Heat Trapping Gases & Other Climate Change Influences

Part 4 of United States Climate Change Impact. Carbon dioxide concentration has increased due to the use of fossil fuels in electricity generation, transportation, and industrial and household uses. It is also produced as a by-product during the manufacturing of cement. Deforestation provides a source of carbon dioxide and reduces its uptake by trees and […]

E85 and Flex Fuel Vehicles

Ethanol is a renewable fuel made from plants. Essentially non-drinkable grain alcohol, ethanol is produced by fermenting plant sugars. It can be made from corn, sugar cane, and other starchy agricultural product. The cellulose in agricultural wastes such as waste woods and corn stalks (also know as “cellulosic ethanol”) can also be used as a […]

Carbon Monoxide: Invisible Danger

What is carbon monoxide? Carbon monoxide (CO) is a poisonous, colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas. Although it has no detectable odor, CO is often mixed with other gases that do have an odor. So, you can inhale carbon monoxide right along with gases that you can smell and not even know that CO is present. […]

A Preparedness Guide for Winter Storms: Are you ready?

The winter months bring snow and ice storms, power outages and hazardous driving conditions. However, you can prepare for a disaster by taking a few steps to deal with the challenges of winter weather. Compile an emergency survival kit that includes a three day supply of food and water, flashlights, a first aid kit, a […]

Today’s Alternative Fuel Choices: Propane

Part 7 of Advanced Technology and Alternative Fuel Vehicles. Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), commonly called propane, is a mixture of at least 90 percent propane, 2.5 percent butane and higher hydrocarbons, and ethane and propylene make up the remaining balance. It is a byproduct of natural gas processing and/or petroleum refining. A propane-powered vehicle can’t […]

Today’s Alternative Fuel Choices: Natural Gas

Part 6 of Advanced Technology and Alternative Fuel Vehicles. Natural gas is a mixture of hydrocarbons, mainly methane. It can be produced either from gas wells or in conjunction with crude oil production. Natural gas is a clean burning, domestically produced fuel that generates significantly less carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, particulate matter, and nitrous oxide […]

Today’s Alternative Fuel Choices: Ethanol

Part 3 of Advanced Technology and Alternative Fuel Vehicles. The most widely used alternative transportation fuel is ethanol. Ethanol is an alcohol usually made from corn or corn by-products, using a process similar to brewing beer. Vehicles that run on ethanol have less carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide emissions than conventional vehicles. In the USA, […]

Why Drive an Advanced or Alternative Fuel Vehicle?

Part 1 of Advanced Technology and Alternative Fuel Vehicles. Transportation accounts for more than 67% of oil consumption in the USA-more than it produces. Today, our country imports more than 54 percent of its oil, and suggested that this could increase to 75% by 2010. According to the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, the average vehicle […]

Mechanical Ventilation: Window and Exhaust Fans

Part 4 of Cooling Your Home Naturally with Fans and Ventilation. Window fans are best used in windows facing the prevailing wind or away from it to provide cross-ventilation. Window fans augment any breeze or create a breeze when the air is still. If the wind direction changes frequently in your area, use reversible-type window […]