Earth Day Stories April 22, 2016

Home: Stainless Steel Travel Mugs from $10, more

Amazon has the Presto Options Electric Multi-Cooker/Steamer (06003) for $20.27 with free shipping for Prime members or in orders over $49. That’s almost 50% below the original $40 price tag, $8 under the next best price from a trusted retailer and matching the Amazon all-time low. It still goes for $40 at Best Buy. This multi-cooker can handle “stews, roasting and steaming” with a master heat control, a heavy cast aluminum body, lift-and-drain basket and more. Rated 4+ stars from over 530 Amazon customers.

Next up, Amazon has the Contigo Autoseal Randolph Stainless Steel Travel Mug with Button Lock (16-Ounce, Gunmetal) for $12.99 with free shipping for Prime members or in orders over $49. That’s 35% below the regular $20 price tag, the lowest Amazon has offered it for and the best we can find. The “Autoseal” lid is “100% leak-proof and spill-resistant”, and it is made of double-wall vacuum-insulated stainless steel to keep the contents “hot for 4 hours or cold for 12 hours.” Rated 4+ stars from over 480 Amazon customers.

Over at Best Buy you’ll find the Contigo Glacier 20-Oz. Insulated Water Bottle in multiple colors for $9.99 with in-store pickup or free shipping in orders over $35. They regularly go for $12 to $20 and today’s deal is the best we have tracked.

Today only, as a part of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon is offering certified refurbished Dyson AM06 Air Multiplier fans from $159.99 shipped (Orig. up to $300). These fans use Dyson’s Air Multiplier technology for “powerful airflow projection.” Each of the models available in this sale include a six-month manufacturer’s warranty. Rated 4+ stars from over 200 Amazon customers.

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Despite everyone’s best efforts, it can be hard to live green every day. You may be surprised that there are more sustainable products out there than at first glance. There are now eco-friendly clothes, home decor and even toys. We’ve rounded up some of the best options out there to help you celebrate Earth Day in style.

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Today is the 46th Earth Day. Though from the perspective of the earth, it’s probably closer to its 1.6 trillionth day. Nonetheless, Earth Day is supposed to be an occasion to demonstrate your support for environmental protection.

You can show your support in very simple ways like using less energy or finally recycling those dead batteries that have been piling up in your junk drawer, or you can try to pick up some new habits and initiate yourself to new and greener technologies. expand full story

Earth Day Stories April 22, 2015

It’s April 22nd and that means that it’s Earth Day, which sheds light on best practices for how we can protect our planet. Some companies are making a greater effort to be aware of how products affect the environment. We’ve rounded up some ways that will decrease your impact while also potentially saving some money along the way.

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One of the most obvious places to start is with LED light bulbs. Over the past year these alternative solutions to lighting have become more commonplace in homes and hardware stores across the country. LED bulbs use significantly less energy and do not need to be replaced as frequently as traditional options. These products are also moving towards a more affordable price point as well as demand increases.

Interested in transitioning to LED lightbulbs? Today Belkin is heavily discounting some of its WeMo LED bulbs by 50% bringing the lowest prices that we’ve ever seen. The Starter Kit is available today for $49.99 (Reg. $100) and a single bulb can be had for $14.99 (Reg. $30).

We also have a nice deal on Philip’s newest product that delivers some of the lowest prices that we’ve ever seen. Smart LED bulbs also enable users to control lighting from a smartphone, although these are often higher in price the functionality maybe be worth the upcharge. Check out this deal on Philip’s Hue lights to get started.

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Our own homes are a great place to start when it comes to decreasing our impact on the earth. A great way is to check with your utility company to see if they offer any rebates for investing in products that consume less energy. An easy solution is to invest in smart thermostats that regulate your home’s temperature even when you are away. These devices can monitor whether or not you are at home and adjust the heat or cooling as needed saving money and energy along the way. The most popular solution is the Nest thermostat, but there are other solutions that have really improved in this category from Honeywell and Ecobee.

Another way to save some money is on rechargeable batteries – we are personally fond of Apple’s own Battery Charger, which is a great solution for keeping that wireless mouse or keyboard charged up. Other solid options include:

  • AmazonBasics Rechargeable Batteries
  • Panasonic Eneloop Charger w/ 4 AA Batteries: $17.77

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Earth Day Stories April 21, 2015

Update (4/23 10:00am): Now available to be ordered!

We’re at a tipping point with prices of LED light bulbs for home use. Over the past few years the cost of entry for LED bulbs has come down significantly. Without looking too hard you can usually find multiple name-brand options in the $10 per bulb range, while some budget options like Ikea’s Ledare bulbs have a list price of less than $5. Rebates from an increasing number of Utility companies are helping to lower overall costs even further. Heck, even Philips’ Hue Smart LED Bulbs are recent recipients of sizable price cuts.

But Philips’ latest release stands to knock down any remaining financial barriers that are holding you up from putting beautiful LED lighting throughout your house… expand full story

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