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How Do Solar Ovens Work

How Do Solar Ovens Work

The answer may sound pretty basic, because it is! And because of the relative simplicity, you could even make one yourself. How about some lifestyle and preparedness for the outdoor kitchen? A solar oven is a great way to harness free energy to get the job done. So,...

Lithium Iron Battery For Solar Off-Grid Alternative Energy Systems

Lithium Iron Battery For Solar Off-Grid Alternative Energy Systems

The Lithium Iron battery from Iron Edison has significant advantages for solar panel alternative energy storage. Consider these benefits over Lead Acid: 1. SAFE. Unlike lithium-ion 'cobalt' batteries that you may have heard about (catching fire in laptops, mobile...

Rechargeable Batteries Solar Charger For AA, AAA, C, D, & USB

Rechargeable Batteries Solar Charger For AA, AAA, C, D, & USB

The following solar powered battery charger (pictured above) is a practical preparedness item to have for charging typical consumer-size AA & AAA batteries including C & D. When the power grid goes down, the sun keeps shining! We can harness that energy. And...

Selecting The Right Cable Size For Your Battery Bank

Selecting The Right Cable Size For Your Battery Bank

Are you putting together a battery bank for an alternative energy system? If you are, then you might be thinking about the size of interconnecting cables between the batteries themselves and the charger / inverter. How big should the cables be? What size? More...

Solar Power and Energy Requirements – How To Calculate Your Needs

Solar Power and Energy Requirements – How To Calculate Your Needs

(time to sweep the solar panels)   When doing any sort of design or even "back of the envelope" calculations for alternative energy systems (e.g. solar), among the important factors to consider are these: Solar Power and Energy requirements. - Power equals watts....

Solar Generator – Silent, Portable, Many Uses

Solar Generator – Silent, Portable, Many Uses

The uses for a portable solar generator system are many. A few solar panels and a corresponding 'solar generator' (built-in battery storage, power inverter, controls & connectors) might be used for any number of purposes. Note that most 'solar generator' systems...

Improve Fireplace Heat Efficiency With a Fireback

Improve Fireplace Heat Efficiency With a Fireback

A Fireback improve fireplace efficiency. Fireplaces are not very heat efficient compared to other sources of home heating. Who can resist though a nice fire in the fireplace! Unfortunately lots of heat is wasted as it goes right up the chimney. One way to improve the...

Chimney Fire: Wood Stove & Fireplace Safety

Chimney Fire: Wood Stove & Fireplace Safety

Have you ever seen a Chimney Fire or Flue Fire? Guest article, by ‘NRP’ I watched as my neighbor in CA burned his home down, the Flue Pipe glowing bright red above the roof line, the flames shooting out the pipe like a Blow Torch and the home in ashes within 20...

Firewood For Heating – List of the Most Popular Wood for Burning

Firewood For Heating – List of the Most Popular Wood for Burning

Awhile ago we conducted a reader poll asking what wood people burned in their stove for winter heating. There's quite a variety of wood species across the nation and chances are that you're burning firewood that's native to your region. Some time ago I did some...