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Solar energy can be used and is used for electricity, central heating, hot water, cooking, for producing salt and even for desalination. Solar energy comes from the sun’s rays. Solar energy is known to be very environmentally friendly. However, when the sun rays enter the earth’s atmosphere it is quite dilute.

Although solar energy is known to be very environmentally friendly it doesn’t only has advantages but also some disadvantages. Let’s discuss some advantages and disadvantages of solar energy.

Let’s start with the main advantage of solar energy. Solar energy is clean. To produce electricity or heat with solar energy you only need the sun rays. There is no need to use fossil fuel in combination with sun rays to produce electricity or heat. You just need a solar energy collector or solar power panels in order to collect solar energy.

Solar energy is cheaper than electric heating. That is another big advantage of solar energy. By just using solar energy you can save a lot of money on heaters. In return you will get lower electric bills and it also means that you don’t have to maintain heaters.

If you live in a remote area where there are no power-lines solar energy can be the solution. There are remote areas where power companies have no means to access your home. Solar energy is a great alternative because it provides you with anything from heating water, electricity, and even cooking.

Another great use of solar energy is for desalination in areas where fresh, drinkable water is scarce. Solar energy evaporates brine and leaves the salt crystals in the bottom of the basin. The water in turn condenses back in another basin where it is now drinkable.

Although all of the above is very useful solar energy also has some disadvantages. These disadvantages also need to be discussed to paint a better overall picture.

The main disadvantage of solar energy is that it’s dilute. This means you have to have a lot of solar collectors installed around your house. Solar energy may be very cheap but the solar collectors are relatively expensive and require regular maintenance in order to work properly and efficiently. If you decide to use solar energy you need to calculate the return on investment in order to know if the investment will be worth it.

One big disadvantage is that you need the sun rays to make use of solar energy. If you are situated in a part of this beautiful planet where there is not much sun light then this could be a problem. In other areas, the sun rays are almost always covered in clouds making solar energy collectors less efficient. You should first know if the sunshine in your area is abundant for the most part of the year. Of course if you live in desert areas like in Arizona or Mexico the sun produces a lot of sunshine for the most part of the year and is ideal for solar energy collecting.

Lastly the sun only shines during the day. Therefore if you need electricity or hot water during the night, like many of us do, it can be a problem. You will need a backup system like the ‘old’ utility grid or you will need to store the electricity for later use. There are battery systems that can store solar energy for later use.

Solar energy is very clean and an alternative to conventional heating and electrical systems. Although this is true it is also good to mention the disadvantages of solar energy. If you are considering using solar energy you must read this first to make a balanced decision.

Whether you’re designing anew home, remodeling your bathroom, or adding a bathroom to your existing home, you’ll need to choose bathroom taps for your new bathroom.

Ceramic disk valves vs conventional valves

Do the taps you are consider have Ceramic disk valves or conventional screw down valves? The ceramic valves are considered to provide better function, but are generally more expensive. You just have to decide if the difference is worth the extra price or not.

Design

There are many different bathroom tap designs, but they are broken down into two main categories – Contemporary designs and traditional designs. Contemporary designs offer you unique, cutting edge designs to give your bathroom a fresh, edgy look. Conventional designs give you an older, more traditional look. Of course, you will want to synchronize your bathroom fixtures so that they are all of one overall design.

Finish

Bathroom taps are available in many different finishes, to suit any taste or need. Some of the most common finishes are chrome, brass, and gold. Keep in mind that in general, the finish is unrelated to the construction of the fixture. In other words, a brass finish faucet is probably not made of brass.

On some designs, you can also get extras like ceramic handles. These add a very stylish, classy look to your faucet. Of course, ceramic will not be as durable as metal, but risk of breakage is very low on a quality bathroom tap.

Guarantee

Bathroom taps are being sold with increasingly good guarantees, such as 10 years. Check the guarantee of the bathroom tap you are considering buying.

Ease of use

If possible, you should check a fixture for ease of use before you buy it. Does it operate smoothly and easily? Is it easy to operate with wet and slippery hands?

Keep these tips in mind to help you choose the perfect bathroom taps!

Reference:  http://www.pittsburghbathroomremodeling.com

Storage_Barn4Imagine all your outdoor clutter compiled into one organized space.  Storage sheds will give you that extra space, and at the same time allow you to start parking your cars in the garage again. The common idea when you think of a shed is a dull box-like structure, which sits in your backyard and never fits it’s surroundings. Thanks to the modern times, sheds have refurbished themselves into a more stylish and appealing look. Sheds are now made with many different types of material such as, cedar, vinyl, laminated polyethylene covers and they even can be made to look like little houses. Use your sheds for any purpose; organizing your lawn equipment, being a poolside cabana, protecting vehicles or boats or even a tucked away retreat in the backyard.  If I have not convinced you already, here are some great tips to know, when looking for that “perfect” shed.

First, take a long look at your backyard and try to picture what kind of style your shed should be. Also, consider the size too, because that will play a major part in your decision. Today, sheds come in many different designs from barn look-a-likes to country cottages. Keep in mind it is all about the detail, so find out what kind of options are out there for add-on accessories. Shutters, flower boxes, shelves, functional windows, lofts, and double doors are just a few additions you can think about to customize your shed. In addition to detail, another thing would be to figure out the purpose for the shed. Finding out the function before you start looking, will help you eliminate most of the sales questions and get you in the category of sheds where you need to be. For instance, if you wanted a shed for your lawn equipment, you would probably be looking at sheds with double doors, shelves, and maybe a few functional windows for ventilation purposes. All together style, options and even function should be recognized when purchasing a shed.

Once the over all style has been selected, you must look into the materials that are being used. Technology has allowed us to use many different types of commodities to create long lasting sheds. However, cedar is the most popular, because it is known for its warm wood characteristics, beauty, durability and outstanding weather resistance. Vinyl is another good choice and it is weather and rust proof, fire resistant, and does not fade. If you need to store large items like motor homes or boats, laminated polyethylene covers are great source for protection from the outdoor elements. Always make sure that wooden sheds are evaluated, so it can minimize the wood deterioration along the base.

It is easy to love a shed that is already assembled at the store, but the real test is when you bring it home.  Assembly is the factor that will make or break a sale; so make sure you ask about how to construct the shed first. The best choice is to find a shed that is built by panels and uses simple hardware. By using the panels, there is no dangerous, wasteful, or time consuming cutting required. Windows are already attached to the wall and the shingles are attached to the roof panels making it a stress free process.

This is just a simple guide to help you start searching for the shed you have been waiting for. By laying out the basics in style, function, materials and assembly, you should be able to create an idea of what you may want in a shed. Think of it this way, a shed can help organize, organization minimizes the workload, less work equals more fun.

This article was submitted to us by Cardinal Movers & Storage.

grease-trapGrease traps/grease interceptors are typically reservoirs, which vary in size, built into a discharge piping system a short distance from the grease producing area. Baffles in the traps slow the wastewater flow and reduce turbulence allowing the grease and water to separate. Grease naturally rises to the surface, and the trap retains the grease while allowing grease-free wastewater to flow into the sewer system. Grease must be removed from the trap periodically.

Grease Trap is basically a device that captures grease entering a system before it reaches the sewer lines. Usually used in commercial applications such as restaurants or cafeterias.

Grease traps capture the oil and grease from the flow of wastewater by slowing down the flow of hot greasy water through the grease trap (actually a tank) and allowing it to cool. As it cools, the grease and oil separate out of the water and float to the top of the trap. The cooler water continues to flow down the drain pipe to the sewer while baffles prevent the accumulated grease and oil from flowing out of the grease trap. The size of the grease trap depends largely on how much waste your business produces and how often you perform trap maintenance.

Grease traps may be located inside or outside of the building. Traps that are located inside the building tend to be smaller and require more frequent maintenance. Traps that are located outside the building tend to be larger and may be less disruptive to maintain. Outside grease traps will operate differently in winter versus summer and are more prone to clogging during cold weather. As a business owner/manager, you should know where the grease trap, drain lines, and clean-outs are located at your restaurant.

Proper cleaning and maintenance of the grease trap and drain line reduces the amount of solids and grease going into the public sewer system and minimizes the likelihood of back-ups or blockages. Some sanitation districts and/or municipalities require grease traps and periodic maintenance and inspections for specified businesses. This is because untrapped oil and grease in the wastewater decreases pipe capacity over time and eventually will cause the pipe to clog. Piping systems without grease traps need to be cleaned more often and some piping may have to be replaced sooner than otherwise expected. Excessive grease sent to the wastewater treatment plant can also overload their system and cause the facility to exceed its allowable discharge limits. Running extremely hot water down the drain only moves the problem down stream, and may only make it worse.

Fixing a sewer line blockage can be expensive, both in terms of potentially lost customers and repair cost. If the pipe clog is within your building sewer line, you will be responsible for fixing the problem and paying all costs. If the clog is in the public sewer line, but can be traced to your restaurant, you will be liable for paying all or a portion of the repair costs. Accumulating the oil and grease close to the source in a properly maintained grease trap is the most cost-effective way.

 

 

bathroom-furnitureBathrooms today demand as much attention as the rest of the house because they are increasing used as restrooms for unwinding and relaxing. The availability of modern amenities demands that bathrooms are just as convenient, comfortable and functional as the rest of the house, which can be achieved by having the right kind of furniture in the bathroom. The bathroom must be considered as an extension of a bedroom and not as an individual room while choosing the décor. This will result in the design blending in the décor of the house instead of just the bathroom décor standing out.

Bathrooms are much more than just a sink, a tub and a toilet. Modern bathrooms house the sleekest accessories, fixtures and furniture. Contemporary bathroom furniture includes bath tubs with modern gadgets like blowers, shower stalls with hydro jets, spas, Jacuzzis, saunas, shower stools, whirlpools, air tubs, a wall hung lavatory, and grooming mirrors. This furniture can be designed according to the rest of the bathroom accessories, tiles and flooring patterns. Most bathroom furniture is designed to be comfortable, sleek and beautiful.

Bathroom furniture is normally chosen with comfort in mind, but it might also depend on the color scheme in the bathroom, texture of the furnishings, whether the room is warm or depicts a stark designer touch, and whether the furniture goes with other accessories in the bathroom. Depending on these factors, the furniture in the bathroom can either be bold or plain, unique or plain and comfortable.

Many companies have their websites providing catalogs containing various designs and color schemes that would go wonderfully with any kind of décor in the rest of the house. It pays to shop around before going ahead with a design on basis of an online catalog. Since many companies give the option of the customer giving out ideas to blend in with the already products, it might be a good option to have a brainstorming session with the representative before deciding on a design and style for the bathroom.

Are you a homeowner who is looking to start a kitchen remodeling project?  If so, are you doing that project by yourself?  While a large number of homeowners make the decision to hire a professional contractor, others do not.

Not only will you have control over your kitchen remodeling project, but doing your own remodeling may save you money. Although there are a number of benefits to remodeling your own kitchen, there are also a number of disadvantages.  One of those disadvantages is the risk of injury.

One of the many reasons why kitchen remodeling can be termed dangerous is because of the tools that are used. Whether you are replacing your kitchen lights, your kitchen cabinets, or your kitchen flooring, you will likely need to use a collection of tools; tools that may be unsafe if used improperly. That is why it is important that you know all of the tools that you will be using, including their dangers.

Although there is a good chance that you have used a box cutter or a saw before, there is also a chance that you haven’t. Before you start your kitchen remodeling project, it may be a good idea to practice with and familiarize yourself with the tools that you will be using. When it comes time to starting your remodeling, you should know how to safely use all of your tools; thus reducing your risk of injury.

It is also important that you know your own physical limits, when remodeling your kitchen.  Whether you are replacing your kitchen floor tiles, installing new kitchen cabinets, or installing a new kitchen countertop, you need to know how much is too much to lift.  Lifting too much weight may result in back injury; therefore, if you need assistance from someone, ask for it.

It is also advised that you keep your overall ability to work in mind.  Even if you are trying to get your kitchen remodeling project finished as soon as possible, it is advised that you do not push yourself. When you are tired and working, your safety is not only at risk, but the overall outcome of your project is also because more mistakes may be made.  If you need a break, even for an hour, take one.

When remodeling your kitchen, it is also advised that you keep aware of your surroundings; this includes who else is in the kitchen.  If you are remodeling with a friend or a relative, it is a good idea to know where they are at all times.  This will help to prevent accidentally injuries.  It is also important to keep an eye on who may enter the kitchen when you are remodeling.  If you have children, it may be a good idea to block the entranceway to your kitchen.

If you are unable to do so, you will always want to know if and when your children enter the remodeling area.  If you have young children, it is advised that you never leave your remodeling tools laying around, especially large, sharp tools.

Perhaps, the best thing to keep in mind, when remodeling your kitchen, is to use your common sense.  Listening to your head or what your body is telling you, like when it signals that you may need a break, is the best way to stay safe when remodeling your kitchen. It is also, as previously mentioned, the best way to ensure that you produce quality work.

red-metal-awning-closeAn awning is a canopy made of canvas or other material to shelter people or things from inclement weather conditions, rain or shine. Awnings were very popular in the 20’s. You’ll see pictures of many homes from that time that had awnings covering each window and over a porch. This was before the era of air conditioning when keeping a house cool was difficult. One way to do this was to put awnings up over windows to keep the strong sunlight out.

Today’s homeowners are seeking awnings in order to enjoy life outside. New and more durable synthetic fabrics have made the use of awnings more popular and they are far from only protective devices now. Today’s awnings offer beauty and decoration to a home. They are available in a wide variety of colors and styles. Awnings offer shade to an outside dining area and keep the rain off when you’re entering a home.

One very popular type of awning is the retractable awning. These modern devices are motorized and can be extended with the push of a finger over any sized patio area to offer shade and protection. When these awnings are closed they retract into an attractive hood that is out of the way.

Then, there’s the original use of awnings to shade individual windows in a home, or to shade a porch area. These shades can help to cool the temperature inside your home which in turn saves on the air conditioning costs. It gives added privacy to your home, and with a limitless array of colors and fabrics can add beauty to your home.

A very popular awning material is now the Sunbrella material. The Sunbrella fabric color is during the manufacture of the fabric “locked in” and the color becomes an integral part of the fiber. Sunbrella fabrics are guaranteed for five years. They will not stretch or fade and are mildew resistant. Sunsure is another textile used in making awnings. It is mildew, rot, and UV resistant. Most awnings are generally easy to care for . They need to be kept clean with a rinse of water and mild soap, such as Ivory Flakes.

For more information, check with Windows & Siding 4 Less, located in Columbus OH, who submitted this insightful article to us.

kitchen sinks and kitchen cabinetsKitchen sinks are an integral part of any kitchen, and selecting the right sink is vital for a number of reasons. When purchasing a sink for your kitchen you need to think about whether the sink will actually fit in with the décor and style of your room, but you also need to think of the practical side such as ease of use and installation, features and accessories, and the quality of the sink you are planning to purchase. When you make your purchase you want something that will not only look great in your kitchen, but will also last a long time without the need for repair, will be energy efficient, and you may want to ensure that there are extra safety features, particularly if you have children. Selecting the right sink is a great way of adding to your home improvement, and with such a wide range of designs ( http://www.kitchencabsdirect.com ) and manufacturers to choose from you can enjoy a great range of stylish, classy, yet very practical sinks to suit your needs perfectly. Of course, it’s not just the kitchen that needs a sink – you may also want to take the same factors into consideration when buying bathroom sinks. Just like kitchen sinks, buying a sink for your bathroom entails getting something that look great, fits in with the décor, yet offers practicality and high quality.

Enjoy a great choice of sinks

Never before have consumers had so much choice when it comes to finding the perfect furniture for the kitchen or bathroom, and you can enjoy an excellent range of designs from top quality manufacturers. Whether you are looking for a classic stainless steel sink for your kitchen or whether you want a ceramic and stylish sink for your cloak room or bathroom, you can enjoy excellent choice with sinks to suit all needs and tastes. You can also get a wide range of accessories that will enable you to make the most of your sink in terms of style and appearance, and also offer practicality. You can also get sinks that will fit in with a variety of budgets, so you can tailor your choice to suit your personal tastes, needs, and your pocket.

Make your kitchen stand out with the ideal sink

Because the sink is such a focal point in any kitchen, your choice of sink could really make a difference to this room. Try and go for something that will complement your countertops, décor, and theme, fitting in perfectly with the other furnishings in the room. However, don’t focus everything on the appearance – make sure you also take the functionality and practicality of the sink into account in order to get the best from this item of kitchen furniture. The perfect sink will not only look great and help you to make the most of your kitchen, but will also make life easier for you through its practical functions. The simple step of a new sink could help to give your kitchen a complete facelift.