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4 Simple Steps to Prepare for a Power Outage

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Tornadoes, hurricanes or even just severe thunderstorms can easily knock out power and destroy valuable electronic equipment in your home. There’s no way to know when electricity will be restored, so your best bet is to always be prepared. Even when we're warned days in advance of possible severe weather, power outages and surge spikes can still take us by surprise. Be ready for the unexpected by following these 4 simple steps to prepare for a power outage.

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Topics: How To, Around the Home, Safety & Security, Power

A Smart Way to Automate Your Morning

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Waking up to morning light is considered by many to be the gentlest way to rouse oneself from slumber in the morning. This is why many people prefer to have their bedroom facing east so their body can gradually wake as the sun rises.

If you're like me and don’t have a bedroom facing the rising sun a convenient alternative is connecting a GE Bluetooth Plug-In Smart Switch to a lamp. This can be a great way to simulate the rising sun. The light will tell your body that the day is starting and ease you into the process of waking up. The Bluetooth Plug-In Smart Switch is simple to setup and will get you on your way to effortlessly waking up in the morning.

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Topics: Connected Home, How To

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

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

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

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