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Water Heaters

Hot Water and How to Heat It   There are several water-heating options available to you. While you are taking steps to save on home heating, don’t forget to see what you can do to lower your water heating costs. Check with your fuel supplier for more information, and consider alternatives to your current method. […]

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EMFs in the Home

Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs) Source:NIH.gov, CDC and NIEHS Electric & Magnetic Fields Electric and magnetic fields (EMFs) are invisible lines of force associated with the production, transmission, and use of electric power such as those associated with high-voltage transmission lines, secondary power lines, and home wiring and lighting. Electric and magnetic fields also arise from the motors […]

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First Aid for Electrical Accidents

source: NASD Disconnect the appliances or turn off the power if the person is undergoing electric shock. Cover associated electric shock burns with a dry sterile dressing only. Never touch a person undergoing electric shock or you too could become a victim.   First Aid for Electric Shock Victims   Don’t touch them! Unplug the appliance […]

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Grounding Electricity

The combination of voltage, amperage, resistance to the flow of the current and duration of contact makes working with electricity dangerous. Electricity follows an uninterrupted path. If the body becomes part of the path, electricity will pass through it. Even though dry hands and feet offer more resistance to electrical current than do wet hands […]

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Electrical Safety

source: NASD (CDC.gov) Electricity is an essential part of our lives. However, it has the potential to cause great harm. Electrical systems will function almost indefinitely if properly installed and not overloaded or physically abused. Outlets near water should be GFI-type outlets. Don't allow trees near power lines to be climbed. Keep ladders, kites, equipment and anything […]

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Electrical Fires

Electricity can be a potent fire source. Many farmers and others have lost a barn or house from old or defective wiring. Overloaded wiring can be very dangerous. It is safer and more efficient to install new circuits. Never put water on an electrical fire. Use a CO2 fire extinguisher if the fire is small. Protect […]

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Alternative Buildings

Alternative Home Designs Geodesic domes are perhaps the most well-known of the alternative home designs. Developed in the 1940s by Buckminster Fuller, these domes became a favorite of the counter-culture during the 1960s. The almost spherical shape keeps materials at a minimum, reducing costs while maximizing space, and also serves to make them extremely sturdy. […]

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Energy Glossary

Glossary of terms Here is a quick overview of terms used in this guide and that you’ll need to know as you gather information about your home heating and cooling options. AIR SOURCE HEAT PUMP A heating-cooling unit that transfers heat in either direction between the air outside a home and the indoors. AIR SUPPLY […]

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