Very cool. I have so many things charging in my home it’s ridiculous and, unfortunately, I haven’t been a good boy with doing better with conserving energy. My house is high-tech and needs a lot of juice. I now have a bunch of these around the house and I don’t have to worry as much about the constant pull of electricity to an already-charged item.
You set the timer on it and after the time you choose (choices are: 1/2 hour, 3 hours, and 6 hours) it completely shuts off the flow of electricity.
Click the above graphic and see better pics of it and see it in action and you’ll agree that it’s worth it to have at least one or two of them around. My only complaint/suggestion is they make the plug swivel so I can put another under the top one. I’m sure when I write Belkin to suggest this, they’ll get right on it 🙂
I realize that gardening is a bit gay, but I look at this more as a science experiment than obligatory 🙂
Perhaps I’m easily impressed, but I was amazed at how well this worked! Here’s what happened: I got one of those domed “greenhouse” seed starters and a heat mat…technically called the “Hydrofarm CK64060 Hot House with Heat Mat”.
I didn’t use the plastic holders that came with it, but replaced them with peat pots that I could plant directly in the soil (they compost in the soil). Instead of perennials (that come back each year), I went with annuals (that bloom and then die at the first cold snap).
Two days later, I had sprouts. Yes, TWO DAYS after dropping the seeds into the soil, watering them, putting on the greenhouse dome, and plugging in the heat mat…it was alive! These pics are from three days into the experiment, but I’m still not sure what’s going on with the seeds on the left rows. I’ll have to check the seed packages to see if they’re the kind that take longer (the packages for the right ones said 7-10 days to sprout). Regardless, I’m almost ready to replant some of them outdoors (after these cold nights are over).
So….if you want your seeds to sprout hella fast then click the above links to Amazon.com and get one for yourself!
While doing a remodel of my home, I wanted to do something “green” (earth-friendly) for my home. I did some of the easy things like replace my old thermostats with digital ones (this one act has saved me a buttload of money on my electric bill!), and replaced all standard light bulbs with compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs. I also made sure all of my appliances had an Energy Star rating.
A bigger ticket item was to replace two carpeted rooms with hardwood. Instead of regular hardwood, I chose bamboo. The reasons: 1. It’s a renewable resource*. 2. The cost was the same as a high-end hardwood. 3. It’s beautiful. *Bamboo grows back (very quickly) after being cut.
I wonder if my tiny part will help out future generations?