Creating an Energy Efficient Lifestyle at Home

No Power From A Portable Generator: The Probable Cause & What A New One Costs

Do you have a hard time getting your portable generator to come on to provide power to your poultry farm when needed? There are a few things that can cause the problem, and you must get the generator repaired or replaced to protect your poultry. Find out below what kind of repairs your generator may need, as well as what a new one will cost.

What Kind of Repairs Might a Generator Need When it Won’t Power Up?

One of the things that can cause problems for a portable generator is an accumulation of dirt. When you have your generator stored outside for a long time without using it, dirt can easily get on it. The problem stems for dirt getting on the inside of the generator and interfering with how well it functions. A specialist should be hired to clean the generator when dirt is the problem, and you …

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3 Simple Ways To Prevent Diesel Fuel Gelling

One common problem that truckers run into when traveling north into colder temperatures is that of diesel fuel gelling. Essentially, since diesel fuel contains paraffin, it can turn into a somewhat solid gel form once it reaches a low enough temperature. When this occurs in a truck that’s not running, that gel can clog up fuel lines and keep the truck from running. Fortunately, there are a few steps that truck drivers can follow to avoid diesel fuel gelling. 

Add Kerosene

One of the most common ways truckers go about preventing fuel line gelling when traveling to areas where temperatures can drop below freezing is that of simply adding kerosene to the fuel tank, in addition to the regular diesel fuel. Adding about a half and half mix of kerosene and diesel fuel helps to reduce the chances of gelling in two different ways; for starters, it lowers the overall …

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Understand The 8 Basic Types Of Propane Tanks

Propane tanks are used in a variety home applications such as heating stoves, providing gas for grills, and even powering generators. Generally made from metal, these tanks contain the gas known as propane – a compressed liquid alkaline. If you’re looking to pick up a propane tank, you should know about the 8 most basic types on the market and their characteristics:

1. Acme Valve

External threads are the defining characteristic of these tanks. The threads are referred to as Acme threads and the valve contains more bulk than other varieties. The benefit is that it can be much easier to connect these tanks to the hose of a grill without a pesky wrench. Leakage is prevented due to its built-in fail-safes as well. 

2. OPD Valve

An Overfill Prevention Device (OPD) valve has hand wheels with three lobs. It is designed to hold up to 39 pounds of propane

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All About Propane

Whether you want to explore alternative fuel types or are simply interested in learning about the various types of fuel, you should delve into the world of propane. Like gasoline, propane is a popular fuel source in the United States. However, it has several key advantages over other types of fuel, which make propane the ideal choice in many situations. Here is an introduction to propane that will explain exactly what this fuel is and why you should consider using it:

What is propane?

Propane is a type of fuel that is very popular due to its relatively low cost, value in cooking applications, and environmental friendliness. From a technical perspective, propane releases heat by breaking bonds between carbon atoms and between carbon and hydrogen atoms.

Among fuels, propane has the somewhat unique property of being a gas at room temperatures under standard pressure. This essentially means that propane must be …

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The Dos And Don’ts Of Heating Oil Storage

If you use heating oil to provide warmth for your home, you should be aware of storage concerns as they relate to the usable shelf life of the oil. You might just assume that once the oil is tightly sealed inside your storage tank, its lifetime of usefulness is endless.

That is not the case. Here is what causes heating oil to weaken, how to boost the shelf life with the proper additives, and why you shouldn’t try to rejuvenate old heating oil.

Does Stored Heating Oil Weaken?

The primary reason why it is not feasible to stockpile a supply of heating oil is that the combustible traits of the oil deteriorate over time. Microbes, plus other varieties of bacteria, readily contaminate all types of fuel tanks. The storage tank containing your home heating oil is a natural place for this type of bacterial contamination to occur.

The bacteria forms …

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