Can Lightning Cause an Airplane Crash?

Can lightning cause an airplane crash? Not today. The last time a commercial airplane crashed in the United States due to a lightning strike was about 60 years ago. On December 8, 1962 lighting hit a Pan American Boeing 707 in a holding pattern over Elkton, Md. The lightning created…

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Insulating a Hot Water Heater

Most of the new hot water heaters are pretty efficient and don’t need any additional insulation. However some of the older tanks, or less efficient newer tanks, could benefit from some added insulation. They way to tell if you need more insulation is to simply touch the side of your…

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Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb (CFL) – The Good and the Bad

Environmentalists would like you to believe the energy efficient Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs) are the next best thing to sliced bread. That’s because they use roughly 75% less electricity compared to the normal incandescent bulbs. Each household using CFLs will draw less power from the electrical grid thus lessening…

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Wind Chill Index and Its Affects

Wind chill is a measure of how cold people and animals feel based on heat loss due to wind and evaporation. In cold and windy weather conditions, the skin loses heat through evaporation much more quickly than if the wind were not blowing. Therefore, it feels much cooler when it’s…

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Is Home Wind Power Worth The Money?

Perhaps the most cost efficient means of generating your own power lies in the windmill. It’s a very simple design and doesn’t cost a whole lot, but just like solar power there are a few drawbacks one must take into consideration before purchasing a windmill thinking they will eliminate their…

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Are Solar Panels Cost Effective?

I’m all for clean and renewable ways of creating electricity, and one popular option is installing a home solar power system. The problem is solar panels and the other needed equipment are not cheap, nor are they efficient. Not to mention, only a few select geographic locations will provide the…

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Tornadoes Never Hit Big Cities?

It is a myth that tornadoes never hit big cities. Below is a picture of a tornado that ravaged downtown Miami Florida on May 12th, 1997. Tornadoes have a long history of hitting big cities and when they do, they usually cause a great amount of damage due to the…

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