Jun 30, 2013 Energy Talks
Everyone has seen the effects of large oil spills from tankers and what they do to our oceans and wildlife. This is definitely a problem but it does not tell the whole story of how oil pollutes our environment. Most people do not realize that motor oil from our cars, trucks, and any other vehicles is ruining our waterways. In this article I will expain how this takes place and some basic things the average person can do to help prevent the problem from getting worse.
Whenever it rains, all of the oil that leaks from our vehicles is washed a multitude of storm drains and eventually ends up in our lakes, streams and rivers. This does not mean that your vehicle has to have a major oil leak for it to contribute to this problem. All vehicles to some degree will lose some oil onto our roadways. In fact, used motor oil is our largest source of oil pollution and over 20 million gallons of oil end up in our waters every single year. Out of all of this oil, roughly only a little over 10% is from tanker spills or pipelines. The other 90% is oil from our vehicles, fuel dumping from airplanes, and oil from millions of recreational boaters.
This type of oil pollution from cars is much more widespread than people realize mainly because they do not dissolve in water like some other oils. A single pint of motor oil will spread into a slick larger than 100 yards in diameter. This oil does not just pollute our waterways but it also affects our drinking water and ultimately our health. Water treatment plants must spend millions of dollars to try to make this water safe for us to drink.
Not only is this dangerous for us but it kills an unbelievable amount of animals each year as birds, fish and other wildlike end up ingesting this oil. The main thing that we can do to help prevent this problem from getting worse is to clean up any oil spills that may happen no matter how small. This includes small oil spills in your driveway or when changing your oil. Always dispose of your used oil at a recycling facility as well. Finally, make sure that you get any oil leaks on your vehicle fixed as soon as possible. By taking these small steps you can feel good about doing your part to keep our planet clean.
Jun 25, 2013 Energy Talks
Oil spills at home can be classified into a seep or a leak. A slow seepage of oil that doesn’t produce a drip is called a seep. This kind of oil spill is usually not visible on the pavement as a spill.
On the other hand, when oil drips from vehicles, such as cars, trucks, and lawn mowers resulting in a puddle of oil, it is called a leak. A leak not only happens when the vehicle is parked, but also when it is on the move. It can be pretty dangerous as it not only damages the engine of the vehicle internally but is also harmful to the environment. So a leak needs to be looked into promptly.
Reasons for oil spills from vehicles are plenty. Some common causes include structural design problems, poor quality of products and accessories used, and wear-off of sealing materials due to long-term use. Another major cause of oil spills at home are domestic oil tanks. These oil spills result in the contamination of ground water and also pose serious health hazards.
So we should take steps not only to prevent an oil spill from occurring, but also be prepared to handle if an oil spill occurs. For driveway oil spills or any other oil spill at home, adopt environmentally-friendly oil spill cleanup techniques to avoid causing further harm to the environment.
When it comes to oil spill cleanup, granular absorbents such as kitty litter, solvents, and toxic cleaners are usually used in the United States. All these oil spill cleanup techniques are environmentally hazardous as they don’t biodegrade the oil. The only eco-friendly oil spill cleanup technique that completely biodegrades oil without causing any further harm is bioremediation. So make sure you use oil spill cleaners that utilize this green technology.
Jun 7, 2013 ELV Systems
Through the years, I’ve used the Crosspoint Industries’ Voice Alert Kit (CIVA6000S) in myriad applications with great success. From announcing guest arrivals to triggering lawn sprinklers to discourage niegborhood dogs from using my yard as a dog run, the CIVA6000S has served me well.
The built-in contact closure of the CIVA6000T PIR Sensor has allowed me to use external sensors (ie magnetic switches, driveway sensors, doorbell buttons, etc) to trigger voice announcements. However, connecting the external sensors to the CIVA6000T looks awkward and does degrade the transmitter’s all-weather construction. As a solution to this problem, Crosspoint Industries came up with the CITXPCBB Contact Closure transmitter. House in watertight NEMA box, the CITXPCBB has a transmission range of up to 1000′ line of sight or up to 300′ through walls. The NEMA box will handle all environments and includes mounting tabs to accommodate a variety of mounting options.
The CITXPCBB adds a new layer of functionality to the family of Voice Alert transmitters. You can get wireless notification from devices such as smoke alarms (make them talk!), CO (carbon monoxide) detectors, window/door/gate magnetic door contacts, doorbell buttons, water level sensors, flood sensors, pressure pads … to name a few. You’ll be instantly notified when an event occurs at the sensing device.
Using the line level audio and relay output from the CIVA6000S receiver, the Voice Alert system can trigger a voice announce through your NuVo EssentiaG , NuVo Grand Concerto or HAI HiFi whole house audio system. Basic announcements like “Guest at the door”, “Vehicle in the driveway”, “Pool Gate opened”, etc. can easily be broadcast throughout the house without the use of an automation controller.
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Jun 2, 2013 ELV Systems
The new MURS Alert offers the ability to monitor activity at remote locations – over several miles! Manufactured by Dakota Alert, the MURS Alert has many different applications; it can be used by security guards, small businesses and also by hunters monitoring game trails; any scenario that requires immediate notification when someone or something enters a monitored location.
Authorized by the FCC, MURS (Multi-Use Radio Service) is a license free service that allows the user to transmit voice and data. MURS also allows a maximum of 2 watts of output power. This means greater range than other license free radio services.
MURS Alert Transmitter: The MURS Alert transmitter utilizes passive infrared sensor technology that will send an alert signal to the MURS transceivers in order to notify you that someone has entered a monitored area. The transceivers can also be used for two way voice communications. The MURS Alert transmitter is capable of sending 4 different alert messages to the transceiver. The alert signals will be in spoken English and are easily selected at the transmitter so that separate zones can be monitored at the same time.
MURS Receivers: The MURS base station transceiver receives alert signals from the MURS Alert transmitter and also can be used for two way voice communications between other MURS transceivers. The base station has 5 channels and 38 sub channels to help you communicate with other users. It is powered by a plug-in transformer.
The MURS handheld receiver has 5 channels and 38 sub channels to help you communicate with other users. It is powered by a 6 rechargeable AA batteries (included) that will last for about 40 hours on a charge.
- MURS Alert Transmitter & Base Station Radio Kit
- MURS AlertTransmitter & Handheld Radio Kit
- MURS Alert Driveway Probe Sensor & Base Station Radio Kit
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