Virginia Homeowner Puts Up Electric Fence To Keep Kids Off His Property

When one goes shopping for a fence energiser, one usually needs it for keep wild animals like predators out of a ranch or a farm, but one Virginia resident has taken some flak for getting one for his home. To keep out children.

Bryan Tucker, a homeowner in Henrico County, bought wiring, a fence energiser and some posts to set up an electric fence around his property, located near a school bus stop. He then took down the fencing at a later date, but not because of concern for the children at risk of electrocution, but because state law would’ve punished him for accidentally erecting the fence on county property.

According to him, he’s tired of having to deal with kids fighting, cursing, littering and trespassing on his property, despite already having put up a “No Trespassing” sign to no effect. Tucker says that the kids don’t respect other people’s properties, and that he’s forced to pick up litter daily.

Naturally, the parents of the kids in the area voiced out against the move, with some calling putting up the fence as straight-up ‘insane’, as it jeopardizes kids in the are who might fall into the fence and get shocked, resulting in injury. Some parents said that Tucker didn’t understand why parents were worried, and called the cops on the property.

It was then that it was revealed that Tucker built on county property, and that he had to move his fence back by 18 feet to match county regulations. When he complied with the cops, he went and stated that he’s only complying with county laws, and not because the kids were at risk, saying that the fence was moved simply because it wasn’t in the right place.

County regulation does not forbid the fence being put up, and, as such, Tucker is free to put it up again, which he is considering. He says that he’s considering putting it back up again, but he’s hoping that the first fence was enough of a warning to get kids and neighbours off his lawn.

He says that the message has gotten across, that parents are posting and talking about the fence.

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Affordable Solar Panel Solutions Now Available For Gold Coast Residents And Business Owners

Solar Panel Solutions Aus recently launched their new user-friendly websites offering installation services to homes and businesses in Gold Coast.

Responsible Home and Business Ownership

In the light of several news coming out showing the damages that the planet has sustained over the years, there have been many new efforts that governments, non-profit organizations, civic groups, and individual citizens have exerted to combat the problem and mitigate its damages. Some have turned to green technology—technologies tailored for a more sustainable way of living, minimalist lifestyles, and going zero-waste. Nowadays, there are more and more independent stores around the world which try to minimize the use of plastic by not using straws, disposable plates and utensils, and using more environmentally friendly packaging such as seaweed-based packages, or stores that encourage shoppers to bring their own jars and containers from home to avoid using disposable packaging. But one thing that’s been a long time option is using solar power as an alternative energy source.

Residents and business owners can looking for Gold Coast solar power options for their homes and businesses can now access Solar Panel Solutions Aus’ new website for their services. The new company’s spokesperson explained that the company has recognized that over the years, more and more people are starting to look for reasonably-priced solar power systems. This has been a reflection of their changing attitude towards their responsibility in saving the environment. However, old solar power systems used to be very expensive, and were used mainly by big companies who could shoulder the huge upfront costs. Now, the company is offering Gold Coast solar power solution, including more affordable solar panel systems through their site.

Services

Quality service and equipment are necessary in the success of a solar panel system, and so, the company ensures that its technicians are professionals and well-trained in the field. They are also working towards providing the services within the shortest period of time possible, to make the transition faster for homeowners and business owners.

Customer service is also a major factor that the company looked into, and they treat each customer as separate entity with tailored services. This starts from the quotation, down to installation, and management of the solar panel systems to ensure that they are working smoothly, and truly help in cutting down electricity costs for their clients.

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Home owners Throwing Away Millions Because Of Wrong Boiler Labelling

According to a recent investigation, it was found out there has been a labelling scandal associated with boilers that costs homeowners to pay more bills which amounted to hundreds of millions of pounds annually. Homeowners as well as companies like Crofts that does boiler installation and repair are quite shocked with the news. A whistle-blower came forward and shared information regarding the mislabelling on the boilers’ efficiency, which put the energy performance at 10 per cent higher. The mistake occurred because the official tests conducted by the European Union do not follow the same guidelines on how consumers usually heat up their properties.

The whistle-blower, who wished to remain anonymous, revealed that consumers are tricked because they purchase the products thinking that they are as efficient as indicated on the label. If these sold boilers are to operate under the efficiency level written on the label then the homeowner would be able to save at least 85 pounds annually. It will also be able to save around one-third of the required carbon savings as agreed for the 2030 Paris Accord.

The efficiency rules have been set by the European Union which classifies the boilers into different levels according to heating score which ranges from A to G. Annually, there are 1.7 million boilers that are sold in the United Kingdom and majority of these are stamped with A rating which means that the efficiency level is 80 per cent or higher. The problem is that these tests do not mimic how the boilers are used in real life.

In Britain, an average home consumes hot water of around 80 litres daily while the energy labels assume that the consumption is at 325 litres. The boiler efficiency is higher the larger amount of hot water that is processed.

The same goes for the testing of the efficiency score of the boilers, which also do not follow real life situations. According to boiler repair company Crofts, a household typically operates the boiler at 70C while during half of the testing the operating temperature is set only at 35C.

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Do You Need Insurance For Boiler Repairs?

The UK anticipates more snow with a negative in temperature, which leaves people worrying about their central heating system. The boiler repairs will then need insurance coverage, as it may have been badly damaged by the weather.

Check Your Home Insurance

The first thing to do is to review the home insurance coverage of your boiler, so ensure you know what is covered before signing up the policy. The boiler repairs can be covered and its limits tend to be low. There are insurers who include the cover as standards for their buildings. For instance, Prudential has a home emergency cover of £500 for verbalized fees, materials and labor costs.

Your energy provider can also have a service for some level of boiler or central heating cover, but you don’t need to consider the offer just because you have them asutilities.

Comparing the Cost of Cover

Before you consider boiler repairs, you need to shop around as you can get a variety of services and prices for heating insurance. Examples of the leading providers are Direct Line, Home Call+, Npower, Home Serve and British Gas.

But before you ask for a policy, compare its features and prices so you surely get the best bet. Consider if the provider offers an emergency helpline for you to call them anytime. Also ensure that you know whenthe provider considers an emergency. There are those who will not consider emergencies happening in summer or milder weathers.

What you get from a home heating insurance will depend on the cover. Never pay for something that you don’t actually need. There are those who cover emergencies for your boiler and central heating; however, you need to pay for routine repairs and checks. There are also those who cover only the boiler and its controls. Plumbing and drains for the central heating system is not included. You’ll have to pay for the extras should there be a leaking pipe close to the boiler.

Read the Policy

All policies must include a 24/7 helpline where your central heating system and boiler is covered in case of emergencies.

When buying a new house, ensure that the boiler and other gas appliances are examined to avoid future problems. Insurance may be needed if the boiler has been existing for years. If it is new, you might just need a warranty for boiler repairs in your home.

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Demand For Solar Alternative Increases After Energy Uncertainty

South Australia is currently having problems with blackouts in the region that many homeowners as well as businesses that many are looking into solar battery technology such as Tesla powerwall in Brisbane. This is despite the efforts of Malcolm Turnbull in ensuring everyone that they are already planning to create the latest power stations which will be powered by coal in order to solve the problem of energy supply shortage in the southern part of the country. The residents and businesses are not convinced though thus they have been trying to find alternative on their own.

Tesla Powerwall battery systems’ reseller, Natural Solar, said that demand for their product has increased by 300 per cent when it comes to the region of southern Australian. This is based on the figure from September 28, 2016 which is the same day when the blackout occurred all over the state.The increase is higher compared to other states in the country.

Chris Williams, the chief executive, said that the statewide blackouts that were overly publicized have a great impact on the decision of the residents to look for solutions in renewable energy since it is known to be more stable and it is not dependent on the grid.

Around 98.5 per cent of customers of Natural Solar from South Australia have already purchased their own full systems for backup power. This number jumped considerably from 12 per cent prior to the event. This is not the same as the regular battery from Tesla since a full backup system automatically starts as on as the main power stopped working.

According to Josh Frydenberg who is the Environment and Energy Minister, their findings show that many large scale investments have been put into renewable energy which is five times higher compared to the figure in 2015. Renewable investment on a small scale such as the Tesla powerwall in Brisbane have been reported that new installations have reached 182,000 in 2016 especially those in the regions. Natural Solar said that for the first five months of this year, they were able to sell more home energy packages compared to the whole 12 months of last year.

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