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How can I avoid getting static shocks in the winter?

Some days, it feels like everything I touch gives me a shock. Car door, metal sink, even the dishwasher. What can I do to reduce static shocks?
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How to generate electricity for free?

Are there any ways of generating electricity for free*? It doesn't have to be 110/220/230V, but for example charging the mobile would be useful. * - free in terms of money, e.g. without paying ...
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How do I know how much charge a battery has left?

I have a box full of batteries (AA, AAA, 9V, and CR2032). I know some are empty because I chucked them in there together with full ones, which was probably not a smart thing to do. Is there an easy ...
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How do I prevent batteries from leaking?

I have recently bought a battery powered LED lamp for use on a camping trip. When I return I would like to have it ready for use at home when the power goes out. I am concerned that as it will be ...
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Check for electricity in a socket without tools?

How can I check if there is electricity in a power socket without a tester or any other specialized tools? Note: The method should not involve the destruction of the socket or my whole power supply!
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Using electricity at night [closed]

In Germany I get offers for reduced electricity rates from 22:00 to 6:00 for private households. The reduced rate is about 20% less than the normal rate. We're a family of 4 persons, 2 adults and 2 ...
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