Introducing Your Family to Solar Energy

Written by Jim Fritz

One ofrepparttar difficulties that solar and renewable energy have faced inrepparttar 151001 past is that it requires people to learn about it. People are busy and they are also reluctant to change and learn. It is much easier to get energy from traditional sources that seem to “magically” transfer power and electricity to homes throughrepparttar 151002 wires ofrepparttar 151003 electricity grid. However, we are becoming increasingly aware of problems with this entrenched attitude. We seem to hear almost daily about power blackouts and brownouts, along with warnings about dwindling energy supplies.

One way to begin to educate yourself and your children about energy and electricity is to purchase one of many different kinds of small solar energy systems. From solar toys to solar lights to portable solar panels, small solar electric systems make it easy to learn some ofrepparttar 151004 basics of energy. You can learn aboutrepparttar 151005 generation of energy and get an idea of how it is limited by certain factors. Your kids can use a small solar toy or solar energy kit to see directlyrepparttar 151006 relationship between energy generation and availability. From your solar light, you will learn that a sunlit day will makerepparttar 151007 light shine powerfully that evening. Conversely, you will notice a relationship between cloudy days and dimness or lack of light from your solar light. While a small portable solar panel provides energy for your boat or RV, it can also teachrepparttar 151008 need for energy storage (the battery) and conservation. Even a solar light gives you a micro-version of all electricity systems:repparttar 151009 panel generates energy,repparttar 151010 wires transfer it, a battery stores it andrepparttar 151011 light bulb uses it.

Mobile Phone Buyers Guide from

Written by Paul Smith

If you already have a mobile phone, you can switch to a different network and take your phone number with you, although you may need a different handset. You could get a connection with a new number, using your existing handset

Networks When you buy a phone you need to choose a network O2, Vodafone, Orange and T-mobile are networks. Each network is a collection of radio towers all overrepparttar country, linked together and transmitting people's conversations.

A mobile phone service usually comes as a package, made up ofrepparttar 150918 phone itself and access to a network. There are five main mobile phone networks inrepparttar 150919 UK - O2, T-Mobile, Orange, Vodafone and most recently '3' with its growing third generation network which can support mobile video. Other operators such as Virgin and BT Mobile userepparttar 150920 5 main networks and there are many airtime resellers dealing with one or allrepparttar 150921 networks. They offer two ways of using their services; by "pay as you go" or by monthly line rental. If you do not intend to make a great number of calls from a mobile phone, a pay as you go package may suffice but any reasonably regular use (especially during business hours) probably warrants a monthly package - which package will depend onrepparttar 150922 volume of calls you anticipate making.

You don't need to put pen to paper for most mobile phone contracts nowadays, but they are still legally binding. Contracts can be 'signed' over a website or overrepparttar 150923 phone.

The network should berepparttar 150924 first thing you choose when you're starting out. Your choice of network will decide where you get good coverage, and how goodrepparttar 150925 customer service is. Some networks have better coverage in particular areas than others, but customer service varies from day to day, depending on demand.

Price plans Next, decide whether you want a pay as you go phone or a traditional contract arrangement.

Pre-pay, where you pay (usually by buying vouchers) before you make calls. There is no risk of a high bill, but sometimes this is an expensive option, adding vouchers can be inconvenient and you may run out of credit during an important call.

Pay as you go packages are useful if you only expect to use your mobile occasionally, and are cost effective if you expect to receive a lot of calls, but not to make many. But you should be aware that some companies set an expiry date on their credits, meaning thatrepparttar 150926 credit must be used inrepparttar 150927 time allocated.

Contract - where you get a bill each month, butrepparttar 150928 call charges are usually lower, and there are more facilities offered. With rental you pay a monthly fee inrepparttar 150929 same way as you would for a land line. Many monthly rental packages include some inclusive call minutes or talktime

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