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Biomass Fuel: The Planet Saving Energy Of The Next Generation
Last Updated on Thursday, 14 October 2010 08:41 Written by Vivian Summers Thursday, 14 October 2010 08:41
With the price of fossil fuels expected to continue their meteoric rise many people are beginning to wonder about their future heating costs. When it comes to heating your home biomass has quickly become the favorite alternative of a lot of people. As weird as this will sound, the favorite fuel for this alternative systems is corn.
The whole world knows how bad the United States’ oil addiction has become. Factor in the negative impact that burning fossil fuels has on the environment and it soon becomes apparent that there is a change needed. As we look for alternative energy sources biomass is beginning to emerge as the popular choice. Biomass is simply energy that is derived from the burning of bio fuels, such as animal waste and excess crops.
It is a sad irony that, whilst people through out the world are starving, we as a nation have too much corn. As power sources for biomass go, corn is one of the best. Within in each little kernel of corn there is a massive reserve of energy just waiting to be tapped. Using corn within a heating system can render the same amount of heat as a traditional furnace but at a fraction of the cost.
Biomass corn energy is produced by burning dry shelled corn as the fuel. The corn used for the bio fuels does not need to be the same as its edible counterpart that is of higher quality. As long as it is dry and free from husk fibers any corn will do the job nicely.
Corn is used in much the same way as one would use wood to heat their home. All you need is a fired stove that will burn the corn instead of the wood. now when I say that you are probably picturing yourself standing need deep in the snow with a shovel, you are most happily wrong. It is a lot easier than you think, as the shelled corn bio fuel is delivered to your house and stored in a tank ready for use. When your heating system is in need of more fuel your thermostat senses the drop in temperature and opens a door on your storage tank. Then a preset amount of fuel is added to the furnace and, viola, you have more heat for your home. The heat is then pumped into your house via the same duct system that is used by electrical heating systems.
Burning corn for heat will normally cost you half as much as oil based heat, 30% less than heat produced by coal and a massive 70% on heat produced by natural gas. If you are buying your energy from a utility company then switching to corn bi fuels can help you save up to 75% on your heating bills.
You are not alone if you thought that this idea was pretty far fetched when you first heard about it. According to internet polls this is now the most searched type of furnace. This will give you some indication as to the popularity of this type of bio fuel.
Water And Your Health
Last Updated on Thursday, 14 October 2010 08:40 Written by Mark Moller Thursday, 14 October 2010 08:40
How important is water in our lives? What does this clear liquid do for us? This short article will tell you why we need water. Water is essential for many reasons. Sadly, many people take this life-giving resource for granted and the consequences are society’s suffering from water pollution, water shortages, water diseases and other water problems.
Water is everywhere. It covers 75 percent of the Earth’s surface. You will find it in oceans, lakes, rivers and several other bodies of water. About 1.6 percent of water can be found underground in aquifers while 0.001 percent of water is in the air as water vapor, clouds, and precipitation. Oceans have 97 percent of Earth’s water while 75 percent of fresh water can be found in the polar ice caps. In spite of this, only three percent of the Earths water is fit for drinking.
The human body may seem like a solid mass of bones and muscles but it is really 60 to 70 percent water. This liquid also comprises 80 percent of a baby’s body weight at birth. The typical American uses 80 to 100 gallons of water every day and a healthy individual may consume three gallons or 48 cups of water each day. Although we can exist without food for over a month, we will not last more than a week if there is no water.
The irony of it all is that 3.6 million people are killed every year by water-related diseases and 43 percent of these deaths are due to diarrhea. Eighty-four percent of the fatalities are kids from birth up to 14 years old. Many of these deaths (98 percent) occur in the developing world. In truth, half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by people suffering from water-related diseases.
Another tragic fact is that while water is found everywhere, 884 million people or one in eight have no access to safe water. This problem has wiped out more people than any war on the planet. So make it a point to conserve water in your own way. You will make life a lot better for yourself and those around you.
Options To Consider When Selecting A Deck Drainage System
Last Updated on Thursday, 14 October 2010 08:13 Written by Keith Risser Thursday, 14 October 2010 08:13
People love to spend time outdoors, and today there is a growing interest in upgrading exterior living areas. People want fluid movement between indoor and outdoor living spaces. Exterior remodeling generally offers a good return.
A contemporary deck drainage system enables you to enjoy your lower deck. Rain water flowing through your upper deck makes the space underneath unusable. A deck drainage system provides cover for a dry deck guiding the precipitation into a gutter.
There are some options to consider when selecting a deck drainage system. In general, these systems are installed over, between, or under the joists of a raised deck. Some companies offer completely installed systems, but this service is only available in limited local areas served by their installation crews.
Other deck drainage systems are marketed as off-the-shelf kits. These kits can increase the cost of smaller projects requiring homeowners to buy more material than they need.
Off-the-shelf kits don’t offer the flexibility required for many deck projects. Decks come in many sizes and shapes. There are different systems for blocking and bracing a deck to make it stable. Positioning of rail posts can be inside or outside the deck frame. Another variable is cantilevering with the joists extending beyond the beam supporting the deck.
Many of these kits also include drop ceilings made of metal or vinyl. These elaborate structures increase cost, complicate the installation of lighting and fans, and limit design options.
The best systems are made of high quality, environmentally friendly materials. Flexible solutions are provided to address a range of installation issues. These system are completely hidden presenting no limit on materials, finishes and fixtures to create a spectacular space for outdoor living.
Learn more about the options for installing a deck drainage system. DEK Drain offers a very simple system with all components made from the same specially fabricated rubber membrane. The DEK Drain system is easy to install and comes with a limited lifetime warranty. View our portfolio of dry deck projects.
Looking For Seattle Painting Company- Info
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 October 2010 09:54 Written by Adam Davis Wednesday, 13 October 2010 09:54
Would you be able to locate a reliable Seattle painting company?
What are a few of the questions that should be answered in advance of deciding on a company like this? The following article is about these topics and issues.
It obviously requires quite a bit of effort to select a Seattle painting company for your job. You will take the risk of having the job done poorly after spending a lot of money. It is wise to choose the best company to do the work before the work is started.
When it comes to finding a good Seattle-based painting contractor, the vast majority of experts agree that the best way to do so is to talk with other people who have dealt with painting contractors to get their opinion.
This is great advice. Unfortunately, you may not know a large number of people who have used the services of a Seattle painting company recently. Using the Internet to check out a company has become a useful tool.
Therefore, the potential value of this type of reference is called in the question. An alternative for you is to check whether the Seattle painting company you are going to employ has a valid license and insurance.
The conclusion is that utmost care should be taken while selecting a a Seattle painting company. It is great that you are doing some research, but you will certainly want to continue doing research on various Seattle painting companies before making your final pick.
What are some factors that you should consider before hiring a company in this industry. Here are the issues and topics this article will address.
Needless to say, choosing a company in Seattle painting outfit to do work for you is no small task. Not only will you be spending a lot of money, but you also take the risk of having a job done incorrectly. It is wise to choose the best company to do the work before the work is started.
Getting customer reviews is the most successful way to find the right Seattle painting company for your needs, according to the most knowledgeable people.
This is great advice. Naturally, there will be be very few people known to you who have availed of the services of a Seattle painting company recently. Using the Internet to check out a company has become a useful tool.
The worth of this kind of recommendation is open to discussion. But, there are two things you can do, and they are to verify that the Seattle painting company that you want to work with is actually licensed with the correct authorities, and that they are covered by appropriate insurance.
The conclusion is that utmost care should be taken while selecting a a Seattle painting company. you will have to do more research on Seattle painting companies than what you are doing now in order to enable you to choose the best company.
Find a Seattle painter that does a quality job.