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Entries in solar power (3)


Ah ha! Gotcha! MAXSA Motion-Activated Solar Security Light Review

Everyone knows by now that I love my neighborhood. It's the kind of place where the kids can walk to their friends house, people wave as they drive by, and we yell at each other's children.

It seems other people are now interested in my neighborhood but for entirely different reasons.

They want to steal things.

They like open garages, unlocked cars, and dark corners.

Image of Shop Lifter/Thief via Jeremy Burgin on Flickr

One group of really smart hoodlums went into my friend's 8:00 pm while her husband was just inside bringing out the trash...and sat in their parked car and started rummaging around! What's more...they love on a cul-de-sac and the 'getaway' car was in the circle and had to drive past my friend's husband to get their other friend as he ran from the garage.

Yes, they were caught.

I hope it was worth the $.80 they made off with. I'm. Not. Kidding. eighty cents

Anyway, dumb or not I'd like to disuade any hoodlums from even trying, but leaving my outside lights on all night is a) costly and b) burns the bulbs out quicker than you can say, "Ah ha! Gotcha!"

Solar powered, motion-activated security lights

I recently met the company MAXSA at the DC Consumer Electronics Show and learned about some great residential (and commercial) products they have on the market including security lights.

They sent me a sample solar motion-activated security light to test and I have to say this is cool. During the day the solar charge panel converts sunlight into electricity and charges the batteries. The batteries then power the LED lights which turn on autmatically at night when motion is detected and lasts up to 4 minutes. 

Image via MAXSA cause my photos were terrible

What I like:

It uses no electricity (saves me money).

I like the motion-activated 'surprise' any ne're-do-well will get if they set it off.

I like that you can control the amount of time the lights stay on up to 4 minutes.

I won't have to remember to turn the light on or off for guests as they arrive or leave in the dark!

Other Cool Stuff for the Home from MAXSA

My friends over at MAXSA knew I was excited about the solar security lights but THEY were really excited to tell me about their garage laser park system...and here's I start to think The Mister put them up to all this.

I mean, how did they know I'm always bumping into the freezer we have in our garage with my car?

They also have some very cool products for the car...and thus, Father's Day {hint hint} like the 3-outlet power adaptor (hello tailgating!) and foldable traction mats (for off-roading warriors).

Next on my list I think will be the solar walkway lights and flameless candle lanterns.

And a motion-activated vampire that pops out of the bushes...that's get them!


Disclosure: I received a solar powered dual-head LED security spotlight at no charge from MAXSA. All opinions expressed here are my own and this post was neither reviewed nor approved prior to publishing.


Solar Car Kit Giveaway - Reducing Your Carbon Footprint Can be FUN!

Image by theresangooi via Photobucket

Last week I was invited to sit in on a call with folks from and explore ways to reduce my carbon footprint.

What is my Carbon Footprint?

Each of us product a certain amount of greenhouse gas through the things we do and the products we use. The footprint is and how much it contributes to global warming.
On you can use the Carbon Calculator to see what affect you are having on the Earth.

Reducing Your Carbon Footprint can be Fun!

On the call I learned how to make a solar oven and all I can say is we are definitely doing that this summer. I will start with cookies but my goal is to cook chicken breasts and see how long it takes. Anything to no turn on my oven, or stand in front of the hot grill when it’s 90 degrees outside!

A solar oven is just one way learning is fun. The site has lots of cool activities that will engage you and your kids and are great tools help your family learn more about reducing your carbon footprint. For example, one activity shows tips for cutting back your carbon footprint as you travel.

Not only that, you can shop for carbon credits so as you work to reduce, you can purchase credits that will offset what you produce!

Win a Solar Car Kit!

One lucky reader will win a cool solar car kit….not for you to drive, but Barbie and Ken can take a spin. This is a great activity to show kids the power of solar energy and it’s importance in our future.

How to Enter: (be sure to leave a separate comment for each with your email or twitter ID so I can reach you if you win!)

Visit and play one of the games then leave me a comment and tell me which one you played.

Extra entries:
Tweet this giveaway
Email this giveaway to 5 of your friends and cc me (scarytwins at yahoo)
Subscribe to this blog (and leave me your email)

Contest open to US residents in the 48 contiguous states and ends June 9, 2009 at 11:59pm. Winner will be chosen using and notified via email or Twitter and will have 3 days to claim the prize.

Dreaming of solar baked cookies,


Product supplied by

Bonneville Environmental Foundation


In Case of Emergency...

I know what I want for Christmas.

It's a portable (you can fit it on your back) solar power pack that would be great to have when the power goes out. A little "ray of light" on a dark night...and green to boot!

In a pinch I bet it would run a space heater in the winter, charge a laptop, charge a cell phone, maybe even run a portable DVD player for my kids the next time my car breaks down on the Jersey Turnpike (cause you know I'm not lucky enough for that to only happen once!).

I've read the folks at National Geographic took it with them on an expedition - so it's got to be good, right?

Anyone else want one? Maybe we can get a group discount! Although $419 seems like a small price to pay for a little piece of green that can help in an emergency.