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Get Your Craft On – Enter the Empty Bottle Brainchild Contest Before It’s Over

Friday, July 22, 2011
The 5-hour ENERGY® Empty Bottle Brainchild Contest is coming to an end. So far we’ve received submissions that have ranged from amusing, to somewhat questionable, to totally awesome. If you haven’t turned in your submission yet, hurry up and put on those final touches since the contest ends on July 26.

If you missed hearing about it altogether, on May 24 we asked all our 5-hour ENERGY® fans to collect their empty bottles; after savoring the very last drop (of course) and craft something fun out of them. A creative submission could win a ONE YEAR SUPPLY of 5-hour ENERGY®. Yes, that’s right 365 bottles of 5-hour ENERGY®. The contest ends on July 26, so there is still some time left to enter. If you think you have what it takes to win, then beg, borrow, steal those empties and get cracking. Design a masterpiece using empty 5-hour ENERGY® bottles that reflects your creativity. Your submission can be decorative, resourceful, or just plain pointless, just as long as it is innovative. Oh, and did we mention the second and third place geniuses will be awarded with a 6 and 3 month supply, respectively. Although some awesome "brainchildren" have been produced already, you can still be in it to win it. Just hurry up before it's TOO LATE! To submit online enter via the 5-hour ENERGY® Website or Facebook Page, post a photo or include a video link. Alternatively, you may send your masterpiece directly to 5-hour ENERGY® headquarters.

Here are the "5-hour ENERGY® Empty Bottle Brainchild" rules again:

• Submissions must be received on or before July 26, 2011

• All entrants must provide applicable contact information and complete the required release form

• All works of art must be original and be created using actual 5-hour ENERGY® bottles

• Submissions must be made via the 5-hour ENERGY® Website, Facebook Page or sent by mail to 5-hour ENERGY® headquarters.

For inspiration, check out last year’s winner, Matt Bellner:

Use your time and empty bottles wisely, put on your thinking cap, and get crafty!


Energy Saving Tips for the Summer Months

Friday, July 15, 2011

While 5-hour ENERGY® has aided the energy crises of its fans the world over, we've not yet figured out how to use its power to run air conditioners or illuminate living rooms. Since most of us still rely on good 'ol gas and electricity to maintain our modern lifestyles, it's our social responsibility to use our sources of energy wisely. Here are some energy saving tips to help you power through summer while reducing your carbon footprint.

Turn it off - all the way off: Many newer electronics and chargers continue to use electricity even when they're switched off. To cut-down your shut-down time and protect your electronics while they're operating, consider a surge protector power strip.

Switch out your bulbs: You've probably been told a thousand times that trading-up to energy efficient light bulbs saves electricity - but you'd be surprised how much heat is generated by outdated bulbs. As much as 90% of the energy a regular light bulb requires is turned into heat energy, which means they're counteracting your air conditioning. Get double the energy savings by switching to energy efficient bulbs that run cooler.

Grill it: Not only will avoiding the oven keep your house cooler; firing up the charcoal grill will also keep your energy bill in check. If you would prefer to cook indoors, your microwave is the most energy-efficient method of heating food.
Turn up the fans, turn down the air: While 72 degrees might be more comfortable, you'll conserve energy by turning down the air and, instead, using oscillating fans and drinking ice-cold water to cool off. For extra energy savings, replace air conditioner filters monthly. Dirty filters can restrict airflow and cause your A/C to work overtime. You may also want to consider replacing outdated air conditioners with ENERGY STAR certified models.

Seal in the Cool: Seal window, door and duct leaks, install outlet covers and consider re-insulating your attic to keep cool air from escaping.
Get to the garden: Plant thick trees or shrubs next to windows. When they're full grown, they'll help keep your house cool by shading the sun's rays. If you lack a green thumb, try lowering cooling costs by applying energy efficient window films, which help block UV rays.

Cut down on pool costs: Adjust the automatic cleaning system to run every 4-5 hours for maximum filtering with minimum energy usage.

Looking for more ways to conserve energy? Use the US Department of Energy's Home ENERGY Saver™ tool to determine other ways you can save energy, which means saving money.


Summertime Safety Tips

Friday, July 8, 2011

According to Stanford researchers, summers are only going to get hotter. So, before you break out the kiddie pool or stretch out for a relaxing backyard tan - check out these summer safety tips to protect you and your family until the leaves start to turn.

Lessons from the Lifeguard
Just because you've seen every episode of Baywatch does not make you a water safety expert, and it certainly doesn't mean you know how to perform mouth-to-mouth (the kind the Hoff did on the beach, not off). All joking aside, being over-confident of your water safety skills or First Aid training can leave you in a very dangerous situation. Play it safe and brush up on your First Aid skills. Check out the American Red Cross website to find an emergency training course near you.

Feeling Hot, Hot Hot?
If not dealt with, that icky so-hot-you-want-to-stick-your-head-in-the-freezer feeling can turn into heat exhaustion or worse, heat stroke. By the time it gets to this point, sticking your head in the freezer isn't going to cut it - in fact, about 400 Americans die each year from heat stroke. Heat stroke occurs when your internal temperature rises too quickly and your body's natural cooling methods, like perspiration, begin to fail. Eventually, the organs of those suffering from heat stroke will stop functioning, which can cause permanent disability or death. Stay cool by drinking lots of fluids, wearing the proper warm-weather clothing and opting for shaded or indoor areas when it's especially warm outside. If you or someone you're with experiences the following symptoms, take the proper precautions and call for help:

• Weakness
• Dizziness
• Warm, moist skin and a pale complexion
• Nausea and vomiting

Pay special attention to individuals to the signs and symptoms of heat stroke if you have high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes or you are obese. All of these health conditions can raise your risk.

Don't Rock the Boat
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, operator errors account for 70 percent of boating accidents. Do your part this summer to keep our waterways safe:

Take a Boater Safety Course: The U.S. Coast Guard list several options for safety courses in your area.

• Wear your life jacket: The U.S. Coast Guard estimates that about 8 of every 10 boating-related fatalities could have been prevented if the victim had been wearing a life jacket.

• Check your vessel: make sure your boat, jetski or other watercraft is in tip top shape and adheres to all the safety guidelines.

Keep your summertime activities light and fun - stay safe!