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How To Go Green With Your Energy

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Pollution; it is the evil that we release upon our planet every day, as we power our cars, homes, and businesses. If you are one of those who sees the need to pull away from traditional forms of energy and look for cleaner, renewable sources of energy, this article should be helpful to you.

In order to save extra energy around the house, be sure to set your electronics to a power-saving mode when not using them. A power-saving mode will reduce the amount of energy spent by the device. This way, you can save energy and cut down the cost of the electric bill.

If you are repairing or replacing your roof, and you have good sun exposure, look into having photovoltaic (PV) cells integrated into the roofing material. Modern PV cells are much less noticeable than older styles. If you don’t use all of the electric generated by your home, some utility companies will even let you feed it back into the system for credit against your bills.

Contact your current energy provider and see if they offer an option for you to use renewable-energy sources. Many providers harness renewable energy through solar or wind power and therefore, have this option available for their clients. However, you should keep in mind that this may cost a little bit extra.

Dry your clothes on a line or rack in the summer instead of a dryer. The sun can really make your clothes smell incredible. Line-dried items will be just as clean and dry as they would be if you used the dryer, but they will also smell so much fresher. Additionally, you will end up saving lots of money each month on utility bills.green technology

Take the time to dry your clothes naturally. The dryer in your home takes up a lot of energy and it is quite simple to just hang your clothes and allow them to air dry. If you do need to use the dryer, then be sure to clean out the lint to help it work more efficiently.

More and more people are becoming aware of the need for a shift from traditional, polluting energy to renewable, clean, green energy. Hopefully, some of the thoughts and ideas mentioned in this article should help you as you learn more about green energy. We all have a responsibility to take care of our world, and finding better energy sources is key to fulfilling that responsibility.

Mountain House Forecasts Potentially Soggy Future for Major Brands of Survival Food

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Albany, Oregon (PRWEB) April 02, 2015

Yet another study casts doubt on shelf life claims made by major survival food brands. Hot on the heels of the most comprehensive oxygen study in the industry, this new study – also conducted by Fres-co System USA, Inc. – compares Water Vapor Transfer Rates (WVTR) of various brands of outdoor and survival food sold in pouches, which are often bundled into bucket kits. The Water Vapor Transfer Rate of the packaging material is a critical factor in dry food shelf life because it measures how water, one of shelf life’s four enemies, can penetrate the protective packaging over a specific period of time.

The study compared the Water Vapor Transfer Rate of the packaging materials of three brands of backpacking food: Mountain House, Backpacker’s Pantry and AlpineAire. Also tested were the packaging materials used in four brands of survival food: Wise Company food Storage, Legacy Premium, National Geographic Live Prepared Food and Food Supply Depot.

In an ironic twist, brands marketing their food primarily as “survival” or “long term food storage” use packaging that can allow significantly more moisture to reach their food over time than brands that market their food for backpacking and outdoor activities. Of all brands tested, Mountain House packaging was the least permeable to moisture. The nearest competitor’s packaging – AlpineAire – was more than twice as permeable to moisture as Mountain House. Of the brands marketed as survival food, Wise Company packaging was more than 70 times more permeable to moisture than Mountain House packaging. For perspective, by the end of the Wise product’s claimed shelf life of “up to 25 years”, more than 12 ounces of water could potentially migrate through its packaging into the food itself†. Legacy Premium and Food Supply Depot had transmissions rates in excess of 100 and 300 times that of Mountain House respectively. National Geographic Live Prepared Food packaging allowed the most potential moisture transfer, at up to 1,100 times more than Mountain House.

“Moisture and oxygen are two of the key enemies to the shelf life of dry food products,” says Drew Huebsch, Research and Development Manager for Mountain House. “In dry food systems, exposure to moisture will lead to a reduction in product quality including a loss of crisp texture, off odor, off flavors and eventually spoilage of the product. Obviously, this has implications for how long the food will last.”

One of the key factors to Mountain House’s protection is the proprietary packaging, developed by Mountain House Packaging Engineer Peter Mittmann. He notes, “Our competitors claim their packaging material is superior because they used “Mylar®*”, a term they apply to any number of different kinds of packaging materials. Unfortunately for consumers, the data do not reflect superior packaging.”

In an effort to provide full transparency in a market where misinformation abounds, Mountain House is the only company to regularly retain third parties to test their products. Further, Mountain House publishing the data publically on the letterhead of the testing facility and makes it publically available, validating their claim of having the longest proven shelf life. Period.

Link to Raw Data

Mylar is a registered trademark of Dupont Teijin Films
† Per ASTM F1249 “Standard Test Method for Water Vapor Transmission Rate Through Plastic Film and Sheeting”

About Mountain House

Based in Albany, Ore., Mountain House has been the first choice of backpackers, hikers, campers and emergency preparation experts for nearly 50 years. Why? Great taste, ease of use and reliability, no matter how extreme the environment. As a result, Mountain House commands more than 70 percent of the outdoor freeze dried meal market according to the Outdoor Industry Association. Their line of meals in pouches have a proven shelf life of 12+ years. Foods in their #10 cans have a proven shelf life of 25+ years. Mountain House is manufactured by OFD Foods Inc., a recognized world-leader in freeze-dried food manufacturing. For more information and a complete list of products, visit http://www.mountainhouse.com.