Category: alternative-energy

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, how do …

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 accurately, what gauge (AWG)? Read on… …

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 can also be charged up by simply plugging into …

Nickel Iron Battery For Off Grid Energy Storage

The Nickel Iron battery from ‘Iron Edison’ is an updated version of Thomas Edison’s battery design that he considered to be nearly perfect. For off grid energy storage and renewable energy systems, this battery will likely be the last one you’ll ever buy. Why? Because it’s nearly indestructible! Edison’s battery …

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 heat emanating from a …

POLL: Firewood For Heating

It’s that time of year when it’s getting colder outside and people are beginning to fire up their wood stove. There is 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 research …

Candles: Lowest Cost Per Hour

Ever wondered what it costs to burn a candle and/or the least expensive per-hour to burn? Here’s some info which may help you to determine what may be best for you while considering diversification of your preparedness preps to include a quantity of candles for light after ‘grid-down’. While there …
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