The EPA's new rebate finder makes it easier to find deals on energy-saving products.
The site allows you to search for rebates available on Energy Star residential appliances, building products, electronics, heating and cooling equipment, lighting, fans, office equipment, water heaters and pool pumps. It can also help businesses find deals on commercial equipment including appliances and food service items.
You plug in your ZIP code when you search, so you find only rebates available in your area.
It's worth a quick check before you buy.To read more or comment...
Jeff Goldblum makes light bulbs ... um, maybe not sexy, but definitely attention-getting.
Goldblum stars in this commercial for GE Link LED light bulbs that's making the rounds on social media. The commercial was created by Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim of Adult Swim fame.
It's definitely worth a watch.To read more or comment...
Who needs deodorant with an app?
Well, maybe you do.
When I first saw it, I thought ClickStick was an example of technology run amok. But now I’m having second thoughts.To read more or comment...
Like your paper goods with pizzazz?
Check out Lovely Somethings, a new stationery shop in Bath’s Ghent Square.
Owner Liz Scott offers an out-of-the-ordinary array of greeting cards, wrappings, note cards, home accessories and other items, as well as her custom-designed invitations.
It’s a small shop, but a fun one. Reading the greeting cards is a hoot. My favorite is a money holder that says, “Let’s cut the crap. I know what you really want.”To read more or comment...
Who wouldn't love a mirror that pays you compliments?
That's what home retailer Ikea figured when it installed this motivational mirror in its store in London's Wembley area. According to the technology blog Ubergizmo, the mirror uses Xbox Kinect motion sensor technology to detect a person's facial and body features and then responds with an appropriate compliment.
Ikea said it created the mirror in response to a study showing more than two-thirds of Britons were insecure about their looks.To read more or comment...
My grand old ash tree is dead, lying in logs in my backyard. It was the victim of emerald ash borer, a little green insect that’s threatening to wipe out ash trees in North America and maybe Europe, too.
Ohio State University Ph.D. student David Showalter wants to stop the scourge. And you can help him.
Showalter is using crowd sourcing to raise money for his research, which seeks to determine why Asian ash trees can resist the borer but ours can’t. He’s studying the genetic material of trees to try to discover genes that make Asian trees resistant.
Showalter wants to raise $8,500 by Oct. 20. By this morning, he had $1,190 in pledges.To read more or comment...
No need to buy Halloween costumes this year. Barberton Public Library is hosting a costume swap party that lets people trade their gently used costumes.
The party is 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, in the library’s Spillette meeting room. All ages are invited.
To participate, you need to bring a clean costume in good condition to swap. More details are here.
What if you don’t need costumes but have boxes of them in your basement? The library is accepting costume donations in advance of the party.To read more or comment...
It’s that time of year when stink bugs become uninvited guests.
In autumn, the shield-shaped insects enter our homes through little cracks and crevices, looking for shelter from the cold. You may not have seen any yet, but once the first frost hits, you probably will.
This may be cold comfort, but know that brown marmorated stink bugs are just annoyance in our homes, not threats. They won’t bite, sting or cause damage.
Still, they can be a nuisance, especially when they invade in large numbers.To read more or comment...