Welcome to Lowes Employees.com

Welcome to Lowesemployees.com. Take a look around. Perhaps you’re just looking for some home improvement project advice.  Maybe you are looking to start a career at Lowes and want some more information from the employees that work the front lines of retail?  We have some great articles and product reviews too. We are not an official Lowes site. You can find lowesemployees Welcome to Lowes Employees.comLowes Home Improvement at www.lowes.com. We are not affiliated with Lowes Home Improvement, but we do work at Lowes. And everyone can subscribe to our newsletter and have a chance to win our monthly Lowes Gift Card giveaway!
You have probably heard the saying that ” you don’t choose retail, retail chooses you”.  That’s us!  None of us planned a career in retail, but working at Lowes has made many things possible for us.  The hours are long and you have to work nights, weekends and holidays, but in the end, it is well worth it. Take a moment to look over our site.  We also have helpful resources, hints, product reviews and some great information.  Read more from Lowes Employees.com

Lowes Gift Card Giveaways and Promotions

Every month we give away a Lowes gift card.  You can enter every month and subscribers get early notification of when our giveaway starts.  Gift cards are between $10 and $50 dollars. No purchase necessary. You can sign up for our newsletter, use your Facebook login or Twitter login to enter.  You can unsubscribe at any time. We respect your privacy and will never spam you or sell your email address.
Winners will be contacted by email.  Winners first name and state will be announced.  Lowesemployees.com will also have other promotions during the year that include free product samples, books, and vendor coupons. Read More…

Lowes Christmas and Holiday Clearance 10% – 50% off Now

Find savings this Christmas with Lowes Holiday Clearance. Stock up on seasonal favorites before Santa heads north with the sleigh.  Selection varies by store. While supplies last. Select holiday clearance is 10%-30% off now. This first Christmas Clearance event ends 12/24/14 or while supplies last.  You can also order online and pick up many of these items in store for FREE, so just check out the availability at your local store.

Remember this may be the best time to get those Christmas decorations you wanted at the best price and selection. Lowe’s is having an awesome Holiday Clearance Sale right now! Select items are on sale now. These before Christmas sale events provide a great opportunity to enjoy your decorations this year. 

Wait until after Christmas for even bigger discounts but less selection. During the after Christmas sale they will have remaining Christmas items marked up to 75% off!  Keep in mind,  Christmas clearance sales like this are a great time to grab some new lights or decor for next year!  However, the longer you wait, the selection will not be as good.  Most of the high demand items will be gone during the first round of clearance at 10%-50% off. 

Lowes stores will have remaining Christmas items at clearance prices 50%-75% off the day after Christmas. Read More…

Compare Cost Of Christmas Tree Lighting. LED Lights vs Regular

Nothing says Christmas like the perfect tree to brighten up your home. Lowes has a variety of artificial Christmas trees to help you kick off the holiday and enjoy the festive season.   From trees that are pre-lit to those small enough to fit on your table top, Lowes has the tree that works best for your space, style and budget.  Christmas lights on our trees, around the fireplace and outdoors are essential seasonal decorations.
They create a cozy glow that makes you want to turn them on indoors during the day, as well as at night. We use much more energy at home over Christmas holiday season, which in turn has an impact on your electric bill.  So it’s worth switching to LED tree lights, as well as using energy-efficient light bulbs in your home through out the new year.

Each year more and more trees are being decorated with LED lighting. Light-emitting diode, or LED, Christmas tree lights emit a bright, vibrant light that uses 80 percent less energy than incandescent tree lights. They are also longer-lasting and stay cooler than traditional bulbs because they don’t have a filament. The brilliance of their color makes LED lights great for both indoor and outdoor use.   Switching to LED Christmas lights during the holiday season saves energy and money. Simply explained, LED Christmas lights use less wattage and amp current to light your display. Less wattage means lower utility bill.

How many watts do my Christmas lights use?

Watts is a measurement of the amount of energy used. Wattage is typically provided per bulb or string, listed on the bulb or near the UL tags on a string.

The oldest bulb on the market is the large C7 style.  They are big and brightly colored and have been around for decades.  They are also the most expensive to use. Next is the mini bulb. The mini bulb or incandescent mini light bulb will use a significant less amount of watts than a larger C7 bulb. However,  the newer LED bulbs will typically use 80-90% less than the incandescent bulbs.

LED Christmas light wattage is significantly less than incandescent lights, and bulbs always stay cool to the touch. LED lights save money both in the power bill, and as an investment: with 20,000+ hours average life versus 3,000 for incandescent lights.

How much can you save?

We used the average kilowatt hour cost of .15 per kilowatt hour.  A kilowatt hour is 1000 watts. Our formula for calculating cost to operate:

Watts x Time x KW Cost = Cost to Run Christmas Lights

We did a comparison of a 100 count mini bulb holiday light set versus a 100 count LED light set. The official wattage rating on each “bulb” is .4 watts for the mini set and .07 watts per LED.  A 100-count string of incandescent mini lights runs at 40 watts, while a 100 count of LEDs is approximately 7 watts.  You simply divide watts/kilowatt hour to get cost per hour to operate. Read More…

Compare Rock Salt, Pet Friendly Ice Melter and Calcium Chloride

Ice and snow can be beautiful to look at, but no fun at all to clean up. Lowes carries a complete line of snow and ice melter products to get you through the winter season. Ice on steps and walkways is extremely dangerous, leading to countless injuries each year. Salt is the primary component in most of today’s ice melter products.
Rock Salt, Calcium Chloride, Magnesium Chloride, and Potassium Chloride all contain a considerable amount of salt in them. The reason ice melts when you spread salt on it is because the salt lowers the freezing point of water.  Water freezes at 0°C or 32°F. By using salt, that freezing point can be lowered which forces the ice to melt and prevents the water from freezing or re-freezing. 

rocksalt 150x150 Compare Rock Salt, Pet Friendly Ice Melter and Calcium ChlorideRock salt is very inexpensive but also a corrosive and concentrated substance, which can cause problems for your plants, animals, and waterways. The same chemical magic that turns ice into water creates a very salty brine that can make household pets sick, kill lawns and eats away at concrete, brick, and stone.  Salt is also an irritant, which means pets with pads on the bottom of their feet may get superficial burns.  The ice-melt industry is well aware that people want green. Which means eco-friendly and pet friendly claims abound. Read the ingredients.  If the bulk of the product is magnesium or calcium chloride, it is a safer and less corrosive salt than the more common sodium chloride or rock salt. Read More…

Electric Fireplaces and Stoves-Duraflame and Dimplex

Thinking about an electric fireplace or stove? For many years, there was no comparison between electric and gas fireplaces. Both were possible substitutes for wood burning fireplaces and stoves, but gas was considered superior for one reason: designers did not make electric fireplaces look as realistic as gas. Gas fireplaces were originally created to circumvent all the negative attributes of wood burning fireplaces without sacrificing the benefits.

The technology for electric fireplaces has improved a great deal in recent years and  does produce a very realistic flame.  Installation for the fireplace is so simple it can be done in five minutes.  Just unpack the unit and plug it in. To use it, you simply flip a switch or press the button on a remote. Read More…