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Technology
by CWilliams
9 years ago
A Different Look at Solar Power

A Different Look at Solar PowerMany home owners across the country are considering green energy as a solution to their energy needs. What many will find is that green energy such as wind, and solar, may come with a very costly price tag. Although these systems pay for themselves they may not be a feasible solution for the people that need them the most. Now more than ever home owners need to be aware of their bottom line, and the attainability of going green. Research suggests that home owners need to change the way they think about solar energy. Many homeowners believe that a solar panel system will supply their energy needs. While this is true, the cost of that system may very well be more than $20,000.00. With credit tight and energy costs across the country on the rise Americans need a viable solution that won't send them in to bankruptcy. While the sun and the wind can supply many of our energy needs we as homeowners must make a choice to change the way we use that energy. Changing the way we use energy may very well negate the cost of buying a solar panel system. After interviewing many home owners who live off grid I can tell you that all of them had the same thing in common. They all reduced the amount of energy they used. It is easier to conserve electrical energy than it is to make it from the sun. It is also cheaper to do so. Changing the way you use electricity may lower your bill enough to make the high price of a solar power system unnecessary. You could effectively change the way you heat your homes hot water and eliminate a portion of your energy bill further. [read the rest]

Home & Garden
by CWilliams
10 years ago
Use Energy Efficiently

A truly efficient home is a home that takes care of the needs of its occupants while lowering their energy needs. In a perfect world these homes would exist in abundance and no one would be cold in the winter or sweltering hot in the summer. Alas, we do...

Technology
by CWilliams
10 years ago
Solar Powered Hot Water a Resource for Home Owners

One of the greatest luxuries as a home owner is hot water. A long shower or delightful bath after a hard day of work can be a ritual that uplifts your spirits. This daily custom can only be heightened by the fact that the hot water is free. ...

Business & Money
by CWilliams
10 years ago
Hot Water Heater Maintenance Tips

Many homeowners replace their hot water tanks in the fall and winter because they notice a loss of performance. It is a common misconception, that the water heater is faulty, during the cooler months. Do not be fooled, most hot water tanks are still in perfectly good...

Home & Garden
by CWilliams
9 years ago
5 Ways I Got My Kids To Go Green

5 Ways I Got My Kids To Go GreenMy children are not so different from any other across the country. They like out door sports, they like shows on television, they have a Wii. Just like adults they like to see some tangible reward for their efforts. When we began to go green as a family it was hard to convince the kids that it was worth it. While they don't understand any impact our lifestyle has to a global community, they do understand the concept of money. We knew as parents that if we wanted to make big changes there must be some goal to work towards, and a prize for reaching that goal. We are good stewards of the land. Our family enjoys several camping, rafting and hiking trips a year. The children know that trash doesn't belong in animal habitats and when they see it they pick it up. The same goes for our community. When we are out on evening walks we make sure to pick up after ourselves and others. Through this experiment we were able to teach the children the importance of recycling. In their own way they know that, if everyone recycles, there will be more coloring pages to color. They also know that if you collect enough aluminum cans, you can take a family of 8 to Six Flags for the weekend. [read the rest]

Business & Money
by CWilliams
10 years ago
Straw-bale Building as a Money Saving Alternative

My new dream is to live in a home made of straw. I don't mean one that can be blown down by the big bad wolf. I am talking about an affordable living structure that is not only aesthetically pleasing but easy on my wallet as well. While straw...

Lifestyle
by CWilliams
10 years ago
Advantages and Disadvantages of Working from home Full-time or Part-time

Working from home has many advantages and disadvantages. As I sit here writing this article I am reminded of the many successes and utter failures I have experienced over the last three years. This article is not meant to deter anyone from choosing to work from home as...

Lifestyle
by CWilliams
10 years ago
Mortgage Free Living

Many people strive for the American dream. A great job, maybe a family and a home they can be proud of. Sadly tightened credit markets have made it nearly impossible to get a slice of the American pie. If you want a piece of the dream, without the huge...

Lifestyle
by CWilliams
10 years ago
Abuse isn't Always Physical

As a survivor of domestic violence I have faced several hard questions over the years. Hindsight being what it is I can now answer these questions clearly. As a survivor I think it is important to talk about my circumstance. Many people know about domestic violence in a detached...

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