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Spring Cleaning the Smart Way- Work Smarter Not Harder

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Every spring, nature revitalizes itself. Old, dead leaves are dislodged with new buds. Brown grass is replaced by fresh green grass. New animal babies are born. And, even we humans, feel the need to refresh our own surroundings each spring.

It can be a daunting task. Winter is all about comfort and coziness. Winter is sweatpants and cookie crumbs. No one notices the layer of dust on the ceiling fan or the stack of movies lingering on the entertainment center. So, when we open the windows to let the spring air in and the bright sunlight shows us exactly how much work there is to be done, it’s almost terrifying. Follow these steps to spring clean your home the smart way:

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Topics: How To, Around the Home

Celebrate World Water Day with Jasco and Water4

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World Water Day is March 22. It's a day to celebrate life-saving water and more importantly, a day to take action and help those without it. 

At Jasco, we believe everyone deserves access to life-sustaining water. Yet every day millions of men, women, and children walk miles in search of clean water. Often times, all they find is dirty water from contaminated ponds and watering holes. They spend hours carrying it back to their families to drink. With it, they bring sickness that often results in death. In fact, over 650 million people do not have access to clean water, and every day over 2,000 children under the age of 5 die from causes related to contaminated water. 

Earlier this year, we kicked off a partnership with our EcoSurvivor brand and our giving partners – Water4 and Fight for the Forgotten – to help their mission of ending the world water crisis and provide clean, safe drinking water to all people. Water4 believes that we can end the global water crisis in our lifetime. We want to help make that happen and hope you do too! Together, we can save lives and end the water crisis for all.

Jasco recently invited Bellator MMA Fighter, Justin Wren, and the COO at Water4 for an exclusive World Water Day interview. Click the video thumbnail or link below to watch the inspiring interview.

Click here to watch and share this video interview with friends on Facebook.

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Topics: How To, News

Products That Make You More Productive Without Lifting a Finger

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Sometimes it feels impossible to get everything you need to get done accomplished in one day. There are only so many hours in a day, and trying to fit in cleaning, work, exercising, life, social activities, and all of the other daily activities into those 24 hours can be a daunting task. With these featured products you can get more done in a day than you would have ever expected! Allow technology to help make you more productive without lifting a finger.

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Topics: Connected Home, LED Lighting, Around the Home, Mobility, Power

How to Avoid Bedtime Struggles with Night Lights and Cuddles

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“The boogie man's in there!” “There’s monsters under my bed!” “Can you keep the light on in my closet?” As a parent, you’ve most likely heard these and experienced the same bedtime battle each night with your little one. As soon as you get them into bed, you hear the cries for mommy or daddy because they can’t sleep. The bedtime fight to get your little one to bed is an age old problem, but can technology actually help make this easier?

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Topics: LED Lighting, How To

TECH NEWS: YouTube Announces YouTube TV for Cord Cutters

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Google just announced they're joining the “skinny bundle” TV war with YouTube TV, a paid subscription service that streams a slew of premium broadcast and cable networks to your mobile device, tablet, computer, and anything with Chromecast.

Just $35 a month gets you six accounts and access to live TV from more than 40 providers including the big broadcast networks, ESPN, regional sports networks and dozens of popular cable networks. Subscriptions include cloud DVR with unlimited storage, AI-powered search and personalization, and access to YouTube Red programming. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki calls it the evolution of television, and a bid to “give the younger generation the content that they love with the flexibility they expect.”

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Topics: Around the Home, News, Cutting the Cord

A Basketball Fans Guide to Cutting the Cord

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Tis the season, the NBA season that is. It’s time to cheer on your favorite team or player on their journey to the playoffs and possibly a championship ring. There a lot of games and a lot of teams to watch but make sure you aren’t missing a game while saving money and cutting cable.

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Topics: Cutting the Cord

Just Released: The First Z-Wave In-Wall Smart Motion Switch & Dimmer

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We are excited to announce we recently released the first Z-Wave enabled in-wall lighting controls with integrated motion-sensing technology. The highly anticipated GE branded Smart Motion Switch and Smart Motion Dimmer are now available online at EZzwave.com

With intelligent motion-sensing technology, the Smart Motion Dimmer or Switch can detect any movement in a room up to 45-feet away. With an 180º detection zone, the motion sensor is great for large or small rooms and features three different operation modes to choose from:

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Topics: Connected Home, Safety & Security, News, CES

Get the Best of Both Worlds with a 2-in-1 Lightning & Micro USB Cable

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There are over 63 million iPhone users in the United States, and all of them have one problem in common: Apple’s proprietary Lightning charging cable (standard on all Apple devices since late 2012) is incompatible with virtually all other USB-powered devices.

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Topics: Mobility, News, Power

Eco Survivor at CES 2017: Innovating to End the Water Crisis

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We recently announced our partnership with non-profit, Water4, and Bellator MMA Fighter, Justin Wren, for our Eco Survivor outdoor tech accessories brand. Together, we've teamed up to help people in need of clean water by donating a portion of every Eco Survivor purchase to Water4 and their sustainable life-saving water projects.

To kick off the partnership, Jasco had the privilege of hosting Justin as a special guest and speaker at our booth during CES 2017. Justin discussed his Fight for the Forgotten initiative with Water4 and spoke about his personal journey from being a professional cage fighter to now fighting to help others.
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Topics: News, CES

Creative Ways People are Using Motion Sensing Night Lights

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Night lights are way more versatile than the average person may think! Gone are the days when you just used night lights as a night light. Check out all of the creative ways people are using GE Motion Sensing Night Lights around their home. 

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Topics: LED Lighting, How To, Around the Home, Safety & Security

Houzz Feature | Design Ideas Coming to Homes Near You in 2017

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Looking for some great ideas for your home? How about a voice-activated assistant that will give you a weather update while you pour coffee into a preheated mug from a warming drawer? Not your style? No worries — there’s something for everyone in this preview of 2017 design trends. We plowed into Houzz data, sifted through popular photos and articles, and talked to industry leaders for this look at 27 things we think you’ll be seeing more of in the home in 2017.

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Topics: How To, Around the Home

Top Five Blog Posts From Last Year

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Jasco had a busy and exciting 2016. We launched new products, innovated existing products, and everything in between. Our blog followers have allowed us to share our journey, thoughts, and ideas along the way. Your favorite blog posts from 2016 ranged from DIY smart lamps to everything about surge protectors, and we are so thankful for each and every one of you. See below for your favorite top five blog posts from 2016!

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Topics: Connected Home, LED Lighting, Around the Home, Q&A

4 Essential Steps to Declutter Cables in Your Home

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The haphazard assortment of cables, cords and wires living behind your TV can be a major headache to look at. When you purchase a new device, you're excited and eager to hook it up until you see the mess of cords already in existence behind your entertainment center, on bedside tables, and under your desk. There are several options to safely and easily install new gadgets or electronics to your space without digging through cables to find an open electrical socket on your surge protector. Over time, cables have a tendency to become knotted together. Whether they are in a storage box or in use, safely plugged into a surge protector, cables can quickly become a giant mess. Follow these easy steps to declutter cables in your home:

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Topics: How To, Around the Home, Power

Bring Holiday Cheer Inside Your Home with Projectables Night Lights

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'Tis the season for mistletoe, stocking stuffers, fresh baked cookies and elves to go sneaking about shelves, but what about the night time bed routine? How can you get your kids into the holiday spirit without having them stay up all night to try a get a glimpse of Santa? We have a solution! Christmas Projectables Night Lights!

This year’s assortment of holiday Projectables features single image plug-in night lights, six-image plug in night lights and six-image battery operated night lights.

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Topics: LED Lighting, How To, Around the Home

Weekend DIY Projects For a Smart(er) Home with Z-Wave

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Whether you've dabbled in home automation or consider yourself a "DIY weekend warrior" when it comes to home technology, some smart home projects may seem like an intimidating task at first. Not to mention the number of devices that can be integrated into a smart home is growing at an accelerated rate. However, choosing the best smart devices for your home and lifestyle may be easier than you think. Not all smart home products are overly complex gadgets. There are several options for adding products that are quick and easy to install and require little to no wiring.

First, consider your needs. Do you want to add smart technology throughout your entire home, or add smart devices one room at a time? Second, choose the types of products that would make your life easier. Think about the activities that take place in different rooms on a daily basis. Which of these would be more enjoyable or easier with the help of smart home products?

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Topics: Connected Home, How To, Around the Home, News

Your Game Plan for a Successful Tailgate

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Whether its college football, NFL, or both its time to get ready for your favorite team to hit the field! One of the best ways to enjoy game day besides actually attending the game is with a grill, your friends, and the great outdoors at a tailgate. There many different ways to tailgate but here are a few game plan tips for any tailgate to be a success.

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Topics: LED Lighting, How To, Mobility

Tips and Tricks for Hanging Outdoor Lighting

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It’s that time of year! The time when we get really busy running around, buying presents, cooking yummy food and surrounding ourselves with our loved ones. It’s also time to start hanging outdoor lighting and creating your Christmas light masterpiece.

Oh what fun it will be to get out all those lights and create a unique look for your home this year. But what’s not so fun is if you plug in too many lights to a standard plug without any precautions and POOF! goes your lights.

Before you start looking around like Joyce from Stanger Things trying to decide if your Christmas lights are trying to tell you something, we've compiled a list of tips and tricks to advise you on what your holiday lights would say if they could talk.

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Topics: LED Lighting, How To, Around the Home, Safety & Security

Holiday Shopping Survival Guide–Tips from a Black Friday Veteran

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Which foods do we want to prepare? Which activities do we want to add to the calendar? What gifts will we buy for our loved ones? In my family, Black Friday shopping is a family bonding experience. The children stay at home with Grandpa, and all the adults (siblings and spouses and Grandma) hit the stores. Black Friday used to involve trying to stay warm outside a Best Buy at 3 am, but as the early morning opening hours of previous years slowly moved into the evening hours and then the late afternoon hours of Thanksgiving Day, we’ve had to amend our tactics. But the overall plan remains the same– safely and successfully cross off as many items on our shopping list in one night!

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Topics: How To, Mobility, Power

Meet the New Enbrighten Z-Wave Plus LED Smart Bulb by Jasco

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LED Smart Bulbs are one of the easiest ways to automate your home and our new Enbrighten Z-Wave Plus LED Smart bulb offers a new way to interact with your smart home and save energy. Adding to a comprehensive ecosystem of indoor and outdoor dimmers, switches, sensors and Z-Wave smart controls, the Enbrighten Smart Bulb is fully dimmable and easy to install anywhere in the home without any wiring or complicated set up required. Breathe new life into your Z-Wave smart home by upgrading to Enbrighten LED Smart Bulbs.

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Topics: Connected Home, Around the Home, News

How to Have the Best Road Trip

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Road trips can be a great time, taking you to new places that you've never been before, places you couldn't get to as easily on a plane. However, if you aren't properly prepared, road trips can quickly turn into a disaster. With these quick travel tips, you will be sure to have an easy, and fun road trip experience!

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Topics: How To, Mobility