Are You On Medications Causing Fatigue?

Have you ever noticed that you drink lots more coffee than all the other people in your office? Have you found that you can get through a whole pot by yourself before you have even left the house in the morning? Drinking this much caffeine is not healthy and you should try to avoid all of these stimulants before they cause you a real problem. In this article, we are going to talk about ways that you can increase your energy naturally and get the best start to your day. Read on now and see how it’s done.

There are lots of different things that can cause tiredness, but when yours is persistent and you feel like all you do is drink coffee and yawn, you need to do something about it before it becomes a really bad issue. Instead of living with your tiredness, there are a few steps that you can take to make sure that it doesn’t cause you too much of a problem. So for example the first thing you can do is to make sure that you are getting enough sleep every night. If you can, try to get at least 8 hours sleep. Do remember that this amount of sleep has to be of good quality and because of this, you should look around your room for anything that might be keeping you up or disturb your sleep. Any noises that you hear such as creaking or any light that might shine through your curtains will affect your sleep and you should make sure that these problems are avoided when you are sleeping.

The next thing to do is to have a word with your doctor. They will be able to tell you if you are taking any medications causing fatigue and if so, you can ask for an alternative. It is also a good idea to ask for some blood tests which will help you to keep up with your health and make sure that there is no underlying problem that is making you really tired. If you are finding that you are constantly tired and headaches then it might be that you are using too many stimulants to stay awake. Caffeine doesn’t work as well after a while and if you are overloading your body with it then you might be getting the adverse effects of headaches and tiredness. Try to go cold turkey on the coffee for a while and see if that helps you.

Solar Power For Hard-To-Wire Areas

Solar energy holds a lot of potential. Unfortunately, with the current technology that we have, it is very difficult to harvest it in large quantities.

At most our solar panels can only convert about 20% of the available solar energy, and in most cases that amount is closer to 15%. As solar panels age, their ability to convert energy only degrades.

That combined with the costs of solar panels, means that it is unlikely for them to take “center stage” in meeting our global energy needs anytime soon. However, we are seeing solar energy used more and more in small ways that can make a big impact.

One of the biggest areas of solar research right now is for warfare. Right now, fuel hungry generators have to be trucked across the desert along with expensive fuel supplies. Creating a base camp that runs on solar energy offers the potential for a smaller setup with fewer dangerous resupply trips required.

Some of that technology is trickling down to the average consumer. Solar battery chargers are now only slightly more expensive than a regular charger for a cell phone or mp3 player would be. These small chargers can power a variety of instruments and are easily packed to remote locations.

Additionally we are seeing solar energy being used in yard objects. Solar powered lights and fountains means easy-to-install yard improvements that don’t need an electrician’s training. Solar pool covers are a great example of this. The just sit on top of your pool and use the suns heat to passively warm the water – no electricity required! They’ve become so popular that it is rather simple to find discount solar pool covers from major vendors on the Internet.

Its doubtful that solar energy will ever eclipse some of the other energy forms out there. However, it offers great potential for little areas where traditional power is inconvenient to use.

Solar Power For The Garden

You just visited the home of your best friend and you see a beautiful water fountain in the middle of their spectacular garden.  You wanted to get one but you found out that they spend an insane amount of money in utility bills. Well, worry no more.  You can now find a green technology on the home level, solar power.

Solar power technology is already in use on numerous equipment, with sizes ranging from industrial large to personal small. Now, it has not only have functional uses but form also.

Solar water features lets you have the advantage of having a functional water feature sans the annoying wires.  You can also place these features anywhere in your garden as long as it will get ample amount of sun exposure.

You can choose between a direct daylight solar power, which takes energy directly from daylight thereby limiting its usage to daytime only and a more advanced variant which recharges itself during daytime and the stored power can be used whenever it is required, like during cloudy days or at night time.  On the other hand, solar pumps for ponds has become an alternative to electric powered ones.

Installing solar water features for gardens or solar pumps for ponds entails a larger initial cash outflow as this technology is more expensive than conventional ones.  But in the long run, you will reap the rewards.

With conventional water features and pumps, those spectacular sprays and fountains equates to high electricity consumption and therefore high utility bills. But with solar water features and solar pumps for ponds, that cost is drastically cut as you just basically pay for the equipment only, and repairs if needed.  The utility costs are kept to bare minimum or nothing at all as the source of energy would be the sun.

Solar power has an infinite way to go and an alternative to very expensive conventionally run equipment.  You just have to make your choice.

Why Are Diesel And Propane-Powered Generators Better Than Gas Generators?

One of the most popular uses of the electrical power generator is as a standby or backup power provider during times of blackouts or power interruptions. For many of us, this is a problem that occasionally happens due to weather disturbances or any other emergency situations that may cause a power outage. To deal with this, some home owners resort to buying generators specifically designed for such a use.

In buying a backup generator, you will notice that most will recommend going for a diesel or propane-powered generator. The reason behind this is that because diesel and propane are more suited to backup power duties.

Gasoline is actually a somewhat unstable substance and they are not very well-suited to getting stored for long periods. And since the nature of backup generators is that they are not used very often (in most instances, especially in more developed countries, they are quite rarely used) which means the gasoline in a generator’s fuel tank may no longer be combustible when an outage occurs.

Diesel and propane generators are therefore more dependable when you need such generators for home use or for situations where having backup power is very important. Diesel and propane are more stable and are more suited to getting stored for long periods.

Propane is particularly better than gasoline and diesel because their storage entail lesser hassles. They are usually stored in tanks and canisters that make refuelling much simpler— you just get a fresh tank, attach it to the generator and you’re set! There are also gas utility companies that distribute propane or natural gas right into your home through pipes. Gasoline and diesel entails some refuelling hazards because you will need to manually pour them into the gas tanks of the generator units.

Stability issues with gasoline can become problem for those using gas-powered backup generators. If you want something more dependable, diesel or propane is probably the best way to go aside from going renewable like solar or wind power generators. For more information about backup generators, please checkout

Advantages Of Solar Energy – Is It Worth The Investment?


Oil RefineryThe Problem With Fossil Fuels

Most people out there are very aware of the price of gasoline, and therefore oil. You don’t need to be a commodities trader to know the price of oil, as it affects gas prices, which in turn can affect the price of just about everything from shipping to food costs. Fossil fuels power the world’s economy. There are several problems with fossil fuels. Environmentalists point to the increased production of carbon dioxide when burning fossil fuels. Fossil fuels are also a limited resource that will one day run out. We import a lot of oil from the middle east, which is in constant turmoil. Small conflicts interrupt the shipment of oil from the Persian Gulf, causing shortages (and price increases). Natural disasters have damaged refineries in the past, and will continue to do so in the future.

Because of these problems with fossil fuels, there has been a lot of activity in the alternative energy sector in the last 50 years. Hydroelectric and nuclear power are predominant power sources that are alternative to fossil fuels. Solar power, wind power, and biofuels are up and coming alternative energy sources that could potentially supply the world’s economy in the future with renewable energy.

Solar Power

Solar Plant

Solar power is a unique energy source because it features an unlimited source – the sun. As long as the sun keeps burning, there will be a free opportunity to harvest its energy that is only limited by technology and the amount of solar panels you can set up. It could virtually power every building on the planet. If that is the case, why doesn’t every home have a solar power system?

I just got my monthly electric and gas bills in the mail. September and October are usually pretty mild months of the year in my home state, so the amount due didn’t cause me to dry heave. But in a few months, I will be paying close to $250 a month to heat my house. During the hot summer months, I easily top that on my electricity bill. Would it be worth it to install a solar energy system to supplement my power supply during those months? Let’s first go over the advantages of solar power and look at the argument for installing a system onto your home.

Advantages Of Solar Energy

What are some advantages of solar energy? I have done a little research and have come up with the following:

  • lower utility costs over time
  • environmentally friendly
  • creating energy locally, rather than shipping that energy from long distances
  • self reliance if emergency power outages occur
  • tax credits

Lower Utility Costs

Installing a solar energy system in your house will over time lower your utility costs. By combining this with windmills, your goals could be reached a lot faster. Many power companies will even pay you for your excess power production that is put back into the grid system. Dropping your bills by a significant percentage could increase your cash flow, making your monthly budgeting less tight.

Environmentally Friendly

Solar power doesn’t produce any emissions. It is a truly emission free energy source. So if you are inclined to think about the environment, this is another advantage of installing a solar system onto your home.

Creating Local Energy

Costs of shipping energy from power plants hundreds of miles away is mainly why energy costs are so high. This point ties in with the first; solar energy would lower the cost of energy.

Self Reliance During Outages

What would happen if the power grid went down because of a natural or man-made disaster? In a disaster scenario, power will most likely be non-existent. Many of us would be OK as long as the power returned after a day or two, but what if the outage lasted longer? While I am prepared to survive without electricity (based on my preparations), it would sure be nice to have some electricity in a survival situation. A previously installed solar energy system would afford you that luxury.

Tax Credits

There are still federal and state solar tax credits available, ranging from 10% up to 50%, depending on the system and how much you pay (some have a yearly cap). These credits are being phased out, so check with the IRS or with your state tax agency.

Now that we have gone over the advantages to having your own power plant on your roof (in the form of solar panels and a battery array), is it ultimately worth it to install?

The Down Side Of Solar Power

The cost of this technology is still quite prohibitive, especially during these tough economic times. These energy systems are very, very expensive. I estimate that installation on my house would cost well over $20,000 to achieve a positive electricity gain. If I installed the system myself, I could save some money, but I would want to get a more energy efficient electric water heater and furnace, which adds to the cost. To make that money back, I would be looking at somewhere between 8 and 9 years (if my utility costs are $200/month). Is that a good investment? It depends.

I am not sure I will stay in my home that long. If I was, then I think I would make the plunge. The problem is that solar power systems, especially the do-it-yourself variety, don’t add significantly to the value of your home. Not right now anyway, and that might change in the future as technology improves and home solar systems become more widespread. If I were to move 4 or 5 years down the road, I would basically be losing half of what I spend on the system.

If you are thinking about installing a system on your home, think about how long you will be staying in your home before you make your decision. The longer, the better.

The Bottom Line

Do the advantages of wind and solar energy outweigh the cons? For me, they do – except for the cost. That is why I have started small. Portable solar power systems can be had for $200, and can produce enough power to charge cell phones, laptop batteries, and trickle charge a car battery. Eventually, I would like to have solar panels on my roof paying for my utility bills. The nice thing is that as technology improves, the cost of solar panels and the needed accessories are dropping. As they continue to drop, installing a solar power system on your home will make more and more sense.

Hopefully this article will help you get started with your solar power plans. Good luck! Click the image below to get an idea of what solar panels cost right now.

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Do you have a home solar power system? How much did it cost you? By how much is it reducing your utility bills? Any tips? Please feel free to comment below. Thanks!