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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Heat Your Home With Beer Cans-An easy project for most guys!

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"When they took the 4th Amendment, I was quiet because I didn't deal drugs.
When they took the 6th Amendment, I was quiet because I am innocent.
When they took the 2nd Amendment, I was quiet because I don't own a gun.
Now they have taken the 1st Amendment, and I can only be quiet."

-- Lyle Myhr

Heat Your Home With 240 Recycled Aluminum Cans

Heat your home with recycled aluminum cans. It’s a simple idea, and one that many will look at and say, “Why didn’t I think of that?”

This 240 can unit reportedly heats up to 10,000 BTUs or more according to the company and is “Maintenance free”.

via: Youtube – “Jim Meaney, owner of Cansolair Inc. displays how he converts pop cans into a powerful solar heating panel.”

“…Cansolair Inc. has developed a forced convection solar heating unit called the Model RA 240 SOLAR MAX. A dwelling of 1000 square feet can have a complete air change in 1.5 hours. Working experience indicates that comfortable room temperature can be maintained in a 1000 square foot dwelling with 15 minutes of sunlight per hour…” via:


UPDATE: A single unit may not heat an average sized American home (1500-2500 square feet) by itself. It will however supplement the heating.

Specifically speaking, a unit this size is suited perfectly for a tiny house or cabin 1000sqft or less. There are also many variables that must be considered when determining heating efficiency of any building or home. Insulative factors of the home, proper sealing of all doors and windows, orientation of the home toward the south, vaulted ceilings, and total cubic feet of  space within the home minus any furniture, and of course, the amount of Sun that shines on the home.


Important Note: With the addition of a thermal storage system, (i.e. a hot water tank or tank filled with veggie oil) one could store heat for days, and use it during periods of darkness and on cloudy days.


Could you heat your home with just one unit? Sure. But it also depends on how big your home is.

Live small. Go tiny. Drink lots of beer!


16 Black Friday Myths Busted

The best advice I follow – Shop online, forget the annoying crowds and crazy drivers…

Black Friday can be overwhelming for the inexperienced shopper. To help you make the most from the sales, we've busted 16 myths and dispelled all the holiday hype.


For seasoned shoppers, Black Friday offers an endless array of best-of-year sales. However, not all the deals are good, and for the uninitiated, Black Friday can be overwhelming. Plus, with so many conflicting views on the holiday, it can be easy for a shopper to "do it wrong."

1. MYTH: Black Friday Sales Begin on Black Friday

There's no stopping the holiday creep and this year we expect the majority of Black Friday sales to commence on Thanksgiving Day, if not earlier. In fact, there's a good chance that you'll see more Editors' Choice deals on Thanksgiving Day than on Black Friday, and some of the best deals might even sell out before Friday. Moreover, this year there are only 26 days (three full weekends) between Black Friday and Christmas, so we expect to see retailers releasing Black Friday sales as early as two weeks before the namesake day. Other retailers may start teasing their sales come late October.  More at:



A few more useful tips to follow…





9 Ways to Cut Heating
and Cooling Costs in Your Home

The cost of heating and cooling your house can make up over half of your utility bill, but you can enjoy the comforts of a climate-controlled home with minimal impact to your pocketbook by purchasing an energy efficient system and maintaining it year after year. With the right combination of equipment, maintenance, thermostat usage and other upgrades, you can reduce your costs by 20% to 50%.


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