10 Best Patio Gazebos Canopies And Party Tents 2020

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10 Best Patio Gazebos Canopies And Party Tents 2020

I hope that all the following information about products and materials helps you choose the right covering for your patio, yard, or deck area. I have picked out the 10 best patios gazebos canopies and party tents, as they appear at this time.


Photo above by Randy Fath on Unsplash

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I’m updating this post by putting in some fabulous family tents that attach onto the back of your SUV. Because it’s summer! 






Gazebos come in both hard tops and soft tops. Side panels and extra mosquito netting are options too. You can tailor your purchase for your

unique needs and preferences, and your environmental region.


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Most of these come with an “expert assembly” purchase offer. This is handy for those without time, help, or tools.

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Quictent 10’x8′ Party Wedding Tent Outdoor Gazebo Trapezoid Canopy with Fully Enclosed Black Mesh Side Wall


Ideal for placing anywhere on your deck/patio/yard space. 

Sunjoy 12′ x 10′ Sonoma Wicker Gazebo, Large, Brown/Gold Trim



The 4-side mosquito netting and vented roof netting and bonus corner panels are included with the gazebo.


Additional privacy panels can be purchased. Tracking for those, ground stakes and a light hook are included.


The steel is powdered, therefore rust proof.

Heavy Duty Wedding Gazebo Canopy Carport


This multi-use walled covering is 32 feet long. It can house a wedding party, any party, or cars.


These are its main features:

  • High quality, rust & corrosion resistant galvanized steel is used for the framework
  • 10 removable window-style sidewalls offer flexibility of use, wind block, or ventilation
  • 2 removable front back doors allow easy access and traffic flow
  • Heavy-duty water Polyethylene will keep out the rain on your special day
  • The top cover has seams that are hot-sealed, and since Feb. 5, 2018, waterproof
  • High strength metal joint fittings make the structure secure
  • 5 bags included provide excellent storage
  • Easy and fast to set up, suitable for all kinds of events
  • All necessary hardware included, but must be secured against wind


40’x20′ PVC Party Tent – Heavy Duty Wedding Canopy Gazebo Carport – with Storage Bags 




Outsunny 10′ x 10′ Steel and Polycarbonate Hardtop Gazebo Canopy Cover with Mesh Net Curtains



This gazebo is hard topped and comes with mosquito netting and privacy curtains. Those curtains will allow for the air flow of your cool summer evenings however.


The side panels are water and UV resistant and will retain their looks for years.


The powdered aluminum structure is durable, and will not rust.


After you’ve cooked your favorite BB! meal, you and your guests or family can enjoy it out of the reach of insects that love your food. And the ones for whom you are the food! 🙂 


One buyer used hooks fastened into his deck to secure the zipper ends of the side panels. It seems you need this for windy days.


Despite the hard top, rain can get in. It’s good to have furniture covers or tarps handy. (Yet another buyer says theirs does not leak at all.)


Assembly requires two people but sounds easier with three or four. This is a permanent structure. But, the mention of “steel” in the product title seems to be an error.


There is a hook in the eave where you can hang a light, or a fan. That is a bonus for those hottest summer days.

Sunjoy 12′ x 10′ Cabin-Style Soft Top Gazebo with Mosquito Netting



This soft top canopy is constructed with powdered steel framework. It is the best material for durability and will not rust.


The mosquito/bug netting provides comfort from the worry of something like West Nile Virus, the prevalence of which varies from year to year.


The black and tan color scheme offers easy matching options with your patio furniture choices, and for added cushions, tablecloths and tableware.


cat under canopy
Spunky Escaping The Rain



The above shown is a similar canopy to the one I’m presenting today. It has been in this yard for well over ten years, with no problems. Under it, my friends have had a ping pong table for their recreation.


Here, it is being used for shelter, and their patio cushions have been collected for the duration of the the duration of the storm. Spunky, their cat (now deceased 🙁 ) has found respite too, for a nap. His ears are back, showing how disgruntled he was.


The strings of patio lights are well placed into the eave of this canopy. This ping pong table was handy for parties too!

Sonoma Canopy Gazebo, 10′ x 10′ Soft-Top Garden Tent


This is a slightly smaller version of the canopy immediately above. Yet, it still holds a round dining table and four arm chairs easily.


It has mosquito netting and shade panels, for your needs and comfort.


It is 10′ x 10′ and can fit on many decks or a large balcony.


This size canopy may fit on your boat dock too!


Here is one way that could look.


cnaopy by water
Photo by Rui Marinho on Unsplash

Eurmax 10×15 Ft Premium Ez Pop up Canopy – Instant Canopies


  • Tent waterproofed
  • Powdered metal frames
  • Thumb button release levers on framework
  • Perfect for trade shows, picnics, outdoor parties – portable!
  • Choose your favorite color from 19
  • Three height positions
  • CPAI-84 fire retardant certificated 500D polyester PU coated to block 99% UV rays
  • Steel rings for roping the canopy frame down
  • Handy waterproof roller bag (you can leave the canopy top on!)

SORARA Grill Gazebo Soft Top Gazebo with Steel Frame



A meaningful counter-top space and a condiment/tableware basket complete this sturdy shelter for your grilled meals.


Your family and friends won’t be disappointed if there is unexpected rain showers or a hot sun. You can BBQ under your well ventilated canopy and serve your mouth watering grilled treats to your happy fans!


Assembly is meant to be permanent. One buyer offered “I just used deck screws on mine. May want to add washers for extra stability. There are holes at the base“.


There is a similar looking gazebo for twice the price, but this one gets the top reviews.


It is sturdy and heavy and does not necessarily need to be anchored down.


It may fit over your deck right up to your doorway.


It may shelter your current outdoor kitchen, or help you choose a grill and configure your cooking area, once installed.


outdoor BBQ plate
Get Ready To Grill!

Quictent 12×12 ft Garden Gazebo Canopy Pergola 100% Waterproof


The netting, and solid side panels are double stitched.  Also UV resistant and waterproof, they offer extended durability.


The roof is coated polyester, and is waterproof.


Stakes for securing the structure are included. But for winds over 60 mph, it is recommended to take down the canopy and netting.


The solid side panels can be easily unstrapped, and zippered down for a good sunshade or privacy.


The interior will hold a four to six seating arrangement, depending on what size table you might choose.


The quality and customer service has been given five star reviews.


The framework is powdered steel, which I write bout in my article, 10 Best Patio Sets With Fire Pit Tables 2019, at the bottom of the page.


Coolaroo Aurora Pergola, Backyard or Patio Shade Pergola, Light Filtering 90% UV Block, (9’8″ X 9’8″), Terracotta


This is one way to enjoy your outdoor dining during an evening, or a super hot summer lunchtime. You won’t have to cancel your fun plans and disappoint family or friends.


The fabric canopy can be removed and stored for the winter.  It is described as good thick material. It comes with a five year warranty against UV damage. It provides a 90% UV block protecting those below it.


The fabric is described as “water resistant”, although water will start to drip through if rain is prolonged. The canopy is retractable.


The frame is aluminum. You may need concrete screws for it, for those windy times!


This unit may take up to three hours to assemble. Buyers remarked the instructions aren’t the best, yet it is easy to figure out.


With this canopy you can enjoy your patio area. The kids can play outside when it’s hot and sunny. A table for toys and games will keep them busy for hours.


With a side shade like the one below you have protection from both sun and wind.


Here are some wonderful accessories for your gazebo-canopy-pergola choice.


Haven’t you treasured those long evenings that turn into late nights when you and your partner/friends/kids sit talking into the wee hours? Where you suddenly realize “It’s two am!”  You need these beautiful patio lights, solar powered – no worries about wiring!


Foxlux Solar String Lights – 48FT LED Outdoor String Light – Shatterproof, Waterproof Pergola Lights


Maybe you’d prefer something like these:

48ft Patio Lights Heavy Duty Bistro/Cafe Lights for Backyard and Deck


If you like to dance on your patio maybe you’d like these!

VAVOFO 48FT Warm White & Color Changing Cafe String Lights, Dimmable


And depending on your area of the country, you may love one of these!

Patio Mist Fan – Outdoor Mist Fan

There are so many options for you. From the permanently anchored pergola to the portable canopy and everything in between, you will find the perfect item for your yard.

Your city home, your country cottage, or even outside your RV, you can have the perfect shelter for lounging or cooking outside.


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Here is an example of a canopy outside an RV.


10 Best Owl Boxes 2021 – Keep Rodents Out – Garden Saved!

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10 Best Owl Boxes to keep rodents out – garden saved! 2021

I did not know barn owls will keep rodents out – garden guards for all?


I heard on a recent radio show about why it is the better thing to add a barn owl box to your property (barn, house, tree, pole) rather than use rodent killer.


The rodent killer is a blood thinner. It will kill the rodent and also any other creature that eats it. A slow terrible death,.


Instead of disrupting the ecosystem in our neighborhoods, we can improve it. By placing barn owl boxes in strategic places, we can help the owls.


We can also get rid of mice, rats, gophers, moles and voles in our beautiful gardens and back yards.


Most of the owl boxes are heavy. Many customers have mentioned that they built an extra support under their house, or used larger screws to mount it.


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One – JCs Wildlife Barn Owl Nesting House



Owl expert, Steve Simmons, created this design.


Predator guards are built in, to keep the owlets safe.


It comes with a hanging strip to facilitate installation. If you view this on Amazon (click on the image above), you will see that a small wooden support is also used. (not included).


One reviewer says she added a ““POWERIVER WiFi IP Indoor Security System with Motion Detection,Two-Way Audio and Night Vision” …they are $36.99 on Amazon.” That piqued my interest so I looked it up – I could not find it, but found this one:

Amcrest 4MP UltraHD Indoor WiFi Camera, Security IP Camera with Pan/Tilt, Two-Way Audio, Night Vision, Remote Viewing, Dual-Band 5ghz/2.4ghz, 4-Megapixel @~20FPS, Wide 120° FOV, IP4M-1051B (Black)


It will work with your smart phone or tablet. You can watch the baby owls grow!

Here is a video with a little live owl footage.



A happy Amazon reviewer reports Easy to access. Easy to clean. Our barn owl began using the box immediately. Can’t recommend highly enough.

Two – Barn Owl House



This box has some special aspects to it.

  • It will be made with your area in mind.
  • It is made by U.S.A. Vets and with US raw materials exclusively
  • It is built when you place your order, from Ohio Hard Pine
  • It is constructed for most medium sized owls, including barred owl, spotted owl, and barn owl
  • It comes with nesting material, instructions, and mounting fixtures
  • You can call a wildlife expert! Have questions? Call (330)221-8799 6am-6pm EST

Here is some more from Steven P. Martin, about owls.

“There are various designs of Owl Box on the market suitable for different sites. Young Owls or Owlets often fall out of a nest when they first start venturing outside; therefore it is important for the nesting site within the box to be below the level of the entrance hole.

Although there are some designs that are on the same level which are fine if they are sited correctly in the branches of a tree. If a box is mounted on a pole then a design with a shelf that runs around the box can be used for the owlets to fall onto or to exercise on.

Tawny Owl Boxes are often designed in the form of long rectangular tubes, which are placed under the branch of a tree often at an angle of approximately 45 degrees. This simulates the natural holes that Tawny Owls like to nest in.

The design of a nesting box for a little owl is not so important as they tend to nest in a variety of places and boxes. The main thing to note is that the entrance hole should be quite small (approximately 70mm diameter).

Owl Nest Boxes should be sited in an area sheltered from the elements and generally away from too much activity or habitation. One of the most important considerations for siting any nesting box is to be aware of the habitat that attracts the owls’ prey.

Typically, owls feed on small voles, mice and other rodents. These small creatures prefer tussocky grass fields to hide in. The grass needs to be quite tall with a deep litter layer.

In fact, creating the habitat can be more important than providing a nest box, as large amounts of prey will attract owls to the area and encourage breeding.

It is a good idea not to place a nesting box too near a main road as cars kill a lot of owls every year.”

Three – JCs Wildlife Barn Owl Nesting Box Large House Crafted in USA



One reviewer made an excellent comment about owl boxes – if you are in a hot region like Southern California, (or any hot region) make sure you put the owl box in a shady spot.


Thanks Steven for your insight on owls, and your sharing of how we can help them survive alongside of us.


“If you found the information in this article useful then please visit our site links below for more information on animal and bird nest boxes and feeders:


You may print this article or display on your website providing you include the Authors name and link to:

Owl Boxes [http://www.nestboxesandfeeders.co.uk/Owl-Nest-Boxes.htm] and Bird Boxes [http://www.nestboxesandfeeders.co.uk/Bird-Nest-Boxes.htm]”

(It seems his links are gone, and I’m glad he left the article up!)


Four – Coveside Barn Owl House



Assembly is required. The vendor tells us:


“Assembly instructions are included, wood panels have pre-drilled holes, tool need is a Phillips head screwdriver. “


Please note that these barn owl nesting boxes need to be cleaned out when the babies have grown. Keep that in mind when you install it.

FiveJCs Wildlife Barn Owl Nesting Box Do It Yourself Assembly Kit


SixScreech Owl/Saw-Whet Owl House



This owl box is made from weather resistant poly recycled lumbar. It will house the smaller owls, Kestrels and Flickers.


The following is an interview that reveals what many of us don’t know about bird rescues. Humans have unwittingly diminished habitats for many birds. 


Yet we can help by putting up bird boxes. The advantage of putting up barn owl boxes, is that we can free our gardens of rodents, and feed and house the birds that prey on them.

Seven – Stovall 6H Screech Owl Box



Vendor notes: ” Stovall products feature all cedar construction, stainless steel and dichromate plated screws, washers, hooks and chains, hand sanded, assembled with screws, many products coated with wood protector which accents the wood grain and the natural warmth of cedar.”


Many owl box buyers warn that you’ll need patience. It may take up to a year for the owls to find the box. Some had squirrels move in, but these were quickly evicted by owls when they discovered the home.


EightBestNest Coveside Assembled Barn Owl House


  • Sizeable house made specifically for barn owls
  • Eastern white pine body forms a lasting roost
  • 6″ diameter entry allows these large birds to use the shelter
  • Included wood chips help owls create their nest
  • Home mounts to a tree or building with support (not included)


The vendor recommends:


” The 0.75” thick, pine walls keep the roost insulated from both heat and cold, while ventilation holes along two sides of the shelter allow for air circulation and temperature regulation. Drainage holes and a slanted roof help keep the interior dry, providing a healthy environment for barn owls. Also included, you’ll find bags of wood chips for owls to use as nesting material. To clean out old nests, unscrew and remove the lid, or simply reach your hand inside the entrance hole. Situate this home 10 to 20 feet high in a barn or shed, or on a tree in open farmland or at the edge of a forest. It is best to mount this house on a shelf for extra support, before screwing into a wall or tree. “

NineStovall Products 6HB Barred Owl Box



Barred owls also prey on rodents – but they also eat small mammals.


If  you buy one of these, remember to bring your cats and small dogs in at night!


These owls will opt for forests and open woodlands, but some have appeared in suburbs.


This box gets good reviews. Inevitably, there is one unhappy review because the mounting hardware did not arrive with the box.


You will get a fast response if this happens to you, and the pieces will arrive.


I am constantly shaking my head when I see reviews like that. Vendors with the three stars and up product reviews will jump fast to keep you happy!


More info here – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barred_owl

TenCedarnest 4 Bluebird House with Cedar Shake Roof



After reading the information provided in the article excerpt below, I decided to put a bluebird box on this post, which is what you will benefit from if your garden problem is more on the insect side.


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Top 10 – The Best Grow Lights For Indoor Plants 2021

Top 10 – The Best Grow Lights For Indoor Plants 2021

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Top 10 – The Best Grow Lights For Indoor Plants 2021

Image by MetsikGarden from Pixabay

Growing plants inside has many benefits. Because plants are so popular in house decor, and for indoor gardening, I have outlined the features of the best grow lights for indoor plants.


You may also be looking for the best commercial grow arrays, so read on!


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Some of the benefits of having plants in your home, home office or business are:

  • Plants exhale oxygen
  • Some indoor plants remove harmful chemicals and gases from the air
  • Plants improve your decor – with color, scent, and multi-textured natural designs
  • Seeing green is good for your brain – increases mental acuity and your feeling of well being (proven)
  • Many plants are food!


Even in smaller kitchens or walled porches, it is easy to grow herbs. There’s  nothing like fresh chopped chives in an omelet, right?


Or fresh basil for pesto sauce?


You can grow more than that if you have the right amount of light.


How high should you hang your grow lights?


Here are some tips.


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AcroOptics High Power, Broad Spectrum, Cloud-Enabled, Programmable LED Grow Light F364S for Indoor Plants or Garden


Now you can program and monitor your lights using a mobile app or the on board touchscreen.


Isn’t that so convenient for when you can’t be at home?


More features:

  • Uniform light assured – custom TIR optics ensure  – no hot spots, no dead zones
  • 1,200 PPF Hot Output
  • 6 channel programming gives you the options for multiple day ramping and step functions to activate flowering
  • Cooling is achieved with magnetic bearing fans for maintaining operating temperatures
  • Designed and manufactured in the US, unit comes with a 3 year material defect and workmanship guaranty.


Get the power and spectrum needed for your indoor plants. Be sure you have a uniform and blended light field across your garden area.


This is created with the Total Internal Reflective lenses.


With broad spectrum output from UV through IR, the light can transform your garden from seedlings through fruiting.


Customize your light program to benefit the evolving needs of your plants through the mobile app (available for both iOS and Android) or the on board touchscreen.


All-aluminum housing and stainless steel hardware add durability.


The AcroOptics F364S LED Grow Light is guaranteed against material defect and workmanship for three years from purchase.

Sun System Grow Lights – Grow Beast 208/240V | 3100 K Lamps | – Indoor Fixture for Hydroponic and Greenhouse Use – 2 Philips Green Power Full Spectrum CDM Lamps, and Internal Ballast Included


  • The industry’s first combination LEC (Light Emitting Ceramic) /DE (Double Ended) Fixture
  • The Grow Beast utilizes this cutting edge  brand technology in combination with your preferred high PAR DE Lamp
  • The fixture has 95% reflective textured German aluminum insert and 98% reflective corners for uniform output,  and diffusion

How Does This Work?


The wide throw de reflector features 95% reflective textured German aluminum. De Lamp provides an extremely high photosynthetic photon flux


Stop – what is that?


“In photometry, luminous flux or luminous power is the measure of the perceived power of light. It differs from radiant flux, the measure of the total power of electromagnetic radiation (including infrared, ultraviolet, and visible light), in that luminous flux is adjusted to reflect the varying sensitivity of the human eye to different wavelengths of light. ” – Wikipedia


Okay, go on…


…(ppf) as the lec provides improved full color light spectrum with higher amounts of beneficial UV & far red spectrums.


The material is galvanized steel housing with durable powder-coated finish, and the unit is designed with easy carry handles.


A 20 ft. 240V power cord is included.


It comes with a 15 ft. detachable Lamp cord.


Philips electronic cdm ballasts are built into the fixture.


Two Philips cdm 315 lamps are included.


Double-ended Lamp (600, 750 or 1000 watt) & ballast are not included in this package and  are a separate purchase. One year warranty on lamps.

Kind LED Indoor LED Grow Light K5 Series XL1000 Best LED Grow Light Winner 2017 with Remote and Timer for Plants and Flowers 650W with 12 Band Full Spectrum with UV IR UL Listed | 3 Years of Warranty



This unit solves one of the most common problems that indoor grow LED lights have presented in the past.


Because of historically small footprints, due to small circuit board construction, LED lights have never succeeded in delivering the final harvest weights promised in comparison to their said HPS counterparts.


Uniform lighting in a canopy space is crucial component to your growing results. Kind LED features high quality diodes intensified with secondary optical lenses.


More features:

  • At max PPFD of 720.25 at height of 36′, your garden has the highest available in the market
  • Adjustable spectrum to match vegetative and flowering stages of your plants
  • In addition there is flexibility for specific spectrum control for almost any plant genus in applications such as greenhouse growing and in agriculture operations where crop rotation, or zoning, is practiced
  • All light cycles are programmed and changed from a convenient remote, no bulky fixtures
  • You can mimic the great outdoors like never before seen in indoor growing, simulating dawn the morning and sunset every night, with 8 separately set stages allowing a natural progression of light.  You set these stages to the desired duration and desired spectrum intensities.
  • Each function of the K5 series can be controlled from a convenient remote. It is hard to imagine how people are able  to control spectrum or switch between modes on their lights when they are in the middle of a grow and their light(s) are hanging above a huge canopy of delicate plants without such facility!!! 


Yet, some companies don’t offer this obvious necessity.

Black Dog LED PhytoMAX-2 600 Grow Lights | High Yield Full Spectrum Indoor Grow Light with Bonus Quick Start Guide


  • MADE IN USA, Black Dog LED states it has the most powerful LED grow lights with the largest research-proven uniform footprints
  • COMPACT AND POWERFUL: The intense spectrum of this light array can reach through your garden canopy to nourish growth in the lower leaves and flowers.
  • You will love your harvest results. You can expect best quality flowers with the phytoMAX-2 600 LED grow lights. 
  • You will also see more trichomes, the tiny protuberances on cannabis which contain the nutritious and medicinal cannabinoids.
  • Independent spectroradiometer testing has shown up to 5′ X 5′ (25 square feet!) of flowering footprint coverage! 
  • The unique Phyto-Genesis Spectrum, over 6 years of documented use, outperforms HPS, MH, CMH (LEC), induction, fluorescent, and “white”, so-called “full-spectrum” LEDs in equal wattage tests

TopoGrow 2XLED Grow Tent Complete Kit LED 1800W COB LED Grow Light Kit +120″X60″X80″ Indoor Grow Tent + 8″ Fan&Filter&Ducting Combo Hydroponics Tent System (LED1800W COB, 120″X60″X80″+8″)



This is the largest of four currently available sizes. For multiple plants, this is the right one.


This kit offers you:

  • LED1800W COB Grow Light Kit
  • 1800W output
  • 100-260V Input Voltage
  • AC85~265V, 500W Actual Power Consumption
  • 9PCS 200W high intensity COB (64 3W chip on board)
  • Results in better color uniformity and luminous efficiency, getting superior results in the vegetative stage and blooming stage of your plants
  • This row tent is manufactured from 96% highly reflective waterproof diamond Mylar, heavy duty 600D lightproof oxford cloth, 16 mm diameter white paint coated metal rods and 16 mm plastic corners .
  • 8″ fan, filter and ducting combo
  • Filter/8″ Flange: 8″ Flange: 22″H x 11″D, 950 Iodine Adsorption Value
  • Coal Based activated carbon; Fan/120V60HZ; 120V60HZ; 215Watt; 1.83A; 3000RPM; 720CFM; duct φ8″ * 25FT, Galvanized steel Clamps
  • Use for all stages of plant growth, is suitable for indoor house garden, cannabis culture, vegetable garden, sowing, breeding, farm, flower exhibition, bonsai, green house,  water soluble breeding, pipeline cultivation and so on
  • Package: with three boxes, discreet packages
  • Buyers love this tent for fast shipping and easy set up – except for one thing, and it’s important.


The ventilation. Mentions are that there is no instruction. So here are some pointers:



CREE CXB3590 COB LED Grow Light Full Spectrum, CF Grow 600 W Dimmable High Intensity LED Plant Grow Lamp Daisy Chain for Indoor Special Plants Greenhouse Seedlings Veg Flower All Stage Growth (600 W)



It wasn’t so long ago that you got “that look” from people if you shared that you were growing a lot of plants indoors, or setting up a greenhouse.


However, we have progressed from that response. Not only are some folks able to grow pot legally, but many want to grow orchids, herbs, salads, and other edibles indoors.


Some want to get a head start on the growing season and plant their seedlings inside or in a greenhouse.


This product offers:


The newest CREE LED grow light is the right one for indoor plants in all stages of growth with FULL SPECTRUM 380nm~780nm, and replaces the 1000W HPS growing lamp.


Each LED chip can reach 120 W of intensity.


These extremely powerful chips provide the best spectrum for your indoor plants, resulting in fast healthy growth.


This CREE COB LED grow light is manufactured by MEAN WELL. This superior quality unit is waterproof to guarantee more stable voltage and longer life of the COB LED chips.


This FULL SPECTRUM led grow light uses the  USA made IDEAL COB Holder and the German WAGO brand connector, components with the highest of reputations.


It will give your garden over 100,000 hours of a light.


Note: the light is very bright, and should not be looked into for a prolonged time. Sunglasses are recommended during trimming/attending in your grow area.


Experienced growers give this light array a 4.3 Star Rating. The dimmer function is considered crucial for early growth stages. Mentions are made of quality packaging, cool array, and quiet fan run. 


This offers more choices of where you can place your unit. 


The seller states: “We are a professional LED plant grow light manufacturer with strong R&D team and many light tester. 24-hour professional service center, 30 days full refund, 3 years warranty and 365 days technical support. If you have any questions and are not satisfied, please feel free to contact us.”

ORIGLITE Spectrum Tuning Integrated Dimming LED Plant Grow Light LM301B 660nm 730nm 660W Horticulture Aquarium Hydroponic Indoor Lighting Meanwell Power 5-Year Warranty



This company gets 5 Stars for top of the line customer service/easy communication.


The Tuning Spectrum can be done manually or digital, via phone or computer.


Adjusting the spectrum will best nourish any plant type at any stage of growth. Vegetables, blooms, cannabis will get fast (even one week) flowering with the Spectrum Irradiance Colorimeter for precise control over PPFD.


A new crop can be optimally initiated with its varying light requirements because of the spectrum tuning functions.


This product also offers:

  • Dimming – 65535PCS lights around 2-5KM in area, to be tunable, to the maximum.
  • LoRa Technology – use of a long-range wireless modem that effects an ultra-long range spread spectrum communication and high interference immunity.
  • This factor is a resolution for the traditional design conflicts between range, prevention of signal interference and volume of energy usage

PrimeGarden 120”X60”X80” 600D Mylar Grow Tent + 2PCS LED 1200W Full Spectrum Grow Light Hydroponic Indoor Growing System Complete Package (2x LED1200W, 120”x60”x80”)



For those who don’t have an indoor grow are or greenhouse facilities, a grow tent is the answer.


It is described as “top quality” and “great construction“.


This company gets also favorable mention for excellent customer service and quick replacement of the LED light at a crucial growth stage. 


This Package includes:

LED Grow Light:
One LED Grow Panel Light
One Power Line
Two Stainless Steel hanging kits


Grow Tent:
One 96% 600 D reflective Growing Tent Cover
One  set 16 MM frame of rods and connectors
One Removable Water-proof Floor Tray
Nylon Belts can be used for Filter Straps


Multiple rectangular mesh vents
Assembly Instruction

Led Grow Light MARS HYDRO 1200W CREE LED Growing Light Full Spectrum for Indoor Plants High Yield Veg and Flower Plant Lights for Hydroponics (Pro II Cree 1200W)


  • This LED Grow Light effects increased red and blue PAR per watt to result in higher yield, better quality and reduced growing costs giving the horticulture industry its most powerful lighting system
  • Each Mars PROII series array is designed with full-power functionality for  optimal light intensity and healthy plant growth.
  • Upgraded power supply and improved reflector cup design
  • Epistar chips provide your crop with 100% output
  • FLEXIBLE CONTROL with the flexible U-connector – option to connect multiple lights together and full growth and bloom switches available for the correct intensity of lighting
  • Easy operation and management
  • This unit compares to the traditional 800 watt HPS/MH
  • Designed for a 4’x4′ growing area at 24″ height
  • Whole light is ETL certificated
  • Plug with VDE and UL Certification wires.
  • WARRANTY: 3 years authentic warranty with the support of service center in America. 30 days satisfaction or return guarantee if the light had any dysfunction. Within 1 year, no shipping fee and no replaced parts fee.
  • From 1 to 2 years, customers are responsible for shipping charges but replaced parts are free. From 2 to 3 years, you’ll be responsible for both shipping charges and a handling fee.

Spider Farmer SF-4000 LED Grow Light, with Samsung Chips & Dimmable Mean Well Driver, Full Spectrum 3000K 5000K 660nm 760nm IR for Indoor Plants (1212pcs LEDs)



  • Best cost effectiveness: High Energy Efficiency with 2.7 umol/J, only consuming 456 watt
  • Veg footprint is 6 x 6 ft, Flowering footprint is 5 x 5 ft.
  • BETTER LIGHT PENETRATION: SAMSUNG LM301B Diodes – Currently one of the most efficient LED’S on the market.
  • Evenly placed to give you optimal light distribution, creating a uniform canopy
  • Yields as much as a 50% increase with less energy, compared with other red/blue lights
  • Uniquely designed no fan resulting in no noise
  • Ample solid aluminium heat sink
  • Best quality protected covered cables
  • Waterproof LED
  • High safety performance MEAN WELL Driver
  • 50% longer longevity in comparison to other brand lights, reducing overall costs and instilling growth with confidence
  • SUNLIGHT SPECTRUM: Blue,White,Red and IR (660-665nm, 3000 K, 5000 K and IR 760 nm), provides the nutrition your crops require in the simulation of natural sunlight
  • Watch your seedlings produce beautiful high thriving plants and harvest your own seed supply
  • Accessible service centers – 100% satisfaction service with 3 Years local warranty (service centers located in US,CA,UK,DE) and return unconditionally within 30 days.



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10 Best Outdoor Security Camera Systems 2021

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10 Best Outdoor Security Camera Systems 2021

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The front porch burglar – see how it’s done!

The home owner has invested in one of the best outdoor security camera systems, so we get to watch this theft.

This woman actually pulls in to the driveway, right up to the porch! She can then quickly grab the package that the postman just left, and get right back into her car. Very slick, and a very small chance that a neighbor might notice.


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We are very familiar with this scenario now, right? But it is very creepy and feels like a deep violation when it’s your package that gets stolen.

Your best recourse is to see it happen, and be able to turn over the footage to law enforcement. When the person gets caught, it’s a little relief. Maybe you’ll get your goods back too!

Here are ten of the best security camera systems for your front porch, driveway or back yard area.


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GW Security AutoFocus 4K (8MP) IP Camera System, 32 Channel H.265 4K NVR, 32 x 8MP UltraHD 3840×2160 Dome POE Security Camera 4X Optical Motorized Zoom Outdoor Indoor


This is the 32 camera system and the systems also come in 4, 6, 8, 12, 16 and 24 camera versions with related pricing. If you click through (from its image above) to the Amazon page you can then click on the other sized systems.

Tech service gets a mention for being excellent and reliable. 

Set up is described as “plug and play”. 

The night vision and clarity gets thumbs up. The ability to focus lights so the camera is invisible is worthy of note. 

BTG 32CH 5MP Poe Security IP Cameras System Built-in PoE, 4K NVR, 32 x Outdoor 5MP 2.8-12mm Surveillance IP PoE Dome Cameras IR Night Vision HD 2592 x 1944P CCTV System H.265 4TB HDD


This system is noted for:

  • “Plug and Play” : No assembly required, easy installation, and can be used immediately.
  • H.265: more advanced double compression than H.264 which allows for further reduced file size, and consequently decreased bandwidth need, of your live video streams.
  • Remote Access: Live steams or playback video on any IOS or Andriod devices, by connecting the CCTV system with your home network, then download the APP by scanning QR.
  • Camera – 1/2.7″ Progressive CMOS, IR cut filter with auto switch, ONVIF System compatible
  • Package includes: 1* BTG 4K NVR, 32*BTG 5MP Varifocal Dome, 1*4TB Special Security Grade HDD, and other security accessories

Features of this kit:
The above described H.265 compression technology

– Excellent Video Quality and Clarity: 2592 x 1920p (2592tvl)
– 8 Channel NVR Support up to 4K/5MP/3MP 1536p @ 30fps Real time each channel
– Built in 2.8-12mm Manual Zoom Varifocal Megapixel HD lens which allow you to adjust the angle of view from 22° to 115° wide angle
– Built in 28Pcs IR LED, View up to 80ft IR Distance for night vision
– NVR built-in 3 USB ports, 16CH Alarm Input/1CH out
– Quick Access QR Code Remote Viewing on iPhone, iPad, and Android (w/ included Free app)
– Remotely Access Using Standard Windows and Mac Browser
– Support Maximum 10 Users and video file by time queries, according to the precise time position for playback
– Outdoor/Indoor Weatherproof Cameras
– Support VGA & HDMI. and a USB Backup Feature for your peace of mind

32 Channel H.265 4K NVR 5MP 1920p POE IP Camera System Wired, 32 x Varifocal Zoom 2.8-12mm Outdoor Indoor Security Camera – H.265 (Double Recording Data and Enhance Picture Quality Compared to H.264)


There are similarities in these systems, so your choice comes down to  your property size, local threats, and personal preferences.

32 cameras will well protect a large estate or business compound. In certain situations it is well worth it.

Around your smaller estate, cameras are firstly a deterrent if easily viewed. If placed more discreetly, a completed crime will be recorded.

Click through from any of these images to Amazon and you can compare the finer details of these systems. Most are available in various sizes.

GW Security 2.1 MegaPixel HD 1080P Color Night Vision Security Camera System with 32 Channel DVR and 32 x 1080P Starlight Outdoor / Indoor Bullet Cameras, Quick QR Code Remote Access


Amcrest 4K Security Camera System w/ 4K 16CH (8-Port PoE) NVR, (16) x 4K (8-Megapixel) IP67 Weatherproof Metal Bullet POE IP Cameras, Pre-Installed 4TB Hard Drive, NV4116E-IP8M-2496EW16-4TB (White)


Amcrest 4K Security Camera System w/ 4K 16CH (8-Port PoE) NVR, (8) x 4K IP67 Weatherproof Metal Turret Dome & Bullet POE IP Cameras, Pre-Installed 4TB HDD, NV4116E-IP8M-T2499EW4-IP8M-2496EB4-4TB


Montavue 8 Channel 4K Home Security Camera System w/ 6 4MP 2K IP Bullet and Dome Cameras, 2TB HDD & 130ft Color Night Optics – MTIP80823B3E


GW 5 Megapixel HD 1920P Complete Security System | (6) x 5MP Outdoor 2.8-12mm Varifocal Zoom Bullet Security Cameras, 8-Channel Plug and Play 5-In-1 DVR, True 5MP Double the resolution of HD 2MP 1080P


Ring Floodlight Camera Motion-Activated HD Security Cam Two-Way Talk and Siren Alarm, Black, Works with Alexa


Picture this: your neighbor’s house is approached by a thief. The camera activates and shows the activity. 

Because you and other people in the neighborhood are connected through the app, you all get the alert!

All of you will then check in with your own camera (from your smart phone) and keep vigilance on your front door area, or wherever you have located the camera and motion sensitive light. 

The system works with Alexa to launch real-time video activated by your voice. It will send alerts as soon as motion is detected.

You can see, hear and speak to visitors from your phone, tablet and PC. If there is a threat you can do something about it. 

The camera’s best position is 9 feet off the ground.  The motion detector is placed parallel to the ground, and the sensor is then optimized to detect human sized objects at up to 30 feet.

You will need hardwired installation to weatherproof electrical boxes.

Now you can monitor your home in 1080HD video with infrared night vision and live viewing.

The system includes built-in ultra-bright floodlights and a siren.

What’s awesome is this package comes with a  Lifetime Theft Protection: if your Camera gets stolen, the company will replace it for free.

Ring Alarm 5 Piece Kit – Home Security System with optional 24/7 Professional Monitoring – No long-term contracts – Works with Alexa


Over 3500 customers give this simple and inexpensive system 4.5 Star Rating. I’m impressed!

If the unit is smashed, the base station will send out an alarm. 

You can arm and disarm the system with Alexa. This makes entering and leaving the home without waking sleeping family, or alerting someone who is at work, unnecessarily. If your arms are loaded with grocery bags, this is handy too because you don’t have to put everything down to deactivate the Ring.

One buyer says “The cost of the Ring system and year of monitoring was less than six months of monitoring from ADT.” 

The following video shows how easy the installation is. 

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What Is The Best Water Filter For Home Use – Affordable Price Ranges 2021

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What Is The Best Water Filter For Home Use 2021

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Given that “affordable” is relative, I have posted a couple of the higher price range full house systems, which are great to have, to help you choose what is the best water filter for home use.


I have also included a variety of less expensive systems, an under the counter unit, and a counter top unit. 


Wherever you are in the broad market, what is the the best water filter for your home use?


Do you prioritize the filtering of the water for your home?


This topic came to mind because I heard, only a few days ago, on the radio, a report about PFO’s/PFA’s in the ground water of my county.


The fact is, that all of North America is polluted by these PFO’s/PFA’s, especially, but not exclusively, near military bases.


PFO’s/PFA’s entered the chemical industry and were unrestricted. If you like history, here is a timeline at Wikipedia.


Those chemicals are associated with kidney disease and cancers.


Arsenic is another concern in drinking water. Recent headlines reveal it is in all baby foods!


Yet, there are very affordable water filters that small apartment dwellers and more affluent renters and home owners can benefit from.


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Water that you drink, cook with, wash your clothes in, and bathe in, is polluted with chemicals that easily transfer through your skin into your blood stream. Never mind that you drink it!


This can be frightening – yet I repeat, for as low as $99 you can get a good water filter that sits on your counter top.


For an under the counter unit, you will pay a little more.


Reverse osmosis units are considered to be the best filters, but you must consider that you flush out a lot of water using this method. Consider the cost of that, and water waste.


There are many systems to choose from, and I’m sure you can find the right one for your home, RV, and camping equipment.


If you want an unlimited supply of clean, filtered and softened water throughout your home, and from every faucet then this may be the system for you.


Special features:

  • Has a high grade carbon filter to remove chloramine, chlorine, taste, odor, and color, dangerous Volatile Organic Compounds and THMs contaminants from water. Trihalomethanes are the by product of chlorine and other disinfectants combining, in the water treatment process.
  • Auto self cleans/backwashes
  • Ceramic media draws and neutralizes hard water properties
  • Salt free water conditioning preserves pipe linings and there are no salt traces added to your water


Wouldn’t it be wonderful to get up during the night and get a glass of water from your adjoining bathroom? Or, not worrying about your kids doing so?


You can use less soap in laundry and your own washing. Your clothes will be free of all those contaminants too, and your skin won’t be absorbing them.


This system comes in various sizes.

Filtersmart Whole House Water Filter System & Salt Free Water Softener, Chlorine & Sediment Filtration for 4-6 Baths, 15 GPM, 1 Million Gallons


This system uses coconut shell carbon for fresh, spring-like water, that is full of natural minerals.


The vendor states:


Our granulated coconut shell carbon filters are guaranteed to remove chlorine to undetectable levels for a period of 5 years or 1,000,000 gallons.


The pre-sediment filter may have to be changed every eight to ten months.


The system can be installed outside or inside your home.


No requirement for electricity to drain.


No salt/no potassium, will not scale up your appliances.

Aquasana Whole House Water Filter System w/ UV Purifier & Salt-Free Descaler – Filters Sediment & 97% Of Chlorine – Carbon & KDF Home Water Filtration


Here is a quick walk through and good explanation of the features of this system. It also shows a filter change.



We really must pay attention to our environment these days. I read a report about a couple who bought land across from a Christmas Tree farm. They loved the view, and it was a retirement spot for them. A few years later the husband got liver cancer and died.


They were drinking their tap water.


Then they found out that the tree farm was built on a dump site for toxic chemicals and other wastes, from a near by establishment.


Had they known, they could have filtered their water to the best of their ability, and might have removed up to 90% of the poisonous chemicals.


This took place in Michigan, which has the highest number of polluted water sites of all the US states.

Aquasana AQ-5300+.55 3-Stage Max Flow Under Sink Water Filter


This version is easy to install, although if you are not at all handy, a plumber will do the job quickly.

The filters are easy to replace, with no need to disconnect any hosing.

Aquasana Countertop Drinking Water Filter System, White


Here is the little guy – easy to hook up, easy to change filters, and very portable to move. If you are a small apartment dweller, there is no need to ask the landlord’s permission to use. It doesn’t leak.


You get great drinking water and water for cooking. You can install one in the bathroom too.


One reason I stick with this company is that when they re-made their filters to pull out the arsenic a few years back, they sent me a whole new unit at no cost.  I have to give them my own 5 Star Rating for that!

Aquasana AQ-4105CHR Deluxe Water System with 5′ Wand Premium Massaging Head, Chrome shower filter


If you don’t have a whole house system, you really need one of these for each of your showers. You don’t want to bathe in that polluted water, right? Or put your kids in it?


Shampooing in filtered water is good for your hair. Know why? Because chlorine and fluoride are bad for your thyroid gland function. If that is compromised, you can lose up to half your hair.


You can fill the tub from the shower, and soak in filtered water, a great benefit for your skin.

Discount Water Softeners Genesis 2 Duo 48,000 Grain Water Softener and Whole House Chlorine Filtration and Removal System, Digital Metered, High Efficiency, Direct Flow and Upflow Brining


The 10×54 Resin tanks come with lifetime warranty and there is a 10 year warranty on the control head. The Brine Tank has a lifetime warranty.


Electronic sensors create adjustable cycles of salt content and cleaning, and of all the functions of this system. This keeps the salt/water ratio correct, and gives you the clear and clean water you love and need.


Thus it will use 30% less salt overall.


Did you know people walk around dehydrated most of the time?


You can transport this clean water with you, and you never need to throw away plastic bottles, adding to the deluge of plastic we now live in.

FLEXX PRO Series Water Softener with Smartphone Programming – Commercial Grade – Rugged and Long Lasting – U.S.-Made (15 GPM)


Notable features:

  • Made In America
  • Programming done with FREE Waterlogix App – for IPhone and Androids
  • 10 Year Warranty on Tanks – 7-Year Warranty on the Valve and Electronics
  • The App monitors daily water usage, monthly water usage, and remaining battery life
  • Has a 9 Volt battery backup
  • Program cycles and salt usage, customize as you need

Zero Installation Purifier Countertop Reverse Osmosis Water Filter with Patented High Capacity 4 Stage Technology – Superior Taste, Purity, and Alkaline pH | No Installation or Assembly Required


This unit is ideal for apartments, condos and RV’s.


Requires no assembly, no hoses or valves, and no installation.


It is BPA free, and you have a choice of black or silver.


It will raise the alkalinity of the water. (My Aquasana raises the PH from 7.1 (tap water) to 8.5).


Claims its 50% water recovery rate is the highest among reverse osmosis filters.


You can tuck this unit into any space it fits on the counter – you only need access to the front to fill up the bottom tank with water.


About fifteen minutes later, the top tank will be treated water, ready for you to drink or cook with.


2 notification lights will alert you to change the filter or reverse osmosis membrane.

Express Water Heavy Metal Whole House Water Filter – 3 Stage Home Water Filtration System – Sediment, KDF, Carbon Filters – includes Pressure Gauges, Easy Release, and 1” Inch Connections


This is a fast flow system (0.25 gallons per second at 45-80 psi) delivering a large volume into your home, with no drop in water pressure no matter how many faucets are running simultaneously. The filters are changed easily. The tanks are made from high grade plastic and are mounted on a stainless steel frame.


The frame can be mounted, or placed free standing.Pressure gauges will tell you when to change individual filters. The first filter tank is see-through so you will notice easily when it needs to be changed.


Filter 1 captures sediment.


Filter Two catches most of that long list of chemicals (in the first section of this article).


Filter Three catches chlorine and similar chemicals, delivering you clean clear water.


This system gets 4.7 Stars Rating from customers who report successful iron staining and “egg smell” elimination from a hard water well. Another is very happy with the customer service, and after some problems with tank cracks, got a whole new system shipped to her.

iSpring WGB22B-PB 2-Stage Whole House Water Filtration System w/ 20” x 4.5” Big Blue Carbon Block and Lead Reducing Filters and 3/4″ Push-Fit Braided Stainless Steel Hose Connectors


This system comes with a couple of different filters for different mineral removal, such as lead, but also removes all the other “usual suspect” contaminants.


It is a whole house system going on to your main water line.


The company also makes a Reverse Osmosis system.


The manufacturers suggest that you watch the DIY installation video, so here it is:



Royal Berkey Gravity-Fed Water Filter with 2 Black Berkey Purification Elements


Why do people love Berkeys? They don’t need electricity, plumbing or mounts.


Grab your Berkey and take it to your summer cottage, your RV or back pack with it.


Berkeys come in different sizes and can use filters especially for your filtering needs.The “usual suspect – long list at the top – contaminants will be removed.


Put one on every floor of your house. Enjoy excellent water!


Here is another version which includes two fluoride filters.


Next, a travel kit.


Filtered Bottles:


And from Lifestraw:



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10 Best Ideas – How To Lower Your Carbon Footprint At Home 2021

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How To Lower Your Carbon Footprint At Home 2021
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This article has a two-point focus:

  1. Discuss a few topics about how to lower your carbon footprint at home
  2. Recommend 10 best household products to help you reduce your emissions


If you know how to lower your carbon footprint at home, you can contribute to a huge global movement, along with commercial companies and charities.


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You are not just a “little person” with no influence on life matters. You vote with your spending, every day.


So what’s going on in your world? Do you know what your carbon footprint is?


Have you heard about carbon offsets?

“Carbon offsets


A carbon offset is an amount of money you can pay for a project that reduces greenhouse gases somewhere else. If you offset one ton of carbon, the offset will help capture or destroy one ton of greenhouse gases that would otherwise have been released into the atmosphere. Offsets also promote sustainable development and increase the use of renewable energy.”


– Earth Institute |Columbia Universtiy


For more ideas on lowering your carbon footprint, and contributing to carbon offsets, check out COTAP.org.


Calculate Your Carbon Footprint

Lower Your Carbon Footprint – Why Does It Matter?


There is a lot of ongoing argument about the importance of reducing your carbon footprint, meaning, lowering the C02 emissions that you personally, or your household creates.


Many vested interests (like fossil fuel companies) argue against this idea.


But, focusing on what matters as to your own personal interests, and that of your family, will give you a view on how to save money, create less emission tonnage, and continue to live well.


Every time you buy a new appliance, computer, gadget, install lights in your back yard for ambiance or safety, a new car, your decision will affect your carbon footprint. 


Even when buying or renting a home, you can assess how much natural light you will get daily, depending on where the windows are placed. This will change one small aspect of your energy consumption, to a degree.


Here are some ways you may be able to reduce your own carbon footprint.


These ways may not apply to everyone, and may not be possible for everyone, but some of these may be choices you can consider.


You can completely avoid carbon emissions by walking or riding a bike, or an electric scooter, as much as possible.


If your city has good public transportation, use it. You will save on your gas costs, greatly reduce your own emissions, and reduce the wear and tear on your vehicle.


Switch to a low or no carbon vehicle. Finances permitting, you could get a hybrid or electric car. A hybrid car may be a better choice, unless you can charge your electric vehicle from your home solar system. avoiding a huge increase in energy costs.


Drive gently. Give yourself time so you don’t have to rush and accelerate sharply as you go. This can reduce emissions up to 33%. Avoid heavy traffic congestion to prevent periods of mere idling.


If you own your home make sure it is sealed and insulated well.


If you rent, ask your landlord to improve weather stripping, caulking or sealing, if you notice any drafty spots in windows and doors.


Check to see if there are any local programs that will pay for, or help pay for those.


Upgrade appliances to Energy Star models. Many municipalities will give a tax credit or rebate on a purchase for energy efficient appliances.


Some cities or counties will replace a refrigerator, for example, in lower income homes and apartments.


This serves the local energy grid, reducing the area requirements for power.


Older furnaces, air conditioners and fridges need to be replaced.


Light bulbs – do you turn off lights when you leave the room? Do you use LED lights in all outdoor areas, or solar powered motion activated lights?


Fluorescent lights are a health hazard and LEDs used for longer periods in the house have been associated with macular degeneration, so I don’t recommend them.


I use LED nite lights however, inside pink salt covers, which gives them a warm glow. I can walk around at night (inside) with no other lights on this way.


Currently, I am charging eight small solar powered patio lights, to be used instead of candles during power outages.


They will hold 8 hours of charge in their turned off state. Very handy to have and place around the house, turning them on when needed.


During wild fires the air is smokey. Windows need to be kept closed. Using candles as your only source of light will pollute your home, issuing smoke and chemicals like lead, into your inside air.


I bought the solar powered lights, to bring in at night and use wherever I need them. I certainly am not looking forward to the next power cut, but at least I’ll be prepared, and find out how well this plan works.


Moderate your thermostat so your heating/cooling isn’t activated except when you are home and need it. Smart devices that work with Alexa or another app are wonderful for your remote control over usage.


I don’t have a recycle bin, so I save my recyclables and take them to a friend’s.


Recycle clothing to a local thrift store, not a huge chain.  This helps to lower carbon emissions associated with the transport and disposal of goods.


You can also find out if any craft circle near you takes clothes/rags/material pieces for rug braiding, quilting, or other crafts.


Patronize local fruit stands,  and vegetable markets. Ask at your local supermarket where the fresh produce, dairy produce, and fresh meat come from, and choose the most local.


This is how you “vote with your dollars”. Legislators are slow moving and often have interests to serve that don’t help you or your area.


Save water – catch water that runs for a few minutes while the shower warms up. You can water plants with it, or if filtered by a whole house system, use it for drinking and cooking.


When it’s time, replace your water heater with a tankless water heater.


Stop using plastic water bottles – filter your water at home and carry water with you in glass or aluminum bottles.


HERE are some ideas for the best water filters for home use.


Updated to add: switch to bar shampoos and stop buying those plastic bottles altogether! And here’s a real story about an attempt to get rid of huge plastic bottles:


In the mid 80’s I was going to focus groups for some extra cash. Student days ha ha. One night we were shown these little pods with laundry detergent in them. Like we get now for automatic dishwashers.


We were told “those huge plastic bottles for laundry detergent and fabric softeners are going to disappear! Companies are going to save millions on plastic containers!”


Really? This is 35 years ago and I still see a whole aisle at the store with rows and rows of – big plastic bottles!

Anyway, now you can get shampoo in typical bar soap size bars, in many delicious herbal fragrances. No plastic!

They look like this:


There are many varieties to choose from! Conditioners in the formula. So easy to use, store, and no plastic!

Back to lowering your carbon footprint ideas…

Fix running toilets and leaks immediately. Make sure your garden sprinklers or drip systems are working properly.

Compost – many cities hold free composting classes and some offer a savings on bins.

The following products will help you produce less emissions from your own home or small business.

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Tankless Water Heaters

Rinnai RL Series HE+ Tankless Hot Water Heater: Outdoor Installation


This water heater is for outside installation, and uses propane.

Rinnai RLX Series HE+ Tankless Hot Water Heater: Indoor Installation


This unit is for indoor installation and uses Natural Gas.

Stiebel Eltron 232886 Tempra 36 Tankless Electric Water Heater



This is a whole house water heater which will replace your 50-55 gallon tank. This product came in at Number One for popularity on consumer surveys.


Why get a tankless water heater? Hot water on demand is a huge energy saver. Think about it – your electric 50 gallon tank uses energy all day, even when you’re away on vacation. It keeps that water to the set temperature all the time!


This unit can have you running two showers at once, and one may have slightly reduced water pressure.


You will have to add some amperage to your breaker box. Most buyers will need a plumber and an electrician to set this up properly and without injury. Here is a video with some tips.


EcoSmart ECO 27 Electric Tankless Water Heater, 27 KW at 240 Volts, 112.5 Amps with Patented Self Modulating Technology


Professional installation will give you a lifetime warranty for this unit. It comes in different sizes.


The vendor states: “The most advanced self modulating technology available, meaning the ECO 27 will adjust how much energy needs to be input based on how much hot water is needed“.


Your home size and where you live makes a difference as to how much hot water you get. In colder climates, the incoming water is colder, so this unit may well provide a couple of showers running simultaneously. In a warmer region you may run two showers, the dishwasher, and do laundry at the same time.


This unit is designed to be used in the northern US and Canada.


When you click the image above, you will end up on the page for the product and in the specs section below you will see a home size/climate chart to guide so that you can purchase the best unit for your home’s needs.

Tankless Water Heater, Gasland BS158 1.58GPM 6L Outdoor Portable Gas Water Heater, Instant Propane Water Heater, Overheating Protection, Easy to Install for RV Cabin Barn Camping Boat


This handy small unit can be mounted on an RV, out in the back yard, or in your stable area. It is perfect for a tiny house or summer cabin. 


You can have hot water on demand for low energy costs. 


Customers rate this at 4 Stars for performance, convenience and vendor service. 

Outdoor Solar Power

TOPENS A3S Automatic Gate Opener Kit Light Duty Solar Single Gate Operator for Single Swing Gates Up to 12 Feet or 300 Pounds, Gate Motor Solar Panel


This solar powered motor opens light duty single swing gates up to a maximum of 12 ft. long or maximum of weight of 300 lbs.


It is suitable for entrance gates made by steel, wood, vinyl, and typical panel, tube, and chain-link designs. Use this for your city home, farm entrance and pastures, and country properties.


The solar panel charges two 12V batteries which are purchased separately.


Medium and heavy duty kits are available. One buyer noted that in an extremely windy area, heavy duty is best, even for a light gate.


Extra remotes can be ordered, the kits come with one included.


Topens will sell parts as needed, separately, and for this customer appreciation is noted. 



Broan 345CSOBK Curb Mount Solar Powered Attic Ventilator, 28-Watt, Black


Broan Solar Powered Attic Ventilators operate without fuel, without waste, and without pollution.


They will replace your standard wired ventilators.


Attic vents are important for:

  • Reducing the running time of your air conditioners
  • Preventing shingle distortion from heat
  • Giving you the advantage of solar power/lower carbon footprint


Lower your attic summer temperature up to 20 degrees. A one time cost, no additional electric bill.

Primus Wind Power 1-AR40-10-12 Air 40 Wind Turbine 12V


Today, this is the best rated (5 Stars) of the wind turbines for home use. It is an off-grid product.


There are larger windmills, yet they don’t get the same top rating.


This one is used for:

  • Off-grid homes
  • Water pumping
  • Lighting
  • Telecom


The vendor states:


“The AIR 40 is an ideal wind turbine for hybrid systems with solar to offset those cloudy or wintery periods. AIR 40 is built and backed by the worldwide leader in small wind.”

2PACK 200W Solar Flood Lights Outdoor,Street and Area Lighting,Dusk to Dawn 400LEDs IP67 Outdoor Waterproof,8000,Lumen Light Sensing,Remote Control Safety floodlight


These floodlights are perfect for:

  • Campgrounds
  • Yard/side of house
  • Sheds/barns/outbuildings
  • RVs
  • Driveways
  • Property entrance gates
  • Property walls


The lights are waterproof. The sensors will turn the lights on at dusk and off at dawn. You can also use the remote as needed. Six hours charging time with ten hours of illumination will keep your property’s darker spots well lit for security and safety. 


Life is changing, isn’t it? 

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