Live Green – Make a Solar Cell at Home

Selecting the guide that will successfully help you make a solar cell at home is a larger task than I first expected. I needed to set up some criteria for selecting which guide to use. Each guide I looked at claimed to be great and of course some of them were quite complete. Is that…

Selecting the guide that will successfully help you make a solar cell at home is a larger task than I first expected. I needed to set up some criteria for selecting which guide to use. Each guide I looked at claimed to be great and of course some of them were quite complete. Is that enough? I'm considering doing something that has both economic and environmental implications. So I decided to base my decision on several factors and they include social responsibility of the company, product reviews and the overall quality and content of the guide. Two of these criteria, reviews and overall quality of content I think our relatively easy to measure. However, Social responsibility is a bit more subjective and harder to quantify. So let me take a moment to define its meaning As it applies the subject and then tie this all together.

Social Responsibility :

To paraphrase Wikipedia, Social responsibility begins as a way of thinking. It further implies that a person, place or organization has an obligation to act in a way that is a benefit to society. As a supplier of a homemade solar cells guide your social responsibility barometer can be measured in several ways.

· Is the company actively involved in the advancement of environmental issues or are they only focused on the bottom line?

· Are members of the organization viewed as experts in the field and if so are how they are giving back to society?

When looking for answers to these questions I found the “about us” section of the company's website was a good place to begin. Two other good resources beyond this include the Better Business Bureau and the Solar Industry Association. These agencies are fantastic resources for unbiased information. You are really reviewing information from a neutral third party that has reliable ways of collecting their information.

Customer reviews:

Each company should feel strongly enough about their homemade solar cells guide to present customer reviews as part of their presentation. However it can be argued that their presentation is promotional in nature. I agree that those reviews by themselves are not sufficient. I also argue that simply writing the company's name, followed by the word review in a search engine is equally problematic. Many of us who operate a blog are aware that comments can be accepted or not. Not all comments make it to the blog so the publisher of the blog introduces a bias either pro or con. That's why I recommend you to check out the responses on established referral resources such as the Better Business Bureau or Consumer Reports. They're not without their biases, but at least they can be held accountable for what they say. If a business has a good rating and no complaints filed you can generally assume that they are responsible organization. This is one more checkmark in your process of deciding which guide will help you the best to make a solar cell at home.

Quality and Content of the Guide:

The quality and content I'm referring to goes beyond attractive packaging of these do-it-yourselfers homemade solar cells guide. It is embedded in what I call the “safety net” of a company's product.

Having 30 years of consumer product experience helped me key in on a set of criteria that I was looking for in order to take on a project like this and make a solar cell at home. The key elements that I believe are necessary when considering any homemade solar cells guide or plan are listed below.

· Precise instructions Containing step by step preparation of the materials.

· Illustrations should accompany the instructions so that you have a visual affirmation upon completion of each step.

· Photographs and / or video available to assist you in visualizing what the instructions and illustrations are telling you.

· Complete list of all parts required, illustrated and numbered together with contact information for 24/7 customer service for assistance.

· Complete list of all tools required to complete the tasks specified.

· An exhaustive list of resources for purchasing hardware, fasteners, cells, etc. from dependable vendors.

· Assurance that product works or a money back guarantee.

Using these parameters will help you develop an opinion not only about the quality of the guide but also for the quality of the company behind the guide. My belief is that if a company presents themselves, as something special there should be third-party evidence of it. In other words, they should “walk the talk”. These references can be used as tools to help you form an opinion and make a decision that it is socially responsible; customer centered and delivers a quality homemade solar cells guide with good content. There should be three winners in this process. You should have the solar system you desire; the provider of the guide should have a happy customer and a strong review; and last but not least the environment has benefited because you chose to be responsible.

Low Voltage Landscape Lighting Illuminates Outdoor Landscape Area

When you look into your backyard, what do you see? A place where your kids will want to play and hang out with their friends? A place where you'll enjoy spending summer evenings cooking out with family and your friends? Or-like so many people-do you see a space that, frankly, could use some work? If…

When you look into your backyard, what do you see? A place where your kids will want to play and hang out with their friends? A place where you'll enjoy spending summer evenings cooking out with family and your friends? Or-like so many people-do you see a space that, frankly, could use some work? If your answer's needs work then it might be time to consider a redo of your outdoor space.

When renovating landscaping, one area that is often somewhat overlooked is the importance of outdoor lights. The right lighting can take a space that's just OK and turn it into something really fantastic. And with new solar landscape lighting fixtures, or low voltage landscape bulb, your options are almost endless.

Walkways should be well illuminated, both to delineate them for family and guests, and for safety. Whether you use solar lighting walk-on pavers or more traditional staked lights, you want to make sure there's enough light to see clearly, but not so much light that it overwhelms your design. In fact, all of your outdoor landscape lights should abide by that philosophy. They should be in keeping with your aesthetic, while filling a functional need.

The advantages of solar landscape lighting are plain-there are no wires to hide, so you can put them almost anywhere. They're also extremely environmentally friendly. But what about areas that are in deep shade, or that require more light output than solar can create? In those cases, low voltage landscape lighting is a solid choice. It can be installed with little mess, since the cable can be run with or without conduit and does not require junction boxes. That means it's also reliably easy to relocate, should the need arise. And with the proper transformer, there's little to no risk of electrical shock.

As you make a general lighting plan for your outdoor space, you should think of your space as a whole. You want common areas to be well lit for your family's and guests' enjoyment into the evening hours. But beyond that, be sure to consider the different ways in which you can use accent lights to highlight special features. For example, are there unique plants or trees that you want to spotlight at night? Maybe you have some outdoor sculptures that would look like a million bucks with just the right outdoor landscape lights. A mix of functional and feature lighting will create an overall feel that will have you spending more time outside!

Live Green – The Advantages and Disadvantages of Solar Energy Home Systems

If you want to reduce the use of natural resources while doing something good for the environment then solar energy home systems may be right for you. Can there be a case made for the broad use of solar energy home systems? Is it a viable alternative or is it a supplement to the power…

If you want to reduce the use of natural resources while doing something good for the environment then solar energy home systems may be right for you.

Can there be a case made for the broad use of solar energy home systems? Is it a viable alternative or is it a supplement to the power supplied to us by our utilities? Can I save money and if so will it be enough to recover the cost of installation? These are just some of the questions that are being asked even today after solar energy systems have been around for years.

Here are the pros of investing in solar energy home systems.

· Solar energy is renewable and available and there are at least two other forms of renewable energy that nature provides and they are water and wind. All of which appear to be equally renewable and great alternatives to fossil fuel generated power. What makes solar energy the most desirable source of renewable energy for the home is that it does not require complicated delivery system or grid to provide power to your home. It's already there!

· Solar energy home systems give off no emissions. Fossil fuels release carbon dioxide emissions into our atmosphere. According to the EPA, traditional methods of producing electricity generating more than 15,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per year per household. Carbon dioxide is the primary greenhouse gas emitted through human activities. The combustion of fossil fuels to generate electricity is the largest single source of CO2 emissions in the United States .

· Solar energy home systems are scalable to meet your needs and budget. These systems can be built to provide power as a backup system for an appliance or pump, a remote utility shed, a supplement to your homes current power grid or to power your entire home. This flexibility allows you to jump right in, or experiment with different applications and / or power levels to reach your projected needs. As needs change so can you change your system. This also helps you when budgeting for a project.

· Solar energy home systems save money by producing electricity without overgoing costs. The sun's energy is free!

· Solar energy home systems can be purchased and installed by a contractor or assemble and installed by a homeowner. Similar quality levels can be achieved with either choice.

· There are tax credits available for qualified installations.

Here are the cons that might make you want to modify or hold off on purchasing solar energy home systems.

· Solar energy home systems initial cost can be high. To install a whole home system is a similar investment to remodeling the kitchen so you have to be in a situation where you can get a return on your investment. Initial cash outlay can easily be over $ 20,000 for an entrenched home. Significantly less if you're a do-it-yourselfer and have time to dedicate to the project.

· Tax credits are not available on home solar panel systems.

· Location matters and affects your final cost. A home located in the Sun Belt will collect twice the energy in one day of the same panel located in New England as an example. Climate conditions such as cloud cover and hours of daylight or shade need to be taken into consideration on calculating system needs.

· Solar energy home systems can not collect energy at night. This is less of an issue if your plan is to supplement an existing power supply but if you have a more ambitious solar energy plan you will need to have storage for the energy to carry you through the night.

Conclusion: If money is no object or you are willing to build it yourself with a guide; or have a desire to make a difference by reducing your impact on the environment you really have no choice. You can take a big step in and attempt to replace the traditional system or scale it back to provide you with a backup system or supplementary system. All of which can help you meet your goal. For everyone else, maybe waiting a year or two will make a difference. As technology improves, two things tend to happen. The product gets better and more efficient and shortly after the price comes down as innovation and efficiencies gained momentum. Either way I think this renewable source of energy is here to stay.

How to Live a Green Lifestyle

Going green is not just about recycling. And it's not just about using energy saving bulbs either. No, going green is a way of life, and it means changing many different aspects of your daily routine and your lifestyle in order to make sure that you are causing the minimum amount of damage to the…

Going green is not just about recycling. And it's not just about using energy saving bulbs either. No, going green is a way of life, and it means changing many different aspects of your daily routine and your lifestyle in order to make sure that you are causing the minimum amount of damage to the environment and that you are doing more good than harm .

But what precisely are these changes you need to make? And what are the hallmarks of someone who has 'gone green'. Here we will look at some of the varied and disparate aspects of 'going green'.

Being Efficient

Being energy efficient is one of the first things you can do to stop harming the environment. This means making sure for instance that you drive in a way that is not going to use more fuel than necessary, and it means making sure that you do not leave lights on when you are not in the room.

Of course what it also means is using efficient things to begin with – so that means yes to energy efficient lightbulbs and to hybrid cars / cars with smaller engines.

Spreading the Word

There's only so much good you can do on your own, but by spreading the word about going green you can get more people on board and you can cut drastic amount of carbon emissions around the world. Do not be shy about your beliefs – get out there and talk about them and make sure that everyone knows the benefits of saving energy.

Voting

It's also possible to 'vote green' and to vote in favor of the parties and party representatives that take green issues seriously. This is again something relatively small you can do that will soonpless have far reaching consequences. By influencing policy you can potentially begin the wheels of change turning.

Buying

You do not just vote with your polling card, you can also vote with your wallet. Capitalism means that businesses thrive or die based on how you spend your money and this means you can choose which behaviors to reward and which ones to ignore. By buying products from companies that make an effort to be green you can help to encourage more to start doing the same and wash your hands of bad and unsustainable business practices.

Gardening

Gardening is something that every person interested in going green should do. Want to go green? Why not start with the fingers. This way you can give something back to the environment by planting trees and by providing food and shelter for countless species of wildlife.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy is like the Holy Grail of going green. If you can use renewable energy for many of your basic tasks, then it means that at least for them, you will not be causing any emissions or putting any strain on the environment. This means then that you should get solar panels for your roof if you can, or geothermal pipes for your swimming pool, or maybe even a Tesla car.

Green Living And Pests – Natural Pest Control Works Better

You've got pests and you want them gone. You are motivated by Green Living standards but gosh, you want these pests gone yesterday. What is a Green Living advocated to do? Use a natural pest control solution that is safe and effective. But is not that a bit of an oxymoron? If it is green…

You've got pests and you want them gone. You are motivated by Green Living standards but gosh, you want these pests gone yesterday. What is a Green Living advocated to do?

Use a natural pest control solution that is safe and effective. But is not that a bit of an oxymoron? If it is green and natural, does it really kill and repel pests effectively? The answer depends on what product (s) you choose so here is the scoop …

Most pesticides on the market today are synthetic, man-made chemical concoctions. They are developed using neuro-toxin technology that attacks and destroys the neurological system of pests. So how do humans react to these non-natural poisons?

Well, it is not pretty. Synthetic pesticides are linked to a myriad of health issues such as ADHD, Autism, Alzheimer's, Diabetes, Cancer, plus hundreds of others. That is because these diseases are all examples of compromised health and a synthetic neuro-toxin is created to destroy the health of pests. As natural beasts, we are not immune to the cumulative effects of these toxins that bio-accumulate in our cells and tissues. We are not able to metabolize them so they have no place to go. That fact alone should make synthetic, the number one category to avoid.

But here are some very interesting facts that 'Big Chemical' does not want you to know. Natural pest control products actually work better for several reasons.

Pests can not become immune to natural options where they are destined to become resistant to synthetic poisons. This is an odd concept to forgive but an indisputable phenomenon in science referred to as 'Pesticide Resistance'. When a population of pests is exposed to a synthetic pesticide, a certain number will survive and then pass that immunity on to their offspring. Occasionally, the entire pest population is resistant to that chemical and therefore a more toxic solution must be used in order to maintain the same level of control. For this reason, some pesticides in use today are up to 1000 times stronger than those used just ten years ago.

In contrast, pests can not become immune to natural pest control options because you can not change the laws of Nature. Therefore, pest control solutions that come from Nature themselves are actually far more capable.

Secondly, the chance for a recurring infestation drops is significant when using natural, green options rather than man-made chemicals. Synthetic pesticides create 'super bugs' with aggressive population growth. If you want to get rid of bugs and make sure they do not come back, green, safe and natural is the way to go.

If you are a devotee of Green Living and become faced with a pest issue, you can do what Big Chemical has trained you to do and think that only the most lethal dose of synthetic chemicals is going to work OR you can choose natural, safe and effective solutions that cause no harm to you or your family and more effectively and permanently control the pests.

Natural, it is.

Wind Power: The Basics

In many ways, wind power is very similar to other electricity generating technologies, including burning fossil fuels and hydroelectric power. In all of these different technologies, there is something that helps to spin a turbine, which then turns that rotational energy into electricity. With fossil fuels, you are burning coal or other fossil fuel to…

In many ways, wind power is very similar to other electricity generating technologies, including burning fossil fuels and hydroelectric power. In all of these different technologies, there is something that helps to spin a turbine, which then turns that rotational energy into electricity. With fossil fuels, you are burning coal or other fossil fuel to convert water to steam in order to turn a turbine. Hydroelectric power will use flowing or falling water in order to force a turbine to move. Wind turbines, similarly, are positioned in away to take advantage of the wind as much as possible. They are typically placed in areas that experience frequent, high levels of wind such as the Great Plains. Although there are many utility companies that operate large fields of wind turbines in order to generate wind power, you can also install a residential turbine on your own land.

Wind Farms

Most of the wind power in the United States is generated on the large wind farms specifically designed for that purpose. Any given wind farm will maintain and operate several hundred wind turbines, which are connected to the electrical grid in order to provide power to the local community. Although they can generate a significant amount of electricity, most local electrical utilities use them as a supplementary source of electricity to their normal, more traditional sources such as coal and natural gas. In order to help fund and grow these operations, many electrical utilities give you the option of designing all or a portion of your bill towards wind power. This will ensure that the money that you are spending for your electricity is used to provide wind-generated electricity. This is the perfect way to contribute to the further growth and investment of renewable energy sources such as wind energy.

Residential Wind Turbines

Because of the increased demand for renewable energy sources, wind turbines have become much more prominent in the residential setting. When used together with other energy sources, such as solar and geo-thermal generators, wind turbines can be a very beneficial electrical upgrade for many homes. In order for a wind turbine to work, however, you will need to have a small plot of land to be sure that you will be able to generate enough electricity for it to be worth it.

Installing a Wind Turbine

Wind turbine installation is an effort that is completed by both a turbine installer and your local electricity. Your best bet is to start the job with a professional who specializes in the installation of residential wind turbines. This company will typically erect the turbine, and complete all of the initial setup. They will then turn the rest over to your local electrician, who will connect the turbine with your home and the electrical grid. This is the best way to make sure that both your turbine and all electrical connections are made as safely and completely as possible.

Take some time and do some serious research into residential wind generation if you are looking for an alternative energy source. If you have the space to do it, this can be a very viable source of energy for many years to come.

Solar Water Heaters – Save Money and the Environment

With the growing growing cost of energy and the alarming issue of global warming, solar heating has become a great way to save money and also save the environment. Unlike solar photovoltaic which converts the sun's energy to electricity, Solar water heaters use the heat radiation of the sun directly. This means there is very…

With the growing growing cost of energy and the alarming issue of global warming, solar heating has become a great way to save money and also save the environment. Unlike solar photovoltaic which converts the sun's energy to electricity, Solar water heaters use the heat radiation of the sun directly. This means there is very little loss. As an example, a solar heating system can be 97% efficient versus a PV cell which is typically 8-14% efficient.

How does it Work?

A Solar heater uses a special coating that absorbs the sun's radiation. This is very similar to how a black car heats up in the sun. The absorbed heat energy is then transferred to a heating medium such as water or glycol. Glycol is normally used when the home owner experiences freezing conditions. The heated liquid is then moved through as small energy-efficient pump to where it is needed. The heat is then transferred to the home or hot water via a heat exchanger.

The most common use of solar water heaters is to heat domestic hot water. A typical solar heating system combines 5 key elements.

  1. Solar collectors – capture the suns energy
  2. Piping – holds the heating medium that is heated in the solar collectors (usually copper or stainless steel)
  3. Pump – that moves the solar heating fluid from the collector through the piping to where it is needed
  4. Solar Tank with an internal heat exchanger- this is where the heating fluid transfers its energy to the domestic hot water through the internal heat exchanger inside the tank
  5. Solar controller – this calculates when the heating fluid is hotter than the water in the solar tank. If it is then it activates the pump so that the heating fluid can circulate through the heat exchanger in the tank

Solar Water Heaters can typically provide home owners 60-70% saving on their water heating bill. With the Federal Energy Tax credits being applied, a typical solar water heater cost about $ 3000- $ 4000 and can have paybacks in less than 5 years in some states. This makes them very popular for home owners. In fact in some states such as Hawaii and European countries, new home construction must have a solar water heater as part of the build.

As energy cost are sure to continue to rise and energy management solutions' continue to gain in popularity, so will solar water heating. Next time you see a black looking solar collector on a neighbor's roof, thank them for helping save our planet!

Sustainable Water Use in a New House

In the last twelve months we have consumed 25 kilolitres of metered water. That is 480 liters a week or 68 liters a day. In all honesty we are disappointed that we have used so much and hope to reduce that in the coming 12 months. Does that mean we do not shower or flush…

In the last twelve months we have consumed 25 kilolitres of metered water. That is 480 liters a week or 68 liters a day.

In all honesty we are disappointed that we have used so much and hope to reduce that in the coming 12 months.

Does that mean we do not shower or flush or toilet?

We do shower, and have baths and have a large flourishing garden with over 50 fruit trees in it.

How do we do this in an area with an average rainy of only 370mm per year?

We do two things. One we use all our black and gray water and we harvest rainwater.We have been able to install an aerobic waste water system which treats everything that goes down our drains. This is then pumped through our lawn and the rest of our garden. That is sufficient water to ensure that our important plants do not die. We get all our potable (ie drinkable) water from the roof of our house and the roof of our shed.

We have 26,500 liters of storage. This quantity of storage provides us with a high degree of water security, above 90%, and also provides us with beautiful clean water. All our taps, toilets, shower heads have high star ratings and we diligently ensure we do not waste water.

We would like some more storage to be able to be a little more liberal with using rainwater to water our garden.

How big do your water tanks need to be? That depends on the rainfall in your area, the roof area you collect water from, just how much water you use and what degree of certainty you want.

For most blocks the last thing you have room for near your house is a large water tank. We have a small 5,000 liter tank near our house and a 21,500 liter tank further along the block. They are both permanently joined so water flows between them. It works well.

There are lots of creative ways you can increase your storage capacity. I really like the idea of ​​putting in tanks under the driveway or house, using this otherwise dead space.We just could not see the sense in using water that had been supplied by over 300km, is treated and all we do is flush it down the toilet, literally.

I experience a sense of pride that the water I use I harvested on site. It only has to travels about 20 meters to reach me!

Inorganic Industrial Degreasing Solvents Present Safety Issues

Industrial degreasing solvents are used as a cleaning agent in professional parts washing and machinery washing. These chemicals may be sprayed, brushed, or wiped directly onto the surface of the contaminated part to remove grease, dirt, or dust. While these degreasers effectively remove contaminants from machinery and extend the useful life of these parts, some…

Industrial degreasing solvents are used as a cleaning agent in professional parts washing and machinery washing. These chemicals may be sprayed, brushed, or wiped directly onto the surface of the contaminated part to remove grease, dirt, or dust. While these degreasers effectively remove contaminants from machinery and extend the useful life of these parts, some of these liquids contain unsafe compounds. When businesses do not properly research the chemicals that they utilize, they run the risk of harmful employees and the environment by exposing them to toxic chemicals. This article will take a look at some of the most dangerous substances contained in the industrial degreasing solvents. Business owners should familiarize themselves with the compounds in this article so that they will be able to identify unsafe chemicals and keep them from harm employees and the surrounding environment.

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

Organizations like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have made a point to focus on the presence of VOCs in cleaning products. In reality, VOCs are safe when consumed in small doses but when individuals are exposed to a high level of VOCs they could experience health issues. Symptoms of high VOC exposure include nausea, headaches, kidney damage, liver damage, and a shutdown of the central nervous system. It is important for companies to evaluate the VOC levels in industrial degreasing solvents before making a purchase.

Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs)

Degreasers that contain HAPs are problematic because when these substances are used, they emit harmful pollutants into the atmosphere. Individuals who work in environments where HAPs are present could inhale these pollutants and become sick. Depending on how long an individual is exposed to HAPs, he or she can develop dizziness, upset stomach, breathing issues, infertility, or nerve damage. Luckily companies can prevent the introduction of HAPs into the workspace by obtaining a list of HAPs from the EPA and using this list when evaluating the degreasers that are available on the market. Being thorough during a search will allow the company to save money by avoiding costly lawsuits and insurance price hikes.

Isopropyl Alcohol

Found in some degreasers, isopropyl alcohol is another toxin that can harm humans. The chemical leads to dry skin and drowsiness while irritating the eyes, nose, and throat. Another major risk associated with using isopropyl alcohol is that it is a very flammable substance, so its presence in a working environment can produce an unsafe workplace for employees.

Acetone

Acetone is another ingredient that is found in some industrial degreasing solvents that is also an extreme fire hazard. Employees who come in frequent contact with acetone have reported skin dryness, headaches, and even eyes, nose, and throat irritation.

Freon

Freon is not a common ingredient in industrial degreasing solvents but is still present in some solutions. While this chemical contains a low level of toxicity and low fire hazard level, it can still cause employees to experience dry skin and light headedness.

These are just some of the substantial number of harmful chemicals that can be found in industrial degreasing solvents. Businesses should protect their employees by doing their homework before purchasing degreasers, with the best choice usually being to buy organic.

Why Organic Solvents Are the Best Environmentally Friendly Option

There are a number of reasons as to why an industrial organization will need to complete the process of parts cleaning. This process is a prelude to other processes like surface finishing, electroplating, and painting, but it is also needed to protect sensitive equipment. Machinery naturally accumulates dust, grease, and other contaminants while machining processes…

There are a number of reasons as to why an industrial organization will need to complete the process of parts cleaning. This process is a prelude to other processes like surface finishing, electroplating, and painting, but it is also needed to protect sensitive equipment. Machinery naturally accumulates dust, grease, and other contaminants while machining processes are completed. “Parts cleaning” is therefore a way for companies to protect their investment in expensive machinery by removing contaminants and extending the machine's lifespan. Companies typically complete this cleaning by using degreasers, which are substances that remove contaminants like grease from the machine's surface.

Unfortunately, many industrial degreasers that are used today pose risks to the environment and to the health of employees working with these substances. Many industrial degreasers have been shown to produce reproductive, liver, and kidney damage, while introducing toxicity to the nervous system. These chemicals also produce hazardous bi-products that can reach the environment by escaping in the air or in the water that is used during the cleaning process. Sick workers not only reduce workplace productivity because they are unable to come in to work, but could even bring a lawsuit against the company if unsafe exposure to degreasers is shown to have caused permanent complications. The best way to eliminate health and environmental damage is to use organic solvents. These substances are different than degreasers because they use chemical processes to structurally break down contaminants.

One of the main reasons that organic solvents are more beneficial to the environment is because of how they are structured. These chemicals are organic, which means that they are made up entirely of natural ingredients. Additionally, organic solvents are safe to use because they are applicable without being diluted. Employees can spray, brush, or wipe the substance onto the machine's surface, or submerge the parts in cleaning machines that have been built to use solvents. After organic solvents have been applied, they will remove contaminants by using water. These chemicals will not upset the environment by being removed with water, which also means that the company does not have to pay hazardous chemical treatment fees.

As companies come to realize the benefits of using organic substances instead of unsafe degreasers, they should note that the green movement faces many challenges. Some cleaning chemicals are not produced organically, so companies should pressure those chemical producers to produce their chemicals organically, or find a safer alternative. Also, companies must make sure that the products that are advertised as “green” and “eco-friendly” abide by that standard. Some manufacturers promote a product as “organic” simply because it contains biomass, but companies should do their research when evaluating these products. True organic solvents contain environmentally friendly ingredients and are produced in a way that does not harm the environment. Finally, companies should make sure that cleaning processes or products that use organic solvents are safe, as some distillation processes emit harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Companies that care about protecting employees and the environment should replace harmful degreasers that are used in the parts cleaning processes. After completing their due diligence, the company will be able to find organic solvents that meet its parts cleaning needs.

Understanding MIL-PRF-680 Cleaners and How They Are Categorized

All industrial companies need to conduct parts cleaning. During natural machining processes, the machines into which companies have invested thousands of dollars become contaminated. These processes give off byproducts like dirt and grease while natural contaminants like dust can accumulate when the machine is not maintained. Cleaning these machines and their parts is therefore a…

All industrial companies need to conduct parts cleaning. During natural machining processes, the machines into which companies have invested thousands of dollars become contaminated. These processes give off byproducts like dirt and grease while natural contaminants like dust can accumulate when the machine is not maintained. Cleaning these machines and their parts is therefore a way for companies to ensure that existing machines are able to continue to complete its necessary activities. The type of process that is used to clean these machines will differ based on the type of machine that is being cleaned and the type of contaminants that need to be removed, but degreasers are the most commonly used product.

Degreasers are substances that are used in parts cleaning due to the substance's ability to remove problematic contaminants. The Department of Defense developed its own classification system to identify the military-grade cleaning substances: MIL-PRF-680. This classification system actually replaced an earlier classification system called PD-680 that was broken down into three types. Each type was differentiated based on its flash point, which is the lowest point at which a substance will vaporize into the air in the form of an ignitable gas. However, PD-680 substances contained a number of harmful substances that were responsible for generating toxic waste and caused air pollution. These substances were also overall more harmful to the individuals who used them because they had a much lower flash point. Military organizations that used PD-680 were there before harmful employees by exposing them to a toxic environment with flammable chemicals. Substances that are classified as MIL-PRF-680 are not only less flammable but are also safer for industrial use.

Once the MIL-PRF-680 system was introduced, buyers were finally able to differentiate between various substances and find the solution that met their needs. Solvents are designated as one of four types based on their flash point. The four types are described as:

  • Type I: These particular solvents are substances that have a flash point between 38 and 60 degrees Celsius. These solvents also are characterized by a low, non-residual scent.
  • Type II: These degreasers have a flash point between 61 and 92 degrees Celsius. As with Type I substances, Type II solvents carry a low, non-residual odor.
  • Type III: These solvents are best for machines that operate at very high temperatures, as they have a flash point between 93 and 116 degrees Celsius. Type III degreasers boast a low, non-residual odor.
  • Type IV: These chemicals have the same flash point range as Type II solvents, between 61-92 degrees Celsius. Unlike Type II solvents, Type IV degreasers have a citrus, non-residual odor.

Military organizations and companies that use MIL-PRF-680 solvents can also feel that they are making an environmentally friendly decision. All of these solvents have been certified eco-friendly by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This certification indicates that each solvent has been checked by the EPA to make sure that it leaves behind less inorganic residual, and that it contains a low amount of carcinogenic chemicals and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Organizations should speak to a distributor of MIL-PRF-680 solvents when they need an eco-friendly, military-grade chemical.

Green Living and Pest Control Can Coexist Thanks to Cedar

Nobody likes the thought of cohabitating with bugs. The thought of ants crawling on the kitchen counter or roaches scurrying across the floor at night can give anyone the heebie-jeebies! But if we are trying willingly to live without toxic chemicals in our quest for Green Living, how can we balance absorption for pests with…

Nobody likes the thought of cohabitating with bugs. The thought of ants crawling on the kitchen counter or roaches scurrying across the floor at night can give anyone the heebie-jeebies!

But if we are trying willingly to live without toxic chemicals in our quest for Green Living, how can we balance absorption for pests with the need to live green? Can these two concepts coexist?

Yes, they can and you can also throw in “simple to do”.

Green Living is more than just living chemical free. It is living sustainably, leaving the least carbon footprint possible and it is preserving our natural resources. Get set to accomplish all of the above while eliminating pests at the same time.

So here is the scoop – Nature provides us with many gifts and one of those is natural pest control known commonly as cedar. Cedar is to pests as ammonia is to humans – if exposed to it, they will do everything they can to get away and if overwhelmed by it, they will die. That is why cedar chests and closets do not have bugs. Using cedar to control pests is chemical free.

But not all cedar is created equally – in order to be Green Living worthy, it must be a food grade cedar. When something is categorized as food-grade safe, it means ingesting it is no problem and that it is safe to use around food. If you have small children and pets, you know they'll put anything into their mouths so food-grade safe is imperative.

Since we can not suddenly change our homes to being one large cedar closet, we can use the cedar another way – by harvesting the essential oil. However, cedar oil is a tricky one – it will not mix with other liquids so you must probably a bit on the technology of others to access it. Cedar oil can be harvested a number of ways so make sure your cedar source uses eco-friendly steam distillation as opposed to chemical stripping – which minimizes the carbon footprint.

The great news about cedar is it is actually considered a prevalent, invasive native species in many areas so using cedar as a resource in no way diminishes its presence in the ecosystem as it is a readily available, renewable resource. Check off sustainable on that one.

And here is the over-the-top; Green Living Gold Star worthy component of using a cedar based pest control protocol … You can conserve our most valuable resource of all – water – by combining your pest control and cleaning steps.

As you clean your house and do the tasks of wiping countertops, scrubbing surfaces, and mopping the floors, you can add your cedar based pest control product to your Green Living cleaning supplies and it serves as the pest control product application! So when you mop, you not only clean, you are applying your barrier pest control treatment. Do not mop first and then apply your pest control – do it all in one step. You are accomplishing two jobs conserving not only water – but your time and energy as well.

Green Living AND effective pest control can coexist. Eliminate pests using safe and effective renewable cedar and you'll eliminate the heebie-jeebies too!

What Exactly Is Solar Power and How Does It Work?

There are a huge amount of resources out there that are currently talking about renewable energy sources. Because of this, it can sometimes be hard to keep it all straight. One of the most popular and common renewable energy sources is actually the sun, which is harvest with solar panels. Your average solar panel will…

There are a huge amount of resources out there that are currently talking about renewable energy sources. Because of this, it can sometimes be hard to keep it all straight. One of the most popular and common renewable energy sources is actually the sun, which is harvest with solar panels. Your average solar panel will absorb raw sunlight and convert it into electricity with the help of photovoltaic cells. You can find this type of solar panel in fields dedicated to the generation of solar power. A great thing about solar panels, however, is that they can also be installed directly onto your home by a qualified installer or electrician. This is becoming a popular option for homeowners who want to become more self-reliant, energy efficient and lower their electrical bills.

The Use and Installation of Solar Panels

You have two basic options when it comes to installing solar panels on your home. You can either connect them to a battery array that will store the power for you, or you can connect them directly to the existing power grid. Both methods have pros and cons, which you can discuss in detail with the electrician that you choose to install them.

One of the greatest benefits of having your own solar power storage system is that you have an energy reserve if you ever experience a power outage. Your installer will place the solar panel in the best position on your home. They will then connect this panel array to a voltage controller, which will control the flow of electrical current into the battery array. The battery array will then connect to a power converter that will convert the DC power from your solar panels into AC current that you can use through your home. Systems that are setup in this manner are typically used to power just a handful of devices, such as essential appliances and lights. If you have a power outlet, you will keep a few hours of reserve power in the battery array whenever you use it properly. The batteries will also continue to regenerate whenever the sun is shining on your panels.

The most popular method of installation for most homeowners is to connect the solar panel array directly to the power grid. Your electrician or solar installer can actually hook your panels directly into your electrical service so that it will feed the electricity back into the power grid, as well as into your home. This is a benefit for most people, because you can often sell any electricity that you do not use back to the utility company. This results in a credit on your electric bill, and provides for one of the most seamless operations possible.

Adding a solar panel array can be a great investment for your home, regardless of the type of installation that you choose. You will not only have greater peace of mind when it comes to the source of your electrical energy, but you can even reduce or eliminate your electrical bills altogether.

Should Parts Cleaner Solvents Be Sprayed or Applied Using Immersion?

When machines are in use, grease and oil from machining processes often get left behind and accumulate on machinery components. Additionally, all machinery will naturally have dirt and dust buildup on the surface. These contaminants not only affect the look of the machinery but can also accelerate a machine's decay. Machinery that is poorly maintained…

When machines are in use, grease and oil from machining processes often get left behind and accumulate on machinery components. Additionally, all machinery will naturally have dirt and dust buildup on the surface. These contaminants not only affect the look of the machinery but can also accelerate a machine's decay. Machinery that is poorly maintained will at some point shut down for good, and companies will be forced to spend thousands of dollars in order to replace the machine. For this reason, machining businesses take care of their equipment by using degreasers to remove surface contaminants. The company will have an employee apply parts cleaner solvents to these parts using several methods.

The two most common parts cleaning methods involving solvents are spraying and immersion, although some will instead choose to use vapor degreasing. Each of these methods has its own set of advantages and drawbacks. This article will highlight some of the advantages and disadvantages so that companies can determine which degreasers to use and how they will be placed on machining parts.

Spraying

Spraying is the most common cold solvent technique for cleaning parts and machinery. This process is typically completed with petroleum or mineral based parts cleaner solvents and the primary goal is to remove a major of the contaminants before placing the part into a cleaning tank. This process can also be used as the first step before carrying out vapor degreasing, with spraying taking place in order to remove the majority of the residual. Spraying is easy to do but is not as effective as other methods, which explains why it is primarily used as just the first step in a degreasing strategy.

Immersion

The process of immersion removes contaminants more importantly than spraying does, and involves submerging the part into a liquid tank. This tank is filled with parts cleaner solvents and cleaning takes place in a number of ways, depending on the type of device in use. Soaking is an immersion technique wherein parts are placed into the parts cleaner solvents and then left there for a set period of time so that contaminants are removed from the surface. Soaking is the most common immersion technique but some businesses opt to use washing machines to complete agitation. When agitated parts are submerged in degreasers, the movement of solvents helps speed up the cleaning process. When businesses need to complete spot cleaning, they will directly whip the parts cleaner solvents over the part.

Each of these two methods is used as an alternative to vapor degreasing, which is a much more dangerous process. When degreasers are emitted into the air, they also emit hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These substances have been shown to cause health complications that affect human fertility and central nervous system functioning. Companies that do not complete vapor degreasing also save money because they do not have to worry about ventilation and therefore have more flexibility in terms of where parts cleaner solvents can be used to complete on-site cleaning.

Ultramely the decision of whether to use immersion or soaking when applying degreasers will depend on budgetary restrictions and available floor space.

How to Reduce Your Household Trash

Saving the environment is something that should be done on a global scale, but it is something that should have a start in your home. Household waste accounts for a huge portion of what's polluting the environment right now. Modern methods of dealing with waste are being overwhelmed by the huge mountains of garbage that…

Saving the environment is something that should be done on a global scale, but it is something that should have a start in your home. Household waste accounts for a huge portion of what's polluting the environment right now. Modern methods of dealing with waste are being overwhelmed by the huge mountains of garbage that we are generating.

We should all know about the proper ways of handling waste but it would be more beneficial if we could learn how to reduce our output. In order to serve as a guide, here are some ways on how you can reduce the amount of household waste that you generate. These methods are simple to follow and it would be up to you if they can be successful or not.

1. Recycling has been recommended for quite a long time now and people have been doing it in different degrees, but it still is not enough. Most people have access to recycling points where they can take their garbage that can be recycled, but they do not use it. This is because they find segregation to be too tedious.

Just commit yourself to recycling your home waste and you would see the amount of your household garbage going down. Devise a system where by you could segregate your waste with the minimum amount of time.

2. The average American home throws out more than a food of each day. That could have been used as compost instead and compost has so many uses for gardening. Try doing it now and it would help in reducing your waste.

3. Buy products in bulk. If you know that you are going to use a certain product anyway because why not buy a lot of it one time? That could help in reducing the amount of packaging that could get wasted.

4. When shopping for products, you should also check their trash profile. That shows information on the amount of garbage that the product can produce, especially in connection with the packaging. Some products have been specifically designed to reduce the amount of waste that they would contribute.

5. Reuse some of the items instead of throwing them away. Some of the things that you throw out may still be usable and if you do not want them, then just give them away to someone who does or maybe even sell it. You could hold a garage sale for those items.

6. You can cut down on your household by simply reducing your consumption and reducing on the things that you buy. When you buy fewer things, you would have to throw out a lot less as well, unless you're a hoarder. Just plan the things that you really need and stick to those when you're shopping.

These are just a few of the tips that you can follow when it comes to reducing the amount of household waste that you usually generate. These things can help you out a lot if you just stick to following them. It would help you and the environment.