The Right Way To Insulate: With The OPTIMA System – Part One

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Visit for all your insulation information. Part 1 of an instructional video which shows how to Install Certain Teed OPTIMA fiberglass blowing insulation. Called the blow in blanket system (BIBS) it goes over the proper use of Optima fiberglass blowing insulation which is then blown behind Optima fabric.

How Our USB Portable Solar Panel System Works – Off-Grid Living

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Solar Panel Review. In this video we’re reviewing our 14 Watt E-Flex Portable Solar Panel and the Drifter Power Bank we use with it. We’ve been looking for a portable solar setup for the times when we’re not in our camper van, so we reached out to Renogy and asked if they could send us these 2 items to try, and to review. We had previously bought a 300 Watt solar system from Renogy in 2014 that we’re really happy with so that’s why we decided to try another product from them. We received both items in this video for free but we’re not being paid for our review and will be sharing our honest thoughts & opinions in this video.

The solar panel weighs 1.8 lbs and folds up into a portable bundle. The hard plastic panels are sewn onto a waterproof PVC material that has loops on all sides to hang it in different positions. There’s a voltage controller on one end with 2 USB ports, as well as a small pouch to hold USB cables.

The panel can charge 2 small devices at a time – things like smartphones, tablets, camera batteries, USB flashlights, etc. – pretty much any 5 volt device that can be charged with a USB cable. The panel is not powerful enough to charge a laptop though.

The E-Flex portable panel can also charge the Drifter battery pack (power bank), which can then be used to charge devices at night or later on.

We tested the panel outdoors in full sun, outdoors on a cloudy day, and indoors on a sunny day and the panel worked in all 3 situations, although it definitely produced less energy on the cloudy day.

Overall we’re very happy with the portable solar panel and with the battery pack, and we’re planning to take it with us on all of our upcoming trips. We’re also using it indoors while house sitting and visiting friends and family.

For more information about these products, you can visit the Renogy website here:

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Wiring Your Solar Power System

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This video will show you how to calculate the NEC compliant wire sizes for a photovoltaic (solar electric) system. We will include many of the de-rating calculations for temperature, conduit fill, distance off the roof, and others. These calculations are for both off-grid and grid tie solar system.

home ventilation system, Positive pressure ventilation, Auckland NZ

Views:5054|Rating:3.57|View Time:43Minutes|Likes:5|Dislikes:2 Home ventilation systems by SAYR New Zealand, based in Auckland. Positively ventilate your home to make it drier and healthier for your family along with being more ecologically correct and more efficient. Use free Solar energy from Mother Nature to keep your home fresh and healthy, use a SAYR home ventilation system. Sales outlets in both Auckland and Christchurch in New Zealand.

Positive Pressure ventilation systems are used in many countries around the world to reduce condensation and mould (mold) levels which in turn reduces many symptoms for people who suffer from allergies and asthma related conditions.

A home that is either damp or humid is both harder and more expensive to heat and cool, as you are heating or cooling both the air and the moisture in the air. When a room is damp and then heated you are likely to be making that room more humid therefore producing ideal conditions for mold (mould) to grow along with ideal conditions for dust mites to breed and some viruses and possibly bacteria to multiply.

For many years we have ‘ventilated’ our house’s by opening and closing windows as need be. We have found that when we really need to ‘ventilate’ it is either too cold and damp or too hot and humid outside to be of any real benefit as controlling the best air flow for the home has been difficult. This is more of a problem these days most household members are at school or out working for most of the day and for security reasons we do not want to leave our windows open.

A well controlled home ventilation system helps to continually condition our homes while we are both at home and at work, the ventilation system does this by bringing in air that is not only often drier and warmer but also fresher than the air that is inside our home. As we live in our homes (which are far more sealed than they used to be) we manufacture stale air, carbon dioxide, produse moisture (in many ways) and then wonder why our homes become sticky, clamby, uncomfortable more expensive to heat and cool, then our families sucome to sniffles, the flu that seems to keep recuring and we spend more time off work.

We then install dehumidifiers and heat pumps to keep dry and warm but in most cases these do not introduce fresh air into our homes and in some cases can actually make things worse depending on how they are used. We as humans need fresh and reasonably dry air (around 50% R/H would be ideal) to be healthy and stop our homes from being damaged and cost us more money to maintain.

Installing a suitable SAYR home ventilation system will reduce or even totally remove many of these problems that we are seing today in many homes around the Globe, have a look at the website

Step by Step Procedure for Troubleshooting a Blower Motor from a Furnace and AC System!

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Diagnosing a 120v furnace blower motor using a multi-meter, checking resistance values, and showing speed tap colors. You can verify what speed a color wire is using resistance shown on your multi-meter.
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NetZero Home – Week 4 Time Lapse – Floor System

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NetZero continues the construction process on our St. Louis Park Place development which is part of the North-side Regeneration Project. This time lapse is from February 11-17th. We install the floor trusses, lay the sub-floor, and begin back filling.

For more information on how to buy a NetZero home or to join our NetZero Partner Network for builders, please visit our website or Facebook Page.

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A net zero house is one that can power itself with renewable energy. These homes are not a new idea, but are absolutely an under-served market. Energy-conscious home buyers and environmentally friendly home builders have been working together for a long time to achieve zero energy homes. There has been some success recently with the introduction of higher efficiency solar panels and battery back up systems that are able to store enough energy to power a home for ~48hrs. While there have been successes in building a single home for people of higher means, the industry as a whole has not embraced this kind of value building for all markets.
This is where NetZero LLC has an opportunity to help create change. A change we feel is overdue and one that benefits everyone involved. We have established an inclusive business model that takes the best building materials and techniques and combines them with an efficient management process. The result is a home that costs about the same as a “legacy” built house but offers unmatched quality and considerably more value to the home buyer.
The value these homes offer is built from the ground up, literally. We start by using a pre-fabricated, high-density concrete wall system that offers a R-Value 4x higher than that of a traditional concrete basement that has to be poured and formed. From there we frame the homes with the most efficient and customizable structural insulated panels (SIP’s) on the market. These walls offer twice the insulation and create an airtight envelope that cuts the amount of energy required to heat and cool a home by 50-70%. Energy Star rated appliances and LED lighting along with high efficiency HVAC and water heaters further reduces the energy consumption of the home. When we combine all of these energy saving components with a rooftop solar array and a battery backup system, we achieve a zero energy NetZero home.
At NetZero, we intend to disrupt the building industry. We also intend on including as many businesses in the industry as possible on our journey to creating a product for the consumer that is vastly more valuable and whose quality is second to none. We do not want to put companies out of business or take jobs from those who are currently a part of the “legacy” building model. We want to lead the way on doing this better and more efficiently. Everyone deserves a NetZero home.

DIY Solar Panel Ground Mounting System Part 3

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We’re making great progress on the solar panel mounting system. In this episode we build the frames, get them set up on the posts, and get them ready for mounting. We’re getting that much closer to energy independence. Thanks for watching.

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