Discussing the Pros and Cons of Using Vegetable Oil as Fuel

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Fueling your car with vegetable oil may sound like a dream, but there are pros and cons to using this gasoline alternative.

A few weeks ago we talked about biodiesel, a promising energy source that is often cleaner burning and more efficient to create. One of the most popular uses for biodiesel fuel is as an alternative to gasoline for use in combustible engines like those found in vehicles. As the use of vegetable oil to power vehicle engines continues to become more common, it is also gaining viability as the technology improves.

However, like any emerging science there are both pros and cons involved in using vegetable oil to power vehicle engines. Here are some of the reasons—for and against—that are being used in the debate over substituting vegetable oil as fuel. [Continue reading]

Is Your Garden Smart? Conserve Water with a Drip Irrigation System

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In this economy, everyone is looking for ways to stretch their budget without compromising their environmental ideals. Gardens not only provide a break from the pressures everyday stress, but they can also be a great way to save money by growing … [Continue reading]

Adventure Cycling: Training for a Long Bike Trip

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If you are just getting started in Adventure Cycling, the first thing to consider is your training needs. How far do you want to go and how many days do you have to travel? I am currently planning a four day Bicycle Touring trip of about 220 … [Continue reading]

How Long Does Fruit Last?

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We love shopping at the local farmers market, the only downside being that fruit doesn't seem to last as long when it's not primed for sitting on trucks and languishing on the produce aisle. Want to know how long those sweet, sweet berries will last … [Continue reading]

Environmental Quote of the Day

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Will urban sprawl spread so far that most people lose all touch with nature? Will the day come when the only bird a typical American child ever sees is a canary in a pet shop window? When the only wild animal he knows is a rat – glimpsed on a night … [Continue reading]

Turn Over a New Leaf, Pick up the Yard Nature’s Way

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Green as she was in so many other ways, my grandmother’s manner of leaf disposal such a waste. Even today, depending on where you are, you see people needlessly destroying a tremendous natural resource. If your idea of “leaf pick up” means you rake … [Continue reading]

Green Tips for Cars: Lighten Your Load

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Looking for ways to save gas and increase your fuel economy? Then it's time to Lighten Your Load. Clear your car of extra baggage and you can improve your fuel economy by two percent for every 100 pounds. Are you still carrying around that … [Continue reading]

Raising an Eco-cat: Green tips and Earth-friendly products for kitties

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We spend a lot of time focusing on how to make our families, our homes and our lifestyle more "green." But, what about our pets? Even small animals can leave a heavy environmental footprint if, as pet owners, we don't take the initiative to make … [Continue reading]

8 Easy Ways to Teach Kids About Saving Energy

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There are ways to teach your kids about saving energy at home without constantly nagging them to turn off lights or shut the front door. It's not just about having rules and enforcing them, although that is a good idea too. It's also about teaching … [Continue reading]

Xeriscape: Landscaping With Low-Water Plants

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Xeriscaping is a growing trend among gardeners, landscapers and homeowners that want to enjoy the look of nature but also want to preserve nature so that they can enjoy it. There are many environmental benefits that come from this type of landscape … [Continue reading]