberal use of fans.
July 27, 2011
One way to keep your home cool and save on air conditioning energy costs during hot weather is to close your blinds or your heavy curtains to block the sun. If you want to keep your view, Window Film is an inexpensive and easy way to make your home or office more energy efficient while providing UV protection year round.
The film blocks solar heat in the summer and helps retain interior heat in the winter. It is easy to apply and uses no adhesives, adhering on one sticky side.
July 19, 2011
A massive heat wave is invading our nation this summer. We all are looking for ways to beat the boiling heat. This Dyson Air Multiplier Table Fan is a sharp looking, powerful table fan that creates smooth airflow without fast-spinning blades that buffet the air. Its Air Multiplier technology draws in air and amplifies it up to 18 times. You can rotate it up to 90 degrees to easily cool an entire room in your home or office.
June 9, 2011
With a heat wave descending upon much of the country, you may be looking for ways to cool down. You can reduce the effects of the searing heat and blazing sun on your porch, patio or the interior of your home or business--and reduce your weather-related energy costs at the same time. These weather-resistant Coolaroo Window Sun Shades are woven of a thin and elegant fabric that looks fashionable for any setting. They are resistant to fading, mold and mildew and are easy to keep clean.
The shades block up to 80% of UV rays while still allowing air to flow through. They also let in just enough light--without darkening the shaded area--to ensure you can see what's happening on the other side of the shade.
Available for interior/exterior use at Amazon or exterior use only at Orvis.
May 16, 2011
Is your bathroom decor a little dull and routine? Spruce it up with this hand-screened Weather Shower Curtain. Learn the basics of the water cycle and other interesting weather facts while you shower or brush your teeth. Great for children!
April 25, 2011
Place one of these eye-catching Galileo units on your desk or bookshelf. It will surely be noticed. This Galileo Thermometer with Glass Globe Barometer from Chaney Instrument blends old and new technology to provide your desktop weather report. The entire unit is mounted on a wood base.
How does it work? A Galileo thermometer is filled with a clear liquid that suspends multiple colored weighted glass bubbles. As the liquid within the bubbles changes temperature, their density also changes, allowing the weights to rise or fall and thus creating a gauge.
The glass water barometer responds to changes in the air temperature. Fair weather is indicated by a low fluid level in the glass spout while a higher fluid level in the glass spout means inclement weather is in your future. This decorative barometer features a lovely etching of our Earth's continents.
April 15, 2011
Keep tabs on weather conditions right outside your door with this Wireless Self Emptying Rain Gauge with Temperature and Atomic Time from Ambient Weather, easy to set up and simple to use. The weather station's main console can be placed on your desktop or mounted to your wall and displays a wide range of information in an easy-to-read format on a large LCD. The wireless sensor installs just about anywhere you wish up to 100 feet away.
The indoor console displays the temperature indoors and the rainfall outside, receiving rain data from the included wireless remote sensor. The self-emptying rain gauge provides precise rain gauge amounts, with an impressive resolution of 0.01 inches. The radio-controlled clock automatically synchronizes to the atomic clock in Colorado, never requires resetting and automatically adjusts to Daylight Savings Time.
March 15, 2011
Those warm, steamy days are in our forecast and will be here before we know it. We can keep things in the comfort zone for ourselves and our homes with the aid of this Conant Custom Brass ComfortMeter Temperature and Humidity Control. It monitors temperature in Fahrenheit and Celsius on the left scale and the hygrometer shows percent of relative humidity on the right side.
The Comfortmeter provides valuable information for homes with wood cabinets, wood furniture, trim or flooring. Not enough humidity can actually dry out and shrink wood fixtures, and homes with too much humidity are more susceptible to damaging mold spores, mildew and dust mites. When conditions are monitored and kept within the green zone, these issues can more easily be prevented. Suitable for indoor and outdoor use.