With more and more people becoming environmentally conscious, there are plenty of new ways humans can get energy from a variety of natural resources. Solar has long been a popular alternative, and now wind power is also on the rise in the United States. Large wind turbines can be seen in many areas of the country. Also known as wind farms, these huge turbines are designed to help harvest and then disperse the power found naturally from wind.
How It Works
When the wind blows, the wind turbine begins to spin in a circular motion, similarly to a windmill. Inside the turbine is a large shaft that begins to rotate around. This shaft is attached to a heavy duty gearbox that is also attached to a generator. As the shaft spins, it communicates with the gearbox and generator, creating electricity. A typical wind turbine is about 325 feet tall, has …Read More
In the event a severe storm is your weather forecast, it is nice to know you and your family do not have to worry about heat, having a way to eat or having light at night if the power goes out. If you have ever been through a storm that knocked out power for more than a week, you probably know the importance of having energy that is fast, easy, and economical and does not plug into electricity to work. Learn more about how you can include propane in your emergency preparedness supplies.
Starting With Your Gas Grill
You may enjoy grilling out in the summer and you might only keep one tank for your grill because you only use it during the summer. However, storing a couple of tanks is a good idea for having a great way to cook if the power is out. You can safely store …Read More
Removing a broken light bulb from a socket can be difficult. You don’t want to just reach in and grab the broken portion or you could end up with serious injuries. You don’t want to spend money calling an electrician if you don’t have to. Here are a few simple ways to get that broken light bulb out safely.
Before you try any of the options described below, you’ll want to take care of a few safety issues.
Turn the power off at the main breaker box.
Put on a pair of rubber safety gloves.
Have a cloth on hand to clean up the glass shards.
Grab a Potato
Even though the electricity is turned off, you don’t want to reach in with your hands. Those shards of glass could cut you. Potatoes are safe and easy ways to remove broken light bulbs. Cut your potato in half. …Read More
When it comes to heating your home, propane is a wonderful, natural gas option. Using natural gas is cheaper and more energy efficient than just heating your own via electricity. Of course, there are some risks with using gas, especially if it not used correctly. The good news is that there are many things you can do to use gas, including and especially gas propane, safely. Knowing a few basic safety tips will ensure a good experience with propane heating.
No Tampering Allowed!
First things first, make sure you never tamper with or modify your propane system in any way, even small ones. Gas is a very volatile material, and the devices which utilize it have been very carefully designed to protect your safety.
If your gas stops working or experiences other problems, it’s very tempting to take a look at the system yourself and to make a few …Read More
If you have a generator that you want to use in the event of loss of power, it’s important that you have enough fuel to keep your generator going. Propane tanks can be kept on hand to power your generator, but it is important that you take some precautions to avoid leaks and other problems. Here are some tips you can use to store propane safely and avoid trouble.
Avoid Storing Tanks in the Garage
Many people think nothing of storing their propane tanks in their garage next to the generator, so that they can access the tanks easily in case of a power outage. However, this is an unwise idea. Propane should never be stored in an enclosed space. Storage tanks can become too hot in enclosed spaces, particularly in the warm months of summer, and heat can cause the pressure valve to release, causing a leak.
Leaks are …Read More