Small Change: What’s making a big difference in your home life?

Solarfountain3Is the economy in a slump? A pre-slump? A recession? A depression? A slow-down?

Whatever’s happening, we seem to have less money to spend on our homes.

And so today begins a new series on the Pardon Our Dust Blog called Small Change, where we share with each other the economical changes we’ve made to our home environments that are making a big difference in our lives.

Let’s talk about changes we made for $600 or less. That’s the amount of tax rebate the federal government is planning to hand out to stimulate the economy, so it seems like a good limit to this exercise.

I’ll go first. My solar-powered fountain, for which I paid $220, is a small change that is making a really big difference in my home life. This little beauty starts gurgling around 7:30 to 8:30 every morning depending on when the sun hits the solar panel. And it keeps running throughout the day. And because there is a battery built into the solar panel’s case, the fountain keeps running several hours after the sun is gone.

To listen to my fountain, click here.

So how about you? What small change, for $600 or less, have you made to your home environment that has made a big difference in the quality of your life?

Please post your Small Change in the comment section below. Or, if you have a picture of it, send it to me at and I’ll post it for all of us to see and enjoy.

P.S. I’m sorry I can’t provide a hot link to a site or store that sells this fountain. I found it at my local Home Depot about six months ago, sitting dry and dejected off to the side. I got the clerk to put water into it, and attach the panel to the pump and it immediately started running. It was a special order that the customer apparently never picked up, and nobody knew where it came from.

2 Comments on Small Change: What’s making a big difference in your home life?

  1. kathy Price-Robinson

    Thanks, Lil Gaucha! Do you recall the model name or number on the fan/light so I can pull a photo of it off the Lowe’s site? Thanks!

  2. lil_gaucha

    New Hampton Bay ceiling fan/light!
    on sale at Lowe’s for $60.
    We had our ’80s tract house wired for ceiling lights/fans in every room (about $400 for the whole house)
    I finally have a light in my bedroom now – I can wear matching socks to work at last!