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2 Ways To Get Power At Your Hunting Cabin

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you have a cabin up in the woods where you spend a few weeks a year hunting, you probably want to be as comfortable at your cabin as you are at home. One thing that you may think that you need in order to be comfortable is electricity. That way you can run a refrigerator, charge your devices, and have lights. The problem with getting power out to your cabin is that if it is up in the woods, you probably can’t run a power line out to it. There are other alternatives that you can use so you can power up your cabin.  Generator One option is to bring a generator out to your cabin. There are a variety of sizes that you can choose from. You can get a generator that is just big enough to run a couple of lights and charge your devices or one that is big enough to power your entire cabin, including a refrigerator, stove, and oven. While you can get the right size generator, there are some problems with using a generator to power your hunting cabin. One of the problems is that you have to transport enough fuel to run your generator. That means you either have to storing the fuel in large tanks at your cabin or bring fuel every time you come up. Another problem is that generators are loud and smelly. You don’t want to have anything noisy that might drive away the animals that you are there to hunt or that can disturb the peace you may be looking for.  Solar Another option available to you is to use solar panels. You install the panels on your roof or on a stand near your cabin. The panels absorb the energy given out by the sun, and then send it to the inverter. From the inverter, the power can either go straight to whatever you want to be powered, or you can send the juice to batteries and then pull the energy from the batteries. The nice thing about filling batteries is that they tend to hold on to the power for a long time, so if you are going to be away from your cabin for a few weeks or months, you can disconnect the system and the batteries will still be ready to go when you get back. You can fill as many batteries as you want, which will make sure that you have power if it gets dark, snowy, or at night. For more information on installing a solar panel system at your cabin, contact a company in your area that sells cabin solar energy kits. A lot of people really enjoy hunting. If you have a hunting cabin that you visit, you want to be comfortable there. Having power is one way to do that...

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4 Solutions To Give Your Home Affordable Radiant Heating With Renewable Resources

Posted by on Apr 25, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you want to have a heating solution for your home that is really affordable, radiant heating may be the best choice. This is because it is one of the few types of heating that offer you a variety of different solutions for renewable energy, which can reduce costs or sometimes even make your heating system completely independent. Here are some of the solutions that you may want to consider for affordable radiant heating with renewable resources: 1. Using Electrical Heating For Smaller Systems And Solar Panels If you just want to add something like in-floor heating to an area like a bathroom, electrical heating systems can be a good choice. With the smaller installations, you can even power these with a solar panel array, which can be used for other systems in your home during the months you do not need heating. 2. Biomass Boilers To Provide You With An Affordable Heating Solution Biomass boilers are another good choice that you may want to consider for the heating in your home. These systems use a variety of different energy resources, which can even include firewood. The fuel costs of a biomass boiler are much less costly than conventional gas or oil boilers. If you are looking for a renewable energy solution, these are some of the best systems that you can have installed in your home. 3. Using Solar Water Heaters To Reduce The Energy Consumption Of Your Heating Solar water heaters can be a great solution for various mechanical systems. They can be connected to a conventional boiler to reduce the energy needed to heat water. Many people commonly think of solar energy to be used only for electrical production, but a solar water heater can be a good alternative to incorporate solar energy into your home’s mechanical systems. There are also ways natural gas fuels like propane can be used to power your boiler, which, combined with a solar water heater, can be extremely efficient and use little fuel. 4. Geothermal Loops And Thermal Storage Tanks To Make Radiant Heating More Efficient Geothermal systems are another great improvement for radiant heating. They can be used in several different ways, such as for thermal storage with a solar water heater or for a geothermal heat exchanger. You can also combine these systems with thermal storage tanks, which are like the tanks on water heaters and used to store hot water. These are some of the affordable improvements that you may want to consider for a radiant heating system that is energy efficient and uses renewable resources. If you are ready to start improvement the heating in your home, you may want to consider switching to propane gas and installing a solar water heater. You can have the propane tanks delivered to your home and reduce your energy costs....

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Two Tips For Storing Your Company’s Industrial Batteries

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Your business may rely on industrial batteries for a number of purposes. However, if you have only recently started a company that uses these devices, you may not realize the appropriate steps needed to properly store them. As a result, you may make mistakes that can shorten the lifespan of these devices. By following these two tips, you can help make sure that your business is getting the most from its investment in batteries. Create A Battery Storage Room If batteries are stored in conditions such as high humidity or excessively hot or cold temperatures, they can start to degrade. To prevent this type of damage from occurring to your batteries, you should make it a point to create a special room for storing them. When choosing a room to designate as a battery storage area, you should select a room that is well-ventilated, out of direct sunlight and that has stable temperatures. Additionally, you should consider installing a dehumidifier to help prevent condensation from forming on the batteries and corroding them. While it may seem like taking these steps to store industrial batteries is inconvenient, it is essential for ensuring your enterprise’s batteries are in good condition when they are needed. Regularly Inspect And Test The Batteries In addition to properly storing the batteries, you should also make it a point to create a testing schedule. During these inspections, you will need to test the voltage of the batteries to ensure they are still properly charged. This can be done by using a battery testing kit. You will need to purchase a kit that is designed for use on your specific batteries, and these can usually be purchased from most industrial battery dealers like RME-Energy. Also, you will need to visually inspect the batteries for any signs of dirt, dust or corrosion accumulation on the contact points. If you notice the contact points becoming dirty, you should use a microfiber cloth to gently remove the materials from the battery. Never wet the cloth when doing this work or you may experience a shock. Ensuring that your business is properly storing its batteries will require you to take protective steps. Failing to take these steps can cause your batteries to quickly lose their charge, which can render them useless.  Having an appreciation for the benefits of creating a specific battery storage room as well as testing and inspecting the batteries will help your company to get good value from its expenditures on...

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Using Your Senses To Check Your Outside Propane Tank After Severe Weather

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in Uncategorized |

You should always see to the integrity of your outdoor propane tank after any severe storm or other weather condition. Extreme weather can physically impact your tank or cause a leak. Here’s how you should use your senses when checking your tank after severe weather. Use Your Nose and Ears The smell of propane is a strong odor akin to rotten eggs. If you smell it as you approach your propane tank, then it’s possible you have a leak. If the smell is that obvious, then you should go no closer to the tank. Instead, turn off the gas and call your fire department or a professional propane or propane tank service. They can guide you toward what you need to do next. But it’s important that you get yourself and anybody else away from the propane tank. On the other hand, if the scent is light, or barely discernible, while you’re closer to the tank, then the same rules apply. You should turn the gas off, leave the vicinity of the tank, and report the possible leak. Of course, if you smell nothing, it doesn’t mean that you’re in the clear yet. Along with sniffing for the smell of gas, you should also listen for the sound of escaping gas. Even if you cannot smell it, hearing it is just as much of a cause for concern. Use Your Sight What do you see? Has the propane tank moved at all? Do you notice any dents or other kind of damage? At the sign of movement or physical damage, you should have your tank inspected immediately. Don’t just look at the tank itself, though. You must also check to see if any of your gas lines have any damage as well. Even a slight bend can turn into a problem. Also look at the tank cover and underneath it. Are the valves intact? Does the regulator look alright to you? If everything is in order, then your tank is probably fine. Use Your Common Sense It’s not only in the aftermath of a hurricane that you should wonder about the integrity of your propane tank. You should always stay vigilant when it comes to your tank. It’s not that you shouldn’t trust your tank; propane tanks are extremely safe. However, remember that some storms can toss cars around as if they weigh nothing. It only makes sense that you should check on your tank after severe weather events. In all cases, if you suspect anything at all, or if you’re simply unsure, contact a professional propane...

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Company Need A New Forklift? Why You Should Consider Propane

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you are planning to buy a new forklift for your company, you should consider purchasing a propane forklift instead of an electric one.  They Have Power A propane forklift has a lot of power and maintains 100 percent of their power during operation. This means, if you have heavy loads, a propane forklift can push them while at full capacity even if you are moving product from one end of your building to another, even while going up or down inclines. They can also work for a longer amount of time when compared to an electric forklift. Cost Effective Your gas or diesel powered forklifts produce deposits on the engine while they are being used, which has to be cleaned. This takes time and costs money in cleaning agents. Because a propane forklift does not use gas, you will not have this problem. Propane engines may also last longer when compared to gas engines.  It also takes less time to refuel a propane forklift when compared to a gas-powered one, which means your employees can spend more time doing their job. Good for the Environment If you have a green company then you should have a propane forklift. Propane is a clean-burning fuel and it is non-toxic. You do not have to worry about spillage and propane will not evaporate into the atmosphere. The vapor from propane does not cause air pollution, and it is less harmful if it is inhaled by people or animals. Propane will also not damage saltwater, freshwater, or marine life. Saves Time An electric forklift will run out of power at some point, and you have to stop and recharge it. This can take some time, and can be an inconvenience if you have only one forklift and need it during that time. A propane forklift, on the other hand, keeps going as long as you have propane. Used Both Indoor and Outdoor If you use an electrical forklift outside and it gets wet, the parts will short circuit. If you have product that you need to move both inside and outside, such as taking product to a loading dock, a propane forklift can do this for you, as rain or snow will not harm it because it does not have electrical parts. Because you can use it both inside and outside, you can store it almost anywhere you like on your property, such as in a storage shed outside. This also saves you a lot of space inside, as you will not have to have a place to keep your forklifts. Besides these advantages, you can refuel a propane forklift much quicker than an electric one. When you run out of propane, you only have to swap one cylinder out for a new one. This takes much less time than filling up a forklift’s tank with gas. Contact a local outlet, such as Mills Fuel Service Inc, for further...

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Choosing The Right Propane Appliances For Your Tiny Home

Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Propane appliances are a frugal and practical choice when living in a tiny home. Some tiny home dwellers use boat or camper appliances for their tiny spaces. Depending on your space, whether your home is mobile or stationary and whether you are living on- or off-grid, there is an abundance of choices. Propane Refrigerators Propane refrigerator design is much simpler, because they do not need electrical components. They have no moving parts other than the thermostat, and the cooling unit is completely sealed. Some tiny home dwellers use RV propane refrigerators, which also require a 12-volt DC electric source to keep them operational, even when running on gas. These do not have as long a life expectancy as conventional propane refrigerators. Propane Hot Water Heaters Because of space considerations, most tiny home dwellers choose a propane-powered on-demand hot water heater. The size of your unit depends on how many people or appliances it is serving. Smaller units are usually only good for one appliance at a time, so you can’t wash dishes while someone else is showering. If you live in a harsh winter climate, you need to install an indoor unit vented to the outside to avoid having it freeze. Propane Stoves and Ovens Propane stoves with ovens come in units as small as 20 inches wide. If you don’t do much baking, you may opt for only burners with no oven. If you don’t have the space, live in a milder climate and are more stationary, an outdoor propane stove with oven may be a viable alternative. Some tiny home dwellers are fine with only a two-burner camping stove. Propane Heaters Propane heaters always have to be vented to the outdoors to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. The size and capacity of your heater is determined by a number of elements, which  can be easily found using a handy online calculator. Another consideration is the clearance you will need around your heater. For tiny homes, it is common to try the do-it-yourself approach to save money, but when you are dealing with propane, it’s always best to have professional advice. You should plan for each appliance during the design phase so as to allow sufficient room and clearances. Ask your local propane dealer like Anderson’s Propane if he can do the consultation himself or if  he will recommend someone to do it for you. There are so many things to consider when dealing with propane appliances and you want to be sure you get the best advice possible....

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Why Is Heating Oil Popular In The Northeast?

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you’re new to rural New England, you might be wondering why most households still use heating oil. It’s surprising, considering that the price of heating oil has been steadily rising and isn’t always as cost-efficient as natural gas, as the U.S. Energy Information Administration reports. Still, heating oil has held on in the northeastern states, where 87% of all heating oil is used. To understand why, you have to know the history and benefits of heating oil. Lack of Infrastructure In the past, many New England homes were built before there was infrastructure for natural gas to be transported to them. Heating oil, on the other hand, can be transported in trucks and stored where it is more accessible. Even today, it can be difficult to lay down natural gas lines to rural homes. The Northeast states tend to have very rocky soil with many cliffs, which makes digging holes for the line very expensive. It can cost over $10,000 to make the change. For most households, the price of having natural gas lines to their home outweighs the price of filling their heating oil tanks. Low Population Density In the rural areas of the Northeast, the population density can be very low. Houses in the region can be spread across long distances, which means there would have to be many natural gas pipelines. This simply isn’t feasible for natural gas companies, who would have to have many different centers from which they could pump the gas. This would require the gas companies to spend money manning and maintaining the lines. So, even if the soil weren’t so rocky, it would still be difficult for natural gas to be distributed. Stable Transportation So why don’t people just have natural gas transported to them in trucks, just like propane? Propane can easily be transported in liquid form, where it is more stable. However, natural gas has a lower liquidation point, which makes it difficult to transport in a liquid form. The trucks would have to maintain a very low temperature. Gases are more unstable than liquids, so any bumps in the rocky rural roads could spell disaster and flames. In the future, heating oil might go away, but so might all forms of fossil fuels. For now, however, it is just easier, and often cheaper for households in the Northeast to continue to heat their homes with heating oil. Heating oil suppliers, for now, will have a steady customer base. If you need oil in your area, contact Ike’s...

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Lower Propane Prices Will Benefit You This Year

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Rural farmers depend upon propane gas to power their agricultural tools. It is always a boost for consumers when there is a decrease in prices for this commodity. Propane gas prices fluctuate for reasons that include agricultural industry demands and extreme weather conditions. When these two variables are stable, prices will generally fall below market pricing. Rural residents also largely depend upon propane energy power to supply their heating needs, and pricing stability does influence how their costs will play out. Predictions for 2015 propane gas costs are looking favorable for consumers. Studying and Benefiting from Propane Price Changes Keep an eye out for trends in propane price changes and benefit from lower prices when they become available, advises. The website urges you to take advantage of purchasing propane when prices are lowered by refilling your tanks. It also recommends that you ask your supplier to keep you informed about price changes and whether the pricing can be locked in for a certain period of time. Propane Industry Overhead Charges and Insurance Coverage Propane dealers have many overhead charges imposed on their businesses, and those charges are passed on to you the consumer. The volatility of propane gas as a product requires dealers to carry very high insurance coverage.  Dealers first have to meet a slew of government rules before they can obtain insurance coverage for their businesses. Those out of pocket expenses have a bearing on the prices you pay for this commodity. Crude oil is an ingredient of propane gas. Crude oil influences propane prices when its prices increase. predicts that lower crude oil prices for the forthcoming 2015 winter season will be lower than prices experienced during the winter in 2014. This prediction, if it materializes, means that you will be paying substantially lower propane prices for heating your homes and for business usage this winter. Atmospheric Forecast EIA’s positive predictions for lower propane prices that will benefit you are based on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) forecasts, according to The website notes that NOAA forecasts point to anticipated near-normal temperatures throughout the United States. NOAA predicts that temperatures will be 10 percent warmer this winter than they were in the winter of 2014. Supply and Demand Influences Price Supply and demand for propane gas drives industry pricing. Agweb notes that the only major challenge to the industry is the fact that propane is a domestic product, and imported propane is not a hallmark of this country’s propane gas industry. If there is a harsh cold weather pattern in the country, then the demand for propane naturally increases and so will the pricing as well. The seasonal prediction for this year is in your favor going into winter 2015, and you should experience savings on your propane gas...

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Maintaining Your Generator: Why You Need The Owner’s Manual And A Professional Service

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Many people purchase generators for their homes or business and leave them to sit for long periods. The fact is that generators require maintenance. If you don’t maintain your generator, it may just fail when you need it the most. The best way to maintain your generator involves the manufacturer’s recommendations and a professional service. Find and Adhere to the Manufacturer’s Specifications Routine maintenance starts with one simple step. You need to see what the manufacturer recommends. If you don’t have the owner’s or operator’s manual, then check the manufacturer’s website. Most manufacturers will have a “support” section on their sites, which can help you get started. But you can also try these things as well: Search the manufacturer’s forum or FAQ Search by make, model, or serial number Call and ask the manufacturer’s support line The manufacturer will have a series of routine maintenance steps for you to follow. It’s imperative you find some literature on your generator. In the meantime, you can still check for problems. Give Your Generator a Visual Inspection A visual inspection goes a long way. Just taking a look at your generator every couple of weeks can reveal a lot to you: Check for debris or blocked vents Check for leaking fluids Check for corroded lines and connections Check for loose lines and connections Look both outside and inside for these things Just a visual inspection can tell you a lot. You can clean off your generator with a damp cloth or a soft brush. You can tighten fittings and brush off corrosion. Anything beyond that, you really do need your owner’s manual. Going Beyond the Basics Beyond a basic visual inspection and light maintenance, there are the more technical steps you have to take to maintain your generator. You also need to know how often you should do these things. For example, Checking and changing the oil Replacing damaged or corroded parts Changing fuel and air filters Changing out coolant Checking the battery under load Replacing spark plugs Some of these things you may be comfortable with, some you may hesitate to do yourself. Many of these maintenance steps are really a part of your annual routine, so you don’t have to worry about them all the time. The problem with giving specific advice for these things is that they vary by manufacturer and device. Where some would recommend swapping out a filter once a year, another may suggest doing it every six months. This goes back to the importance of knowing the manufacturer’s guidelines. A Word on Warranties An important thing to note is whether you still have a warranty on your generator. Your warranty may cover a lot of preventive maintenance procedures. So make sure to take advantage of having a certified technician service your equipment. Hire a Generator Service If you can’t find manufacturer’s suggestions and you’re not comfortable with messing around with the internal mechanisms of your generator, then you should hire a professional generator service. However, when choosing a generator service, you have to make sure they have technicians trained to work on your particular brand of generator. Remember the note about these devices having variances. Because of that, you need not just a professional generator service, but a professional service that knows the ins and outs...

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Incorporating Solar Power Into A Custom Home

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Whether you want to go completely solar, or just make your home a little greener, there are some simple ways to ensure that a custom built home takes full advantage of the solar panels you install. Some of this needs to be done early on in the construction process, while other steps will be necessary later on. Regardless of the amount of your home’s energy use will come from solar power, planning ahead will pay massive dividends later on. Before Construction Begins The earlier in the building process you can start planning for your solar panels the more efficient you can make them. Ideally, you should start by ensuring that the orientation of  your house will direct the slope of your roof to the southern sky. This has to do with the tilt of the Earth’s axis, which causes the sun’s path through the sky to gradually dip southward from summer to winter, and then rise again from winter through summer. By orienting the slope of your roof toward the southern sky, your solar panels will catch more of the sun’s rays all year long. You can also include skylights or large windows on the southern exposure of your home, which will help to warm your house with radiant heat from the sun’s light during the winter. During Construction In most homes that install solar panels as an upgrade there are only two choices available. A home can either be grid-tied, and feed the solar power into the municipal power lines, or it can be off-grid. A third option exists, but is only really feasible during the construction of a home. That is to create two separate electrical circuits for your home, with one relying on power from a municipal utility service and the other drawing power from your solar panels. By splitting your home’s electrical systems you can choose which components you want to have operate strictly off of municipal power and which you plan to power with your solar panels. This approach allows you to decide whether or not you need a battery storage system to ensure you can power those systems at night or during the winter. Further, you can also use your stored solar power as a back-up power source if municipal utilities are lost. One of the opportunities that building your own custom home affords you is the freedom to integrate new systems without having to tear out or work around existing ones. This is especially helpful in the case of solar power, as there are a wealth of energy saving products that can minimize your need for additional power and improve how efficiently your solar panels power your home. To get them installed, contact providers, such as Jersey...

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Answers To Two Frequent Questions About LED Lights

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The lights that are used in your home and business will account for a large portion of your home’s energy bills. However, technological advances have made it possible to drastically reduce the amount of energy that you need to keep your home’s interior lit. In particular, LED lights have emerged as a popular option for those that are wanting to enjoy lower power bills, but if you have never been around these lights, you might need the following questions answered.  Are There Disadvantages Of Opting For LED Light Bulbs? LED lights can have a seemingly endless number of benefits, but many people are curious if there are any significant disadvantages that they should know about before choosing this option. While there are a couple of disadvantages with this option, they are usually simple problems to overcome if you are determined to upgrade to this type of lighting.  Generally, these bulbs are designed to work with special lights, but this does not mean that you will have to purchase new lamps and lights for your home or office. It is usually possible to purchase an adapter. Also, some people are under the belief that due to the high cost of these bulbs that it is more affordable to go with other options. While it is true that an LED light has a slightly higher price than other options, they will usually last for years, and this will help make them the more economical choice over the long-term.  What If You Have Timed Or Automatic Lights? There are many homes or businesses that use timers to control when lights are on or off. Also, there are some people that have their lights controlled by the security system. Sadly, some people may not consider upgrading to LED lights because they assume these lights will not be compatible with these systems.  Luckily, these timers and automated systems control the flow of electricity to the light, and this means that it can work with any type of light bulb. As a result, you can enjoy the benefits of both LED lights and automated light controls without needing to invest in expensive upgrades.  The type of light bulb that is found in your home or business may seem like a trivial factor. However, lights can be one of the largest consumers of electricity for a building, but understanding the answers to these commonly asked questions about LED lights will help you better understand if this will be a suitable option for your needs.  For more information, contact a business such as Pacific Lamp Wholesale...

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