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WASHINGTON COUNTY VERMONT 15 ACRES UNFINISHED CABIN OFF-GRID
Listing ID: 30916
15 ACRES WOODED W/ A BROOK UNFINISHED NEARLY COMPLETE CABIN OFF GRID LOCATED IN RURAL CABOT VERMONT PROPERTY FOR SALE
Newer unfinished dwelling ready to be completed. Located on quiet country road on 15+/- acres. Listen to the brook from the deck. Trail network through property. Bring your imagination to finish for a year round off grid home.
15 (+/-) Acres $83,500 USD
1554 Bricketts Crossing Rd Cabot, VT Washington County, USA 05647
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Setting Up a Simple Solar Panel Kit
Editors Note: This post is from Gaye Levy at the incredibly informative site Backdoor Survival. Gaye was nice enough to share this with me and our readers here. Backup power is one of the most fundamental preparedness items you should have at the near top of your list. This article demonstrates her and her husbands experience with one option that might work for your family.
When it comes to understanding electricity, my mind tends to blank out when it gets to the point where I have to determine volts, amps, amp-hours, voltage under load and other terms that are second nature to the electricity savvy. Let me make it clear that this is not a girl thing or a guy thing. It is simply that some of us are better at understanding how power and electricity works than others.
In all fairness, in my boating days I was quite familiar with the operation of our house batteries and the inverter. Using this set-up, I had fresh coffee in the morning and power for my laptop. Life was sweet. Although that was almost ten years ago, the lessons learned were simple: don’t discharge the batteries more than 60% and don’t mess with a working electrical system unless you know what you are doing.
Given my own thick head when in comes to all things electrical, I have always considered the prospect of installing a small solar system in my home a bit daunting. I should not have worried.
Visit http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2013/05/16/setting-up-a-simple-solar-panel-kit for the full article, very informative.
Faraway as it is, anyone could mistake the Sun for a smooth, uniform, boring ball of gas but the reality could not be more different. Earlier this week, in the space of two days, the Sun emitted four massive blasts of radiation with Tuesday’s solar flare being the strongest of the year so far.
The Sun’s activity changes in intensity periodically, with its main cycle taking an average of eleven years to complete. The present cycle, cycle 24, started in 2008 and is expected to peak later this year. This increase in solar activity leads to an increase in a number of a variety of solar phenomena, such as sunspots, solar flares and coronal mass ejections (CMEs).
Solar flares are extremely strong bursts of energy that occur when energy stored in the magnetic fields of the Sun’s atmosphere is suddenly released. A related phenomenon, coronal mass ejections are massive eruptions in the solar atmosphere that release millions of tonnes of solar material into space.
Flares can fall into one of five categories: A, B, C, M, or X, each category ten times stronger than the one before, with X-class flares being the strongest. Additionally, each category, except X-class, is further divided into nine subcategories, from 1 to 9. The most intense flare ever recorded went as high as X28. This week’s flares ranged in intensity from X1 to X3.2.
The biggest flare in recorded history to hit the Earth happened in 1859. On September 1, the astronomer Richard Carrington was studying sunspots when he observed two patches of white light, as bright as the Sun itself. On the following night the aurora, a phenomenon usually confined to the northernmost latitudes, could be seen as far south as the Caribbean and was so bright that newspapers could be read by its light. Telegraph systems all over the world failed and many operators suffered electric shocks. The electric currents induced in the telegraph wires by the aurora were so strong that some systems could still send and receive messages after their power supplies had been disconnected.
3 Ways to Cut Your Energy Bill (307)
(NewsUSA) – During hotter days, the wonderful coolness of our air-conditioned homes is comforting until the whopping energy bill arrives. The American Lighting Association (ALA) offers the following easy ways to use less energy and save money.
Replace bulbs with CFLs
Switch out incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent versions.
“A compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) can provide the same amount of light as an incandescent by using only one-quarter of the electricity,” explains Joe Rey-Barreau, education consultant for the ALA and an associate professor at the University of Kentucky’s School of Interior Design.
“One of the great myths regarding lighting today is that the federal government is ‘banning’ incandescent lighting,” Rey-Barreau says. “This is false. Incandescent lighting is not being banned. The new legislation is only affecting the standard 100-watt incandescent bulb, which will no longer be sold beginning in 2012. However, an incandescent bulb that uses only 72 watts will replace it. This new bulb uses halogen incandescent technology to produce a more efficient incandescent bulb.”
Install ceiling fans
Install a ceiling fan in frequently occupied rooms. Ceiling fans use a fraction of the electricity of an AC unit. Therefore, the thermostat can be raised six degrees — say, to 78 degrees — and make a room feel as comfortable as if the ambient temperature were really 72 degrees.
Utilize lighting controls
Lighting controls are an excellent option for saving energy. It is not necessary to invest in a comprehensive control system where the entire house is rewired. There are simple and less-expensive methods for controlling light to save energy, such as motion sensors, photocells that operate according to light levels, timers and dimmers.
Thanks to breaking technology, lighting has become more efficient than ever before. Visit an ALA-member lighting showroom to receive professional tips on energy-saving. To find a local ALA-member showroom, go to www.americanlightingassoc.com.
Turning Mountains of Plastic Into Gallons of Fuel (287)
(NewsUSA) – Thanks to one resourceful company and an exemplary demonstration of green technology, one man’s trash can be another man’s fuel — literally.
“We put plastic in one end, and liquid fuel comes out the other,” explains John Bordynuik, founder and chief of technology behind Plastic2Oil, a division of JBI, Inc. that turns unsorted, unwashed waste plastic into ultra-clean fuels that don’t need refinement.
The Environmental Protection Agency reports that the U.S. generates 31 million tons of waste plastic every year, and 92 percent of that is dumped in landfills or incinerated — neither of which is eco-friendly. That, coupled with America’s continued dependence on foreign oil, makes Plastic2Oil (P2O) look downright magical.
Maybe it is.
JBI started developing their unique P2O process in 2009. After a series of tests, analysts determined the procedure to be repeatable in 2010, and the primary plant was established in Niagara Falls, N.Y.
Now, an average of 86 percent of the plastic going into the processors is turned into fuel. To date, JBI has converted over 2 million pounds of plastic into ultra-low-sulfur fuel, including No. 2 Diesel, No. 6 Fuel and Naphtha, which is used in petroleum engineering. None of these fuels needed to be refined further. Given the national push to be more environmentally aware, companies are taking truckloads of waste plastics to JBI. Thus, in one move, participating companies can save money on otherwise expensive waste disposal and reduce the mountains of plastic in landfills.
Not to mention, companies that supply raw waste materials help produce a scope of refined fuel products.
If your company is currently sending a significant amount of waste plastic to landfills, please contact JBI at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, please visit www.plastic2oil.com.
‘Coal’ the Series Reveals Grit of West Virginia Miners (364)
(NewsUSA) – Who would have thought that shining a light on some of America’s dirtiest, most rough-and-tumble blue-collar jobs would make for wildly popular television? Yet, here come documentary-meets-reality TV shows like “Ice Road Truckers,” “Axe Men,” “Deadliest Catch,” and now — Spike’s latest project, “Coal.”
The recent addition reveals the grit and dedication of the toughest of the tough, West Virginia miners in the Westchester Cobalt Coal mine.
Actually, “tough” might not be a strong enough word. The tagline for Spike’s new show is “danger runs deep,” and the pilot episode showed us just how deep. Some workers narrowly missed being crushed under a half-ton slab of slate, and another miner left in an ambulance.
“It’s a tough business, and you’ve got to have tough men,” said Mike Crowder, chief executive of Cobalt Coal Corp.
Crowder and the Cobalt mining crews had no idea their mine would wind up being the ideal setting to “memorialize and make heroes out of blue-collar workers,” according to the show’s executive producer, Thom Beers.
“It’s not a faceless big corporation,” Beers says about Cobalt’s Westchester mine, “all they’re trying to do is bring that coal out and survive another day and get paid and put food on the tables for families.”
Although the mine only employs 40 people, Cobalt has an expansion project in the works that will give them access to new coal reserves. To help foot the bill and increase investor appeal in the publicly traded company, Cobalt chose to offer a revenue-based TIGRcub security via Entrex: a Capital Market System for Entrepreneurial Companies (www.entrex.net).
Entrex CEO Stephen H. Watkins says, “Entrex was formed to support entrepreneurial companies who are looking for, and deserve, capital for their businesses.
The global public capital markets struggle to support thinly traded companies resulting in unfavorable valuations and difficult liquidity options for investors. TIGRcub Securities provide a monthly cash-flowing risk-adjusted return for investors eliminating a lot of the downfalls of equity-based investing.”
“We believe the TIGRcub offered by Cobalt supports its growth plans while providing competitive returns to investors,” he says.
Learn more about “Coal” the series at www.cobaltcoalcorp.com.
Solar Power Helps Homeowners Melt High Energy Bills (397)
(NewsUSA) – Savvy consumers are now turning to solar energy to beat utility price spikes.
Thanks to technological advances and attractive rebates, home solar-electric systems are more popular and affordable than ever. Last year, Americans installed 33 megawatts of residential solar systems, enough to power the equivalent of more than 41,000 homes.
In Southern California, Cheryl and Robert Boland faced electrical bills that averaged $300 a month and spiked to nearly $600 during the dog days of summer. Then the Bolands installed solar panels on the roof of their Apple Valley home. “Now our utility bill averages about $1.75 each month,” said Cheryl Boland.
“When I compare the cost of installing the system with what we will save on our bills over the next two decades, solar gives us an incredible return on investment. For us, it was all about the money.”
For homeowners interested in using solar panels to combat high energy bills, here are four important points to consider:
The right installer. Experience and reputation are critical in selecting a solar installer.
The solar professional will not only design your system and install the panels, but he or she will guide you through the process of obtaining tax incentives and rebates, potentially saving you thousands of dollars. To find a qualified installer in your area, visit www.solarworld.com/meltmybill.
Smart system design. A residential solar system must be designed to produce the right amount of power for your home and lifestyle. A good installer will review your previous year’s energy bills along with the orientation and shading of your roof. Check your installer’s credentials for signs of credible certification, for instance, as a manufacturer’s authorized installer.
Reputable panel manufacturer. Because home solar-energy systems should last for at least 25 years, homeowners must know theirs is built to last. Many customers find assurance in purchasing products made by manufacturers with proven longevity. “It was important to us to choose a panel from a long-standing American producer,” Boland said.
Guaranteed power output. A factory process called “plus sorting” ensures that solar panels are tested to meet or exceed their nameplate power rating. Plus, a 25-year linear warranty and 10-year workmanship warranty provide consumer protection.
With these four elements in place, homeowners often experience a 50 percent decrease in their electric bills, and sometimes eliminate their bills completely. For more info on using solar panels at home, visit www.solarworld.com/meltmybill.
Landmark Energy Bill Changes Fuel Standards (385)
(NewsUSA) – While environmentalists celebrate the signing of a landmark energy bill that will increase fuel economy standards on all vehicles from 26.4 miles per gallon (mpg) to 35 mpg, you are probably thinking about how this will affect your wallet.
Through this recent bill, President Bush signed into law a 40 percent increase in required fuel economy. The president called the legislation a “major step toward reducing our dependence on oil, confronting global climate change, expanding the production of renewable fuels and giving future generations of our country a nation that is stronger, cleaner and more secure.”
The Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulation requires each car manufacturer to meet a standard for the sales-weighted fuel economy for the entire fleet of vehicles sold in the U.S. in each model year.
The future CAFE standards will apply to the entire fleet of vehicles manufactured in the U.S. up to 10,000 pounds. They should be set, starting with Model Year 2011, until the standards achieve a combined average fuel economy of 35 mpg. Currently, cars and light trucks with two- and four-wheel-drives have individual standards. However, the newly signed bill allows for a standard increase that is applied to the entire U.S. fleet.
The new law also requires an increased use of ethanol, a cleaner burning, yet less efficient fuel. With the use of ethanol, these newer vehicles might not see much improvement in gas mileage.
Pulsed power, already in use by Pulstar pulse plugs for aftermarket spark plug replacements, is an enabling technology that can be used in combination with proprietary engine designs, now being developed by car manufacturers, to offset the reduced efficiency of ethanol fuel or to boost the efficiency of regular fuels. The stored energy discharged by the pulse plug was previously wasted as heat in the current plug ignition system.
Once pulse plugs are installed in your car, they’ll allow the transition to bio-fuel to be smoother. While ethanol will presumably burn cleaner, it will not be as efficient as gasoline and will require you to fill up more often. Pulse plugs can offset that necessity, allowing each of us to drive our cars farther on a gallon of bio-fuel.
If you have any questions about what you can do to help your car run more smoothly using pulse plugs, please visit www.pulstar.com.
Shining Light on Top 5 Myths About Solar Energy (414)
Despite its growing popularity, solar technology remains unfamiliar to many Americans. As renewable energy becomes a mainstay topic for the nation’s partisan political debates, consumers may struggle to separate the facts about solar energy from common misconceptions.
Here are the realities behind five common solar myths:
Myth 1: Solar is a new, unproven technology. Solar technology roots reach as far back as 1885, when Charles Fritts built the first solar cell using selenium. In 1954, researchers at Bell Labs harnessed the photoelectric effect on silicon, setting the course for modern solar technology. Since then, solar has powered space exploration, oil derricks, cellular networks and grid-tied businesses and homes.
In particular, SolarWorld, the longest-standing U.S. solar producer, has been manufacturing solar panels since 1975. “We’ve been in business for more than 35 years, and we’ve never had a product recall,” said Kevin Kilkelly, president of SolarWorld Americas.
Myth 2: Solar only works in warm climates. While sunny states like California lead the U.S. in solar deployment, northern residents still have much to gain from installing residential solar panels. Just as people don’t require full sunshine to see, solar panels don’t require full sunshine to produce electricity. Germany, the country with the most installed solar capacity worldwide, counts on solar irradiation comparable to Seattle’s.
Myth 3: All solar panels are created equal. Consumers should be aware that differences in quality and workmanship can curb the amount of energy produced. Be wary of solar panels manufactured in poorly regulated factories with questionable quality-control, labor and environmental practices. Instead, look for home solar panels from a reputable manufacturer, which can guarantee the highest power production and stand behind a 25-year warranty.
Myth 4: Solar panels are unattractive. To meet customer demand for attractive installations, a few companies now offer true-black solar panels, designed to blend well with residential rooftops. The panels are made from the most powerful solar cells available, meaning a homeowner can produce more electricity with fewer panels.
Myth 5: Solar is too expensive. Thanks to technological advances and attractive rebates, residential solar systems are more affordable than ever. In many parts of the U.S., homeowners can use financing programs to reduce upfront costs and spread payment over 20 or more years. For details on solar installation and financing, visit: www.solarworld.com/solarmyths.