go under cover
You're Earth Day-ed out and you can hardly stand to look at another compact fluorescent bulb. Well, no need to. The Lunet Lighting Cover covers up those curlicued bulbs in ceiling fixtures, reduces glare and reflects more natural light. The cover comes in frosted white, stained glass, amber Roman and deco designs. The heat-resistant plastic cover comes in two sizes: 3 3/4 inches and 4 1/2 inches in diameter. The covers are $2.99 each and should be at Linens 'n Things stores and some Ace Hardware stores by the end of the month. Online: fireflyenergygroup.com.
The wonders of white vinegar
If you're still on the lookout for natural cleaning remedies, don't forget white vinegar, which is practically a household wonder worker. Add a quarter-cup to the last rinse in the laundry cycle. It removes soap, prevents yellowing, softens fabrics, reduces static cling, and brightens colors. Find more uses for this magical elixir at vinegartips.com.
Check out the winners list
The Tampa Bay Builders Association presented awards recently in its annual spring Parade of Homes. See who won at www.
Gauging interest in home products
Every year Builder magazine tallies the number of reader inquiries it receives about the products it writes about. Here are 2007's top items: tankless water heaters, electric floor-warming systems, closet storage systems, folding patio doors, spray foam insulation, limestone products, bamboo butcher block, backup generators, stainless steel mosaics and terrazzo tiles.
Compiled by Times homes and garden editor Judy Stark