Easy Car Repairs and Maintenance You Can Do at Home

Not every little automotive repair or maintenance task warrants a trip to the dealership or autobody shop. There are a bunch of things you can do at home even if you have little or no car repair experience.

Clean Your Headlights

More complex car problems like a smoke test vacuum leak or catalytic converter failure involve hard to find or expensive equipment to fix. Cleaning your headlights, however, is as simple as purchasing a headlight restoration kit. These kits are usually sold for around 20 dollars and come with detailed instructions on how to sand and buff your cloudy lenses. New headlights often cost anywhere from 40 to 250 dollars each making self-restoration a great cost-saving skill.

Fix a Malfunctioning Defroster Grid

Winter can be a difficult season to maintain your car in. The icy and wet elements are enough to wreak havoc on your automobile. A defective defroster grid in your vehicle can only add to your winter weather troubles. Luckily, most auto parts stores sell grid repair kits and pens from anywhere between 10 and 20 dollars. Fixing your defroster grid takes about 5 minutes of active work and 30 minutes for drying- not a bad investment if it keeps you from having to scrape ice and snow from your windows in the cold.

Test and Change Your Coolant

Making sure your coolant is functioning properly and replacing it when it’s time can save you from dealing with future radiator, water pump, and heater core failure. Investing in a voltmeter or multimeter to test your coolant is an easy way to avoid huge replacement costs down the road. Be sure to take note of what kind of coolant you have as different types are changed at different intervals.

While these are some cost-effective ways to keep your vehicle in good condition, there are even more automotive repairs you can do yourself from the comfort of your home.…

Lower Your Business Overhead With Solar Energy

Too often, people think of renewable energy sources and traditional ones as competition against each other. In reality, they are complementary and serve different purposes, and many businesses that operate in one of those areas of energy production find themselves dependent on the others to run at peak efficiency. One great example of this is the way solar panels help businesses control their costs. If you’re currently investing in fuel industry operations like gas stations or distribution networks, consider how an investment in solar can lower your bottom line for years to come. It reduces your dependency on grid electricity, and that in turn makes it possible for your pumps to operate on a battery backup during power outages, providing you with the ability to step in and provide for customers when other companies have to shut down.

Conversions To Existing Businesses

If you have a facility that you want to add solar capabilities to, you need to consider a few things. For starters, are you looking at power generation as a supplemental resource, or do you want to invest enough to be off the grid pretty much all the time? Those are two different levels of investment, and you will need more working capital to go grid-free. The second thing to think about is how your costs will be structured. Solar hype points out that panels, even after installation, are almost always so cost-effective they reach ROI in a year or less.

While this is true because of rising panel efficiency and falling prices, it ignores the cost of batteries, which are the most important part of a solar system because they allow energy to be stored for times when the sun is unavailable, rather than losing all the surplus generated on optimal days. You’ll also need to think about which certified gas station builders you will work with, because modifications to your facilities will need to comply with all existing fuel station construction regulations.

Start Fresh With New Facilities

If you’re considering a new gas station construction, optimizing the build for renewable, self-generated energy is a great opportunity. Think about your options, and consider whether you can manage solar heat and power, or if it’s better to focus on one.…