Aug 102012
 

Solar energy is considered a renewable energy source because it uses the power of the sun to produce electricity and heat. Since the sun isn’t going to burn out any time soon, it is a free power resource for the next four or five billion years.

Hydropower – Hydropower is electricity generated by damming a river. Turbines are built into the dam. Much like wind power, water flows down through the dam because of gravity and spins the turbine fans as it passes. This cranks a generator, which produces electricity. Hydropower currently accounts for 10 percent of the electricity production in the US, but is losing popularity as building dams is very expensive.

I find this concept enlightening, because you wouldn’t normally think of energy as such a fluid movement. It seems more. I found it fascinating that all forms of energy are interchangeable. It makes one think about the potential of newer energy as well. All objects hold some internal energy. That is, the kinetic energy of moving atoms. Conduction is discussed as the transfer of heat through collisions of electrons and atoms. Leaders at the University of Irvine that are studying the effect of aging, and specifically how the breakdown of DNA over time, effects aging.

Wind power is seen as a credible alternative energy to fossil fuels for producing electricity, but it can’t be used everywhere yet, and is seen as an eyesore for some residents who’s views, or land is spoilt by wind turbines. A turbine only produces electricity around 25% of the time, so it is not very efficient. Solar power is popular in some countries, and the technology is improving all the time, and even in the UK there are some homes and businesses that are powered by solar energy. The technology is improving and nowadays daylight rather than just sunlight can be used, meaning that solar power may become more popular.

For most of us, solar power is the most familiar form of renewable energy. We see solar hot water systems on roofs or bigger panels to supply some or all of a household’s power needs. Farmers use solar power to provide energy for electric fences. Most solar power is used by individuals or households, but not in large commercial or industrial buildings. Wind turbines are increasingly being used to supplement fossil-fuel electricity. The turbines cause concerns for nearby residents, with many reporting ill-health associated with the turbines.

Nuclear power isn’t seen as safe by all, and despite reassurances that it is, and there is widespread opposal to plans to create nuclear power stations, and alternatives to nuclear power are being investigated. Water power such as tidal or using rivers to produce energy is not new. Waterwheels and dams have been used for years. Using water to drive turbines to create electricity is not common yet in the UK, even though the UK is an island.

Power cuts and outages will be a thing of the past. And your ongoing alternative power will reduce carbon emissions, thus helping to turn around climate change. The instructions include a backup system, and guided, illustrated steps to follow. The tools and materials are plainly laid out (the materials cost less than $100).

One form of energy, wind (a form of solar energy), is converted to another form of energy, electricity, using a wind turbine. As the turbine spins, electricity is generated. Similar to solar power, wind power is protected from inflation. How? Any power you generate using your own wind turbine goes against the current utility pricing. Wind power can effectively shield you from rising electricity costs.

The energy we need might not be there soon: http://stayingawakenaturally.com/2012/07/any-thought-about-what-source-will-power-our-future-cars/

Jul 232012
 

For owners of any type of vehicle, from all-terrain jeeps to sedans, there undoubtedly will be storage limitations. When you want to make a special trip and bring suitcases, sports and camping equipment, you’ll find there simply isn’t any room left. By adding a roof rack to your vehicle, you’ll find an easy solution to the problem.

Roof racks facilitate the transportation of any type of loads and free up extra car storage space for you to access inside your vehicle. They also free up leg room and seat space and provide a strong platform to carry surfboards, bikes or camping equipment.

Roof racks are attached to rails on your vehicle’s roof. Although many newer vehicles are equipped with factory-installed roof rails, your car may not be. You will need to start by making sure you have rails installed on the roof.

Once the rails are in place, only a small amount of clamping devices will be necessary for your roof rack. You can now decide which rack is right for you.

The choices in sports racks are numerous, the best of which can hold your cargo while limiting the amount of wind noise. By combining stainless steel engineering with heavy duty plastic fixtures, sport racks are not only effective but also stylish in appearance, as manufacturers know it’s not all about function. The bolts should be strong enough to send any thieves away without incident.

For heavier loads, consider a heavy duty rack capable of hauling any type of cargo. The size and weight limits will nearly go out the window with this option. Of course, it is important to ascertain whether your vehicle can handle such an amount of weight. The heavy duty roof rack will keep out much of the tedious wind noise as well, combining industrial strength with sleek designs.

Roof racks are ideal for a surf safari. Whether you’re on the road in Australia or in Northern California, you can bring all your surfboards, camping equipment and sleeping bags to make your trip a true adventure in the wild.

For fishermen and camping enthusiasts, the roof rack lets you stock all the tools of your trade and keep the fish your number one priority. Any fishing poles or cooking accessories can come along for the ride.

If you want to take the plunge and hit the wild river rapids, strap a canoe, kayak or other small craft to your vehicle and you’ll be ready to test your skills in the water.

The big family trips will become a true pleasure with the use of a roof rack. There will be plenty of room for extra suitcases, bicycles or any other must-have items for the kids. Since your passenger space will remain as is, everyone can relax and enjoy the sights with plenty of room to stretch out.

Because there are so many benefits to owning a roof racks and the prices are so reasonable, this decision is an easy one to make. Any kind of vehicle is ready for a roof rack, even the bigger trucks. Customized roof racks will make sure any car is ready for the road.

For safety and driver’s balance, Byron Jonas would not buy roof racks or roofrack accessories from anyone other than AVA.

Jul 182012
 

There can be no doubting the fact that ours is a country that is in love with the open road. We are, in effect, a nation of car lovers, as proven by the wide ownership of vehicles. It is a part of our very American dream to go out on the open road in search of something exciting or better, hence our love affair with the endless road trip. The thing about such long and extensive road trips is that it is necessary to bring along a fair amount of stuff on the ride; hence the ubiquitousness of roofracks on vehicles on all of America’s roads.

Most cars out on the road today are typical sedans and other passenger cars, all of which have one thing in common: extremely limited and minimal storage area. Based on that reality, somebody at some point had the marvelous idea of developing an alternative storage cabin on their roof, thus giving birth to the roofrack. Through the use of a roofrack it is possible for drivers to travel with more of their personal items as well as allow for more space inside the car which provides for greater comfort and safety while driving, not to mention the ability to bring along one’s unwieldy sporting gear (such as kayaks, surf boards, skis, etc.).

Exactly what kind of roofrack a person will end up putting on top of their car is going to be greatly influenced by exactly what it is that they planning on putting in it, or on top of it, as happens to be the case. There are very basic and typical roofracks that are suited for simply bringing along light items like some extra clothing and other trifling materials, while in order to mount very heavy and bulky objects such as extreme sports gear, etc., it is important to count on the support of a more sturdy and heavy duty roofrack.

Additionally, the precise kind of car that you are driving will be a determining factor when deciding the kind of roofrack to be employed; the way in which your car’s roof was designed at the factory will have a lot of effect on the final decision. In general, it seems like old cars were generally built with the sort of roof gutters suitable for installing roofracks, though today’s models generally are not manufactured in this way. No need to fret, however, as practically any kind of roof can be fitted with a stable roofrack with a little effort.

If you do happen to have a car with some variety of roof ribs or roof gutters then you are half-way towards your goal; then, if you have no such features on your roof then there is the possibility of strategically placing hooks or clamps in your door frame to serve as the basis for a roofrack.

The basic conditions that your roof must meet for installing a roofrack are as follows: two roof rails that run along the sides of the roof, and one or more cross bars connecting them. Each component here is absolutely fundamental, especially the cross bar, so don’t try to hook up a roofrack without them.

If you do not have any roof rails on your vehicle, there happen to be do-it-yourself kits that allow you to bolt sturdy rails onto your roof all on your own…though you have to get over the fear of drilling a hole in your roof before you can do so! When done right, there are no safety or aesthetic concerns related to such an operation.

Of course, there are roofracks and roofracks: you won’t want to use the same thing to ride with your entire family’s mountain bikes that you use to store your spouse’s extra suitcase, so be sure to make a wise decision and get some advice before choosing what kind of roofrack to buy.

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Jul 132012
 

I know you are in a massive rush to get the most recent thingamabob you have been reading about in magazines and seen advertised on the T. V. You may have already been to a credible online vendor and priced them out. If that is the case I hope you have also taken the step of checking out fair professional revews from independent review sites, instead of just relying on those ( often dodgy and untrustworthy ) purchaser reviews on the company’s site. If not, do that before proceeding further, but then, after you have done that, come back here and read below, because there’s yet one other thing you may want to do.

Look, the bottom line is, purchasing stuff online is not the same as purchasing something in a massive box store. Often ( like when purchasing books ) it is inconsequential, because you can read previews of the book online, and get just as good a sense for whether you’ll like it or not as you might by flipping thru the pages ).

With other kinds of products ( particularly clothing and electronics ), it is not extremely simple, because if you were in a gigantic box store, you might try it on ( in the case of clothing ) to be completely sure it fit before you spent your money, or, in the case of electronics, mess around with it for a bit to be certain it probably did all of the stuff you want or need it to do.

Because of this, if you are purchasing something like clothing or electronics where there is a tactile part involved in the choice making process, I always suggest heading to the local enormous box store to determine if you can put your hands on the whatever it is you plan to buy.

If the price is better online, great! When you are doing testing, and you have confirmed this is the right product for you, head back home and place the order online, but if you don’t take that step, then you might end up spending money on something that you don’t actually want, then have to go through the hassle of attempting to ship the thing back and get a refund, and then start your product search over again from scracth.

It’s not worthwhile. Spend a little more time on the front end to save yourself tons of frustration later!

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Jul 132012
 

The freedom of the open road beckons so many people from all over the country every year, and being able to get as much of one’s belongings into the car and on the road is very appealing to many people that decide to undertake a road trip.

Of course, there is only so much that a person can fit into their ordinary vehicle, which is why many people choose to buy a trailer of one sort or another.

To properly tow a trailer, it is necessary to have a standard and strong towbar, also known as a tow hitch, installed that can deal with heavy loads and ensure that the vehicle and the trailer move in relative synchrony, preventing excessive disarticulation between the movements of each.

Not just any old towbar fits that bill, which is why it is important to check industry standards and get the advice of a professional before deciding what sort of hitch to get installed in your car and/or what size/weight of a trailer to hitch to it.

There are two basic forms of towbar on the market: one version which includes a towball mounted on a tow bracket, and another which incorporates a tow pin and jaw along with a trailer loop. The former variety will allow for greater articulation of the trailer’s and car’s movements, whereas the latter variety is a little more rigid (though if there is enough slack in the pin the same result can be achieved, more or less).

What is known as a receiver-type towbar is a version that has a detachable tow ball, while on the other hand a fixed-type towbar usually will have tow ball and other components incorporated directly into the vehicle’s frame. In both cases, the towbar is connected directly to the chassis, which permits the driver to tow a heavier load. For better weight distribution and therefore a safer tow, with less risk of accidents, there are special square receiver sockets designed for such purposes.

It is incredibly important that when connecting the trailer to the vehicle, the loading of the tow ball be performed correctly both horizontally and vertically – people without experience in performing such loading operations should seek out the advice of someone that does know what they are doing, and that way prevent possible damage to property and persons.

There is hardly a towbar safer than the Lunette Ring variety of coupling. This variety is made up by the Lunette Ring itself and the pintle hook on the vehicle; these couplings are recommended for people towing trailers on uneven or rugged terrain such as out in the country.

Byron Jonas understands that towbars are an important accessory for a vehicle, which is why he sought qualified advice before installing a towbar on his vehicle.. Unique version for reprint here: Towbars for Motor Vehicles.

May 302012
 

Family car safety is something that many people think about. There are some things that can be done to make sure a vehicle remains in good working condition. Vehicle owners should also make sure that they are prepared as well, in case an emergency does arise.

You should consider maintaining your vehicle as recommended by the manufacturer. In most cases, filters and fluids should be checked about every few thousand miles. The battery, plugs, hoses and wires should also be checked regularly. You should also make a point of check the horn, signals and lights often as well.

The tires of a vehicle should be rotated occasionally, and the tire pressure and treads should be checked at least once a month. It is important to check all four tires, as they can vary greatly in some cases. Tires should be replaced immediately if the tread is below the recommended standards. Brake pads and fluids should also be check regularly, and changed as needed.

Even though a vehicle may be safe to drive, there is always the chance that an emergency may come up. It is a good idea to keep a spare tire and a jack in the vehicle. Also it is recommended that every vehicle has some type of emergency kit handy. This should include flashlights, emergency flares, jumper cables and a first aid kit at minimum. There may be additional items individual families may need to include, such as medications, infant needs or other personal items.

All passengers should be properly restrained in seat belts or child safety seats. Check with your local government agency to ensure that you are following the proper requirements for child restraints. It is also important to make sure that all child seats are in good condition, and replaced immediately if damaged.

It is not uncommon for an accident to occur simply because a driver is distracted. You should consider not performing tasks that may distract you from the road. Additionally, it may be wise to discuss with children, the type of behavior you expect in the vehicle, and why it is important that they follow those rules. The more aware they are of the potential dangers, the more likely it is that they will be more compliant.

When it comes to family car safety, there are several hazards that can be avoided, by simply maintaining the vehicle as recommended, and following the local safety laws and regulations. It is also important to discuss car safety with all family members, and make sure that everyone is properly restrained. Most importantly, the driver’s attention should remain focused on driving at all times.

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May 192012
 

While some people may assume that portable water filtering systems are nothing more than a passing fashion, nothing could be more mistaken. When you are a hiker, a cyclist, a camper or spend any time outdoors at all, you will have to sincerely think about having a lightweight water filter. Water is important for surviving; yet, it does us no good if it makes us ill. People around the world die daily from drinking water tainted with bacteria. Do not ever underestimate the ability of water and specifically the power of an unpolluted source of water. Here, are some reasons to consider looking into purchasing a portable water filter.

Transportable Water Filter systems are necessary

There are exceedingly few, if any, definitely natural sources of water in the united states. We live in a really unsafe planet and all of these contaminants do make their direction into our ponds, rivers, creeks and channels. Pharmaceuticals, pollutants and a host of weed killers and pesticides make their way into once healthy water sources. Also, there are numerous ailment inducing microscopic organisms skulking in water, as well. These microorganisms cannot be seen by the naked eye. It may look like unpolluted water, but it is full of unsafe microbes that are capable of causing extreme illness, even death. Mobile water filtration systems are definitely essential and vital to your wellness.

Portable Water Filtration systems are Affordable

You will not have to sell share to obtain a portable water filter. Affordable varieties are extremely well-liked and will not break your budget. Portable water filters come in all sizes and shapes making them a great expenditure for any outdoor fanatic or home survivalist who just hopes to be ready.

Moveable Water Filters are Simple to Make use of

You do not have to acquire Phd to run a moveable water filtration system. Even more difficult, gravity fed units are easy to get the hang of once you read the directions. A lot of moveable water filters involve nothing short of replacing a water filter occasionally to keep them in impressive working condition.

You Can Never Be Too Mindful

You can never be too careful when it comes to preserving your water availability. Buying a portable water filter may be one of the greatest moves you ever take. While the body of a human can make it through a long time without food, death is for sure when we do not have a consistent supply of clean water at our grasp.

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May 032012
 

Trying to find a car to buy within your budget can be hard, let alone trying to find one that also covers all family car safety points that you want. It can also be a struggle to know what you are looking for when it comes to finding a vehicle that is safe for everyone in your family and here are a few things to look out for.

The first thing that you need to ensure is that there are enough seats in your vehicle for your whole family. There is no point in buying a two seat car if you have a family of five. You should not have your children sitting on other people’s knees and you should definitely not have them laying down in the back of the car. Imagine what would happen if you did have an accident and just think about where your children would end up.

Each seat such has its own belt and these should all be in top condition. The seat belt prevents you and your passengers flying forwards in an accident and lap belts have been questionable about this. The middle seat in the back of the car may now come fitted with a normal seat belt to help with better safety. You may also need to consider adding a better seatbelt for that middle seat.

Every year there is always a car that has to be taken “off the shelves”. These are always because of a safety aspect and the car name will be added to a long list of other cars that the government or manufacturer has decided to recall. You need to check this list before you buy anything to ensure that the car you are looking at is not on that list.

You will not be able to see all of the safety aspects on a car and you will also need to consider how to use these features correctly. Airbags are now becoming very common but there are some rules when it comes to having smaller children and car seats in the car. Anti-lock braking systems are also increasing popular along with other aspects.

When it does come to looking at the possible additions to a car to ensure its ability to protect your spouse and kids, you should consider speaking to the people at the dealership that you are looking at. You should ask where all of these additions are and what they are able to do. Any salesperson should be able to answer all of your questions.

Family car safety is extremely important but at the same time it can be expensive. You will generally find that these features will cause the price to increase considerably so you should be prepared with your budget size. Remember that your family’s life is priceless and you should not negotiate on their protection.

When you drive a vehicle, car safety is important to you and your family. You can find numerous car accessories such as towbars by searching the Internet.

Apr 252012
 

To achieve family car safety you will have to look at several things. The condition of the vehicle is the most important. This may be achieved when purchasing a vehicle. If you already own the automobile you may have to pay a visit to your mechanic to get an upgrade. The issue of the safety of your family is very important and it is your responsibility.

When buying a car there are several factors to look at with regard to safety. First of all consider the number of possible drivers for the car. The features of the vehicle should be within their driving capability. Secondly consider the number of passengers that shall be regularly transported. With this you should also have their ages in mind. You should also consider if you shall have to install child seats in the car.

The car you shall buy should have the following features in top notch condition. Manual air bag switch, built in child seats, shoulder or lap belt for the rear center passenger seat, adjustable seat belts, safety seats tethers and anchorages and an interior trunk release. If you are buying a used car you can get all these renewed at your garage.

Child seats are determined by the ages and the weight of the children in the family. Rear facing child seats are designed for children who weigh less than twenty pounds and these are kids below the age of one year. Forward facing seats are for children between the weight of twenty to forty pounds who have attained the age of one year.

Belt positioning booster seats are for children of weight above forty pounds. These belts are to be fitted across the chest and shoulder and also across the laps of the child. Children who are big enough to use the regular seat belt should begin using it. The parent should make sure that the belt fit across the thighs and the chest and shoulder. The child must always be on the back seat.

There are a few more things that should also always be checked regularly. The condition of the tires and its pressure should be given a routine check. Fluids of parts of the car that require fluids. These are the oil, brake fluid, greased parts and wiper blades. Ensure a professional checks on the brakes from time to time.

Finally you should always have a family car safety kit in the car for roadside emergencies. Have a flashlight in case you get a night time emergency. You can include flares to alert people in case of an accident. Always have a first aid kit in the car and learn some basic first aid.

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Apr 182012
 

Keeping loved ones safe while travelling should be the highest priority for any conscientious driver. Family car safety involves a few simple checks to ensure that the risk of accidents and injury is minimal. These will give you peace of mind while on the road and protect the lives of your most precious possessions.

Vehicles should have regular maintenance checks to ensure that all safety features, particularly brakes, lights and tyres are in good working order. In most countries, it is a legal requirement to have a fitness test performed by a qualified mechanic every six months. However, it is also a good idea to have a basic check done before any long journey. You should also keep an eye on the water level, oil and tyre pressure yourself.

Wearing seat belts is another legal requirement. Almost all cars these days are fitted with front and rear belts and these should be worn on all trips, however long or short. Some adjust to the passenger’s size automatically, but the old fashioned styles still need to be tightened or loosened manually. Always ensure that belts are adjusted accurately to provide maximum protection in the event of a collision. Air bags are another modern feature which help protect travellers.

Age appropriate child restraints must be used for babies and children. Infants under 1 year old need to be in a rear-facing seat, in a semi-reclining position. Toddlers can sit forward in a seat fitted with a harness and older children usually just need a booster chair.You can attach a separate harness for extra security. Wait until the child is tall enough to sit with the feet on the floor, and back against the seat, before removing the booster.

Older children should use a booster chair until they can sit comfortably with their feet on the floor and back against the edge of the seat. A separate harness, attached to the car can be added for extra security.

The last, but certainly not least, consideration is safe driving. Keep to the speed limit and take particular care when travelling at night or during bad whether when visibility is likely to be reduced and the road condition dangerous. Avoid overtaking if possible, and do so only when there is a clear stretch of road ahead with no oncoming traffic. Stop and rest or switch drivers if you feel yourself getting sleepy and never consume alcohol prior to driving.

Keep these points in mind, and you will enjoy a safe and happy journey.

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