Peaceful Trip

I love outdoor sports and welcome any opportunity to enjoy water recreation whether it be in a lake, a river, or at the shore. If I don’t mind driving awhile, I have access to snorkeling or kayaking as my mood dictates. A friend asked me to join him for an open weekend and I suggested we opt for the boat this time. He has an inflatable kayak which is so easy to transport. He told me that he had thought of buying a regular one since he enjoyed the activity, but immediately noticed that it is heavy and causes drag on the roof of a car. He knew that would get my attention given my green nature because it means that the car uses up more gas. He is right. I don’t believe in wasting energy so why not go for the inflatable kayak. Your time on the water is virtually the same. You are zipping along at a nice pace as you take in a gorgeous day of fresh air and sun. Even a darker day is fun. You can’t control Mother Nature, but sometimes we get lucky as our great Instagram photos tell.

Sometimes things go awry and there is trouble inflating the kayak. Other times we forgot food and water and had to go on the hunt. While ashore, we can encounter critters and pests who want to spoil our day. Or we can lose sight of our car and have to walk for a mile or more to find it. Oh, for a peaceful trip! That is our goal. But we handle any adversity that comes our way. The most important point is that the kayak is solid, durable, and reliable. Inflatable isn’t a negative word. They are just as sleek, fast, and performance oriented as the other kind, but they are so much lighter. Some have an innovative design that is intended to be safe and stable. Plus, they don’t cost as much as the rigid models.

Kayaking is a dream in inflatable boat. My friend and I can pack it in a bag that is a fraction of its full size. This is called stowable portability. When I first saw this kind of kayak, I was impressed with the breakthrough in construction. When I first took a ride, I also saw the value of high-performance paddling. Bravo to the manufacturer of our particular boat. It is tough enough for whitewater due to the thick hull material. This is not a flimsy item and it sets up in a mere ten minutes. They are suitable for beginner or experienced paddlers alike so I can recommend it to anyone young or old. We knew we made a good choice when my friend bought it. It has provided many hours of outdoor enjoyment and fun. What a great value in boating today. I say go for it.

Meanwhile we had a wonderful time with no mishaps. It was a day of flat-water paddling, a scenic view, and exercise of a unique kind.

The Solar Powered Generation

The generation that we’re now living in has a valuable resource in solar energy. Solar power is clean and reliable but the greatest feature is that it is a renewable energy resource. Using the energy of the sun for power will reduce the amount of pollution that we are producing while helping to conserve what is left of our non-renewable natural resources for future generations.

A quick glance at the process for creating solar energy

Energy from the sun is converted into usable energy through the use of solar powered photovoltaic (also known as PV) panels, which convert the rays of the sun into electricity. This is accomplished by an excitement of the electrons in silicon cells with light photons that are produced by the sun. An inverter is used to make the conversion to DC electricity. The process may seem complicated at first glance, but in reality, it is a fairly simple concept and it is a process that is just gaining in popularity but its use is not as widespread as it needs to be.

Benefits of Solar power in this generation

We’re at a stage in our evolution when we have clear signals that our environment is suffering from the effects of pollution. It is affecting our climate and resulting in drastic weather changes and a poorer quality of the air that we breathe and the water that we consume. In addition to this, we’re using up natural resources so quickly that soon there will be none left. This means that the resources we currently rely on to power our vehicles, homes and businesses will be gone and we’ll have no choice but to develop different sources of electricity. Now is the time to take action and start making the conversion instead of waiting. By adopting solar power, we can help to clean up the environment with huge reductions in carbon emissions.

Additional advantages of solar power

Solar power can result in lowering the utility bills. While some may view the cost involved in switching over as a burden, in the longer run, a solar system will pay for itself. Once this milestone is reached, overhead expenses for businesses and utility bills for homeowners is less than what those who rely on other energy sources are paying on a monthly basis. The process of generating solar energy is silent and it doesn’t contribute to noise pollution and solar electricity power plants produce no emissions.

What we have to gain from solar power

In addition to saving money in utility expenses, the switch to solar power is a step in the right direction for taking a green approach to everyday living. When you are making a contribution to the generation of a cleaner green power source from your solar electrical system, you’re reducing pollution by cutting down on the need for fossil fuels. You leave a smaller footprint in the delicate ecosystem and you’re helping yourself in the process.

Smarter Landscaping Ideas

I think that most of us are aware of the need to conserve water as a precious resource that is also at risk for depletion. Many countries around the globe are now experiencing shortages that are costing them the health and lives of their citizens. While we’re still in a good position to do so, it’s time to start planning ahead with more water smart landscaping plans.

How the water smart system works

The advances that we’ve made in technology are amazing and very useful. There is actually an application called the WaterSenese Water Budget Tool and it is really useful in planning a new landscape to maximize its water efficiency. It works by calculating the size of your yard and your climate based on the zip code of your home or business. The app lets you know where you stand with regard to available water resources for your area. Here are some tips that can help you in landscaping for a smart water system.

Go with native plants

The plants that are found naturally growing in your region are the ones that are the most likely to thrive under the climate conditions. By selecting low water requiring species, you cut down on the amount of irrigation that is needed throughout the year. Some of the more exotic plants often found in lush moisture laden climates are likely to require larger amounts of water.

Configure planting in conjunction with water requirements

To get the most out of the water that you’ll need to use for irrigation, put the plants with the most similar watering needs in close proximity. This is an excellent way to cut down on water waste. Your plants are also more likely to thrive if you use this type of grouping system. Under or overwatering will affect the overall health of the plant so you win twice with this system. You’ll have your own little system of hydrozones that can also have an aesthetic appeal.

Reduce water runoff

A lot of water gets wasted on hills and slopes. Once the plants are watered, the rest runs off into areas that may not need the drink. If you do use hills and slopes in your landscaping, a smart way to approach the situation is to tier the plantings so any runoff will spill onto plants that are in need of the water. This is a great way to maximize the use of every drop of water.

Plant native grasses with high water retention

This might take a little research on your part, but there are varieties of grasses that are native to your region that will do well in your climate with minimal amounts of water. Those that form a heavy turf tend to soak up water and retain it for a reduction in the need for watering.