Solar power

Are you ready to finally set yourself free from the grid? Solar power energy can handle most, if not all, of the same electric wattage tasks that regular electric energy does. When you’re ready to take a shower or a soothing bath and want warm water to relax in, the power of solar energy is the source that can make sure your hot water tank is ready to give you the temperature you want with your water.

Are you sick and tired of dreading every single winter season because you know the heating bills are going to be astronomical? They don’t have to be if you’ll tap into the abundance of electricity available through solar panels.

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Photo credit: spanginator / Foter / CC BY-SA


Even if you don’t want to go completely solar, you can have a huge reduction in expenses and watch your savings grow to the point that you’ll have extra money to do some of the fun extras that families enjoy.

Take a vacation, buy the boat you’ve always wanted – by saving on energy costs, you free up a lot more of your money. You can set your home up yourself to start saving or you can hire an expert to get the job done for you. And even with the labor cost of installing the panels, this will still be a project (unlike some home projects) that will pay for itself.

By having and using solar energy, you won’t have to worry about being left in the dark again. If you live in a state that often has power blackouts, you can still be up and running.

You’ll be able to have lights (a dark home can cause safety issues for families) and you’ll be able to keep your food from spoiling. Generators use gas (which depletes the earth’s natural resources) and they’re loud – but not only that, they aren’t always ready to work the moment you need them to. You want usable power that’s ready when you need it to be – power you can depend on.

When you buy your solar panels, you can spend a little or you can spend a lot. The type of panel you buy will determine how much energy you can harvest from the sun. You’ll see labels like amorphous, monocrystalline and polycrystalline used in conjunction with solar panels. These are referring to the different kinds of silicone within the panel and the type you get does matter as far as energy production is concerned.

Solar panel energy comes from high efficiency panels and can be purchased in single or multiple panels. You’ll need a charger for the panels and you can either buy those separately or in a kit.

The energy can be stored and ready to provide power when you need it.

A Guide to Going Off the Grid
When things run smoothly, we enjoy a comfortable and convenient life. But if something happens to disrupt that grid, then what we depended on will come crashing down. When you depend on anything else but your own resources, you can’t count on it always being there for you. That’s why you always need to find a way to live off the grid.
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If you remember what happened with the financial crisis in Greece, then you know that economic collapse isn’t just a threat – it’s already begun. You wouldn’t necessarily believe that from reading the news.

But the mainstream news is not sharing with you the top secret insider information that the government knows. The truth is that trouble is already knocking on your door. Take a look around at what’s going on in the world.

Economic CollapseDebts in countries all over the world has skyrocketed. Not one single country is fiscally solvent and yet all of these countries keep going further into debt like there will never be any consequences. Most recently we saw the debt default in Puerto Rico.

But there will be a reckoning when economic collapse happens and when it does, it’s not going to be pretty. Once the economy goes belly up, you’re going to see lives thrown off balance and the upheaval is going to become a fight for survival and not everyone will survive because they’re not prepared.

When the economy fails, people are going to panic. Their normal life is going to suddenly, and without ample warning, become disrupted. When the collapse happens, people by the millions are going to rush to their banks in a desperate attempt to take out their money.

banking crisisBut the government, also desperate to keep the collapse from spreading, will limit or shut down completely the ability of people to withdraw their own money. Without being able to get their hands on money, people will grow even more panicked.

Crimes will rise as people steal, fight and even kill for a way to survive. Riots will become more common than not. Looting will take place in every single city and town. Property and people alike will be destroyed.

As society crumbles into a financial dystopian free-for-all landscape, in an effort to regain control, the government will start calling in the troops. Martial law will go into effect.

Your freedom to move about freely will be limited. You won’t be allowed to go where you want to go when you want to go there. You’ll have to be home by a certain time and your rights will no longer matter.

Under martial law, regular laws are suspended. You will do as the government says. That’s why you need to protect yourself from economic collapse right now. Make sure that all of your money isn’t tied up in the bank.

Have some cash that you can get to so that you can buy what you haven’t already set aside. And, in case the dollar becomes completely devalued, you should have some precious metals like silver or gold to use for barter. Keep your bug out bag ready to roll so that you can get out of an area the minute the trouble starts.

Have a place to go if needed that contains all of the survival supplies you need to hunker in place for awhile if you have to. That means you need to have your food, medicine and a way to communicate with others.

The power grid could eventually go down in an economic collapse and you don’t want to be without a way to communicate. Make sure you have a renewable water supply near. Have ways to defend yourself and your family from those who could take your supplies or your life.

SHTFIt’s not easy looking at how unprepared we really are for SHTF situations, but you have to face reality because it could happen to you. When you look at your reality and realize how unprepared you are, this can be the jolt that you need to get prepared.

The eBook, Are You Prepared for SHTF Situations? can guide you on what you need and what you should do, but you have to take action and put the steps into practice so that you won’t be caught unprepared.
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The government has a National Preparedness Month in which it strongly recommends that people be ready to face any potential crisis. They urge people to be prepared in the event of any weather related disasters or terror strikes.

Yet, half of all Americans don’t have a plan on how to react to a widespread emergency – much less have any supplies available to take care of their own needs.

How fast your family is able to recover will depend solely on how well you’ve planned for a potential disaster. Having a plan could mean the difference between having to fight to survive and being able to survive without the gut-wrenching anxiety that will come if you don’t have anything set aside to meet your needs.

You need to be prepared and always remember that when there’s a widespread crisis, it can take several months for the government to restore life as usual. By preparing now with a Long Term Pantry Supply of Freeze Dried Survival Food for Emergency Preparedness, you can make sure that you and your family are able to have food.

Having a food storage plan will enable you to make it through a short term or a long term crisis. With the long shelf life of the freeze dried food items, you’ll always be able to have something to eat on hand.

Some people think that freeze dried foods mean that you’ll have to give up on taste – but that’s not the case with this choice. The quality of the food always depends on the type of ingredients that go into it.

This supply relies on strong flavors, top notch ingredients and long term reliability to keep the food tasting great every time. Not only that, but the food items aren’t packed full of things like MSG or GMOs which aren’t good for your body.

You’ll get an array of healthy meals and with this supply that will help you survive a crisis. You’ll get a huge supply of things like chilies and soups and even sweet treats like great tasting muffins.

Each of the food items in the box is carefully packed in Mylar bags. These are bags made to keep out the oxygen that can spoil food so that the food retains its quality.

Make the move today to ensure that you and your family will have the food that you need to make it through any short or long term crisis with peace of mind.

An independent lab has found that Kashi’s ‘healthy’ GoLean Original breakfast cereal (owned by Kellogg’s) is loaded with the herbicide chemical glyphosate. What’s more, it actually contains 6x the amount of glyphosate previously found in Kellogg’s’ Froot Loops cereal.

Kashi GoLean

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The Kashi brand has been in trouble before. The company has faced multiple class action lawsuits when consumers accused Kellogg’s of misleading them with “natural” labels despite their cereals containing things like pyridoxine hydrochloride, calcium pantothenate, and hexane-processed soy oil.

Now, GMOFreeUSA.org is reporting that a box of Kashi Go Lean Original Cereal, which was not verified by the GMO Free Project, was sent to a lab to be tested for probably-carcinogenic glyphosate – the main ingredient in Monsanto’s best-selling Round Up.

The results were quite shocking:

“A glyphosate residue test was conducted by an accredited lab using the Specific LC/MS/MS testing method with a minimum detectable level of 0.02 ppm. The test documented the presence of glyphosate in the box of Kashi GoLean Original which was not verified by the Non-GMO Project, at a level of 0.68 ppm, or 0.68 mg/kg. This level is nearly 6 times higher than the levels detected in the independent testing we commissioned on Froot Loops.

The test also documented the presence of AMPA (aminomethylphosphonic acid), a metabolite of glyphosate, at an even higher level of 0.81ppm or 0.81mg/kg. This is the first time the lab has documented the presence of AMPA in the products we’ve had tested. The test results give significant reason for concern. There is a growing body of scientific evidence (4) that links glyphosate to health and environmental harm.”

PLEASE NOTE: The box of Kashi GoLean Original we tested was NOT verified by the Non-GMO Project. While this product has been subsequently verified by the Non-GMO Project, there are still boxes which have not been verified on store shelves. In addition, we release the results of these tests because there are still other unverified products in the Kashi line that likely contain similar ingredients.

While some might think of Kashi as a healthful choice, it looks like it’s time to ban yet another product made by Big Food. Kellogg’s track record isn’t looking so good.

The following is their public stance on GMOs, reprinted from a PDF the company has published:

“Kellogg Company GMO Position Statement

We understand consumers have questions and strong preferences about the foods they eat. Many influential regulatory agencies and organizations worldwide that study the safety of the food supply have confirmed that genetically modified (GM) ingredients are safe.

This approach adds desirable traits from nature, without introducing anything unnatural or using chemicals, so that food is more plentiful. GM ingredients have been around for the past 20 years, are represented in the vast majority of the foods on grocery shelves in the U.S. and many other countries, and help keep food costs down.

They also help feed the hungry and malnourished in developing nations. In some markets around the world, we do not use GM ingredients based on input from our consumers and local availability. For U.S. consumers who prefer an alternative, our Kashi brand offers a variety of Non-GMO Project Verified options.

Kellogg also supports proposed U.S. legislation to establish a federal standard for companies that want to voluntarily label their foods for the absence or presence of GMO food ingredients. We continue to actively monitor the science, regulations and our consumers’ preferences on this topic.

For more information on GM ingredients, visit http://factsaboutgmos.org/. For information about the proposed U.S. legislation, visit www.CFSAF.org.”

Article written by Christina Sarich
This article originally appeared at Natural Society.

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With the way that energy costs are soaring nationwide, more people want to find a cheaper source of energy. You may be wondering, “What is a solar panel and how it can help me cut electricity costs for my home?”

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Photo credit: spanginator / Foter / CC BY-SA

These panels are made from a type of silicon – and photovoltaic cells within the panel are what work to create the energy consumers can use. The cells in the panels are how the sunlight is collected and converted. Solar power occurs either through using the photovoltaic method or through a solar thermal set up.

You might think that you’ve never seen solar power in effect, but you may have and not realized it. Solar energy has been used in various devices for years. One such device is a solar calculator.

Solar calculators are able to run based solely on the power they get from the sun. The best part about solar energy is that it’s energy that’s easily replenished and because it’s a natural resource. By using solar power, you’re saving financially and helping the environment.

It used to be that only businesses or the very wealthy used this type of energy because only they could afford it, but you don’t have to be a Bill Gates to have a home powered in part or fully by solar panels.

It’s become a very cost-effective way to produce the electricity that you need. You can actually apply the benefits of solar power to your home and produce enough energy to say goodbye permanently to those staggering electric bills.

You can order solar kits yourself online and set them up to start producing the needed watts for your home today. You’ll want to get enough solar panels to take care of the electrical demands needed for your home, so the amount that you purchase will be determined by the amount of wattage you use. You can figure that out by looking at your current electric bill, but make sure that you also check your seasonal electricity uses, since it’s always more in winter and summer.

The panels that you buy can be used for recreational vehicles (like RVs), too. The sturdy panels can withstand some pretty strong weather – including hailstones. You can also use solar panels as an emergency supply of energy if you’re on the fence about whether or not you want to redo your entire home with solar energy.

When you do decide to purchase these panels, you can find them separately or with a kit that includes everything you need for charging. A solar panel can save you money, provide your home (or vacation home) with energy and help lessen your demand on fossil fuels. That’s innovative savings!

A Guide to Going Off the Grid
When things run smoothly, we enjoy a comfortable and convenient life. But if something happens to disrupt that grid, then what we depended on will come crashing down. When you depend on anything else but your own resources, you can’t count on it always being there for you. That’s why you always need to find a way to live off the grid.
Download the ebook,
A Guide to Going Off the Grid“.

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When you have the knowledge that you need, you can weather short-term and long-term disasters. But without knowing how to survive, you lessen your odds of making it through.

Survival guides share the knowledge that can help you to survive no matter what your location is – and knowing and preparing for the different ways to survive in any territory will provide you the skills you need.

survivalSurviving an emergency situation isn’t the same in a desert as it is in an urban setting. There’s also a big difference between surviving in the woods versus surviving a catastrophic weather event.

But wherever you happen to be, always remember the first rule. Don’t panic. Panic can lead you to make foolish decisions that will hamper your chances of making it through. Regardless of your situation, food, water and shelter should be your focus.

With a survival guide for any situation, you’ll learn that whenever you’re traveling through a desert area, always have emergency supplies. No one ever expects a vehicle to break down or to get lost in the desert, but it happens.

You should have a hat to cover your head, water, a mirror, and matches on hand. Matches are necessary because the temperatures in the desert drop at night. Not only that, but you can use matches to burn tires or other items to signal for help.

You should have a flashlight, a first aid kit and a blanket with you. Remember too, not to wander away from your vehicle – it’ll be harder for search teams to find you. But don’t sit in your vehicle because the temperatures inside can get too hot.

Urban survival is different in that people aren’t conditioned for the break down of societal rules following a disaster. Urban survival can quickly break down to simply food, shelter and staying alive.

Survival guides that discuss urban survival always mention food storage, a means to cook the food, a water filter or purification tablets and facial masks to protect against contaminants.

Wilderness survival is different from desert and urban survival in that the location can offer special challenges depending on the area. You’ll need a waterproof backpack packed with the following items: first aid kit, food bars, matches, a compass, a knife, string, water purification tablets and a parachute cloth or one man tent. You can use the string to tie to trees, drape the parachute cloth over it and create instant shelter.

Disaster survival guides will cover how to survive in any area for specific length of times (short-term and long-term). You’ll learn the supplies that you’ll need to have on hand and the guides can give you the self-confidence to survive any situation.

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There are two main types of vitamins, water soluble vitamins and fat soluble vitamins, and the way that the body does or does not store vitamin content taken from food depends on which type it is. The body cannot store water soluble vitamins and this means that a person needs to replenish their water soluble vitamin intake on a daily basis. The eight B vitamins and vitamin C are water soluble vitamins and the body cannot store vitamin content that is either of these.

It is not simply that the body cannot store vitamins that are water soluble but also the water soluble vitamins are easily destroyed by improper storage, handling, or cooking of foods that contain these vitamins. In particular, it is important not to overcook vegetables by boiling as the water soluble vitamins are in effect washed out of them but this lack of being able to store vitamins that are water soluble can be overcome by light cooking or steaming and by using the water that vegetable have been cooked in to form sauces and gravies. As the body cannot store vitamin C or the other water soluble vitamins it is essential to eat a balanced diet with at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables to ensure that enough vitamins are available for the body to use when necessary and a person does not suffer from a vitamin deficiency due to the body’s inability to store vitamin content.

On the other hand, the body can store vitamin content that is fat soluble. The body will store vitamin content in the fat cells so that it can be used when required and a person does not need to consume as many of these fat soluble vitamins on as frequent a basis as they do with water soluble vitamins. The fat cells store vitamin A, D, E, and K as these are all fat soluble vitamins.

It is also important to store vitamin supplements correctly to ensure that the beneficial qualities of these are not diminished. The best way to store vitamin supplements is in a container with a screw top lid and to keep the container in a dry place. When you store vitamin supplements it is also essential to check that they have not been kept longer than the expiration date. The vitamin content of supplements cannot be guaranteed if you store vitamin tablets past their use by date.

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You’re going to need a way to have some electricity when there’s no way for you get any. Besides having solar panels in place, you should also have a generator. Not only are these good to have for when a pandemic hits, but they also come in handy during any time the power goes out.

The size of the generator you purchase is going to depend on a few different factors. When you need power, you have to figure out what you need the power for – because different appliances use different amounts of wattage.

You can find these listed in the appliance owner’s manual or through an online search, but you need to know because it determines the type of generator that you need.

You don’t want to figure in useless appliances that will waste your fuel. It’s better to hand wash the dishes than to burn up fuel by using the dishwasher. You figure out the size that you need by listing the items that you’re going to have to use electricity for.

For example, most people want a generator that can power a refrigerator and a freezer that’s stocked full of food for the months ahead so that they don’t lose that storage.

You figure what you need by looking up how much wattage it takes to run each of the items you want to run. You add those to give you the total wattage amount. You want to buy a generator with the wattage power that can handle all of this.

So you would look for one with the wattage capacity that was more than you need to run your biggest wattage appliance. It takes about 700 watts to run a refrigerator.

That doesn’t seem like a lot, but when you add a furnace and electronics, the wattage use creeps up. These items also draw wattage upon starting, so you have to figure that in, too. It takes more wattage to start most items than to keep them running.

You want to choose a generator that’s closely matched to the wattage use that you need. If you only need 3,000 watts, don’t choose a generator that can power more than twice that because you’re just burning up the gas that it takes to run the generator.

Most homes can be run on 5,000 watts. But those are running watts, so you have to take into consideration what it takes to start up. A generator of about 7,500 watts could easily run a home.

Because the generator will need gas, you’ll need to store that safely to prevent any problems with it. Keep your supply locked away and hidden. Store gasoline in gas approved containers – but since you want to have this in bulk, you can find the larger containers that will hold more.

Some people suggest using steel drums and you can buy these online. Whatever amount of gas you store, it will only keep for about a year before it starts to break down. However, there are additives like PRI that you can buy that can restore the gas.

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Many of the health benefits derived from a vegetarian diet have to do with creating a healthy environment in the bowels and stomach. Our digestive systems, from prehistory on, were designed to metabolize vegetable matter, more than animal products. Fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts provide the kind of dietary fiber our digestive systems need to function properly. The Western diet that’s high in processed and refined flour and sugar, and in animal products that are laden with hormones and antibiotics, are actually anathema to our insides.

salad2When the digestive system doesn’t function and work as it’s intended to, that leads to opportunistic diseases or changes in the DNA of cells in the stomach and colon. And there are more practical considerations as well. When we don’t get enough of the fiber we need, we incur a host of digestion and elimination problems, such as constipation and hemorrhoids that are a result of straining. These diseases and syndromes are much less evident in a vegetarian population than in a meat-eating population.

Other diseases of the bowel that occur less frequently in a vegetarian population include irritable bowel syndrome, and chronic ulcerative colitis, mostly likely due to the increased fiber content in a vegetarian diet. And of course a diet that’s higher in dietary fiber that comes from a vegetarian diet will decrease the likelihood or risk of colon cancer.

When you consider the risks that come with a diet that includes meat and animal products, and the benefits that come from a vegetarian diet, does the prospect of a steak or burger or bacon really sound that good to you? Doesn’t it at least make sense to reverse the portion sizes and proportions of meats to vegetables and side dishes? In other words, if you must continue to eat meat, then make meat your side dish, or just incidental to your meal, such as in a stir fry. Increasing the proportion of fruits and vegetables in your diet can only be good for you.

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If you ask people if they would like to survive in a disaster situation, every one of them would tell you yes, obviously. But if you ask them how many of them are actually prepared, you’d see maybe only a third of them (and that’s being generous) would say they were.

While everyone wants to survive, not everyone will actually work a plan to make sure that happens. There are always a variety of reasons that people give for not preparing.

canningTopping the list is always the excuse that putting a survival plan in action costs too much money. So they don’t prepare. They believe that the government will step in and help them.

What they fail to realize is that the government isn’t in the position to help people in the event that a disaster is catastrophic. Sure, the government can step in and help if an area or two is hard hit – but we saw how well that went in Katrina and other disasters.

But imagine a disaster of such proportions that it astounds the entire world. If something like an Ebola crisis began to hit hundreds of thousands of people in every city and in every state.

The government wouldn’t be able to keep up. If you weren’t infected and had to stay quarantined in place, you would become one of millions. How well do you think your needs would be met?

You can’t afford to rely on anyone else and you can’t afford not to prepare. The problem that most people have when they use the excuse that they can’t afford to gear up for survival is that their outlook is far too broad.

They’re looking at a list of supplies as a whole rather than breaking them down and concentrating on building up in small increments. You can set aside the supplies you need for survival even if you don’t have all of the money you need at once because you can do it on a budget.

Even if you live paycheck to paycheck, you can afford to prepare. What you have to do is buy just a few survival supplies each month. As each month passes, your store of supplies will grow.

Concentrate on reaching small goals first. For example, you can prepare for a 72-hour emergency first. So what you do is focus your money on buying just what you need for each member of your family to live for three days.

Once you have those supplies, then you gradually increase what you have – such as preparing for enough food for a week – and you slowly increase those supplies to make sure you have enough for two weeks, and so on.

You can find ways to add money to your budget by cutting out things that you don’t absolutely have to have right now just until you get your supplies built up. Budget for everything and don’t waste money.

Use coupons – especially the buy one get one free coupons. Always shop for sales for your food and supplies. Sell some of the items that you have around your home that you don’t need or no longer use and then put that extra money toward building up your supplies.

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