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Rain Water Filtration: The Options and the Necessities

Rain Water Filtration: The Options and the Necessities

From a personal perspective, one of the smartest things anyone can do to increase your access to adequate water supplies is to set up a rain capture system that will allow you to harvest the water that falls from the sky for your own use. Of course, when you begin to collect rainwater using the basic, time-tested design of gutter to spout to rain barrel to storage, it will be necessary in most cases to treat the water by filtering it before you...

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Solar Accessories for Useful Gadgets

Solar Accessories for Useful Gadgets

In today’s world, we rely on electronics to do everything from guiding us through the wilderness to cooking our food to keeping us connected. Whether your need is for a short-term or long-term emergency, there are likely ways you can ...

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Natural Gas Revolution

Natural Gas Revolution

With oil and gas prices still fluctuating, consumers wonder whether they will see any relief from the speculation that led to price hikes on these forms of fuel. Widely publicized reports document how Wall Street, Big Oil, and the federal ...

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Are Solar Flares Easing Up?

Are Solar Flares Easing Up?

Solar activity is difficult to predict. The sun itself has cyclic periods where activity ramps up or declines, and close monitoring of its activity lets astronomers warn public agencies if solar flare activity threatens technology on Earth. Unfortunately, research teams ...

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A New Model for Efficient Homes

A New Model for Efficient Homes

In previous articles, we discussed building techniques that make the best use of alternative energy, including improvements to existing structures. As building technology improves, so does our ability to construct houses that require very minimal amounts of energy to provide ...

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The Government and the Grid

The Government and the Grid

The Obama administration is spearheading an effort to streamline the nation’s energy grid. This is a much-needed overhaul, especially considering the age of most energy infrastructure. “A Policy Framework for a 21st Century Grid” was announced in June 2011, and ...

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Faraday Cages, Your Electronics, and EMPs

Faraday Cages, Your Electronics, and EMPs

Homeowners have a number of concerns with household safety and protection. While many of these concerns reflect mundane life, some concerns reflect the global economy and the state of tension between world powers. With modern technology, a nuclear war is ...

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Geothermal Investments

Geothermal Investments

In an attempt to further diversify the nation’s energy production sources, the U.S. government has announced new funding intended to promote geothermal energy research and development. Up to $70 million in funding toward geothermal technological advances will be made available ...

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Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency

Many articles have discussed various forms of alternative energy but have spent little time educating people on how to live with alternative energy sources. As a society, we are conditioned to flip switches and not worry about whether there’s enough ...

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Solar-Electric and Hybrid Boats

Solar-Electric and Hybrid Boats

Living off the grid and reducing your energy dependence doesn’t mean you need to remove all luxuries from your life. You can power your home using solar, wind, or water power, and you can run a car off of electricity, ...

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