HybridCenter: A Buyer’s Guide

by Justin Thomas •

HybridCenter is a good site to get the latest information on hybrid cars. The site features a Buyer’s Guide where you can compare cars based on your driving needs and price of gas in your state. They also have a Comparison Chart, where you can see how each car will perform, based on your driving habits. There’s also a comprehensive …

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Real-World Hybrid Mileage Reports

by Justin Thomas •

GreenHybrid.Com has a database of real-world mileage reports from hybrid car drivers. It now has statistics from over 1000 different cars in the database. The site also has an active discussion forum and a learning section where you can read about the basics of hybrid car technology.

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Review: Low Rolling Resistance Tires

by Justin Thomas •

Green Seal has released another of their well-researched reports, this time covering “Low Rolling Resistance Tires“. The reports presents previously unpublished data on leading tires that have low rolling resistance. But what is rolling resistance exactly? It’s a measurement of how easily the tire rolls down the road — minimizing the energy wasted as heat between the tire and the …

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Juice Bag: Flexible Solar Power

by Justin Thomas •

The “Juice Bag” is the first of its kind — a backpack with flexible solar panels built in. This means it’s lighter and less bulky that other solar backpacks. The pack has a capacity of 2500 Cubic inches, and weighs 2.5 pounds. It charges gadgets directly via a built-in female 12V car charger. The solar cells output 6.3 Watts. It’s …

Vigilus Mountain Resort

by Justin Thomas •

Vigilus is an efficient mountain resort located in Südtirol, Northern Italy. It is reachable only by cable car. The resort was made with the ideal of an “organic architecture” — architecture integrated with the existing natural elements. All rooms outfitted with a clay partition wall, which stores warmth and moderates the room climate. The Vigilius mountain resort is stoked by …

Biota Spring Water: Biodegradable Bottles

by Justin Thomas •

Biota is the first spring water to be packaged in a compostable bottle. The bottle is made of a corn-based bioplastic, which was exclusively created for Biota by Naturework PLA. The bioplastic is an alternative to PET which is the petroleum-based plastic commonly used to bottle beverages. PET takes about a thousand years to decompose. The bottle will break down …

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Carfree Cities

by Justin Thomas •

Imagine life in a city free from the noise, stench, and danger of cars, trucks, and buses. Imagine that all basic needs, from groceries to child care, lie within a five-minute walk of every doorstep. Imagine that no commute takes more than 35 minutes from door to door, and that service is provided by a fast, cheap, safe, comfortable public …

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Biodiesel FAQ

by Justin Thomas •

Biodiesel Cycle

What is Biodiesel? Biodiesel is a vegetable oil-based fuel that runs in diesel engines — cars, buses, trucks, construction equipment, boats, generators, and oil home heating units. It’s usually made from soy or canola oil, and can also be made from recycled fryer oil. You can blend it with regular diesel or run 100% biodiesel. What are the benefits of …

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Solar Chill Evaporative Coolers

by Justin Thomas •

Notes from Manufacturer: Recommended for drier climates. Works when humidity < 40% Features: Cut your cooling costs by up to 90% Low wattage cooling: from 20 to 150 watts This is a cooler that can run on 1 or 2 solar panels, or a car battery charger More environmentally friendly – no freon Cabinet is 24 gauge stainless steel, warranted …

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EV Global Folding Mini E-Bike (36V)

by Justin Thomas •

  Top speed: 18 mph Range: 20 miles Notes from Manufacturer: Fold it and load it easily into the back of your car, minivan, RV, boat, plane or public transportation. You can even store your ebike folding mini in your closet. Features include: Compact design folds to 32" L x 14" w X 31" H. Very easy to fold while …