Kick-Start Small Engine Maintenance in 3 Steps

(NewsUSA) – Temperatures are rising, and people are venturing outdoors. Items like lawn mowers, motorcycles and other small engine machines are being dusted off and taken out of storage in anticipation of the warmer weather. While you may be eager to rev up their motors, before you turn the key, it’s important to verify they are in proper working order.While warm weather usually puts people in a positive mood, a recent survey conducted by the makers of STA-BIL products, found one thing that Americans dread this time of year — getting their small engine equipment out of storage and ready for use. In fact, they would rather take down old holiday decorations or just pay someone as much as $100 to take care of the whole dirty job.”Using a lawn mower that sputters out every five minutes or a jet ski that takes half an hour to start is a hassle,” says Tom Bingham, marketing director at Gold Eagle. “In fact, nearly 75 percent of the survey respondents admitted to having issues with their small engine equipment after taking it out of storage — but with the proper maintenance, this doesn’t have to be the case.”Fortunately, there are three simple steps you can take to help prevent small engine equipment problems and avoid a trip to the repair shop:1. Educate yourself on how to care for small engine machines and equipment. Does it need to be stored indoors? Are there products or fluids that will help keep the engine clean? How often should the oil be changed? Proper care now can keep equipment running better, longer.2. Check fasteners, cutting blades and oil levels when you first take equipment out of storage. Fasteners should be tightened, blades sharpened and wheel bearings and fittings should be lubricated.3. For trouble starting a small engine, add appropriate fluids like Start Your Engines! fuel additive. This will clear clogged fuel lines and flush out the engine so it’s clean and easy to start. All you do is pour a bottle into the fuel tank, give it a minute, and your small engine equipment will start up fast.”Some repairs can cost up to $300,” says Bingham. “When it comes to proper seasonal storage and maintenance, it literally pays to take care of your machinery between seasons and makes for an easy, stress-free transition.”Find more information about storing and maintaining small engines at

For Residential Solar, Homeowners Seek American-Made

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – With residential solar systems gaining popularity in the U.S., a growing number of consumers are choosing American-made solar panels for their homes. According to a national solar survey conducted in 2011, 82 percent of those polled support American solar manufacturing.
“We’ve all heard about the importance of manufacturing to the American economy,” said Robert Fortunato, whose California home hosts 26 solar panels made by SolarWorld in Hillsboro, Ore. “We selected our U.S.-made solar system for its quality, reliability and financial return, and because we think it’s important to support the companies and workers who are building tomorrow’s energy sources in America today.”
Solar installers and electricians offer a range of domestic products. “We only install American-made solar panels,” said Nancy Milford, president of SunLit Solar, a family-owned solar installation company in Medina, Ohio. “For our family and for our customers, it’s important to support the U.S. economy by selling and installing products that employ as many Americans as possible.”
According to industry experts, here are the top reasons that homeowners select solar panels from American manufacturers.
Quality and reliability. A residential solar system is effectively a power plant installed on a home rooftop, and it’s designed to last at least 25 years. Consumers trust American solar-panel manufacturers to stand behind their product guarantees because these companies rank high in quality, responsiveness to warranty claims, accessibility for customer service and compliance with safety requirements.
Sustainability. Sustainably-minded Americans see little logic in buying a solar system that was made in Asia and shipped via a diesel-burning cargo ship halfway around the world. Instead, green buyers select domestic solar panels, produced according to stringent environmental, labor and quality standards, to reduce the environmental impact.
Energy independence. For the U.S., solar power represents an important tool for achieving energy independence. Just as people believe the nation should not rely on the Middle East for imported oil, many also understand that America should not depend on foreign technology or manufacturing.
American job creation. The U.S. solar manufacturing industry employs thousands of Americans across the country. Study after study shows that technology and manufacturing jobs, with comparatively high wages and benefits, are the types of jobs that the U.S. should aspire to create and maintain. To learn more about American-made panels, visit