Using Solar Energy At Your House

Something I’m sure you are aware of is that switching to solar energy is a thing that is useful for our world as well as your wallet, but loads of people don’t understand what costs are involved to get going. While purchasing solar power panels will be one of the costs that you’ll incur when switching to solar power, there are other things that will have to be purchased and there are ways to save cash. The costs involved in creating a solar panel system is something we are going to be going over in this article to give you an idea of what you can expect.

Choose a Complete System

Even though many people end up going out and buying everything separately you are going to find that they do sell complete systems in order to make sure people have everything they have to get started. You’re still going to have to purchase batteries separately, because this is how you will store the energy, so even if they say they’re a complete solar panel kit you should keep this in mind. If you end up building a large solar panel system you’ll need far more batteries than if you decided to just develop a smaller solar panel system. The batteries run about $100 a piece, and you’re going to want to make sure that you are purchasing deep cycle batteries, these can be purchased in an auto parts store.

How Much Does It Cost

Something I want to mention is that traditionally it will be more expensive to buy a complete system than to go out and purchase everything separately, and these complete systems can be extremely expensive. For about $300 you are going to be able to pick up a single solar panel that will provide you with 100 W of electricity, and how many you need is determined by how large of a system you are building. For those people who are just looking to cut their electricity costs or power their house if they have a small home and they are the only ones living there, 3 or 4 solar panels should be more than enough panels. As for people who have a larger home and a larger family, in order to create all of the electricity you need you may need between 15 and 20 solar panels.

Power Inverter

After you have your solar panels and batteries you’ll need a few other items so as to make your system complete and that would be a power inverter as well as a charge controller. Something I ought to point out is that I cannot actually supply you with a precise cost for a power inverter, because according to what size power inverter you need, will depend on exactly how much you have to pay for the inverter.

When all is said and done it is going to run you anywhere between $1000 and $1500 in order to set up a solar panel system that will contain three or four panels, the batteries as well as other incidentals. If you are one of the individuals who are not handy in any way, you’ll most likely need someone to install the system for you, and this of course is a thing that will be an added expense.


Wood Fence Maintenance

You will preserve the appearance of your wood fence when you perform the right kind of maintenance on it. You will find that some tasks take more to do than others, though.

Probably most homeowners ignore it or forget about it, and I know people who never do anything. You can get wood fence maintenance totally wrong, and that is why you should learn proper techniques.

Inspect

You will need to keep a closer eye on any wooden fence just due to what it is, and this is simple and can be taking a close look at it for problems. The best thing to do is get a notebook and create an inspection log. Any time you are doing maintenance, this is what it is all about and will make you more efficient. Probably the most important areas of your fence are the posts and where they enter the ground. What you want to avoid are termite infestations, and there are many ways you can ward them off.

If you want a truly rural looking fence, then find wooden dowels that are used in place of nails. Ask about the benefits of using non-metallic devices, and sometimes they may last longer and they certainly will not rust. What is known about regular nails is they will start to protrude from the fence just due to cycles of heat and cold. Any nails that have heads beginning to show should be taken care of immediately. After some time you will not be able to save the nail, and it is possible you may have to form new nail holes.

 

Watch For Mold

 

You want to catch mold undergrowth when it is very new so you can immediately take proper measures to be rid of it. You don’t want to use a bleach and water mixture each time you clean your fence because it degrades the stain too much. You can buy simply pressure type washers that are not fancy or expensive, and then simply use this once a summer or whatever. You’ll have even more pressure or should than a regular hose and this will serve to get more dirt off your fence.

One of the good things about wood fence maintenance is it is not a lengthy process. Not all homeowners elect to use a stained fence, and that may be you but remember what can happen. So after you inspect your fence, then you can choose the best way to go with this.


How to Grow an Amazing Garden in Your Apartment

If you live in an apartment, you probably believe there is no way that you will ever be able to grow a garden of your own. This can be such a depressing thought that there are apartment dwellers who simply move into a house with a yard. For others it is merely a small disappointment and they try to make do with a few houseplants.

Don’t despair! You can have a garden in your apartment, no matter how small it is. Keep reading and follow our tips and you, too, will be the proud owner of a flourishing apartment garden.

Choosing Containers

Do you already have containers you would like to use, or specific ones you intend to buy? If you aren’t too choosy about which plants you want, buy some that go well with the containers on hand. Pay attention to the size of the plants as each one will have a specific size requirement for its container – from 1/2 wine barrels to antique tea cups. Choosing the containers you prefer lets you plan the ambiance you want to create with your indoors garden. Don’t just buy big containers and big plants. You can pick beautiful, delicate containers and grow smaller plants, such as African Violets in exquisite porcelain cups.

The Cost

It won’t take much searching to find all the data and facts you need to learn how to do container gardening. The containers you use for your indoor gardening do not have to be fancy or expensive. The type, or cost, of the containers you buy aren’t what’s important, and you already have enough day to day expenses to deal with. Just about any container will work. You can almost always find containers at discounted prices. Do you do garage sales? You can almost always find containers – and other gardening supplies – at garage sales for hardly any cost. With the money you save on containers, you can invest in organic or old-fashioned seeds that haven’t been “engineered” or maybe that special flower plant you’ve always loved.

 

Creating a Mini Greenhouse

Here’s an idea for you to think about – if there’s a spot in your house that’s big enough, why not install a mini greenhouse? A lot of the time you will find mini greenhouses that are already pre-assembled. They are small enough to fit into an unused corner with no problem. If you prefer, you can find plans for a mini greenhouse online and build your own with parts that can be picked up cheaply at second hand stores, garage sales, or Goodwill. You will be able to grow a bigger variety of plants in your apartment if you use a mini greenhouse.

A balcony, if you have one, is a great place to put a little greenhouse. The strategies you can use to create your apartment garden are unlimited. Many folks have beautiful gardens in their homes without the benefit of a balcony or patio. The trick is to do your homework, do your planning and practice some patience. You will be successful, but it may not happen instantly. Over time, however, if you work at it, a thriving and beautiful garden can be yours. So, what are you waiting for? Get busy!