October 15, 2018

Solar Christmas Lights

Solar Christmas lights are one of a number of money saving ideas that could help you decorate your home in the strained economic times of this holiday season.  Unlike many money saving ideas, this one is cost effective and allows you the added benefit of doing something green to benefit our environment. 

 

Why Should I Go Solar?

 Investing in solar Christmas lights can eliminate one of the highest ticket items on your holiday decorating list– electricity for your display.  In place of the power draining strings that can use up to 100 watts a piece, solar Christmas lights work 100% by using the no-cost energy of the sun.  These power-saving light sets work in exactly the same way as the solar lights commonly used in landscape lighting. 

A solar Christmas light set consists of a string of lights attached to a controller board.  The board is made up of a battery, solar cells and a light sensor.  The light sensor gathers the light, activating the solar cells (photovoltaic cells) convert the sunlight into electricity.  The produced electricity is then used to charge the battery that powers the Christmas lights.  On a bright, sunny day, the cells can take in enough sunlight to totally recharge the battery that powers the outdoor string lights.  Should the wintry days be cloudy, the cells will still recharge but may not totally recharge the battery.  If this is the case, the lights will not stay lit as long as they would if totally recharged. 

Solar Christmas light sets use the industry’s new darling, LED lights. These LED (light emitting diode) bulbs asolar coverre more efficient to operate than traditional electric Christmas lights, making them the ideal choice for use with sunlight-dependent solar cells.  You’ll find solar Christmas lights to be particularly bright and clear and available in a variety of bulb colors and string lengths. In addition some manufacturers are offering inflatable solar light covers that drape over your lights and create images like this snowman available from Amazon.com

 

 

 

Healthier Holiday Decorating

Holiday Decorating–Increasing the Level of Toxins in the Home?

healthier holiday decoratingEver wonder about the effects of holiday decorating on your health?  You may not have, but increasingly families are taking an inventory of what they use in their homes and how it affects their health.  All year long many of us use numerous toxic chemicals that adversely affect our  health.  These chemicals interfere with the normal function of our organs and may contribute to sluggish metabolism, body weight issues and the inner hormonal workings of our bodies and those of our children.  Offending products in the home include everything from harsh cleaning substances to personal hygiene products and even scented products like candles, air freshener and potpourri.

In December, our holiday decorating desires often find us adding even more scents, candles, potpourri to our already stale, confined indoor winter air.  You may not be aware of it, but a growing number of individuals are limiting their exposure to harmful household chemicals by opting to use high quality, therapeutic grade essential oils and essential oil-infused products in their homes.  One of the largest suppliers of these products is the Young Living Company.  Young Living offers a wide spectrum of products that rely on natural essential oils in place of harmful chemicals. Offering a tremendous selection of products that enable us to remove offending chemicals from our lives all year long, Young Living also offers seasonal specialties that are ideal for Christmas time.

Christmas Spirit–So Much More than Holiday Lighting

healthier holiday decorating 1Beautiful scents like Christmas Spirit, Frankincense, Myrrh and well as a variety of evergreen and pine essenses are available.  These products come in kits with diffusers to disperse them into the air and not a one contains any of the usual harmful chemicals found in most synthetically, scented oils.  Young Living’s scents can be added to candles and liquids, and even used on the body or ingested to boost health.  You’ll never find an objectionable ingredient in these fine products.

healthier holiday decorating 2In the most recent collection of Christmas products Young Living offered a unique ceramic Christmas ornament that was porous enough so that drops of beautifully essential oils could be added to it.  What a wonderful gift and one that’s health conscious as well as appropriate for holiday decorating.  To find wonderfully healthy products for your home this holiday season as well as unique gifts for your friends like real resin of Frankincense, check out Young Living at www.youngliving.org/kdshatinsky.  You’ll find just the gifts you’re looking for.

Something New With Mother Earth in Mind–LED Christmas Light

And while you’re selecting gifts and decorating your home, don’t neglect ways to save electricity by considering the use of LED string lights in place of the traditional incandescent form.  You’ll save money and take better care of the environment if you consider these for your Christmas bulbs. LED Christmas light is available in such a wide variety of forms.  You can choose from large c9 LED lights, c7 LED Christmas lights, LED Christmas mini lights and warm white LED Christmas lights.  Even battery operated LED Christmas lights are an option for locations where electrical outlets are just not an option.

So whatever you choose to do this holiday season, select carefully and keep the healthful needs of your home, family and friends in mind as well as the health and future of mother earth herself.