Solar Pool Heating

Solar pool heating is an excellent way to save money on your utility bill.  Solar pool heaters are installed on the roof of your home or business, and harness the power of the sun to heat your pool during the day.  This can add up to a lot of savings over the course of the year.

Many areas of the country can only utilize their pool three or four months during the year.  However, with solar pool heating you can increase that window to three or four months, so you can have as many as eight months of swimming in your pool.  This really increases the value of your investment, as installing a swimming pool is usually an expensive proposition.  Many pools cost over $40,000 so if you can only use three months a year, then it doesn’t make a lot of sense.

My neighbor in New Smyrna Beach had a pool built several years ago, and just recently installed a solar pool heater.  She said their pool heater was installed by www.solarvolusia.com, and she said they did a very nice job.  She has been very happy with the performance of this green energy investment, and her pool is much more swimmable than before.  She even commented that last summer the pool actually got too warm and they had to turn them off for several days.

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Green Technology to Improve Your Home

Green technology, also known as energy saving-technology, is a technology which expands or changes existing systems for complete energy savings. The green technology helps reduce the effect of human activity on the eco-system as well as spares a lot of cash for the operators. Today, we have many types of green technology such as fuel efficient vehicles, solar power, solar energy products, power-saving computers, green buildings, and green homes. This also implies that green technology is flourishing swiftly all around the world!

Solar PanelsOne of the leading green technologies that is sweeping across the United States is solar power. Solar energy products are installed on a home or business to reduce the structure’s energy usage. A local company that we have been very impressed with is Port Orange Solar. They are a solar contractor that offers solar panels in Port Orange, as well as other solar products that reduce monthly utility bills. Solar power is a sizable upfront investment, but you make your money back over time and ultimately can become energy efficient.

Building Insulation and Architecture

Energy efficient homes are a good example of how green technologies can affect everyday life. One of the basic green technologies is building insulation. If placed correctly, insulation permits a building to remain at the preferred temperature with a lesser amount of heating or cooling that it may usually require. Energy savings can likewise be accomplished by means of building architecture. Supposing that two structures have the same volume as well as their other energy aspects are the same, the most energy efficient buildings will be the ones with the most compact surface area. This can show an intriguing task to architects who also have to manage usage and visual aspects.

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A New Environmentally-Friendly Technology

environmentalEnvirotech is an environmentally-friendly technology, which is a swiftly developing field that concentrates on new technical and scientific methods that benefit our planet, as well as our homes. Green Technology (Greentech) is also the same. The concept is to preserve our planet’s natural resources. This includes both improvement of existing technologies and deployment of new ones. While these scientific developments, improvements, and inventions can have a global impact on our ecosystem, they likewise affect people on a personal level. Many Envirotechs directly affect our lives as we use them. By using green technologies, as well as their products in basic tasks such as heating and cooling, cleaning, as well as cooking, and by following Greentech ideas, we can save our environment and the planet. They are also very effective to make our homes more energy efficient and livable.

What does eco-friendly mean?

Environmental technology uses many different techniques for decreasing the effect that different activities have upon our planet. To be viewed as eco-friendly, an action or product needs to be sustainable, generate as little pollution and waste as possible, and use the recycling of materials as well as resources whenever possible.

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Blue Rose Bushes – Color & Maintenance

Blue roses are awesome and they had a mythical stature as well. They are not naturally produced because of the lack of a gene for creating blue pigment. In fiction stories, in mythological stories, and in fairy tales; we have heard a lot about blue roses. They are a symbol of love, prosperity, and the unattainable. For decades, breeders have attempted to produce a blue rose with the true blue color, as maintaining blue rose bushes, much like removing pine trees, it can be quite a difficult task.

Thankfully, we achieved limited success with the shade of lilac and mauve; still these colors are not true blue. However, blue roses can be produced by coloring or dyeing white roses. If a gene with blue pigment would be introduced in future, then we’ll be able to produce roses with true blue shade; via genetic engineering.

Maintenance

Tree Trimming TreesOur blue and red rose bushes, as well as our 3 large pine trees, have gotten completely out of control in the past month. So not only is the color hard to get right, but so is the maintenance. We called Port Orange Tree Service to make these repairs, and their tree trimming in Port Orange, FL was outstanding. When they were done, our rose bushes, our pine trees, and our entire landscape was absolutely amazing!

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Home Landscaping Careers

Residential LandscapingResidential landscaping is a very advance industry, especially in north America. Landscaping is an art as well as a science to build and maintain the outdoor space of the house. This can incorporate plants, stone works, ponds, trees, and grass. A career in this field can very fruitful. There are 3 common types of jobs available in residential landscaping:

  • Company management
  • Landscape construction
  • Landscape design

Career Counseling

To get started, it is crucial to determine which type of role you desire. Career counseling is beneficial to decide whether you would do best in an office-based workplace or in a physical environment. Residential landscaping companies are generally small, reputable based organizations. Reputation based means that mostly the work is obtained by reputation; so it is crucial to develop and maintain a professional image.

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Carpet Cleaning Magic

Carpet cleaning is a great way to give your home a makeover when things get dusty and dirty.  When you clean your carpets it can literally bring your home back to life.  Not only do they look great, but the smell and mustiness will also go away.

Back in the 1970s it was always a big concern not to have your carpets cleaned too often.  This was considered a bad practice as the old shag carpets would become worn out and start to fray.  However, with the technology advances in carpet cleaning today this is no longer a major concern.  Cleaning technology has become very powerful, and very safe on your carpets.  We have our carpets cleaned at least twice each year by a carpet company in Volusia, and our carpets maintain their condition very well.

This has not always been the case.  When we lived in Texas back in the 1980’s, we had to replace our carpets at least every five years.  This was because my parents were very particular about having a clean home and we’re having our carpets steam cleaned three or four times each year.  This resulted in a lot of wear and tear and thereby requiring new carpets a lot more often than we should have.

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The Power of Solar Panels

Solar panelsSolar Panels are not new, they have been around for over a decade; however, they are now more appealing due to technological advancement and a new push by the government for renewable energy sources. They are one of the best, as well as a major source of alternative energy.

How Do They Work?

Solar panels absorb sunlight (sunrays) and convert it into energy; this is how they work. The solar panels are made up of photovoltaic cells (solar cells), and these cells collect the sun rays.  Obviously, during daylight hours that is when they are hard at work. This energy is then converted into electricity. Basically, these cells function like semiconductors. The energy produced from light photons eliminates the electrons, and then free electrons are used to generate power.  Here is some very good information on how solar panels work.

The benefits of solar panels are many, and include the following:

  • They are a renewable energy
  • Solar panels are an independent and efficient source of electricity
  • Free energy source
  • They are non-polluting
  • They do not cause any harm to the planet or its atmosphere
  • Very low maintenance
  • They can last a lifetime if properly maintained
  • And more

The more cells you have in the solar panel, the more energy you will able to save. Thus, solar panels can generate a lot of electricity, and it is completely dependent on how many solar cells are used in the panel.  The more the better, but also more expensive is.

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Land Clearing and Lot Clearing

Land clearing incorporates the elimination of trees as well as the brush on a specific land. Based on the size, purpose, and location of the land, the removal may require advanced land clearing tools and equipment. The three basic methods of land clearing and lot clearing are:

  • Burning
  • Pushover
  • Cutting and grinding

These methods are generally universal, and should be performed by professional tree service companies for safety and efficiency.  I visited a client in Volusia County several weeks ago, and they cleared a 5-acre lot in order to develop and sell the property.  It was a heavily wooded area with trees and excessive overgrowth.  The company they hired was New Smyrna Tree Service located in New Smyrna Beach, FL.  They really did an outstanding job and had the entire project completed in 4 days.

Burning

The burning method is very dangerous and should not be considered without professional help. It is also the most dangerous land clearing method.  There are numerous new accounts of this activity getting completely out of control and threatening neighborhoods and people, as well as entire communities.

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Understanding Your Household Fertilizers

Potassium nitrate fertilizer, a common household fertilizer, is usually used in both home gardens as well as in large scale agriculture. Available in liquid or granule form, it incorporates two important nutrients for the growth of plants; potassium and nitrogen. Nitrogen is known for maturing plant species as it promotes the growth. On the other hand, potassium promotes biological functions. The manufactured form of this fertilizer is created by oxidizing ammonia, and Spain, India, and Chile are a few largest sources.

Saltpeter

Potassium nitrate is on the other hand named more ordinarily in the US: “saltpeter”. As it contains low amounts of salt and high amount of nitrate, this fertilizer functions admirably to grow potatoes, fruits, tomatoes, and celery, and a few more organic veggies. In agribusiness, it is commonly used to bolster high value or specialty crops. In home greenhouses, potassium nitrate nourishes the flowers, and maintains healthy and green lawns.

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Spray Foam Insulation

Along the lines of excellent green energy products, spray foam insulation in your attic is a great way to reduce your monthly power bill.  It is much more effective than traditional insulation, or blown-in cellulose.  It is clearly the most expensive insulation option, but also has by far the biggest savings payoff.

To work effectively, spray foam insulation is sprayed on the underside of your home’s roof deck. You have to achieve a seal so that there is no air transfer in or out of your attic to the outside air.  The following shows how it is installed.

The resulting effect is an attic that is near the temperature of your home’s interior in the summer months, as opposed to being much, much warmer. So in the summer if your indoor air temperature is 78°, your attic temperature might be 140°F with traditional insulation. This difference is what forces your air conditioning to have to work so hard to keep your home full.

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