Solar Panels

Should You Sweep the Snow off of Your Solar Panels?

The proof of removing snow from photovoltaic systems is that the panels are able to produce more electricity for your home or business. This means less power usage on the grid, which will save you money over time. Additionally, snow can create an insulation blanket around the panel because it reflects sunlight back onto them. The downside of removing snow is that it could be damaging to the panel’s circuitry if not done a correctly-a little bit of water could have a lot of potential for damage!

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How Worms Can Recycle Your Garbage

Today I’ll be showing you how to set up a worm bin so that you can vermicompost your food scraps.

It will enrich your soil and make your plants much bigger as you can see in this picture of turnips.

The small turnip had zero vermicompost, the middle one had 10% by volume and the large one had 20 percent by volume vermicompost.

First of all you need to buy or build a worm bin.

So you just pick up a container with a lid at a big-box store or a hardware store.

You know the worms are living creatures, they need air so you need to put some holes on the bin for them to breathe.

You want to make sure you drill the holes in the upper sides of the bin.

And so one option is just to take a hole saw and drill just one hole in each of the shorter ends of the bin.

So one each, and then you can go to the gutter section of a hardware store and pick up a soffit vent and you just pop it in there.

And then you want to put about six holes in the bottom of the bin just so that in case you have any excess drainage that it will come out and you would want it to go on a piece of plastic.

There are over 9,000 species of earthworms and only seven have been identified that are suitable for vermicomposting.

So you can’t use just any worm.

If you buy a pound of worms – that’s about a thousand – you buy it from a worm grower, it’ll cost you around $30.00.

Worms need moisture.

You need to put some type of bedding in there.

You can just take newspaper, hold it up as if you were going to read it and then just take a corner and pull it straight down and you’ll get a nice thin strip of newspapers that you can then put into your bucket where you have water because you want to moisten it.

Remember the worms need 80% moisture for their bodies.

You want it to soak for ten minutes.

And then, when ten minutes is up, you can take it and squeeze excess moisture out of it, pull it apart and put it into the worm bin.

And in the worm bin you’re going to fill it up about halfway with that shredded paper.

So by the way, never pour water into your worm bin.

Instead, if it starts to dry out a little bit, use a plant mister like this and just spritz it – spritz it into the worm bin.

So we’ve made the bedding and now we’ll just add our worms.

And worms will usually come to you from a worm grower either in a bag or a box.

I just happen to put my worms in a container today but anyway you just gently will empty them onto the top of the bedding and just stand back.

They will move under the bedding so you don’t do anything.

Take food scraps then which you’ve collected, you can collect your food scraps in a container like this where you buy it, it has a lid.

Take your lid off your worm bed then.

And then you’ll take your food waste, and always have a three prong tool.

Gently pull back the bedding and then you dump some food waste into your bin.

You want to make sure to cover it with bedding.

That’s very important because if you don’t you could attract fruit flies.

And then you put your lid back on and everything’s fine.

For feeding worms you can put most types of food waste in here.

I have a list on in my publication that tells you what not to put in there.

For example, if you put citrus into the bin, then that makes it too acidic and it can cause problems.

You never want to put dog or cat poop into your worm bin and you also don’t want to put dairy products or meat products into your worm bin, because as they decompose, they’re smelly and they can attract unwanted visitors.

The worms will excrete what’s called castings and the castings will start to build up in the bottom of the bin.

And as they get higher, after about four to six months, then you’ll say okay I think it’s time to harvest these castings.

So you have some options and the first is called light separation.

Earthworms are very sensitive to light so you can just dump this out on a tarp and you can separate the worms from the castings.

So after four to six months you’ll be able to harvest this wonderful vermicompost from the bottom of your worm bin.

Put it in a container labeled black gold, because it has an incredible effect on your soil and plants in your garden.

Recycling Glass

Glass: How Much Does Recycling Cost?

Hello there. I’m proceeding with my examination concerning the most ideal approaches to reuse in our home.

We’ve taken a gander at plastic, however today we will at glass.

Presently in this pack there are the three shades of glass: clear, earthy colored and green.

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Plastic Recycling

How Plastic Recycling Works

Reusing causes you to feel great – however what as a matter of fact happens to all the plastic jugs?


Doesn’t occur.

Containers don’t mysteriously turn out to be new bottles.

The story is in reality significantly more fascinating.

We will on polyethylene terephthalate or PET, the sort of plastic with a “1” imprinted on the base.

The ethylene terephthalate alludes to this.

String a lot of these together and you get polyethylene terephthalate: a sturdy, adaptable plastic that can be warmed up and formed into loads of advantageous shapes.

After you reuse a plastic container, it gets dragged away and sent to a reusing plant.

They remove the names and clean it and separate the entirety of the PET jugs, not simply from the glass and metal and paper, yet additionally from different sorts of plastic.

That is on the grounds that various kinds of polymers don’t generally play well together.

For instance: polyvinylchloride [PVC], which the vast majority of the lines in your house are made of, can absolutely destroy a group of PET.

You need to warm up a cluster of PET such a great amount of just to mollify and shape it that the PVC will begin to synthetically separate and produce hydrochloric corrosive, which can really corrupt the PET.

So arranging is excessively significant, as is cleaning to eliminate as much contamination – for this situation, things like that last, spitty taste of pop, or different kinds of plastic – as could reasonably be expected.

That is one main consideration in why it’s hard and costly to reuse bottles into more jugs.

However, when the plastic isn’t sufficient for reusing into more containers, it’s still once in a while adequate to turn into fiber for garments or covers or…whatever else you need fiber for.

Which, by chance, is presently called polyester despite the fact that synthetically, it doesn’t change.

That is correct people, most polyester and PET plastic are artificially something very similar.

The plastic is simply ground and destroyed and liquefied until it very well may be spun into string and afterward woven into texture.

This sort of reusing is now and then called minimizing, on the grounds that once the plastic becomes texture, it can never again be reused again.

There is additionally a type of reusing that changes the science of PET.

What’s more, is in truth called… compound reusing.

It requires placing enough vitality into the plastic to break the concoction bonds holding the polymer together, changing over PET go into its individual parts.

These atoms can be utilized to re-make PET, or even made into various kinds of plastic.

In any case, substance reusing is truly costly so we don’t do it much.

So’s the reason bottles become garments, and not new jugs: since making bottles requires too clean plastic, and that is hard to get.

Yet, despite the fact that going from a plastic jug to a purse is actually a minimization, at any rate it’s a lot cuter presently, correct?

Before you go, I need to delineate for you, “ReInventors,” which is another show from PBS Digital Studios and KCTS 9 in Seattle that will acquaint you with the researchers and hobbyists in the

Pacific Northwest on the bleeding edge of green innovation.

They’ll attempt palatable plastic, which I need to state isn’t something we experienced on the creation of this video, so you don’t need to, and carry you to unforeseen spots, similar to a carport in Seattle with an atomic reactor.

Look at ReInventors and buy in to them at the connection in the depiction.

A debt of gratitude is in order for viewing.

There’s significantly more to reusing that we haven’t addressed, so leave your inquiries and conversation in the remarks beneath.

What’s more, make certain to buy in, offer, and turn on notices so I keep on getting paid so I can purchase more popular reused overrated because of the vibe great factor purses.