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Is Saltwater the Next Source of Renewable Energy?

Gregory

From solar panels to wind farms, green and renewable energy is ever-growing as we find a solution to traditional and harmful methods like coal and oil. But, are we about to take hydro-power to the next level?   This new discovery, called blue energy, is a potential way to harvest energy f…

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A Portable Air Conditioner for your Shirt

Gregory

Thanks to Sony, now you’ll have portable air conditioning with you wherever you go! Their device, called the Reon Pocket is a wallet-sized device that is Bluetooth enabled and utilizes thermoelectric cooling as its main operating system.   Requiring the need of a special undershirt, you…

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What’s Up with Uponor? A Refresher on the Brand

Shyene

What’s up with Uponor – get it? Yes, no, maybe so. In this post, we’re revisiting the leader in PEX supplies, Uponor (formerly known as Wirsbo in case you’re one of those homeowners with the older manifold/actuator set-up). There is a major update with Uponor’s product line as well. Keep r…

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SharkBite Bits: All You Need to Know about SharkBite

Michelle P

Most of us in the industry have heard of SharkBite as the creators of the famous push-to-connect plumbing fittings, but did you know that in addition to their push-to-connects, SharkBite also produces their own PEX tubing and valves that can be purchased in a variety of lengths and sizes?   …

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Tankless Water Heaters Made Easy, Thanks to Rheem

Shyene

Tankless water heaters are all the rage, as they allow you to have more space in your garage, utility closet, or even on your back patio. These units are able to be mounted to the wall and have no large, cylindrical tanks. If you are looking for a replacement unit or need a water heater for your new…

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Solar Powered Device Cleans Water and Produces Energy

Gregory

When in doubt, try something new! That's what a group of engineers did when it came to combining solar energy with clean water.   A team of engineers installed a water distillation system on the back of a solar power cell, thus creating a device that doubles as both an energy generator …

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Can You Use Human Waste as Bricks…Apparently You Can!

Gregory

Never did you ever think that would be a sentence you'd read. Human waste as bricks...does that even make sense? Well, according to Professor Abbas Mohajerani from RMIT University in Australia, it does.   For the past 15 years he's been committed to this project, and it's lead him down th…

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How to Handle Hard Water

Gregory

Hard water can make or break your plumbing, it's as simple as that. It doesn't affect everyone, but you'll know if you have hard water. Here, we'll explain what hard water is, break down what water softener is, and how it helps improve the quality of your water.   You might think hard wa…

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Weird History: Fourth of July Plumbing and Heating Facts

Gregory

Happy Independence Day! To celebrate the holiday today, here are four weird history facts about our nation's history with heating, plumbing, and HVAC that you may not have known!   Benjamin Franklin invented the Franklin stove in 1741. It was a metal-lined fireplace with a hollow baffle n…

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Construction Camp in Austin Teaches Girls Trade Skills

Gregory

They do summer camps a little differently in Austin, Texas. Thanks to the National Association of Women in Construction, thirteen middle-school aged girls are learning the skills needed to begin careers in the construction industry and other trades.   During the week-long camp, they h…

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Ancient History: What Did We Do Before Air Conditioners?

Gregory

Air conditioners may seem like a staple of society, and many places across the country and the globe can't survive the summer without them. But what did we do before these air-cooling machines were invented?   Let's go all the way back to ancient Egypt, where, like most technological innov…

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Gates Foundation Funds Magic Toilet that Vaporizes Waste

Gregory

The Gates Foundation is at it again. They have a history of making extraordinary innovations when it comes to toilets and waste management systems.   Thanks to their Reinvent the Toilet Challenge, a New Zealand company has found a way to treat sewage directly in people's homes. Scion Res…

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