Like most bloggers, I want to be able to show you cool things, tell you everything is wonderful, and especially share my successes. I was optimistically expected to be able to do just that today but it’s not the case. You see, it all went wrong when I decided to do my own thing and not follow what someone had proven already worked. Some people have the knack of improvisation, I do not.
The problem was that I neither wanted to spend
Continue reading My Failed Passive Solar Heater Experiment (And What I Learned From It)
I recently wondered about how to store heat, yes, heat. Granted, typical wall insulation is fairly good at slowing down the transfer of heat (usually from your home to the outside air) but I wanted something more “passively active” if that makes any sense. Apparently, it’s a well-known concpet among interested folks that you can store heat gain in water with the express purpose of allowing that retained heat to be released when the surrounding air is colder than the water
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Given the ridiculous heat wave most of us are experiencing right now, it’s no wonder everyone is trying to figure out how to keep cool. The real question is: what would we do if the power went out right now and there’s no end in sight to the relentless heat?
After reading this post on Keeping Cool Without Power at Prep-Blog.com, I began wondering to myself “what can I possibly do to keep my family cool if the power went
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Have you ever considered what you would do if you had to abandon your house? The reason could be as simple as becoming unlivable as a result of a sewer backup or structurally unsound because of a fire or tornado damage. While I fully intend to live in and utilize my home for nearly any scenario I can imagine, I do realize that it may not be usable at all times.
While there are very extreme backup shelters such as those portrayed on Discovery Channel’s Doomsday Bunkers,
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It is often believed that keeping your head warm in the cold may literally mean the difference between life and death. I certainly subscribe to this philosophy. While it makes sense to keep as warm as possible and to cover exposed skin in cold weather, I do wonder how important it truly is to keep you head warm?
First, as you likely know, body heat is lost through the skin. Your body uses sweat to cool you down and hair and clothing to keep you warm. Often the one exposed part of the body is your head and face. It would
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