What to Consider When Installing a Solar System?

If you’re looking to switch to a renewable energy source like solar power, then there are a few things you should consider before setting up your own solar system. But setting up your own solar system can be a bit confusing if you’re unfamiliar with how they work. Some of the most important things you’ll have to determine are the wattage, the solar panel size, and the physical space required in order to get it going.

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The wattage is by far the most important factor to consider. Underestimating the number of watts you need to power everything you want can be disappointing. On the other hand, overestimating the number of watts you need can end up costing you more than necessary. Generally, a square meter panel generates about 150W of power. There are a couple of panel sizes that are considered standard: 80W, 120W, 160W, 200W, 275W, with the 325W solar panel size being most popular for residential purposes.

In order to determine how much watts you need from the solar system, you should make a list of all the devices you’ll want to be powered by it. After making the list, you need to find out each item’s required wattage, which is typically found on the sticker that most electrical devices have. Once you’ve determined the amount of wattage you’ll need, you can consider the solar panel sizes you want, and the number of panels you need. For instance, if you use the TV for about 7 hours a day, a 100W TV will consume about 700wh from your solar battery. It’s always a good idea to go slightly above the required amount just in case, so two 325W solar panel modules will be enough to power it.

However, you also need to take into account how much sunshine you get every day. So for instance, if you calculated that you need 5000W to power every electronic device per day, and you only get 5 hours of sun exposure, you’ll need 1kW (1000W) solar panels. And as aforementioned, panels come in various different shapes and sizes. A 275W panel will be approximately about 1.7m x 1m. So in the example above, for a 1kW system, you’ll need about 4 of these panels, which equates to an area of about 6.8m x 4m.

If you’re short on space, that doesn’t mean that you should completely give up on solar power. Instead, you’ll have to find a balance between power and space. Go back to the list of items you made for the devices that need to be powered, and try to cut it down. If you’re installing a solar system just so that you have backup power during power outages, then you don’t really need the list to be that long anyway. Stick to the essentials, and rework your calculations. Worth noting is that you can also find solar panels that provide more power and are smaller but do expect to pay more for them.

The Coolest Massage Chair Features – Choose the Right Kind for You

With the fast-paced lifestyle that we most of us lead today, finding time for some relaxation is becoming harder and harder. And I can’t think of a better and faster way to take the edge off than a massage. If finding the time to go to a spa center to get your dose of relaxation is your problem – how about this solution? Buy a massage chair. This way you will have no more excuses – you can get your massage literally whenever you please, regardless of the time of the day.

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DC to DC Converters: What They are and What They are Used For

Every one of us uses a large number of different devices around the house that make our everyday lives a little bit easier. This list of items can include everything from something as standard as a refrigerator to something a bit more complex like a nuclear-powered-environmentally-friendly-hand-held potato peeler. There are however many other electronic items that serve quite a vital purpose, but not a lot of people know what they actually do, and a lot of them can be found in the line of Victron energy products.

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The Absolute Truth About Adjusting to Life in a Wheelchair

The simple truth is, only those who have spent some time in a wheelchair know how it can affect every aspect of life. Individuals who have been forced to use one, whether temporarily or for good, all say the same thing: “I never realised how hard it is”. Accepting the fact that you need to use a mobility aid is probably the biggest obstacle to overcome. Aside from having to cope with the physical changes of your condition, you will also have to make a psychological shift that can be just as hard, if not harder. Continue reading

Tips on Choosing Clothes for Your Little Bundle of Joy

Three and a half years ago I took on the role that changed my life – I become a mother for the first time. My little girl became my entire world and her needs and well-being was all I cared about. I was preoccupied with her sleeping and eating schedule, bathing her, whether the room temperature was right, and her tiny little clothes. And as much as I may have been exhausted (and I truly was) I was the happiest person on this planet. Continue reading

4 Reasons to Outsource Managed IT Services

Managed IT services have been around for years, yet many businesses still rely on in-house IT teams alone to manage their technology. Lately, this trend has been slowly fading and more and more businesses have started moving towards outsourcing their IT managed services. Some of these services include backup and recovery, email hosting, monitoring networks, data storage and CRM as well as maintaining HIPAA compliance. If you are wondering why is this so, here are just some of the benefits that come from outsourcing your IT services. Continue reading

What Makes Roof Tents a Rising Trend Among Campers

If you’re looking to explore the Australian outback with your 4×4, the first thing you need to get is a tent so that you have a roof above your head. While you can always sleep in your 4×4, the thing is, it’s really uncomfortable and chances are it will break your entire experience. There are many different types of tents available nowadays, but the one that has changed the way I camp is the roof top tent. This is a relatively new type, and even though it may seem counter-intuitive, there are many benefits to using it. Continue reading

Discover the Potential of an Apron

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Years ago, when someone mentioned aprons two things instantly came to my mind – the character of Bree Van de Kamp from Desperate Housewives and my grandma. And since I was prepared to be neither a housewife nor an old lady just yet, I avoided putting on an apron for years. Years of ruining my favourite shirts with spaghetti sauce, that is. Until it dawned on me that the purpose of an apron is not to make you feel and look old but to protect you from sauce bombs and oil spills. Once I put an apron on and started sparing my shirts, I became a firm believer in their huge potential.
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Transform Your Small Patio into a Beautiful and Functional Space

If you are of the opinion that you must have a large deck or patio in order to be able to enjoy a comfortable and stylish outdoor area, get ready to change your mind. With the right arrangement and choice of furniture pieces even small outdoor areas, such can become the perfect outdoor oasis, great for both relaxation and entertaining. Here are some ideas to get you on the right track to creating an inviting outdoor area.

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How to Promote Proper Hand Washing in a Commercial Kitchen

When it comes to keeping a commercial kitchen sanitary, it’s highly important for your staff members to maintain proper hygiene. After all, dirty hands are the most common cause for the spreading of infections and diseases. Therefore, it’s imperative that all food-handling workers follow standard sanitation and hygiene practices. And you, as a commercial food business owner, should try to do everything in your power to make hand washing a habit rather than an annoyance.

If you want to make sure that your employees wash their hands as often as necessary, one way to do so is to install special sinks for hand washing. What this means is that there should be at least one hand washing sink inside the food prep area, conveniently located and accessible for all employees to use. Preferably, the sink should include several taps that allow multiple employees to use it at the same time. It’s important to stress out that hand washing should only be performed in the designated sink, and not in warewashing sinks, food prep sinks, or mop sinks.

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Kink Bikes: All the Perks of Professional Gear at a Fraction of the Price

Think back to that cool kid in your neighbourhood that could do all of those amazing tricks on his bike. The one that could go from one street corner to the other while doing a wheelie and didn’t even bother to put his hands on the handlebars while going down the hill (wearing a helmet of course). I don’t know about you, but that kid in my neighbourhood had a BMX bike, and I remember because that’s what made me want to get one as well. If you were also inspired by someone, regardless if that was a friend or an actual professional, then I’m sure that you also wanted to get your own BMX and learn a few tricks as well. The good news is that pretty much anyone can do that, but you do need the right bike to get you started.

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What to Look for in an Amateur Telescope?

One of the most fascinating hobbies that not many people participate in, is amateur astronomy. When people think of astronomy, they think about large observatories, but little do they know that you can watch the stars from the comfort of your own attic, or patio. Contrary to popular belief, telescopes aren’t all that expensive (at least the ones meant for beginners and amateur astronomers), and almost anyone can afford them.

However, it’s true that there are thousands of different models and picking the right telescope may be difficult for someone who doesn’t know what to look for. There are three basic types of telescopes – refracting, reflecting and catadioptric.

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What to Look For When Buying Car Mats?

Your vehicle’s floor is constantly exposed to dirt, dust, mud, and everything else that comes in contact with your shoes while you’re outside. The floorboard can easily get damaged and stained from rocks, debris, spilled food and drinks and everything that might happen while on your ordinary commute. That being said, it’s important to properly protect it and save yourself the hassle and money you’d spend cleaning it up.

The best form of floorboard protection comes in the form of car mats. These accessories are incredibly useful, yet quite affordable so that you can change them whenever you may need to. Taken from the aspect of ease of use and practicality, among the most popular types of car mats are rubber mats.
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What Circumstance is Which Trolley Best Suited to

It doesn’t matter what type of profession you’re in, a big part of any job is doing the tasks assigned to you properly and carrying your own weight, however when it comes to warehouse workers, this weight becomes less metaphorical and more back-breaking. Naturally, since no business has the sort of money to afford medical insurance good enough for their workers to routinely carry large items by hand, warehouse workers always use a trolley to get the job done instead. Seeing as how there are many different types of products these warehouses can store, it stands to reason that not all of them can be transported in the same way. This reason is exactly why there are multiple types of trolleys that need to be available in any warehouse. But what are some of the most important ones?

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Wedding Centerpieces – It’s the Little Things That Matter

I am positive that anyone who has ever gone through all the planning phases of a wedding will agree with me that although it is an extremely joyous occasion, there is a fair amount of stress involved in it as well. Sure, nothing comes primary to the location of the reception, the band/DJ and the list of guests, but the one thing you should not disregard if you want to have the perfect wedding reception, are the details. It’s the small touches what gives the entire event its soul and warmth. We talked to the best wedding planners in Australia to get the inside scoop on what are the most important considerations regarding centerpieces. Let’s talk details. Continue reading

Cutting and Bulking Made Easy – the Great Convenience of Online Meal Plans

You’ve probably heard about bulking and cutting, and how it leads to quicker, better progress in the long term than making gradual changes or staying the same weight. But is that truly the best strategy for you? And should you constantly be bulking or cutting? Before we get into it, it’s important to note that there are no accepted definitions of cutting and bulking.

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What to Look For When Buying a Cold Room

Any business owner whose business relies on storing large amounts of frozen or chilled produce knows that using a cold room is oftentimes the better solution than using multiple smaller cabinets. Smaller restaurants and caterers can operate efficiently, but as they grow and the amount of chilled products they use expands, it makes more sense to invest in a cold room Australia restaurant owners suggest, simply because they provide more value in the long run.

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What You Need to Know Before Getting into 3D Printing

It seems like everyone is talking about 3D printing these days, and for a good reason – this technology continues changing the world. While in the past only businesses with large budgets could afford 3D printing, today 3D printing is widely available to home users as well. With the affordable, easy-to-operate, consumer-grade 3D printer models on the market today, everyone can create cool and useful objects in their own homes. If you’re intrigued by the great potential offered by this innovative technology and plan to get a printer 3D unit for yourself, here’s what you should know. Continue reading