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How a DIY Solar Panel Guide Changed My Life

How a DIY Solar Panel Guide Changed My Life

My electric bill was killing me

The bad economy, oil prices going up and down, inflation… with all that is going on my power company raised their rates by almost 10%. I just couldn’t keep up; I was doing all I could do use as little power at home as possible. Something was going to have to change but I did not know what. IF that wasn’t bad enough this whole issue of climate change has me concerned, but what could I do?

Climate change and the individual

I have a three year old and when I think about her future I can’t help but think of climate change and the environment. I was always taught that as an individual I could make a difference, but this thing is so big what could I do? I was having that discussion with a friend whom I had not seen in quite a while and that is when he told me about a website that teaches regular people how to build solar panels and windmills; I was intrigued.

DIY solar panel guide – best 50 bucks I ever spent

I went to the website and, read through it, and decided to buy their guide. It cost 50 bucks and I am glad I bought it. As soon as it was downloaded I could plainly see that these plans were designed for people who didn’t know much about building stuff; you know, the non-engineer types. everything I need was plainly aid for me, even pre-written material lists.

Easy and cheap to build

I took the material list to the hardware store and got everything on the list in one place for $189.00. Took it home and laid everything out. Then I read through the instructions one time and went to work. I was really surprised when 6 hours later I had a great looking solar panel. I was so pleased with my self and my DIY solar panel guide! The next day I hooked it up to my house (following the instructions and all the safety steps of course). Two electric bills later I was even more surprised to see that I had saved about 40% on my bill with just that one panel.

Anyone concerned about the environment should be get to know this DIY solar panel guide

Individuals can make a difference; if 1 out of ten people who owns a home built just one solar panel or windmill using this easy to read and follow DIY solar panel guide… I mean think of all the energy that would be save, all the oil that we would not use. Yes I am saving money, but I know I am also doing my part to save something more important for my little girl.

Insulated Pet Doors

Insulated Pet Doors

Insulated pet doors are weather proof and can keep your energy bills manageable. How? They have dual flaps with a cushion of air in between them. It works like the vestibule or foyer in older houses, only a lot smaller of course. It has the outside flap that leads to the inside flap and blocks the wind and the weather. So it only lets in what you want – your pet, not the heat of summer or blistery cold of winter.

Insulated pet doors can be designed to fit in a wall or a door or a window. Because of their sturdy construction, they are a benefit year round. In the autumn, these doors keep the wind and the leaves from blowing through and ending up all over your floor. It also keeps out that high pitched howling sound that can unnerve anyone around Halloween, or any other time of the year. They keep out those harsh winter drafts that can suck the heat right our of your house and cause your furnace to work overtime. During the Spring, insulated pet doors keep the allergens out. You’ll be surprised how much less you have to dust your furniture. In the summer they help keep the cool air in and the heat of the sun out. All the while, your pets can come and go when you want them to, season after season. What could be better?

Insulated pet doors provide security because you can lock them when you are away. Many a burglar has snuck through an unprotected pet door designed for a larger dog. Another security advantage is when your pet uses the dual flap system, it reduces the likelihood of a flap getting stuck open, letting all sorts of things in you’d rather not have in your house.

It may take a little while for your pet to get the hang of going through two doors, especially if they have only used the single floppy type of the older pet doors. This may especially be true for cats. But a little coaxing and they will get the idea in no time. You don’t have to worry. There is not enough space between the two flaps for them to feel they are getting trapped. You won’t have a panicky pet. 

It is best to purchase an insulated pet door that has flexible flaps as opposed to the harder stiff type that can be harsh feeling on their backs. Everyone likes a back scratch now and then, but that is no way for your pet to get one. A flexible vinyl is the best way to go. More and more models are manufacturing the flaps with this softer but still weather resistant material. 

So, it would be a wise move to install an insulated pet door. The savings in energy bills could likely pay for it in one year. That way you won’t have a hole in your door or wall sucking out the comfortable air. You also won’t have a huge hole in your wallet every time the energy bill comes in the mail. 

How Do Septic Tanks Work?

How Do Septic Tanks Work?

You already know that when you flush the toilet, pour water in your sink or empty the tub the water goes somewhere. But have you ever stopped to think about where it goes or what happens to it? Large cities have equally large and complicated sewage or water treatment systems designed to salvage as much of the useable water from the waste as possible. If, however, you are like 25% of Canadians and you live in a smaller or rural community, you are more likely to have a septic system on your property than you are to share a sewer with neighbors.

What is a Septic System?

A private onsite septic system is designed to be functional and sanitary. It basically receives all the water waste that is expelled through your home’s plumbing and treats it to extract the useable water waste that can be absorbed by the soil on the property. In a nutshell, a septic tank separates solid waste from liquids. The solid waste is stored in the septic tank. Solid waste exists in two forms – a top layer of grease referred to as scum, and a bottom layer of solids more commonly known as sludge. In a septic tank, the liquids that are separated from solid waste are called effluent and they are dispersed throughout the soil on the property by a mechanism called a leaching system. The leaching system is a part of the septic system, which is often buried just a few feet away from the septic tank. The leaching system helps the effluent flow from the septic tank into the soil.

In a Nutshell?

A septic tank receives the wastewater that comes from regular use of household plumbing and treats it until it is at a safe environmental level. Then the septic ank returns the serviceable portion – known as the waste effluent to the soil surrounding the property.

An Outline of the Septic System

Below is a general outline of the main components of any septic system:

– Sewer line – this is the main waste line leading from your home’s plumbing to the septic tank

– Septic tank – this is the underground tank that receives and treats your home’s waterwaste

– Leaching system – this is the drainage system that allows for waste effluent to be dispersed into the soil

Now that you have a basic understanding of how a septic tank works, you should note that if you are considering buying a home with a septic tank, you should inspect the tank before investing in the home.

Beware of Old Septic Tanks

Because buying a home is a huge investment, you have a home inspector inspect the property before you close the deal. Similarly, septic systems are very expensive, and thus, you should make sure to inspect the system properly or have it inspected so that you know what you are getting into. If your home is older, it may have a septic tank made out of steel or wood. If that’s the case, you will definitely be looking at replacing that septic tank.

Tanks made out of steel inevitably rust and end up needing to be replaced. Similarly, septic tanks made out of wood will end up rotting and also needing to be replaced. These days, septic tanks are manufactured out of concrete, fiberglass or polyethylene. These materials have proven to be more durable and efficient. If the home you are considering buying has an older septic tank made of wood or steel, you can decide to use it as a negotiating point or move on to a different house to save yourself the headache.

Eco Friendly Cleaners Help the Family Stay Healthy

Eco Friendly Cleaners Help the Family Stay Healthy

There are many different types of cleaners used, there are pet sprays, oven cleaners, spray foam rug cleaners and one thing they all have in common is they are not eco friendly cleaners. They are cleaners filled with chemicals that are toxic and being sprayed on the dog to keep fleas off of them or to make them smell clean. There are oven cleaners that use chemicals to melt the burned on grease in the oven and there are foam sprays that are supposed to make the carpet clean and smell nice.

The problem with these is when using them they can make you cough, they can irritate the eyes, and this is not a good sign. What is worse is the pet sprays are being put directly on what is supposed to be your best friend and it can have skin and health effects on them. These types of cleaners and pet sprays cannot only harm pets they can cause rashes and allergic reactions in humans and often the most affected humans are children.

To end this problem and reduce the amount of toxins in the home means getting rid of all the cleaners in the cupboard and replacing them with eco friendly cleaners that do not contain chemicals. These cleaners are made from natural products and do not contain harmful chemicals. They are ingredients that have been used for hundreds of years to keep homes clean; to keep pets clean and bug free, to polish wood and the best part is they are safe. They will not harm humans or pets they will not harm the earth or the ozone.

The earth takes punishment from smoke, smog and other man made punishments and cleaners do not have to be added to the group of caustic things put into the air and into the ground. It is easy to change this pattern of abuse on the earth and it needs to change as there has been so much damage done already. These eco friendly products are non petroleum based, they have neutral pH levels and are non aerosol products. That is not true with any of the toxic cleaners and that means they do hurt the environment. What else getting rid of these toxins will do is make the air in the home a better quality for the family to breath. This is because chemicals were in the air before even when the area was clean and smelled clean and the reason is toxic cleaners leave residue behind and they are sprayed in the air.

Eco Friendly cleaners are made with ingredients like real citrus, not just citrus scent and other natural products that clean just as well and do not poison the air or disturb the natural balance of the environment. This is important since there are so many other pollutants in the environment; this is something personal that can be done to begin changing the level of pollutions.

Spyder LB1200 Robot Lawn Mower Unpacked

Spyder LB1200 Robot Lawn Mower Unpacked

The Spyder LB1200 is a robot lawn mower designed for people looking at improving the quality of their life style. Release yourself from a huge household burden, mowing the lawn!

What are the highlights?

The Spyder is a sleek looking machine, forest green color, with two handles on the top sides to better grasp the mower and carry it around. This electric mower produces very little noise and covers a lot of ground in little time. It’s silent and green!

What is so great about this lawn mower?

The Spyder LB1200 doesn’t require a perimeter wire. The mower relies on obstacles found on the property such as; rocks, trees, fences, concrete and asphalt, and others. The mower relies on specially patented sensors to manage the mowing action. Once the mower reaches a zone containing dry lawn or asphalt, it turns away and continues its course through uncut lawn. It will only cut your grass, nothing else!

The Spyder robot mower provides quality lawn mowing performance and merges simplicity with safety.

How to operate the Spyder LB1200?

The Spyder package includes the mower, lithium battery, the cable for charging and the user’s manual. Once you reach the first full charge, all you need to do is grasp the two handles on the top of the robot lawn mower to settle it on your lawn, and press the “On” button on the top. As easy as 1-2-3.

What are the Spyder’s benefits and drawbacks?

The Spyder LB1200 is closest to simplicity as you’ll ever get. There is no time consuming installation. No wires to install around the perimeter of your property, no programming, just shear lawn maintenance performance. It can manage slopes up to 27 degrees with its 4 wheel traction. The 18 pounds or a little over 8 kilos mower will perform on yards up to 5500 square feet.

Bare in mind that this lawn mower does not have cliff sensors nor does it have a perimeter wire. If your property has a beautiful pond, creek, river or simply no obstacle to limit the mowers action, you might want to pass up on the Spyder LB1200 since it doesn’t come with swim aids. You will find that other Lawnbott robot lawn mower models might better meet your needs.

A final word

The Spyder LB1200 is definitely a great and efficient product for busy home owners looking for every way to be released from the house chores demon. At around 1 000$, the Spyder is a smart choice when looking at some of the traditional lawn mowers out there starting at 600-700$ to a few thousand dollars. Oh, and labour is not included!

Super Affordable Solar Power Energy YOU Can Use to Knock Off Chunks From Your Electricity Bills!

Super Affordable Solar Power Energy YOU Can Use to Knock Off Chunks From Your Electricity Bills!

If you haven’t heard the concept of affordable solar power energy, then it might be safe to say that you have been living under a rock since the beginning of this century! Hehe… Ok… Maybe not living under a rock, thats a bit silly! But perhaps you simply have not been aware of the power of renewable energy and all it has to offer for you and your household.

You see lots of homeowners are switching to homemade solar power energy. There are some powerful reasons to make the switch such as saving money on your energy bills and helping to fight against global warming. Its proven that these solar power systems are very capable of saving you a ton of money on a yearly basis when it comes to your electricity bills. Its even possible to eliminate your electricity company and draw your own energy supply. which means you would never have to worry about electricity bills ever again.

However, many people are scared of investing into a solar power system when they see the price tags associated with these devices. They are of course expensive to purchase. In fact these solar power systems can cost a lot of money and range from thousands of dollars in price from delivery to installation. However they do pay for themselves over a short period of time as they can really save you money.

If you feel that the price tag for a solar power device is what’s pushing you away from making a purchase for one of these devices, then you’ll be happy to know that there is an affordable solar power method that you can apply to straight away. I’m talking about an affordable solar energy system that you can assemble yourself. A system that can help you save money and wont break the bank so to speak! Its easy to install and costs around $200 dollars which is incredibly cheap if you compare that price to the price of getting a professional solar power device installed into your home.

Its a simple DIY process that requires no more than a few materials you can purchase in your local hardware store. Some of the materials include such things like plywood, copper mesh, glass and a battery!

While there is a heck of a lot of free guides and materials you can find online, a lot of these instructions lack clarity and sufficient guidance. The information is confusing and may lead you in the wrong direction when you are assembling your solar panel. This is a surefire way of failing with this project. A proper plan is what you’ll need in place. A step-by-step program thats easy to follow and understand thats explains such areas like legal Information regarding your new solar power system or detailed maintenance instructions and also where to find the materials you need for your solar panels.

You can get some great guidebooks that will show you exactly what you need to do in order to build your own DIY solar power system. These guides usually sell for around $40-50 bucks and contain all the information you need to get you started and get you saving money! Thousands of people have built there very own solar power device and are very happy to report that its making a big difference to their energy bills. Not only that.. but they have a feel good factor too, as they are helping to fight against global warming!

Creating Your Media Room

Creating Your Media Room

Home entertainment has become a major focus of family life. Modern home-based entertainment is electronic, stereophonic, high-fidelity surround sound and larger-than-life video. Choosing the home entertainment furniture used to hold the electronic equipment in this media room is critical in creating a functional and comfortable environment, and it’s not as difficult as you might think!

Choosing Media Furniture to Match Your Décor

You need not be a world-class interior decorator to select entertainment furniture of a style appropriate to your present home décor. Trust your judgment coupled with a few common sense rules. If you have colonial or country décor, think about richly worked hardwood pieces. Consider cabinet styles that house not only the electronics, but provide nooks, niches, and shelves for displaying photographs and other family treasures. If you prefer a contemporary style, consider selecting streamlined pieces constructed of glass and chrome. This furniture is designed to be visually integrated with your electronic equipment and some are designed to gather several pieces of electronics equipment into a functional media unit. If you have a more eclectic sense of style, there are many transitional designs available to enable you to express your personal style.

Converting a Family Room to a Home Theater

Most families can redesign an existing room to create a comfortable, functional, and enjoyable home theater. The room need not be especially large, provided you make efficient use of the available space. Compact spaces can benefit from the use of a corner television stand which offers ample storage space for electronics, gaming systems and your DVD player to make use of that “dead zone” within your space.The audio and video equipment should be of good quality, and the seating should be placed in such a way where every guest can enjoy the experience without difficulty. Grace the area with a candle and a piece of artwork or figurine that sets the mood for relaxation. Selecting media furniture that is unique for your situation can turn your media room into the best family space in your home.

The Non Toxic Cleaner Wins Out Against the Chemical Cleaner

The Non Toxic Cleaner Wins Out Against the Chemical Cleaner

The non toxic cleaner wins out against the chemical cleaner every time, these are cleaners that are safe for the family, they are natural and not man made. They can clean just as well as the man made chemical cleaners that are dangerous for humans and animals, which can also be hazardous to the environment The cleaners that have been used in cleaning are things like salt, vinegar, lemon and orange. They have natural properties for cleaning surfaces and materials, yet at the same time they can make a home smell good. These are also items that are not dangerous to the family or the earth; they are safe even if a young child was to get into them, which is something that cannot be said for cleaners that contain chemicals. The chemical cleaner clearly states that it is dangerous and can be harmful if swallowed or gotten in the eyes. This should be enough to show it is not a safe type of cleaning, because just as there is a fresh clean smell left from the non toxic cleaner, there will be one left from the chemical cleaner and what will also be left is a chemical residue on any surface or material that is cleaned using these product This might not be something that is even thought about, but just setting food on a counter it is absorbing chemicals that will then be eaten. The baby crawling across the floor or the pet on a freshly washed floor will also be getting chemicals on their skin that can cause skin rashes or end up in the mouth. These are things that should be taken into consideration, since the non toxic cleaners can do the same jobs and the difference is they are safe even if they get in the mouth or eyes.

The non toxic cleaner wins out against the chemical cleaner every time, these are cleaners that are safe for the family, they are natural and not man made. They can clean just as well as the man made chemical cleaners that are dangerous for humans and animals, which can also be hazardous to the environment.

The cleaners that have been used in cleaning are things like salt, vinegar, lemon and orange. They have natural properties for cleaning surfaces and materials, yet at the same time they can make a home smell good. These are also items that are not dangerous to the family or the earth; they are safe even if a young child was to get into them, which is something that cannot be said for cleaners that contain chemicals. The chemical cleaner clearly states that it is dangerous and can be harmful if swallowed or gotten in the eyes. This should be enough to show it is not a safe type of cleaning, because just as there is a fresh clean smell left from the non toxic cleaner, there will be one left from the chemical cleaner and what will also be left is a chemical residue on any surface or material that is cleaned using these products.

This might not be something that is even thought about, but just setting food on a counter it is absorbing chemicals that will then be eaten. The baby crawling across the floor or the pet on a freshly washed floor will also be getting chemicals on their skin that can cause skin rashes or end up in the mouth. These are things that should be taken into consideration, since the non toxic cleaners can do the same jobs and the difference is they are safe even if they get in the mouth or eyes.

There are other things that natural cleaners are able to do, like clean a car as good as a cleaner with chemicals and when the car is rinsed there will be no chemicals being washed into the ground or storm drain. This is one thing that cannot be said about the char washing cleaners that have chemicals; these are washed straight into the ground.

This is one of the good points about using non toxic cleaners, they will not hurt the earth and at the same time they can do just as good of a job as the cleaners that are manufactured with chemicals that can hurt the earth and affect the ozone layer. This is something some people do not think about, they do not think about the chemical residue that is left behind or about where the chemicals are going when washed down the drain or even the container is thrown in the garbage. The largest difference beside chemicals is the refreshing smell of natural cleaners, unlike the man made smells in the chemical cleaners, these even when smelling like citrus are not real and will fade shortly.

Popular Upholstery Choices For Lazy Boy Recliners

Popular Upholstery Choices For Lazy Boy Recliners

As an added bonus and selling point for lazy boy recliners, a wide variety of materials, fabrics and types of upholstery are available to cover the chair – making it a versatile option for any room. Traditional choices and modern fabrics are combined to give those shopping for a lazy boy recliner many options when it comes to choosing a chair that is going to remain in style for years to come.

Traditional fabrics are popular, such as leather and canvas, which make the chair durable, as well as versatile. Leather is one of the most popular types of upholstery for lazy boy recliners, as well as one of the most traditional. Leather is durable and when cared for properly the chair can remain in style and in pristine condition for years to come. Leather is available in a wide variety of colors and types and can be chosen to match the décor of the room where the recliner is being placed.

Cotton and canvas fabrics absorb stains and therefore the owner must be a little more careful when choosing these fabrics when pets and children are in the home and near the furniture. These types of fabrics are durable as well, and can be treated with stain resistant measures to reduce the damage to the chair through its use. One of the aspects that make cotton and canvas such a favorable option is the wide variety of colors and patterns that are available to customize the lazy boy recliner.

Other materials that are commonly used for the upholstery of lazy boy recliners include suede and micro suede, which are durable and stylish – perfect for the modern lazy boy recliner.

Modern lazy boy recliner chairs offer a variety of options when it comes to custom fabrics that can be used to cover the chair, easing the décor issues that can come with choosing a chair that has a set color palette.

Hidden Spy Cameras For Professional and Law Enforcement Surveillance

Hidden Spy Cameras For Professional and Law Enforcement Surveillance

Hidden cameras by definition do their best work when no one can tell there is a camera watching them. No one is more famous for this kind of stuff than James Bond or Tom Cruise in the “Mission Impossible” movies.

Private Investigators and law enforcement agencies worldwide have been using hidden cameras for years with great success. More recently businesses have been using hidden cameras with great success as well.

There was a craze on NBC especially of using a hidden camera to try and catch on-line predators of underage girls who are actually undercover female police officers. I guess it makes for good TV even for NBC. Couldn’t get into it myself and dislike the peacock network immensely-another story.

Hidden cameras have a long and glorious history in spy agencies like the CIA and regular governmental law enforcement agencies on the local, state and federal levels. They all discovered long ago the power of an audio and video record of wrongdoing in legal proceedings.

It provides irrefutable evidence of what happened. It is powerful evidence-maybe the best. Let’s face it they can’t be everywhere 24/7 so hidden cameras provide another set of eyes for them.

For many applications a surveillance camera or system is fine and can do a great job. When you need an undercover application nothing is as good as a hidden spy camera.

They come disguised as many items that are a common as the day is long.

There are thirteen models that have built in DVR’s-ten that are stationary and three that are portable. The ten stationary models include an exit sign that is perfect for any retail, business, and warehouse or office situation. The others include an alarm clock, boom box, tower fan, desk lamp, two wall clocks, an electrical outlet, an air purifier, and lastly an air freshener.

These all are ultra easy to use. Basically point and start recording with a remote. Then to playback use the SD card in your computer or the RCA cable to your TV.

These three high tech tools are the perfect solution for the professional Private Investigator or undercover law enforcement official. They also are the answer for any situation that demands a solution like a domestic violence dispute or office harassment situation.

When you need to see what is going on when you can’t be there for home, office, business, as an uncover operative or professional investigator these hidden spy cameras with built in DVR are a foolproof way to do it.

As always technical support is available at no extra cost.