Four Benefits Of Portable Solar Kits For Your Cabin

Posted by on Jul 26th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Benefits Of Portable Solar Kits For Your Cabin

Few things are more alluring than a cabin in the woods to act as your own private retreat for sports and relaxation. But maintaining and powering a building can present many logistical challenges, particularly if your cabin is remote or only used for certain parts of the year. The go-to answer for many cabin owners has traditionally been a generator or fixed solar panels, but the increasing efficiency of solar technology has made portable cabin solar kits a more popular and viable option. As you determine how best to power your home away from home, consider the following four benefits of a portable solar kit instead.   Choosing Your Positioning The trouble with fixed solar panels is that they are almost always attached to the roof in the most advantageous position possible, even if that position doesn’t actually generate all that much power. Cabins located in the woods may force you to choose between keeping the lights on and the stately trees surrounding it, and removing those trees can be risky work. Rather than deal with the hassle for sub-optimal positioning anyways, you can instead place a set of portable panels in a truly ideal location, even if it is a hilltop some distance from your cabin.  Storing Your Panels Safely Once your vacation is over, or when winter brings heavy snows, you will likely want to protect your investment by securing it safely in your absence. Generators can typically be rolled or carried, but they are bulky and heavy and also present the issue of stored and transporting gasoline. Fixed panels typically cannot be moved at all. Portable solar kits are designed to be set up by homeowners, meaning they need to be both easy to handle and move around. This can make it much easier to bring them indoors to safety whenever they are not needed.  Saving Power for Later Use  One of the key advantages of solar power over a generator is that many solar kits also come equipped with batteries for when your current power production is not enough to meet demand. This will keep your lights on at night or on a dreary winter day without requiring a constant, noisy influx of power from a generator. Fixed solar panels often have battery banks as well, but older systems tend to be much less efficient than modern ones.  Generating Energy Cleanly and Quietly  Of course, the primary benefit of any solar setup is that, in most cases, you can set it and forget it without worrying about pollution or an endless barrage of noise. You should be able to wake up and hear the birds singing without worrying about drowning them out with the dull roar of a generator. If you want to truly commune with nature while avoiding the unnecessary cost and hassle of having fixed panels installed on a remote cabin, it’s hard to go wrong with the flexible durability of a portable cabin solar kit. Click here to learn more or buy cabin solar...

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Ways You Can Make Your Rental Apartment More Eco-Friendly

Posted by on Jan 25th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Ways You Can Make Your Rental Apartment More Eco-Friendly

When you are living in a rented apartment, you do not have the full control over your home and environment that a homeowner might. As such, if you are a person who is concerned about sustainability and the environment, it can be somewhat challenging for you to come up with ways to make your rental apartment more eco-friendly. While you cannot make any major changes or home improvements to your rented apartment, there are still many steps that you can take to make your rental apartment more eco-friendly. Get to know a few of these ideas and get started so that you can feel better knowing you are doing what you can to be eco-friendly. Change Out The Light Bulbs When you moved into your new apartment, your rental company will have fitted all of the built-in light fixtures with light bulbs. Most likely, the bulbs they chose were done so based on the price rather than the environmental impact they may have. Your first step towards sustainability and energy efficiency can, therefore, be to change out the standard light bulbs for more energy efficient versions such as LED or CFL bulbs. If some of your light fixtures are too difficult to reach to change those bulbs, use your own lamps to light that room or area instead of the built-in fixtures as much as possible to reduce the energy impact of your lighting. Install Curtains In Addition To The Provided Blinds Most rental apartments come with aluminum or similar window blinds to prevent outsiders from seeing into your apartment and to provide some shade and energy benefits. However, these shades alone are not always the most energy efficient window treatment options. They tend to leak light and energy from the sides of the blinds as well as between the slats. While you likely cannot remove the blinds and remain in compliance with your lease agreement, you can install curtain rods and curtains around the blinds. This will add another layer of control over the light that gets into your home and can improve your energy efficiency. Be sure to choose curtains that are rated as thermal blocking or energy efficient so that you get the most out of your curtains. The multiple layers of window treatments will give you options in your home and will keep you warmer in winter and cooler in summer, without violating your lease or causing damage to your apartment. With these ideas in mind, you can begin taking the steps necessary to make your rental apartment as eco-friendly and energy efficient as possible. Contact a company, such as Pacific Lamp Wholesale Inc, for more...

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Dealing With Soot Accumulation In Your Propane Fireplace

Posted by on Aug 4th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Dealing With Soot Accumulation In Your Propane Fireplace

If you’ve decided that you want a propane fireplace, it’s important that you understand how to keep the system clean. Any time you have residual propane molecules that don’t burn out, the molecules can settle on the surfaces and leave visible soot residue behind. You wouldn’t typically see any unburned molecules, but when molecules accumulate on surfaces, it leads to visible discoloration and black residue. Here’s a look at what you need to know about these deposits and how to deal with them.  Causes of Discoloration Dirt inside the Propane Fireplace – Since propane creates water vapor when it burns, the water vapor can pick up any dirt particles inside the fireplace and distribute them into the air. When those dirt particles reach a solid surface, they can lead to black discoloration. If you have dirt accumulating in your fireplace components, it can cause increased wear and tear, which might lead to even more particles being released. This often leads to increased soot build-up until you have the fireplace serviced. Wrong Parts – If you’ve decided to do some repairs or other work to the propane fireplace on your own, mistakes in part selection can also lead to discoloration. If you have a part that fits poorly, it can allow unburned gas particles to pass into the air, causing more residue inside the fireplace and along the walls. This is often a problem for propane fireplaces that are converted from natural gas. If your regulator isn’t precisely set, it can allow too much or too little propane into the space, causing residue problems.  Cleaning the Fireplace Any time you notice soot accumulation, you need to clean it up right away to avoid any long-term problems. Turn off the propane valve so that you don’t have any propane flowing. That prevents a fire hazard. Sweep the ash and debris out of the inside of the fireplace. Saturate a lint-free cleaning cloth with a cleaning solution that’s free of ammonia. Wipe the fireplace glass aggressively, making sure you remove all of the residue inside the glass. Use the rag to clean the burner ports, too. Make sure there’s no residual dark soot streaks inside the fireplace.    The more attention you pay to the operation of your propane fireplace, the longer it is likely to last. By being careful about soot accumulation and keeping it clean, you’re reducing the wear and tear that can happen to the burner ports and other components over time. For more help with your propane feed and the regulator, talk with a propane service specialist (such as one from Reeves Propane) who can help you assess your fireplace fuel needs....

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How To Care For Your Generator’s Batteries To Avoid Generator Failure

Posted by on Jun 16th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Care For Your Generator’s Batteries To Avoid Generator Failure

Few things are more annoying than a power outage, and an outage can be downright infuriating if you’re subject to one despite having a generator. Unfortunately, generator failure is fairly common. The reasons for generator failure can be very diverse, but one of the more common reasons is battery failure. Your generator relies on batteries in order to get started in the event of an outage, so when this vital component fails, you could find yourself in the dark. Here are a few tips for making sure your batteries come through in the clutch during an outage.  Run Your Generator Often A generator that is left to sit for months at a time is more likely to fail than one that gets regular maintenance, which is why most generators run once per week on a test mode. Allowing your generator to run during this time doesn’t cost much in terms of fuel, and it can keep your batteries from becoming corroded or otherwise losing power.  Have Them Checked Making sure that your batteries are on the preventative maintenance checklist is key to ensuring their efficiency. Be sure that your generator service provider checks your batteries every time you have maintenance done, whether it’s the manufacturer recommended intervals, or longer like once a year. Your service provider will likely check for corrosion and general battery health using a specific set of criteria to determine whether or not you should replace the battery. It is generally recommended that a battery be replaced every 2–3 years in order to preempt a battery failure.  Keep Them Clean Believe it or not, one of the most common reasons why a battery fails is lost voltage from a dirty terminal. A quick cleaning will do wonders for the life of your battery, and all you need to complete this is a pair of vice grips, a terminal brush, some baking soda and water and a towel. The same steps that you use to clean off your car’s battery can be used for your generator’s battery if you already have a system in place for your car’s battery.  Knowing how to care for your battery can be the difference between having a normal night at home and having dozens of dollars in spoiled food and being in the dark for a night or more, so be sure you’re properly maintaining your battery, especially since it only requires a few simple steps. For more information, contact a generator service like South Shore Generator Service...

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Buying A New Truck? 3 Reasons To Invest In A Vehicle With A Diesel Engine

Posted by on May 28th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Buying A New Truck? 3 Reasons To Invest In A Vehicle With A Diesel Engine

Having access to a truck can make everyday projects easier. The added cargo and towing capacity provided by trucks make them the perfect companion for drivers who participate in handyman or recreational projects on a regular basis. While there are many types of trucks available on today’s market, investing in a diesel-powered model can be beneficial. Here are three reasons why you should buy a truck that runs on diesel fuel in the near future. 1. Diesel-powered engines require less maintenance than traditional gas-powered engines. Proper maintenance is a must for drivers who want their trucks to run properly. Unfortunately, maintenance costs can begin to add up quickly over time. If you want to reduce the amount of money it takes to keep your truck traveling down the road, then a diesel engine is the right choice for you. Since diesel-powered engines don’t rely on spark plugs to function, the amount of friction and heat produced by these engines is significantly less than is produced by a traditional gas-powered engine. Eliminating the need to replace spark plugs helps reduce maintenance cost for those drivers who invest in diesel-fueled trucks. 2. Diesel fuel produces more torque than traditional gas. Since you will likely rely on your truck to haul heavy loads or tow your boat or trailer on a regular basis, you will want to have access to as much power as possible. Diesel-fueled engines produce higher levels of torque than their gas-powered counterparts. Statistics show that diesel fuel carries about 11% more energy per gallon than gasoline. This higher energy content generally means that a diesel-fueled engine can make 15 to 30 PSI of torque, with some turbo-boosted diesel engines producing between 30 and 50 PSI of torque. If you are looking for a lot of power, then invest in a truck with a diesel-fueled engine. 3. Diesel engines are built to last. If you are investing in a new truck, you likely want your investment to last. Even though it’s impossible for an engine to last forever, diesel-fueled engines have been shown to last longer than their gasoline-powered counterparts. One driver has logged one million miles on his diesel engine, and the engine is still running strong. With proper lubrication and regular maintenance, you can get a significant amount of use from your diesel engine. If you are looking for a truck that will go the distance, then consider investing in a diesel-fueled truck in the future. Buying a vehicle is a big decision, but when you opt to invest in a diesel-powered truck you are able to enjoy a vehicle that requires less maintenance, produces more power, and will last longer than a traditional gasoline-powered...

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About Me

Do you have an area on your property that is far from the home, and would make a perfect gathering space for your friends and family? Do you picture yourself gathered with those closest to you around a fire enjoying freshly grilled foods and cold drinks? If so, you could make your dream a reality like I did. My problem was that I could not figure out how to create a permanent setting without spending a small fortune to run power to the area. Then, I talked with a local contractor that suggested a large propane tank and propane lights and appliances. To learn how I set up my outdoor living space using only propane for power, visit my website.

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