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Incandescent, CFL and LED bulbs. The choice is getting easy.

The TSM 371 Residential Housing class analyzed the simple life cycle cost of 5 different bulb selections for a utility room (12' x 15') requiring 9,000 lumens of lighting. The bulb choices were: 8 incandescent 75W bulbs vs 12 CFL vs 3 different LED bulbs. Local pricing was used for this homework. LED bulb life was 11,000 hours, CFL life 6,000 hours and incandescent life...a dismal 750 hours. A...

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Emergency power supply

Recently, I have been thinking about purchasing a generator for my farm. The requirement for an emergency power supply is not always necessary, but should be considered, particularly if you have animals. Power requirements for livestock are critical as power is often used for ventilation, and for supplying feed and water. I am fortunate, as I have a small cattle operation where I can supply all...

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Barn Winterization: 7 Tips for Getting Your Barn Ready for Winter

There are many things you can do to reduce the amount of energy your facility uses this winter, while improving the indoor environment your workers and animals. This article address seven ways to winterize your barn this fall to save on fuel and energy cost this winter and improve indoor air quality. Fill of the Tank Check Heater Function Turn Back Variable He...

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