Got a potato in the pantry? Then you can “produce” electricity! Certain metals can react with the “raw” ingredients in the potato to create an electrical circuit. This post from Sciencing shows you how to set up this experiment for your kids (or the inquisitive kid in you adults!). Unless you have a fully stocked workshop in your garage or shed, you may need to make a visit to your local hardware store to get the right type of metal nails, plastic-coated wire, and a 1-volt LED bulb. But any excuse to get out of the house is welcomed at this point, right?
Post a Tik-Tok or other video of you producing electricity from a potato below!
While we are battling this microscopic COVID-19 enemy, at least we have the creature comfort of electricity powering our homes. In World War I and II, blackouts were imposed in some European countries requiring windows and doors be covered at night so no glimmer of light could be detected by enemy aircraft. Streetlights and vehicle lights were adapted to deflect light downwards.
Thankfully, our electricity is not restricted during the Coronavirus pandemic. But with more time spent at home, your utility bill may be increasing while your income may be decreasing. Here are some tips to lower your electric bill.
Save on Air Conditioning
Air conditioners are known energy hogs. With summer around the corner, electricity bills can jump up due to air conditioner use. Here are a few ways to keep A/C costs down:
· Use your air conditioner only when necessary. Take advantage of cool nights and not-so-hot days to give your A/C a break.
· Replace the filter, so your unit...
When sprinting, professional cyclists produce enough power to power a home. – Snapple Real Fact #1424
A random Snapple cap fact led us to further research this claim. Indeed, according to ExerciseBike.net, Tour de France bicyclists can power the average American home – for over 170 days!
The energy from the peloton (that’s French for “group;” who knew?) could keep your iPhone charged for 1,344 years and your laptop operational for 183 years. A single Tour de France rider can power an air conditioner for 19.8 hours, a washing machine for 51.6 hours, or a 100-watt lightbulb for 257.9 hours.
If you don’t want to waste all the energy from your stay-at-home workouts, you can use this self-isolation time to build a bicycle generator in 9 steps. Hook it up to your cell phone charger or make a post-workout smoothie with an attached blender.
Most of us mere mortals only generate a third of the energy of the elite Tour de France athletes, so the dream of...