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Cistern Water Level Monitoring

HC-sr04I designed a very inexpensive and simple to use water level monitoring project. Using an inexpensive microcontroller and ultrasonic sensor, there are no moving parts. Installed in the top of a tank, it monitors the distance to the water, and knowing the height and radius of the tank, displays the number of liters (or gallons) left in the tank. You can display the output on a LCD, or transmit it over your home network to your PC.


Make your own fuel!

With alcohol fuel, you can become energy independent, insulating yourself from fuel shortages and price hikes. Alcohol fuel is “liquid sunshine” and can’t be controlled by transnational corporations. You can produce alcohol for less than $1 a gallon, using a wide variety of plants and waste products, from algae to stale donuts. It’s a much better fuel than gasoline (burns cleaner, and allows awesome power increases, due to compression increases and timing advances), and you can use it in your car, right now. Do not confuse this with “gasohol”! You can even use alcohol to generate electricity. Alcohol fuel production can be ecologically sustainable, revitalizes farms and communities, and creates huge new opportunities for small-scale businesses. Its byproducts are clean and valuable. Alcohol has a proud history and a vital future.

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America Recycles Day – November 15th

Think for a moment about all the trash you produce in a day. If you’re like the average American, you generate 4.4 pounds of trash in just one 24 hour period. Instead of all that trash going into a landfill, help us ensure that more of it gets recycled and given a new life.


November 15 is America Recycles Day, and we’re working with Keep America Beautiful (KAB) to encourage the entire country to recycle more. Americans recycle just 35 percent of our waste, and we need YOU and your readers to help us change that.


Take the I Recycle pledge today, and tell us what you pledge to recycle more. You can make your pledge go even further through our America Recycles Day Thunderclap, which will post a synchronized message of support on the Facebook or Twitter accounts of all our supporters at the exact same time on America Recycles Day. All it takes is one click!


Help us make as big of an impact as possible with our recycling campaign. Here’s what else you can do:


·         Share our America Recycles Day Thunderclap with your social media followers. The more people that spread the word, the more people we will reach.

·         After you have signed the America Recycles Day pledge encourage your readers to do the same. Ten lucky people who take the pledge will win a park bench, made from recycled materials, of course!

·         Direct your readers to to find the nearest recycling center near them. The website also contains facts on what materials can be recycled and what they can become in their new lives.

Thanks for supporting this important campaign!


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