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Eco Product Review: H20 Water Powered Can Clock

The H2O Water Powered Can Clock uses state of the art water technology to power a large hi contrast display (LCD) clock. This clock will run continuously for a long time without needing any human intervention.

H2O water powered clock

H2O water powered clock

By using positive and negative electrodes the H2O Water Powered Can Clocks patented technology creates an electro-chemical reaction with water, thus producing the electrical energy for powering the LCD clock display. The Can clock is the size and shape of a conventional can of soda, roughly 11cm x 5.8cm (4.3in. x 2.3in.).

The water will need replacing due to evaporation. The evaporation though should be at a slow rate as the water is well encased, meaning it will only require a water top up every 6 to 12 months.

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Benefits of Using Dryer Vent Seal

Reasons to Install Dryer Vent Cover

Have you ever noticed that the room containing your clothes dryer is usually the coldest room in your house? Most clothes dryers are connected to a 4″ diameter exhaust duct that runs directly to an opening on the exterior of the home. During the winter months, cold air leaks in through the duct, through your dryer and into your house, allowing your heated air to Imageescape.  In addition to the energy loss issues, other problems include insects, mice and other pests to enter through the exterior vent.

One solution to the problem is to install a Dryer Vent Seal Cover. The installation of the dryer vent vent kits with a floating cap design can provide several benefits in the following areas:

Energy Efficient

Because dryer vent cap only opens when the dryer is in use, the movement of air, either air conditioned to the outside, or cold exterior air to the inside. This design also keeps rain, snow and dust or other debris from blowing into the dryer vent. Because cold air isn’t allowed in and heated or cooled air isn’t allowed out, this will improve the energy efficiency of maintaining air in the effected area.

Fire Safety

The louvered design of the dryer vent seal allows lint to pass freely to the outside, preventing the buildup of lint in the dryer vent. Collected lint is very flammable and the use of wire mesh or screens by many homeowners traps the lint and increases the collection of the flammable material.

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Green Product Review: Looflighter Electric Barbecue Lighter

This was one of our most anticipated product tests. We decided to test the Looflighter during a tailgate event to light the charcoal and flavor kindling for a smoker grill. Following loading of the charcoal, the Looflighter was plugged into a nearby Imagepower source. By holding the end of the Looflighter within a few inches of the charcoal for around 4:30 minutes, we began to see the whitening of the edges of the charcoal. Within minutes several briquettes were lit and the smoker was up and going, without the us of any lighter fluid or and other accelerant. Severa

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l hours into the process, it was noted that several coals were not lit and the strength of the fire was decreasing. We were able to point the Looflighter at the unlit charcoal. This would traditionally be an issue once a fire is in progress, but with the Looflight

er this posed no problem and the test was a complete success.

Please note that that the Looflighter comes with a 10″ cord, so the need for an extension cord may be necessary depending upon distance from a power source. The Looflighter would also be a great tool for lighting fireplace or chiminea fire.

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Should You Use a Garden Hose Filter?

Benefits of garden hose filter

Your garden or flowerbed consists of an very important ecosystem, which maximizes the disease resistance of your plants. This ecosystem under threat by the use of toxic chlorine. Free chlorine (CL2) cannot tell the difference between harmful pathogenic bacteria and the beneficial bacteria in your garden’s soil. A dechlorinator keeps your plants healthier by removing the chlorine that kills beneficial bacteria in your garden soil.
The life in the ecosystem is a key component of your garden. Plants depend on specific species of mold, bacteria, and some beneficial insects to get nutrients, eat predators, fertilize flowers and defend against disease. These soil organisms act as a support network for your garden. Many gardeners who don’t use a garden hose filter, kill off these supporting organisms, and create an environment susceptible to insect infestations.
By attaching an inline water filters to your existing garden hose, you will give your backyard, garden, and any of your outdoor plants healthy chlorine-free spray water. These systems are simple, effective, and inexpensive filtration device that will improve your your growing efforts.

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Choose Eco Friendly Furniture

Consider eco friendly options when selecting new furniture for your home or office. Choose high quality pieces that will last decades that are manufactured by sustainable ways. Ask questions about the manufacturing process, and about whether timber used is from an FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) source and/or made from sustainable materials, such as bamboo.  Look out for vintage pieces that can be recovered or upcycled. In a contemporary home these can be very effective and become statement pieces in their own right, adding a bit of character.Image

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Energy-efficient Window Covering Tips

The use of exterior and interior window coverings can help keep your home comfortable year long. With a few changes you can reduce annual electricity usage.

Here are a few low cost window covering tips:

  • Close draperies  to block the sun’s heat during the warmer months and to keep out the cold air during the colder months.
  • Use drapery seals to seal drapery edges to the side of windows using magnetic or velctro tape to maintain the seal around draperies.
  • By completely closing and lowering blinds, you can reduce heat gain by 45% – 50%.
  • Affix curtain liners to draperies to help keep heat inside your home.
  • Mount storm windows inside or outside your home made from furring strips and plastic sheets to increase winter comfort and reduce heat loss during the winter.

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