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When two wine industry gurus pitch a new miracle machine that can turn water to wine on Kickstarter, I couldn’t help but wonder. Isn’t this too good of a deal to be true. I immediately imagined the continuous wine supply that would flow directly into my basement and started drooling at the opportunity. However, the asking Thomas inside me, kept asking. He knew far too well that the only free thing in this world is the cheese in the mouse trap.
But what kind of a trap is this? After all you pay for it, don’t you? You do, Thomas said, but at the cheap price of $500 this is not exactly buying. I can call it a steal, or the best deal in the century.
More and more organizations joined the tribe and publish even more stories about the miracle contraption. After more than 7000 people signed up for their newsletter and waited holding their breath. And waited and waited. But no one received this miracle machine. Because it turned out it was a cleverly directed promotion of the charity Wine to Water.
The charity, was founded by a bartender thus the name, aims to bring clean water to the people in need mainly in Africa. The bartender Dan initially held wine testing events and wanted to donate all the money via the conventional channels. He changed his mind and went straight up the places that needed water to see with his eyes the reality. He was shell shocked from what he has seen.
Water wells were destroyed and dead animal carcasses were thrown in water wells to spoil water and poison the people who drink it. They’ve found that they needn’t kill people with bullets. Spoiling their water sources was faster and more efficient way to eliminate people. Doc stepped in and decided that it is much more financially profitable to repair existing wells than building new ones. He founded the charity Wine to Water whose aim was to provide clean water to the less fortunate people in more than 11 countries like Ethiopia and Uganda.
It is amazing what the charity has achieved. If you want to support their work, go o their site and donate money or volunteer your work and join them around the world to work on WW projects. The third choice is to fundraise independently and donate them the proceedings. It is up to you to decide what how you want to help, but if you want to go with the third option we can recommend wine testing events or giving away coupons for things like bartending shoes, bottles of good wine, or anything else you can think of.
What are the three most important things about your electrical service? Reliability, safety and cost, no? They might not be in that particular order, but roughly the answers are the same.
Some companies have implemented tree trimming strategies, that allow their lineman to locate the electricity/outage problems faster and mend them in the matter of minutes, not hours or days. They are also replacing the power lines with newer, stronger and more reliable ones.
Cost has been debated to death. Investing in energy-saving appliances pays big time, especially if the old ones were using a lot of power.
The second thing is using rebates for electricity use in out of peak hours and times. These programs help the electricity companies reduce the peak demands.
Third, it is rebate programs for energy efficient homes. Adding insulation to walls and attics, properly sealing the windows are all easily implemented, and mean that the homeowners will need less energy to achieve the same air temperature for proper living conditions.
Not only this saves (A LOT OF MONEY) to the end customers, but also reduces the peak loads on the energy plant, saves electricity and thus helps the planet.
According to energy.gov simply sealing the uncontrolled air leaks saves between 10 and 20% of the annual heating bill, which results in savings of about $100 per annum. Weather stripping windows saves 5-10% of the bills which equals to up to $80 per year. The list goes on and on. They’ve calculated that is the average Us consumer implemented all their tips, this could potentially save them $1100+ per year.
The third most important thing is safety. Companies invest in making the power lines safer, educating the people on the most common electrical safety measures, and of course, providing the lineman with the necessary safety equipment. Their job is potentially very dangerous, and they are required to lug around their extremely heavy safety gear. Many employers provide their lineman with all the necessary ppe while others require their employees to purchase it themselves. The PPE includes hard hat, safety gloves, special lineman boots, their tool belt and all the extra equipment which adds up to a good amount. However, it is safety above all, so investing in the good equipment is a small price to pay for the safety it provides. A man’s life is invaluable and irreplaceable.
Water is the most important element when stocking up for a hurricane or other disaster. The recommended quantity is to store 3 gallons of water per person for each day the disaster will presumably last. But sometimes, disasters can last longer than anticipated, so knowing how to purify water from an alternative water source could potentially save your life. Since your source could be a river, lake or other, the water will not only taste and smell bad, but could be harmful because of the microorganisms and pollutants in it. This is why you will need to purify it before consuming it. It is always a better idea to get water from moving sources if you can.
Soil erosion removes the organic matter, nutrients and the microorganisms which are vital for the plants and to any arable land. Not only is this soil crucial for the people because almost all of the food is plant-based, and it is also an important issue because most of the soil which is lost ends up in rivers, lakes and other natural water sources, which pollutes them because of the fertilizers and pesticides used for agriculture.