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Simple Ways To Be Proactive With Your Home's Energy Efficiency

Antique homes are a sight to behold.  There's a distinct area of my town with a number of early 1920's style homes that still stand tall today.  The wrap-around porches. Big, brawny interior.  Solid oak flooring with that piercing creak as you walk.  High ceilings.  Shudders covering the windows.  The list goes on.  

But what most antique homes – and many modern homes – lack is a fundamentally sound, energy efficient setup.  There's the thin window panes, or the less-than-desirable air circulation.  As the home ages, there may be small, subtle cracks in the duct work, or gaps in the attic for air that interfere with temperature control throughout the home.

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Remodeling your home to be as energy efficient as possible obviously aids the homeowner in a number of ways.  But determining which areas of the home need the most patchwork, regardless of whether you're trying to update a historic home or modern one, is key.  From adding more insulation to replacing windows on down to regularly changing out air filters around the house, here are ways to survey and tackle your home's energy efficiency the right way. ... read more

Reasons Why The Prius Continues To Shine In The Hybrid Race

How familiar are you with a Toyota Prius over any of the other hybrids on the market?  Better question, if you could do your own poll, what would your ratio be of Prius vs. LEAF vs. Volt or other conventional models with a hybrid twist to them?  Yet, however the test's done, odds are you've seen at least a couple Prius cars pass you by on the streets and highways while you commute to work every day.  Some cities more than others. 

Whatever the case, it shouldn't come as too much of a shock that when you think hybrid vehicles, you may assume “Prius”.  And there are a number of reasons for that, some obvious and some more on the statistical side of things.  

But, first thing's first: this isn't an editorial saying you should run out and buy up the first Prius you see over another, because there are many other quality hybrids on par with the Prius - and in some cases, surpass on a performance level – that are out there on the market.  

This is just a brief list of reasons why the Prius seems to have had more influence.... read more

What's Your Favorite Hybrid Car Myth?

HybridI'm sure you've seen both sides of the coin by now with hybrid vehicles.  One side's championing and the other's lambasting on many points of interest.  Heck, there's probably even a small sector of people debating the debate on hybrids vs. conventional vehicles.

To which I say, whatever's clever.  At some point, all the facts and figures and testimonials won't change everyone's mind sooner rather than later.  Whether that's because of myths or not, I figured it's high time to list the best hybrid myths out there.  And at the end, if you want to pick your favorite from the bunch or add to the list, you're more than welcome.

Now on to the list!

Myth #1: Hybrids Are Still A Relative Unkown

While they may be intentionally unkown to some, hybrids are far from being a new property.  The "hybrid" car was orignially conceived way back in the late 17th century by Ferdinand Verbiest, who drew up plans to create a 4-wheel steam car for the Chinese Emperor, Khang Hsi.  And as for the first functioning hybrid, you only have to go nearly 100 years later to 1769, where Frenchman Nicholas Cugnot completed a steam-powered carriage that moved at a brisk 6 miles per hour.  Granted, it wasn't fast, but from a technical sense of the word, it's still a hybrid through and through.

Myth #2: Hybrid Tech Is Merely A Trend 

Technology is always evolving into something much more with every passing year.  Whether it's smartphones becoming smarter, home siding becoming more energy efficient or in the case of hybrid engines, becoming more advanced between all-electric reliance or efficient gas-electric motors, hybrid cars are evolving with every new model year.  Trends are reserved for disco.

Myth #3: Hybrids Only Appeal To Conservationists

This one's pretty easy to dissect.  Grouping a hybrid with a percentage of people who may be more eco-friendly than another is on the same level as saying the only people who buy a Porsche or Corvette are people approaching a mid-life crisis.  The reality is a hybrid appeals to every driver the same way a truck or sports car should appeal to every driver. ... read more

How To Be As Green As Possible When Moving

Aside from helping conserve the environment around us, there are many pluses sprouting up from increased awareness on eco-friendly how-to’s, habits and just general recycling mentalities.  They can be found with how we drive or arrive at a particular destination.  Or how we reuse items we took for granted and disposed of in the past.  If you stare long and hard at any given task for a good amount of time, there’s a green initiative hiding somewhere inside.

Like moving into a new home or apartment.  

Now, no one’s really running through the streets expressing their love for moving, now are they?  Truth be told, it’s one process stacked on top of another that’s more or less one big cluster both with packing and unpacking.  Some might just opt to let the professionals come in and handle the situation, while others will take the task on their own (and hopefully with a few helping hands).  ... read more

Take The Initiative On Paperless Strategies For Your Business

Paper has been with us for a long time.  And by a long time, I mean way back in A.D. times.  Ts'ai Lun has been credited with creating paper back in 105 A.D.  If you could think of the amount of paper created and used between then and present day, it'd probably fill up the globe ten fold.  ... read more

Understanding The Grid And Its Impact On Your Electric Vehicle

Electric VehiclesYour area is only good as your electric vehicle (EV). Or was it the other way around?

That was my initial response to a recent study done by the Union of Concerned Scientists on the efficiency of an all-electric car in a given state. What it hints at is how an EV from California could have a slight edge on a similar EV vehicle charging in Oklahoma. If a state has less solar powered/wind turbines facilitating the energy grid and relies more on coal and other so-called “dirty” fuel sources to do so, even if the EV was all-electric and not a 50/50 engine, the charging station would burn off more emissions in the end. The organization even created a nice little map showcasing the EV levels.... read more

Fuel Conservation Tips For Drivers

Trying to be more green with how we drive has a number of benefits that stretch beyond dollars and cents. As consumers out there try to come to terms with the Hybrid movement or get a feel for all-electric models like the Nissan Leaf or need further information regarding gas-electric combination vehicles like the Chevy Volt, saving trips to the pump isn’t necessarily tied down to fuel efficient cars as much as it applies to how we drive and what steps we take to make sure our car’s overall performance is up to par.

Granted, there’s a significant advantage for having a hybrid vehicle that gets on average around 40+ miles per gallon, but drivers with older model cars can still contribute to being green and reduce the amount of emissions into the atmosphere from simple car care tips.

Here are a few easy steps or reminders to do just that.

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