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There’s no need to light a million candles and dig out your flashlight the next time you have a power outage. These rechargeable LED light bulbs @lindsayroggenbuck recommends charge every time you turn off your lights and when the power goes out you can use them as backup.

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Q: Tim, it's a very long story, and don't think I'm crazy. I'm building a new home and wondering if I can install all the electrical wiring myself. It's not a big home, but it's got all the things going on you'd normally have in a home, including quite a few three- and four-way switches. I've watched a bunch of online videos, I've read a few authoritative books and I'm feeling pretty confident. What am I missing? What would you do if you were me? —Margo F., Albany, Ga.

When my car breaks down I consult a mechanic, not my dentist. When my pipes leak I call a plumber, not an electrician. During a public health …

If you’re a home body and appreciate the summer months in your backyard, an upgrade to the lighting is a nice improvement you’ll enjoy for years to come. Landscape lighting can be practical and illuminate a dark path between the garage and back door or more fanciful used to highlight a striking flower bed or garden gate entry. A good choice is a solar spotlight landscape fixture with LED (light-emitting diodes) mini light bulbs. Solar lights turn on automatically at dusk, and since they are powered by the sun, they are very energy efficient compared to more typical low voltage incandescent lights. They use long lasting NiMH batteries to store the solar energy so even after a cloudy day they provide light at night.

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If you’re interested in setting your lamps up with some smart lighting but you’re not keen on smart light bulbs, you can use smart plugs and control your lighting from your phone or use voice commands with a digital assistant. Smart plugs are the perfect way to make sure your lamps are included in your lighting scenes, and they make it easy to set up voice-activated routines. Our favorite starter routine: setting it up so when you say, “Alexa, I’m home!” all of your lights turn on.

The automated controllers for the 253-foot blades on Dominion Energy Virginia’s two wind turbines, 27 miles off the Virginia Beach shore, had aimed them just a few degrees west of due north, so a 12-knot wind could turn them at a stately ten revolutions a minute. And so, pumping some 12 megawatts of power back to the grid, it was another day of learning for the electric utility’s wind-power ...

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Urban legends have linked full moons to everything from werewolves to erratic behavior, but a study has connected them to something else: sleep loss.

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This affordable DIY from @makingitwithabby dupes a $300 beaded chandelier using metal rings, jute, beaded strings, and an old ceiling light for a total cost of $21.

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