Archive for the ‘DIY Tips’ Category
A short guide on recycling at home
Posted on: Saturday, September 7th, 2013 at 9:42 am
Recycling seems to be one the most favorite words for the environmentalists today given its large ecological benefits. The continuous ecological degradation has pressed the need for successful recycling all over since the process is a great energy saver & also saves landfill space as well as natural resources. Recycling can be started at home only and as per EPA increasing recycling can save up till 315 million oil barrels annually. Are you too looking for recycling tips like a smart and conscious individual? Well, the article here is all about how you can start recycling at home.
There are a great lot of recyclable materials found at home. These include newspapers, magazines, plastic containers, plastic bottles, cardboard, glass bottles etc.- you must arrange separate bins for each of these. When it comes to paper based objects, newspapers should be kept in separate bin and get another bin for unwanted flyers, magazines, envelopes, old letters, computer paper & paper packing. Never include stickers, carbon paper, laminated cardboard, laminated paper and cardboard along with paper-pertinent recycling bins. Corrugated cardboard is a fantastic material for recycling. You have the curbside collectors who will take away the cardboard for recycling. However, make sure the cardboard sent is absolutely dry as greasy, wet, waxy or plastic coated cardboard can’t be recycled.
In regards to plastic, you have to have 2 separate bins for No.1 & No.2 plastic. PET plastic (usually found in the plastic bottles) is the No.1 plastic. Don’t forget to remove caps from PET bottles while putting them in the recycling bin. HDPE plastic comes under the category of No.2 plastic- it includes household plastic containers & grocery bags. You must know that glass will be recycled by shades, like clear or brown or green. You can stick paper labels on these bottles or jars while placing them in the bins.
How to Make a Solar Cell At Home
Posted on: Saturday, December 1st, 2012 at 3:53 pm
With the increasing growth in awareness in the public about global warming and the harmful state of the planet due to pollution and increase in carbon footprints, many people are going green when it comes to their own use of equipment, work, and lifestyle. You can save a lot of money and energy if you use a solar cell system instead of using normal electrical sources. The process of installation takes longer and more money but it’s all worth it.
You can make your own solar cell at home for a science project by following a few simple steps. You will need copper sheets, metal sheers, glass jar, or container, salt, plastic scrappers and alligator clips. The size can be selected as per requirement. You have to make sure all the equipments are clean and sterilized before you start making it. Follow the normal steps in a solar cell making guide and connect the wiring well.
Go green with special laundry techniques
Posted on: Saturday, May 12th, 2012 at 9:50 am
You may think that doing your laundry is like just another regular household work but you should know that almost eighty percent of the lifecycle of the clothes depend on the techniques of dying and washing them. Therefore, you should go for techniques that would help you to save your energy as well as the use of excess water. In average households, almost 135000 gallons of water is used up every year for laundry of 400 loads. By doing the laundry with energy efficient techniques, you can reduce the use of water to 6500 gallons in a year.
You will be able to save as much as 7000 gallons of water, which, for your information can be used for filling up as many as three swimming pools in your backyard or serve as a source of drinking water for a lifetime for as much as six people. Therefore, it is important that you switch to eco friendly techniques of laundry.
How to make handmade paper
Posted on: Saturday, April 24th, 2010 at 12:11 pm
The ancient Egyptians invented paper (then called papyrus),it is more of a craft which is fun to create.
To start we need…
• A piece of sponge.
• Mould and deckle (the top and the bottom screens)
• A big basin
• A blender
• Some staples
• Some liquid starch.
To start with select the types of paper and rip them into small bits. Place them in a blender .then add some warm water and rum the blender to make a smooth paste. Then we add the corn starch or gelatin for strength. Then add petals, color or spackle to decorate the paper.
To make a mould and deckle we need to stretch a fiberglass over the wooden frame and staple it on sides to secure a tight grip.
Now pour the pulp in the basin and mix well to check for lumps.Dip the mould in the pulp let it stay for some time then slowly take it out. Check the layer it should be even.
Put the deckle on top and soak the extra water with sponge.
Remove the paper from the screens and put it on news paper and let it dry and your homemade paper is ready.
Benefits of a DO-it-Yourself Solar Water Heater
Posted on: Sunday, April 4th, 2010 at 6:15 am
Do-it-yourself solar water heater remains an excellent venture to try out. The easiest among DIY solar water heaters are batch water heaters. The batch water heater utilizes a water tank that is positioned where it’ll heat the power utilizing the sun’s energy. This is then connected to your house’s plumbing system.
Paint the water tank black. Because black absorbs lights, this aids the tank to absorb as much heat as possible. Several DIY solar water heaters integrate portable mirrors located smartly around the water tank. The sun’s rays then hit these mirrors and are reflected onto the system, increasing the surface area that will be heated.
However, if you reside in cold climates the batch water heater may not be a great choice for you. Use a closed loop system instead. The fantastic thing about this kind of system is that they will reduce your electricity cost and decrease your carbon footprint so they are great for the environment.
Green DIY Energy for the Automobile
Posted on: Sunday, March 28th, 2010 at 4:18 am
It is possible to produce your own DIY Green Energy for your automobile. This is sustainable energy that produces fewer pollutants than conventional fuels. For gasoline burning vehicles, this often involves production of ethanol. For diesel vehicles, biodiesel can be produced from a large variety of sources.
Biodiesel can be made from many different sources. It is an excellent use for waste fryer grease from restaurants and other sources, but can also be produced from any oil producing crop. Producing your own vehicle fuel will require room to grow the crop used for either ethanol or biodiesel.
Use electric vehicles that offer a clean and energy-efficient alternative to vehicles with an internal combustion engine. They produce no emissions at all making them environmentally friendly. Use solar panels or a wind turbine to charge the vehicle. This will essentially allow you to use your electric vehicle at no cost at all.
Convert to solar power in easy steps
Posted on: Sunday, November 22nd, 2009 at 10:19 am
The desire to switch over to the solar power is increasing day by day as we are becoming the slaves of power companies by paying heavy bills. Our lifestyle is tied to the power supply and with the depleting resources the focus has shifted towards solar power which is never ending. With the recent state of solar technology it I snow much easier to convert the solar power. If you want to make the conversion simpler you can hire a professional to manage the task but this involves large investment and is expensive so the best way to do so is to build the solar panels by yourself.
Building the solar panels yourself can greatly reduce the cost and it becomes very easy for anyone to convert the solar power. You can save your pocket and go green just by reducing usage, determining the energy usage, building panels and getting an electrician to fix it for your house.
Free secrets to cheap home solar power
Posted on: Friday, November 20th, 2009 at 2:41 pm
The size of your solar equipments depends on the energy consumption of a family. There are some people, who think that solar equipments are expensive, but if some things are taken care of, you can get better out of the solar power energy utilization.
Using energy efficient bulbs and lights in home can help in reduction of electricity usage and you can turn over to get the cheaper billing for use of electricity, than before.
Lowering the temperature of thermostat can help for the reduction of electric consumption.
Usage of switch water heaters also helps in many cases. The best way is to cover your hot water tank in an insulated place and decrease the thermostat level, to the least one possible. This reduces the usage of extra electricity.
Turn off the lights and fans, not required at a particular time. Make it a habit to switch off the electrical equipments, before leaving any room.
Little changes in your life style can lead to less usage of electricity and hence, less cost will be incurred for the solar power equipments.
Homemade solar power
Posted on: Wednesday, November 18th, 2009 at 3:32 pm
There are many house owners across US and even other global countries, which are seeking for the affordable, sustainable and environmental friendly techniques of energy sources. Home made solar power is gaining popularity amongst various people. It is easy and cheaper to build your own solar panels. You can save extra expenses, which have to be paid for regular factory made panels and also, you know about the equipments and their placements in your homes.
The pollution from the environment can be decreased and the depletion of ozone layer can be stopped by application of natural sources of energy. Solar energy is ever available on Earth and it is the natural and most appropriate way to slash down your electricity bills at home or workplaces. It is always advisable to adopt for the energy methods, which are safe and easily manageable. Homemade solar power has all the positive points and it is easy to make the applications to work in a more comprehensive way.
Energy efficient interior decoration
Posted on: Saturday, October 31st, 2009 at 12:21 pm
While decorating our home with all the necessary items that make our life comfortable and luxurious, we usually forget about our environment. Here are some energy efficient interior decoration tips that will not only help the environment but will also save you a lot of money. If you are repainting your room, then try to use paints that have no solvents. While purchasing wooden products for building structures or for flooring, make sure that the wood has been cut from the local forests only so that carbon emissions do not take place during long distance travels.
As far as saving energy is concerned, install only energy efficient electrical and lighting equipments. Apart from using biodegradable building materials and products, using energy efficient equipments in your interior design is also a very popular trend these days. The first step you have to take is to replace all your old fluorescent bulbs with the new LED lights which is a common practice. Also look for energy efficient appliances for your household like air conditioners and refrigerators.