13 days until Mother’s Day – electrically inspired gifts (part II)

ByDanielle

13 days until Mother’s Day – electrically inspired gifts (part II)

We continue our countdown to Mother’s day with more electrically-inspired gift ideas for your mom:

Nikha Jewelry makes a copper and brass necklace with the Electrical Resistance formula stamped in for $14 (plus shipping).

Electrical Resistance Formula necklace

Electrical Resistance Formula necklace by Nikha Jewelry

Redesigned Furniture makes tables from reclaimed electrical wire spools. The tables range in price from $100 – $225 (plus shipping):

Table by Reclaimed Furniture

Table by Reclaimed Furniture

Wall Table by Redesigned Furntiture

Wall Table by Redesigned Furniture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stark060 creates earrings with the transistor symbol for $10:

Transistor Symbol Earrings

Transistor Symbol Earrings by Stark060

And last for today’s installment is Chippy Charlie’s repurposed Antique Teal Electrical Insulators into votive holders.

Antique Teal Electral Insulators Repurposed Votive Holder

Antique Teal Electrical Insulators Repurposed Votive Holder by Chippy Charlie

For more electrically inspired gift ideas, visit last week’s Part One post. And stay tuned for Part III.

ByDanielle

Adjustable Power Outlet with Surge Protection by Pivot Power

Why didn’t someone think of this sooner? Pivot Power brings us an ingenious spin on the power outlet strip by making it adjustable! Each of the 6 outlets pivot on the strip to get in and out of awkward places.

Adjustable Power Outlet by Pivot Power

Adjustable Power Outlet by Pivot Power

The adjustable power strip also has surge protection. You get all this for a very affordable $29.99.

ByDanielle

19 Days until Mother’s Day – Electrically Inspired Gifts (part one)

Mother’s Day is less than 3 weeks away!  Be unconventional in your gift giving this year with one of these electrically inspired gifts.  I’ll be posting more electrical inspired gift ideas over the next 19 days, so be sure to check back regularly…

The Amery Studios shop on Etsy.com creates earrings made from upcycled ethernet cable:

Amery Studios DFTBA earrings

Amery Studios DFTBA (Don’t Forget To Be Awesome) earrings are available in many colors

 

 

 

Amery Studios Fish Earrings

Amery Studios Fish Earrings

 

 

 

 

Designers Chelsea Green and James Minola transform transform electrical wires colorful and stylish rings by twisting and knotting strands. These rings  were created to prolong the lifespan of landfill-bound wires. When you’re ready to recycle your ring, simply undo its knot and walk it to its proper recycling bin. The Electric Love Ring is onsale at Uncommon Goods for just $6.99.

 

Electric Love Ring at Uncommon Goods

Electric Love Ring at Uncommon Goods

 

 

 

 

Today’s final selection is the Electric Love Bangle created by GrainDesigns. The bracelet is hand-knotted bangles of reclaimed electrical wire. The bracelet is available in a variety of colors at GrainDesign.com for $28.

Grain Design Electric Bangle

Grain Design Electric Bangle

ByDanielle

Ouchlet Covers – fun shock prevention

Outlet covers shaped like classic bandages – adorable! And, a unique baby gift for expecting moms. Prevent unwanted ouches by covering your outlets with these super-cute outlet covers shaped like classic bandages. An inexpensive and cute way to keep your home safe for little ones. Ouchlet outlet covers cost $7/package.

Ouchlet outlet covers come 4 in a package.

Ouchlet outlet covers come 4 in a package.

 

Ouchlets start shipping on April 29th – order yours today!

ByDanielle

Baxter Brewing – Expanding Efficiently

We were thrilled to see our customer Baxter Brewing featured in April’s edition of Lewiston Auburn Magazine (pp 34-46). It’s exciting to see a local business expanding, and doing so with sustainability as central to their plans. As we work with Luke to design the lighting for their expanded operations, we’re looking into alternatives like  energy-efficient lighting (LED and CFL options), motion controlled sensors, etc.

Many of our customers are becoming interested in energy-efficient lighting. Our customers are learning that energy efficiency is not just good for the environment and for the soul, but good for the bottom line as well.

ByDanielle

Check it out – featured expert in LA Magazine

We’re a featured expert in this month’s L/A Magazine!  Explore expert previews of 2013 Construction & Design trends from us, and others, in this month’s edition. It seems we’re all in agreement that energy efficiency is the leading L/A trend.

Any easy way for anyone to jump on the energy efficiency bandwagon is by switching to LED lights.

If you don’t already subscribe to L/A Magazine, you should. It’s packed with stories on local trends, people, entertainment, etc. I look forward to receiving each issue, and know you will too

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ByDanielle

Sale Alert: 20% off West Elm lighting

West Elm has some fantastic lighting options at a reasonable price. Although the closest West Elm is located in Boston, they do have reasonable shipping rates and 30-day Satisfaction Guarantee.  The West Elm 20% off lighting sale will end soon – so check it out today!

ByDanielle

LED light bulbs save money

LED light bulbs are a great way to be more energy-efficient.  Although they are more expensive to purchase, their long-term savings can be worth the investment.

LED bulbs last longer than incandescent, so you don’t have to replace them as often. They also don’t produce as much heat, which can translate to air conditioning savings in the summer. In Entrepreneur’s December 2012 issue, the article How I saved $24,000 has Chris Manning of Travaasa Experiential Resorts citing that an investment of $7,500 to replace 100 incandescent bulbs in a 2,000 square foot art gallery saved them $24,000.

If you are looking to replace your incandescent bulbs, LEDs can be a great money-saving alternative.

ByDanielle

Unplugging made easy

We love to give tips on how to save energy – and thus lower your electricity bill. There is no better way than simply not plugging in to begin with.  But let’s face it…if you are anything like me, the convenience of leaving an appliance (my mobile phone) plugged in often outweighs the hassle of unplugging it. But now, there is a nifty little gadget called the Plug Out Plug Organizer that makes unplugging easy. Once my phone is charged, I can unplug, but snap my plug into the organizer for easy access when I once again need a charge. Best of all, it’s less than $10 and comes in two color schemes.

ByDanielle

Get ready for winter – electrical tips

As the weather cools down, we finish raking leaves and closing the pool, it seems like a good time to remind our readers of several tips that are pertinent in the winter months.

  1. Generators. In Maine, we have snow and ice storms. Sometimes, the power goes out. Don’t get caught without electricity. If you don’t already have one, install a generator.
  2. Electric blankets. Its nice to snuggle into a nice warm bed on a cold winter night. Although electrical blanket safety has improved, I’m still not an advocate. But I am a realist. If you are going to use one, be sure to do the following: when washing, make sure it is completely dry before use (and never dry clean as the chemicals can cause damage), before plugging it in, check for the blanket and cord for damage; do not tuck the blanket under the mattress or put anything on top; and never fold it while in use.
  3. Portable heaters. Again, I’m not advocating using electrical heaters, but I know many of you do.  If you plan to use one, follow this advice: Some portable space heaters, electric in-wall fan heaters and baseboard heaters have been subject to product recalls – Check your brand and model number and visit www.cpsc.gov for possible information about your heater; keep furniture, drapes, newspapers, etc. a safe distance away; do not use with an extension cord or plug adapter; do not use in wet or moist areas; do not run the cord under a rug; do not leave running in a room with unsupervised children;  turn it off when not in use; and keep it on the floor where it has less of a chance of falling over and becoming a fire or shock hazard.

As the holidays draw closer, we’ll also post some tips about holiday lighting. And remember, no matter how many precautions you take, you should always have working fire alarms and a class C fire extinguisher available.