Fri

19

Dec

2014

How to Choose Mirrors for Your Dresser

Framed mirrors are an exciting accessory for your bedroom and most designers will recommend that you use them to liven it up by installing them in various styles above your bed. Then again, if you are using your bedroom as a dressing room also, you will want mirrors that can help you get ready. You could install a full-length mirror behind the door of your bedroom and a smaller one for the dresser top for doing your hair and make-up. Choosing the right framed mirror for your dresser will add appeal to your bedroom but you will want it to be Utile also. Here are a few secret mirror installing tips you can keep in mind while selecting the right mirror for your dresser.

 

Dresser Mirror Sizes

Use a measuring tape to assess the length of your dresser. The framed mirror you buy should be shorter in length and not overhanging the edges of the dresser. You might also want to measure the height of the ceiling above your dresser and work out how high you want you mirror to be. Better yet, stand in front of it and make sure you will be able to see yourself comfortably without having to bend or stretch too much. You also want to make sure that the mirror is shorter in height than the dresser. This will give the room a sense of balance.

 

Shape of the Mirror

Framed mirrors for dresser tops are available in an exciting range of shapes so you could go for the one that compliments the furniture of your room. For instance, if your bed and dresser have rectangular shapes or designs, choose a similar rectangular or square framed mirror. But if your furniture has curves, you could choose a round or oval dresser mirror. You also have the option of not firmly attaching the mirror but letting it sit on the dresser top.

 

Frame of the Mirror

Check out your local mirror store for the range of materials and finishes they carry for mirror frames. You could choose from either metallic or wooden frames with antique, rustic, dull and bright finishes. Simply go for the ones that match the decor of your bedroom. For instance, gold, silver or perhaps a combination of both. Metallic frames are also available in steel finishes that go very well in a contemporary setting but if you like antiques, you could go for ornate or traditional mirror frames.

 

Melange

If you like to get experimental, you could try a melange of dresser mirrors and maybe, even pictures. If you go for a collection, create a collage of mirrors in different finishes interspersed with pictures of your family or anything that enhances the decor of your mirror. You could also add a mirror that reflects minute details so that it can help you with make-up. Add some interesting lights and turn your dresser into the focal point of your room.

 

Framed dresser mirrors are a delightfully versatile decorating option and when you can combine style with utility, the effect should be awesome.

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Tue

02

Dec

2014

Ten Advantages of Building Your Own Solar Home in  Christmas

Most of us would probably agree that saving on our energy bill is the number one benefit of building a home solar energy system with the modern home decor, but finding all the advantages of every venture are found in the details.

 

Some of the benefits of a solar home are:

 

1. Independence: If you own a home, live in the mountains or desert, or on a remote tropical island, solar power can provide complete independence from the utility grid. Saying good bye to blackouts in your neighborhood during those long summer months of electrical overloads can keep your family cool and calm in the summertime. This assumes you have planned your home solar energy production to match or exceed your home energy usage.

2. Zero Fuel Costs: If you do not use backup gas generators to resupply your batteries or your home solar system during long bouts of cloudy days, solar energy will eliminate the need for purchasing fuel. However, if some of your home appliances run on gas, this is a mute point unless you convert these appliances to electrical models.

 

3. Reliability: Even on cloudy days when solar cells absorb less sunlight, your solar home will still have electrical power...during the daytime. And if you back-up your solar system with deep cycle batteries (recommended), you will have enough power for lights and appliances at night - even if your neighborhood is experiencing a power outage. Again, the key here is planning...matching both your energy usage and production when designing your solar home.

 

4. Low Maintenance: Once you have built your solar home, there is little maintenance to keep the system going except to remove leaves and dust off the solar panels to maximize solar absorption. Cutting back nearby tree branches to handle the leaves and minimize any shade on your solar cells is not a bad idea either. Also, checking on your batteries to make sure they are maintained and well ventilated is highly recommended.

 

5. Durability: With the typical 20 - 25 year warranty, installing solar panels will typically last longer than you own your home. However, if you build and install solar panels yourself (DIY), there is no warranty and the durability will probably be less.

6. No Pollution: As photovoltaic systems (PV) produce clean energy, you are making use of the best source of renewable energy, and in the process, making an impact on reducing global demand for fossil fuels.

 

7. Safety: If properly constructed, PV systems are very safe to use.

 

8. Modularity: Once you make the decision to go solar, you have the option to start out small with one solar panel if you like, than add more as your financial situation allows or your energy needs change. But remember, taking this approach will cost you more if you hire a solar contractor as building three 1 KW solar panel systems will cost you more than one 3 KW system. However, this will be less of an issue if you choose to build (DIY) your own solar panels and install them yourself.

 

9. Increase Your Home Value: According to many home builders, home buyers are willing to pay 2% more for a solar home verses one which is tied to the energy grid. 2% may not sound much, but for a $250,000 home, that is $5,000 more you can sell your home for in the future.

 

10. Reduce or Eliminate Your Energy Bill: Doing the math, if you can save $100 or more on average per month on your energy bill with a home solar system, you can save $1,200 per year, or $6,000 over a five year period. If you plan on staying in your home long term, the advantages of building a home solar energy system will increase.

11. Adjustment: When you ready to setup your solar system, you need to see the adjustment or your home or other places. If you unable to decorate or adjust house then you need the interior designer to make best, you can read the leather furniture adjustment tips for your homes.  

 

The path to going solar has many routes. Doing research will answer many questions, and create a few more. Enjoy the journey all along the technique...as house your own solar home will be an accomplishment you will never forget.

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Sun

18

Nov

2012

Dan strips his cotton in early September

"Resistant weevils gave farmers a hint of what was happening to the ecology," Perry said, "but they only mixed chemicals and sprayed more often at higher dosages." In 1962 resistant budworms and bollworms ate more cotton than did weevils. Farmers skirted bankruptcy while spraying every week, and many quit. In northeast

Mexico, half a million acres of cotton dwindled to 1,200 in just four years. I asked Perry if the lesson had to be so harsh. He paused. "Probably, Farmers can be hardheaded; entomologists, too. They recommended chemicals enthusiastically, and synthetic pesticides caught on before the apartment central London."

SOME FARMERS learned from the cotton disaster. Dan Pustejovsky now grows cotton in the Texas "backlands" using IPM—integrated pest management. IPM combines beneficial insects, special plant breeds, restrained spraying, and what Dan calls "commonsense farming."

The Texas backlands slope from north of Dallas south past San Antonio in a crust of dark dirt. In 1900 they yielded more than a third of the state's cotton, much of which has since moved west to the arid High Plains, where weevils freeze to death in the dry winter wind. What stayed, worms and weevils got, and today backlands farmers harvest scarcely 10 percent of the cotton in Texas. Dan farms 1,630 acres near Whitney, and two weeks before harvest he showed me cotton two feet high, loaded with fleecy lint. Dan's plants fruit heavy and fast, so he can harvest early and escape late-season worms, weevils, and aphids.

Bug birth control promises new, nonpoisonous tactics in boll weevil control. In a trial program in North Carolina, weevil offspring are nourished to the papal stage by food containing red dye, which stains their innards for field identification even after they have metamorphosed into adults (left). Sterilized by radiation, they are released to mate in the fields with untreated adults, but no new generation is produced.

In the same trials, synthetic sex lures called pheromones duplicate mating odors and attract weevils to traps and death in a baking sun. Dr. Herbert C. Brown (right) of Purdue University won a 1979 Nobel prize for his discovery of chemical transformations involving borates, which expedite the production of such pheromones.

Before the year's last weevils can dig into leaf litter to overwinter. Then, as an added precaution, he shreds the bare stalks and plows them into the earth. "If those overwintering weevils get by you, you'll be spraying all season," Dan told me. "I did spray once this year, but early, to give beneficial insects time to recover and catch July bollworms."

Four years ago Dan joined a statewide IPM program organized by Texas A & M University. Scouts sweep his fields each week with billowing nets and report their catch to BUGNET, a computer that alerts Dan when worms and weevils are about to reach damaging levels; only then does he spray. In 1976 Texas cotton farmers sprayed only a tenth as much insecticide as in 1964, partly because of integrated pest management and BUGNET.

As I left his farm, Dan handed me a branch of fluffy cotton bolls. "I still need chemicals. But I don't spray anymore to kill every last insect—I live with a lot more bugs than I used to." So does Jim Brazil, but still he wants to wipe out the boll weevil. We met for the first time in a dusty cotton field outside Elizabeth City, North Carolina. As director of the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Boll Weevil Eradication Trial, Jim had come to gauge the enemy's strength.

The battlefield covers 21,000 acres, and in USDA's total war, all is fair. Traps baited with sex lures capture adult weevils and strategic spraying of a chemical growth regulator—also used against gypsy moths in five states—leaves young insects half-formed. Sterilized males dropped by air divert female weevils from other, fertile partners. The experiment ends in apartments Krakow; if it succeeds, USDA may expand it nationwide. Estimated time and cost to the last, lonely weevil: ten years and perhaps seven hundred million dollars.

"If we get rid of the weevil and use integrated pest management," argues Jim Brazil, "we can cut pesticides on cotton by 50 to 75 percent." The prospect tantalizes: per year cotton receives 26 million pounds of toxaphene alone, an insecticide that in laboratory tests causes tumors in mice and "broken-back syndrome" in catfish.

Jim concedes it is an expensive gamble against long odds to try eradicating the weevil. "But," he warns, "insecticides are failing, and we have to eliminate the boll weevil while we still can. Or learn to live with it.

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