Wind Power – How Electricity is produced by a wind turbine #Infographic

Wind Power – How Electricity is produced by a wind turbine #Infographic

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March 25, 2015 · 12:14 pm

Nellie’s All Natural Dryerball Benefits

The Nellie’s All Natural Dryerballs possess various outer softening dryer balls 2nodes that work together in the tumble dryer to mechanically soften fabrics without the harmful chemicals found in fabric softeners and dryer sheets. The nodes are used to physically break down the stiffness created by water drying in fabric, thus softening your laundry without the introduction of toxic chemicals. The dryerballs lift and separate the laundry during the drying process, thus resulting in reduced drying time and fabric creasing. The dryerballs softeners also retain the heat and transfer it to the clothes as they tumble, further speeding up the drying process.

There is no need to use chemically laden dryer sheets or fabric softener in your wash. Both dryerballs are placed in the clothes dryer and operate on the normal heatsetting for the fabric being dryed. At the conclusion of the drying cycle, just leave the Nellie’s All Natural Dryerballs in the dryer – they are re-usable – guaranteed to last for 2 years.

Nellie’s All Natural Dryerballs have been provide the following:

• Noticeably softer fabrics

• Reduced drying times by up to 25%

• Reduced laundry lint

• Non-toxic dryer sheet alternative

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SO You Want to Save Water? #Infographic

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February 16, 2015 · 5:36 pm

How to use ENERGY in your home MORE EFFICIENTLY #Infographic

how to use energy in home more efficiently

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Natural Tinea Versicolor Treatment

We all have yeast living on our skin. When the yeast grows out of control, a skin disease called tinea versicolor can appear.Tinea versicolor is a fungal infection of the skin. It’s also named pityriasis versicolor and is caused by a type of yeast that naturally lives on your skin. When the yeast grows out of control, the skin disease, which appears as a rash, is the result.

The infection can happen for any of the following reasons:

  • Oily skin
  • Hot climate
  • Excessive perspiration
  • Weak immune system

Because the yeast grows naturally on your skin, tinea versicolor is not contagious. The condition can affect people of any skin color. It’s more likely to affect teens and young adults.

Signs and Symptoms of Tinea Versicolor

Acidic bleach from the growing yeast causes areas of skin to be a different color than the skin around them. These can appear as individual spots or patches. Common signs and symptoms of the infection include:

  • Patches of skin that may be white, pink, red, or brown and can be lighter or darker than the surrounding skin.

Tinea Versicolor Natural Treatment

FungaSoap® cleansing wash helps relieve the discomfort of itching and dryness associated with athlete’s foot while it cleans and refreshes skin. This patented soap is enriched with tea tree oil – an essential oil used as a disinfectant and antiseptic for centuries.

Instructions:

Along with the FungaSoap Tea Tree Oil, purchase a bar of Lava Soap.
Scrub the tinea versicolor patches with the Lava Soap and leave the soap on for 5 min. to exfoliate the skin and fungus. This will allow the FungaSoap to penetrate deeper, and helps begin dry out the oils and moisture from the skin
Thoroughly rinse off the Lava Soap.
Apply the FungaSoap liberally to versicolor patches and let it sit for 15 min. A tingling sensation will probably be felt on the areas where the tinea versicolor is present.
Rinse well but do not wash treated area again with any soap.
Dry area thoroughly.
Repeat treatment once daily.

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Fireplace Efficiency Tips

Inefficient fireplaces can cost you  heat and money this winter. Follow these tips to save money and energy:

  1. Keep fireplace damper closed when not in use. An open damper can result in up to 10% loss in home heating loss.
  2. Be sure to close fireplace doors to lessen heat loss. If you do not have glass doors, install a chimney draft guard to reduce heat loss up the chimney.
  3. Check for air leaks around the fireplace hearth. Leaks should be properly sealed with caulk.
  4. Check the seals around your fireplace flue damper—if the seals aren’t tight, you could be losing home heating through the chimney.
  5. Install tempered glass doors and a heat-air exchange system that blows warm air back into the room.

These tips should keep you warm in your house all winter.fireplace

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Seal Air Leaks to Conserve Energy

Properly sealing cracks and openings in you home can significantly reduce heating and cooling costs throughout the year. You may already have identified obvious air leaks, but you will need to do a bit more investigation to find the less obvious gaps to properly seal your home. 

Here are several tests that can be used to check for air leaks:

  1. Window Seal Check – Shut the window on a piece of paper. If paper can be pulled without tearing paper, than window should be resealed.caulk_18230501
  2. Visual Gap Check – After daylight hours, shine a light through closed window and door seam and have a partner confirm if light is visible on other side.
  3. Hot/Cold Air Check – Use your hands to feel around door and window seal checking for cold or hot air coming in through a leak.

Common areas to check for leaks are between brick and wood siding, between foundation and walls, and between the chimney and siding. In addition, you should inspect around these areas for leaks and drafts:

  • Door and window frames
  • Mail chutes
  • Electrical and gas service entrances
  • Cable TV and phone lines
  • Outdoor water faucets
  • Where dryer vents pass through walls
  • Bricks, siding, stucco, and foundation
  • Air conditioners
  • Vents and fans

 Home Pressurization Test

If you are having difficulty locating leaks and drafts, you may want to conduct a basic building pressurization test:

  1. First, close all exterior doors, windows and fireplace flues.
  2. Turn off all combustion appliances such as gas burning furnaces and water heaters.
  3. Then turn on all exhaust fans (generally located in the kitchen and bathrooms) or use a large window fan to suck the air out of the rooms.

This test increases infiltration through cracks and leaks, making them easier to detect. You can use incense sticks or your damp hand to locate these leaks. If you use incense sticks, moving air will cause the smoke to drift, and if you use your damp hand, any drafts will feel cool to your hand.

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