Popular alternative fuels

Aug 11, 15 Popular alternative fuels

Posted by in Alternative fuels, Auto & Motor

In the 1990s, the US government listed eight alternative fuels for transport. Some of these have been readily taken up and are in daily use, others are still in experimental stages.

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US Carmakers are waking up to the green revolution

It’s taken a long time, but it seems at long last that US carmakers are finally waking up to the green revolution.

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Moving house in a green fashion

Feb 16, 12 Moving house in a green fashion

Posted by in Alternative Energy

If you’re moving house – and particularly if you’re moving house over a long distance or even abroad – you have to ask yourself of you really need or want to take all those furnishings with you.

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Can you drive an environmentally friendly estate car?

Feb 09, 12 Can you drive an environmentally friendly estate car?

Posted by in Alternative fuels, Hybrid

If you’re looking for an estate car that is also a hybrid, then your choices are fairly limited. Although hybrids used to be limited to one or two models, there are now a good variety of hybrid cars available as most of the main car manufacturers now produce them. However, few have ventured into the estate market as yet. Of course, it depends what kind of budget you’re working to.  If you’ve got over £41,000 to spend on a car, then the Volvo V70 estate plug-in hybrid will cost you that much. However, you do get an incredible 149mpg in return, with low carbon dioxide emissions of 50g/km. So your running costs come right down as you’ll only pay about £4 to travel 100 miles and there’s no road tax to pay because of the low emissions. Peugeot has just brought out its hybrid estate car – the 508 RXH. It has a 2 litre HDi diesel engine and a 37bhp electric motor. On a combined cycle, the Peugeot hybrid estate gets 67.2 mpg and has emissions of 109g/km.  The starting price is around £36,000, but even if you can afford it, you’ll be lucky to get one of these – as there are only 300 of the launch edition being produced. Not everyone has that much money to spend on a car, though. You could spend half as much on an entry-level Honda Insight – which starts at just under £17,000, and you’ll get 64.2 mpg and with carbon dioxide emissions of 101g/km. You’d have to do a lot of miles in the Volvo to make up the difference in the purchase price! Of course, while it’s a hybrid, the Insight is not an estate car, but it has plenty of room for a family to sit comfortably and store their luggage in the boot. You might also like; Household Energy Saving Tips US Carmakers are waking up to the green revolution Do Your Part: Six Easy Things You Can do to Decrea......

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Drive more efficiently without knowing it

Jan 31, 12 Drive more efficiently without knowing it

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The new Honda Civic enables its drivers to drive more efficiently without even knowing it. Honda has put the car through extensive testing before launching it this year and it’s absolutely packed full of technological improvements, slight restyling, ergonomic improvements and, as a bonus, it simply looks wonderful! The new Honda Civic’s high-mounted rear wing has been adjusted to perfection to minimise drag and maximise fuel efficiency. Also, Honda’s innovative ‘Idle Stop’ and ‘Eco Assist’ systems have been fully integrated into the new model. Idle Stop works by automatically turning off the engine when the car comes to a halt, and re-starts automatically when the driver depresses the clutch, thus saving fuel and reducing emissions at the same time. Eco Assist, meanwhile, works like a ‘coaching’ system – changing the colour of the speedo to tell drivers how efficiently they’re driving. So, for example, when a driver brakes or accelerates really sharply – the speedo will glow blue to show that this isn’t really the best idea if you can help it at all! Alternatively, when the driver is driving in a steadily smooth and economic manner, the display glows an appropriately soothing green. But best of all, the Honda civic 2012 enables its drivers to drive efficiently without them even knowing it. The 2.2 i-DTEC version of the car includes an innovative front grille that automatically adjusts – at high speeds it tightens thus reducing air resistance and improving fuel economy. In fact, the 2.2 diesel version delivers a very impressive 67.3 mpg – and it qualifies for reduced road tax due to its green credentials (free the first year, £20 a year thereafter at today’s rates). Meanwhile, the two petrol engine versions (1.4 and 1.8 litre) each have a 6-speed manual transmission – while all three models include a shift indicator telling you the best time to change gear to maximise fuel economy. Now really – has driving to save petrol, money, and the environment ever been easier? You might also like;...

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Snug and Cosy with Solar Power

As we all know, solar power is an effective way to turn a limitless, free resource into energy, without emitting CO2. Many people are considering using solar power in their home because of the rising cost of utility bills. If this is something you plan to do, it is wise to investigate further, as the government incentives schemes relating to feed-in tariffs are under review. However, reducing carbon emissions need not end with the installation of solar power. There are many actions we can take to reduce the energy we use, and enhance our environmentally-friendly credentials further. In my experience, the minute we have guests or visitors to the house, our energy consumption goes up. Not just energy used making up guest beds, cooking proper dinners and being an entertaining host, but also the energy used to make the house warm and welcoming. Were it left to me, we’d probably all be sitting around wearing thermals, extra jumpers and wrist-warmers, by the light of a couple of candles, but somehow, when guests arrive, that doesn’t seem quite good enough. At least with solar power, you can worry a little less about heating all that hot water for extra baths and showers. Do I sound like a Scrooge? Maybe I am. Candles aren’t strictly necessary but it would be foolish to invest in solar power without taking other cheaper steps to keep your home snug for visitors. The guest room can be made warm and inviting by providing extra blankets or a quilt on the bed, and don’t forget the good old-fashioned hot water bottle. Draught proofing is dirt cheap for windows and doors. So is a tube of silicone to seal the gap between floorboards and skirting. A comfy bed makes all the difference to your guests’ quality of sleep – have a word with a specialist retailer like http://www.bensonsforbeds.co.uk for some great guest bed ideas. Who knows, your guest room could turn out to be so snug and cosy, you’ll end up running a B&B! You...

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