Should You Opt for a Tankless Hot Water Heater?

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Posted by JR Olson | Posted in Other - Environment, Other - Home & Garden | Posted on 28-04-2016

How much hot water do you use in your home each month? A great way to save money on your energy bill is by only heating water when you need it. This is one of the main selling points to a tankless hot water heater. Many people are finding that they provide a savings of at least $80 a year on hot water heating costs. Plus, you have the added benefit of the water heater providing you with instant hot water. If you have a large household, the tankless water heater will provide plenty of hot water for everyone that needs to shower. No longer will you need to deal with cold showers or struggle to wash dishes the same time as washing clothes. A tankless water heater is the way to go for a lot of people. Here are just a few things to consider when comparing water heaters

Save Space

A traditional water heater takes up a lot of space in the home. If your water heater is in the basement or garage it will need to work harder to keep the water inside the tank warm. This might require the use of an insulation jacket to help reduce how often the water heater needs to turn on to heat the water. If you have a small home, there may only be enough room for a 40 gallon water heater. A tankless water heater is attached to the wall and is quite small when you compare it to a traditional water heater. Based on the size of your home and the water capacity needs, you may need to purchase two or three tankless heaters. Most tankless heaters measure around the size of a small carry-on suitcase, leaving plenty of space left over.

Enjoy More Hot Water

If you want continuous hot water, the tankless water heater certainly has its advantages. It can pump hot water throughout the home all day. The only downside is that it cannot produce a large volume. This means you want to limit its use to one thing at a time so it can keep up. With a tankless heater it may not work to do two tasks that require hot water at a time: start with one, like washing clothes, and then move on to the other, like doing the dishes. The tankless water heater will only produce the hot water when you need it, so you don’t have to pay to keep 40 gallons of water hot all the time. This helps to control energy costs since the heater isn’t continually running.

Save More Money

The initial investment in a tankless water heater will vary based on how many you need. Most systems cost an average of $2,000 to purchase and install. This initial investment in the gas tankless water heater does cost quite a bit more than a traditional water heater, which you can purchase for $300 or less. The upside to tankless water heaters is that they come with some great tax savings benefits in addition to the lower energy costs. An electric tankless water heater will not cost you as much money. They normally cost about $400 to install, but they do not come with the same energy-savings benefits, and they don’t include the tax credits. Most people feel the best option for an electric water heater is to use it for point-of-use areas, like the kitchen, to offer some instant hot water for cleaning needs.

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Gordon Smallwood writes on a variety of subjects including water heater repair, AC installation, home improvement, renovation, plumbing, lighting repair and other similar topics. To learn more about tankless water heaters in particular take a peek at southernplumbing.com/tankless-hot-water-heater.

A Detailed Look at the Nissan Leaf

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Posted by JR Olson | Posted in Alternative Fuel Vehicles | Posted on 28-04-2016

For those who don’t know, the Leaf is Nissan’s first electrically powered vehicle, and it is fun and comfortable to drive. Released back in 2010, the Nissan Leaf is a gem; it’s what you can call “Nissan’s electric brainchild.” Let’s take a look at what this amazing car has to offer.

Features

There are countless amazing features that come standard on the Nissan Leaf. For starters, the car is extremely efficient. This doesn’t mean that it is efficient only because of its electric motor. It also comes with regenerative brakes, a smooth aerodynamic body, and LED headlights, which are perhaps the Leaf’s most outstanding feature. Why? For the simple reason that they don’t even use half the energy that is consumed by traditional headlights.

Most interestingly, the Leaf gets substantially more mileage for every kilowatt, and it comes with a home charging dock that allows you to refuel it right in the comfort of your home. There’s no need for you to worry about waiting in long lines at the gas station anymore. A major reason why the Nissan Leaf has acquired such immense popularity is because it helps you bid farewell to expensive tune-ups and oil changes. There are fewer moving parts, which proves that the Leaf truly is low maintenance.

A Few Facts

The Leaf can communicate with your cell phone. You heard that right—the Leaf has the potential to communicate with your cell phone through an email system that is basically meant to manage its charging system. This means that when the batteries are charged, you will receive an email notification.

It is made from recycled water bottles. Seriously, a full 60 percent of the plastic in the Leaf’s interior is made out of recycled material—used water bottles in particular. The best part is that at the end of its lifecycle, 99 percent of the Leaf can be recycled.

The Leaf has Lithium-ion batteries, which come with a 100,000 mile, 8-year warranty. The batteries are recyclable as well, considering that no chemical changes occur in Lithium with the passage of time.

A General Overview

The car is nothing short of a miracle. Although it has a rather modernistic look, it is rather conventional in terms of driving. The Leaf is one of the most silent cars available on the market, so you won’t hear a single unwanted noise out of it. No matter what speed you are driving at, the Leaf tends to remain on the quiet side.

As a whole, the Nissan Leaf is extremely easy to drive and comes with a sturdy pick-up. Its pick-up time has been claimed to be around 0 to 62 mph in 11.5 seconds, which is impressive. Its electric motor provides excellent torque, which makes it run like the wind as soon as you hit the accelerator. The Leaf’s steering has been given a tad bit of weight, but that is meant to provide security to the driver and passengers when the vehicle is being driven at faster speeds.

All in all, this is an amazing car to drive, and if you want to have an “out-of-this-world” driving experience, then the Nissan Leaf is meant for you.

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Marv Hector writes on car repair, car modification, car mechanics, auto accidents, safe driving, traffic law and other kindred subjects.

All About Bamboo Fishing Poles

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Posted by JR Olson | Posted in Green Living, Shopping And Product Reviews | Posted on 27-04-2016

Most modern fishing is done with expensive and occasionally complex rods and reels. While that works just fine most of the time, that’s not how it was always done. Even in this day and age, many people can’t afford modern fishing rods and other sophisticated equipment. The good news is that such equipment is not necessary for successful fishing. Many people forgo the fancy reels and use simple cane fishing rods made from bamboo.

About Bamboo Fishing Poles

Bamboo is an incredibly strong yet flexible material that lends itself well to cane fishing. It has enough give to bend when there’s a large fish on your line, but it is also strong enough not to break in such circumstances. Bamboo cane poles are also much easier to make, mostly because they’re so simple. They’re composed of a stick of bamboo roughly 10 feet long (although longer or shorter poles can be used) and a fishing line tied to the pole in an arbor knot close to where the grip would be.

The only drawback to bamboo fishing poles is that the bamboo itself needs to be maintained, something that can take some work for those who are used to graphite rods. Too much moisture will warp a bamboo fishing pole, so experts recommend wiping it down with a dry cotton cloth after it is used. It should also be kept someplace dry when in storage.

Using a Bamboo Cane Fishing Pole

Cane fishing requires a different technique than reel fishing, since there is no reel to speak of. There is no drag system, and the amount of line you have to pull in never changes. You also need to fight the fish by raising the rod tip, although you may need to lower the tip closer to the water if you’ve hooked a particularly large fish. This can be tricky for those who are more used to reeling in fish, but once you get the hang of it, the fight becomes simpler. You also don’t need to worry much about your pole breaking; bamboo is very strong and can withstand the weight of most fish.

There are three kinds of ways to fish with a bamboo cane pole. The first is to use a cork placed no more than three feet above the hook. The cork floats on the surface of the water and acts as a bobber when a fish is on the hook. When the cork sinks down, it means there is something on your hook, and you should pull it up.

The second method of fishing with a bamboo cane pole is with a loose line. This is ideal for shallower water that is very still. No cork is used, so you will have to feel for any fish on your line.

Finally, tight-line fishing is intended for deeper water. Like loose-line fishing, tight-line fishing doesn’t rely on a cork, but it can be used in busy water as well as in silent and still water. Since the line is closer to the bottom of the water, it is an excellent method for catching catfish.

Bamboo fishing poles may seem old-fashioned, but they are still popular among fishing purists. The poles themselves are simpler and easy to use, and although the bamboo requires extra care, the poles themselves are perfect for those who don’t have a lot of money to spend on expensive fishing equipment.

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Winston Kenmore enjoys fishing, hiking, camping, hunting, surfing, playing competitive sports and keeping a healthy lifestyle in general. Readers who share a passion for fishing should visit the Nueltin Fly-in Lodges to further their interest.