Want To Switch To Solar Energy?

solar energy explained for green living

How do you feel about solar energy? For some, the idea that the sun can power everything they need can seem too good to be true. There’s no reason to be doubtful of what solar energy can do. If you’re feeling skeptical about solar energy, try reading the following article, as it may change your mind.

Install panels a few at a time to break down the cost in setting up your home to operate off of solar power. There is no need to buy everything all at once, as there is much planning involved. You need to give yourself time to make adjustments and learn more as you go along.

Don’t be scared off from solar energy because you see certain companies shutting their doors. Solar energy is a big part of the country’s future. It’s not only great for the environment; it also saves you a lot of cash. That’s a win-win across the board, and you’ll be happy for looking into it now.

If you want to go solar partially, check out small-scale applications of solar power. There are two ways to go about it. You can find small-scale panels to prop on your window to recharge electronics. Also, you can maximize your camping adventure through lanterns that are solar-powered. Money is saved bit by bit.

Solar energy harnesses the energy from the sun to power everything from little garden lights to huge corporations. Unlike coal and oil, the sun is renewable energy, meaning it will never run out like other energy sources. Making the switch to solar power is a wise investment for your future.

Hopefully, after reading this article, your doubts about solar energy are gone. The technology behind solar energy is so advanced that it can power your home and so much more. Rather than feeling doubtful, you can feel hopeful about solar energy and prepare to let solar energy work for you.

Beginners Guide to Home Composting

Composting your kitchen and garden waste is a great way to reduce the amount of waste you dispose of in your rubbish bin.  By composting your waste you can generate a free source of rich compost to help improve your garden, and also help to reduce global warming in the process.

How does home composting help to reduce global warming?

When sent to landfill organic waste is compressed under tonnes and tonnes of other waste types.  The organic waste, therefore, does not have enough access to air, which restricts the waste from being able to decompose properly.  Instead of decomposing, methane gas is produced which contributes to global warming.

The Compost Bin

The first step to start composting at home is to get a compost bin.  You can either purchase a compost bin or you can make your own.  Compost bins can be bought from the majority of garden centers.  The government-funded Recycle Now Home Composting Campaign also sells discounted compost bins.

The next important step is to decide where to position the compost bin, which can affect the overall quality of the compost that is produced.  For best results place the bin in a well-drained area which has good access to sunlight.  The drainage will enable excess water to drain out of the compost and placing the bin in a sunny spot helps to speed up the composting process.

What waste items can I put in my compost?

There are lots of everyday waste items from your garden and kitchen that can go into your compost bin.  These are broken down into Greens and Browns. Greens are the type of items that provide moisture and nitrogen and are quick to rot.

Items classed as Greens includes:

  • Grass cuttings
  • Vegetable peelings
  • Leaves
  • Fruit
  • Tea bags
  • Weeds

Browns are waste items that take longer to rot but provide pockets of air, along with fiber and carbon.

Browns include items such as:

  • Cardboard boxes
  • Newspapers (scrunched up)
  • Toilet roll tubes
  • Eggshells (crushed)
  • Shredded paper
  • Twigs and hedge clippings

How do I make a good quality compost?

To make a good quality compost it is important to use a good mix of both ‘green’ and ‘brown’ wastes.  It is simply a case of monitoring the compost and adding more waste depending on the look of the compost.  For example, if it looks too dry add more green waste, and if it looks too wet add more brown waste.  Every so often it is also a good idea to mix or turn the contents of your compost bin to add air.

How long will it take for my compost to be ready to use?

This will vary depending on the mixture of waste that is placed into the compost bin, the surrounding conditions and the weather.  In general, it should take between 6 and 9 months for your finished compost to be ready to use.

 

Organic Pest Control

None of us want to see our work in the garden turn into a buffet for the bugs, but the fact is they are not all bad for our garden. This will help you understand how to rid your crop of the bad bugs without pesticides and without hurting the beneficial insects.