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Paul Aitchison asked:



Do you know that some old gas stations are going out of business because their gas machines can only go up to $4 and they have to invest $30,000 to buy new machines to get the correct price printed on them. Rising gas prices are affecting the economy of all the countries and the life of a common man is turning miserable day by day.

So what can you do to combat these gas prices? Do you have a goal to save money on gas, help the economy, create an eco-friendly environment, and to clean your car emissions? Running your car on water is the cheapest and most effective way of doing this. Water Fuel technology has recently become a viral Internet phenomenon. Thousands of people all over the world are currently using this technology to beat the price of gas and lower their fuel costs. Actually, scientists have been researching on how to make water as a viable source of energy. After 20 years of research under Project Energy, the scientists have discovered that by using electrolysis, water can actually be converted into a flammable gas called Oxyhydrogen. And, surprising, we can actually modify the car engine and car battery to do this electrolysis process.

What is water fuel technology? It is a process to change a car to a water hybrid. All you need to do is perform a very simple conversion. It only takes a few hours. Any experienced mechanic can do this conversion in under an hour. A few steps are to be taken to do the conversion. First of all the usage of pure water is avoided as fuel. The water molecules are broken down into hydrogen ions and oxygen ions by the process of electrolysis. The hydrogen ion that is produced by electrolysis is converted to hydrogen gas by combustion. This hydrogen gas is used as a fuel for the car and is also termed as HHO gas. When HHO Gas is combined with gasoline, combustion occurs and water fuel is created.

This is a 100% legit and effective technology, will not void your warranty, and will save you thousands of dollars on your fuel. Are you ready to run a car on water fuel? Start fighting with the overpriced gas before you spend any more money.




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Posted: May 8th, 2009
at 11:54pm by Fuel Saver

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Finally, some good news about gas prices

While hurricane season is generally not a good thing for oil prices, especially when those hurricanes are in the Gulf of Mexico, a less powerful than expected Gustav is actually proving to be just that.

Oil prices are nearing their lowest price in five months. Today they tumbled to $109.71/barrel – just a couple months ago it seemed like it was inevitable that they’d hit $150/barrel by the end of the year.

So while your gas is still probably going to be above $3/gallon, it’s still a lot better than $4/gallon, right?

Anyway, I thought it’d be fun to pass along some good news for a change instead of all this gloom and doom, sky is falling stuff.

Posted: September 2nd, 2008
at 11:35pm by Fuel Saver


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Boost Gas Mileage By Changing Your Spark Plugs

It’s amazing just how much keeping your car in tip top condition can help you save money on gas.

For example, did you know you can boost fuel mileage up to 30% by just switching out your old and dirty spark plugs with new ones.

Here’s a cool video worth watching:

And let me throw in a “plug” here for Autolite spark plugs – they’ve been making spark plugs since 1936. Their site has tons of cool info on proper torque and gap of plugs, avoiding pre-ignition, installation tips, and stats on gas savings you can get (I love stats!).

Posted: August 26th, 2008
at 7:23pm by Fuel Saver


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How To Live Without Car – Seriously

In this video, I interview my brother who doesn’t own a car, but still manages to commute to work everyday. He’s not like me and doesn’t work from home.

I decided to record this video since some people were pretty skeptical when I mentioned getting rid of your car as an extreme way to save money on gas.

We cover things like how to commute if you live in a place where it gets cold in the winter (my brother lives in Minnesota) and what kind of bike makes a good commuter bike.

Let me know what you think.

Posted: August 15th, 2008
at 8:53pm by Fuel Saver


Categories: Gas Saving Tips

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4 Extreme Ways To Save Money On Gas

When I was originally thinking of recording this video, I wanted to have 8 extreme ways to save money on gas, but that was just too many. And then there tips number seven… turns out that’s illegal. Tip 6 as it turns out was a scam. And tip 5 I’d just rather not talk about, k?

So I was left with four extreme ways to save money on gas. Sure, some of them may seem insane and you may think I’m truly out of my mind by even suggesting them.

If you don’t want to watch the video, here’s the quick ‘n dirty version of what I said:

1) Work From Home – This is my solution to high gas prices. I just work from my home office. And you don’t need to start your own business to do it, many employers these days allow you to telecommute.

2) Ditch you car - If you stop driving your car think about how much you’d save, 400, 500, 600 dollars a month? Public transportation and a bicycle can do the job for more people than you’d think.

3) Hypermiling – Want to double the gas mileage of your current vehicle without wasting your money on those so called gas saving devices (they’re mostly scams anyway)? Then take note of these driving techniques. They definitely don’t teach you this in driving school.

4)Make Your Own Biodiesel – I realize that most of us have gas powered vehicles, but for those of you out there with a diesel vehicle or if you’re thinking of getting one, you can go down to your local restaurant and usually get their waste fry oil for next to nothing, and that stuff is perfectly capable of powering your vehicle if you put little bit of a fuel additive in the tank… ends up costing less than $1/gallon instead of $5/gallon for diesel.

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Posted: July 29th, 2008
at 4:11pm by Fuel Saver


Categories: Gas Saving Tips

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Volvo Recharge Plugin Hybrid

I was watching the L.A. Auto Show on ESPN a couple weeks ago, and saw a few environmentally friendly cars that we may be seeing in the future.

One that I thought was particularly cool was th Volvo Recharge Concept Car.

It’s a plugin hybrid which in and of itself is really nothing new. Even the estimated range of the car isn’t any better than what is expected from the GM Volt model.

However, the innovation in this car is that the lack of a conventional engine and a transmission.

Instead, it has four smaller motors that drive each wheel individually. This not only saves a lot of space (which Volvo is using to add additional safety devices of course) in the vehicle and eliminates the need to a transmission but it also helps with performance giving this vehicle acceleration similar to that of a sports car. It’s definitely not your typical Volvo.

Normally I’d tell you to be on the lookout for this car in 2010 since just about every other cool fuel efficient car is coming out that year, but alas, that isn’t to be the case here. Volvo isn’t saying when exactly it’ll be released but they’ve said it’ll likely be 2015 before a significant number of these cars could be on the road.

Here’s a cool video from Volvo about the Recharge Concept and how it works.

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Posted: July 22nd, 2008
at 12:28am by Fuel Saver

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Alternative Fuel Technologies – A look at the major contenders

With gas prices having hit $4/gallon and with no relief in site, I think we’re all looking for alternatives so that we’re no longer dependent on the volatile oil market. There is a lot of talk about alternative fuels these days so I thought I’d take a few minutes to give you the lowdown on the major contenders to replace to replace the gasoline currently swishing around in your tank.

So let’s take a look at the four alternative fuels most likely to take over as the dominant fuel in your vehicle.

Electricity

We use electricity to power just about everything else so why not your car? Just add a few more batteries and you’re good to go, right? Well, sort of.

Advantages of electric cars

Electric cars have a lot of advantages. First there’s that whole no emissions thing. Just think about how that would help with smog in major cities. Some will argue that since in the United States most of our power comes from coal, it’s just switching from one fossil fuel to another, and they’re partly right, but they’re missing the point.

The power grid gets cleaner every decade. Right now billions are being invested in both solar and wind power so your electric vehicle actually becomes a “greener” car to drive the longer you drive it.

Also, keep in mind that electricity generated at power plants is generated far more efficiently than in an internal combustion engine. Even if it does happen to be from coal or natural gas, it’s still cleaner than burning gasoline in your car’s engine.

Also, keep in mind that reducing our dependency on foreign oil is just a smart thing to do.

One of the really cool things about an electric car is never having to visit the gas station. A fully electric vehicle can be charged from a standard 110v outlet in your home in just a few hours.

Disadvantages of electric cars

With the numerous advantages that electric cars have to offer, it’s not without its fair share of downsides.

Probably the biggest concern right now is the lack of range with electric vehicles. GM’s Volt line is expected to come out in 2010, but those cars are only expected to have a range of 40 miles before the gasoline engine needs to kick in. That’s enough for your daily commute or running errands around town, but not much else. 100% electric cars (i.e. – no hybrid gas engine or alternative fuel source) such as those made from companies like Tesla fare better with a range of about 200 miles, but that’s still far below a typical gas powered car even if it is a gas guzzling SUV.

Then there’s the whole issue of how long it takes to “refill” or in this case recharge. Current lithium batteries are going to take 4-6 hours before they’re fully recharged. Again, not a problem if you plug it in for the night, but not a whole lot of fun if you’re driving across country on a road trip.

Then there is that little nagging issue of where we’re going to get all that power. Let’s face it, the power grid in the United States is already stressed. If we all switched over to electric vehicles, we’d crush it. We would have to build a lot more power plants which would likely be fossil fuel burning plants like coal and natural gas to cope with the extra demand placed on the grid. It’s good for reducing our dependency on foreign oil, but still not exactly a “green” option… at least not yet.

Infrastructure

While it’s easy to say that the infrastructure is in place for electric vehicles, that’s just not true yet. I know I’m going to sound like a broken record here, but we simply can’t crank out enough power right now to just switch to electric. Refineries would have to be replaced with power plants.

However, one company has a novel solution where for an extra $20k they’ll install solar panels on your roof which will provide plenty of electricity for you to electric car.

Then there’s that whole recharing ordeal. Nobody wants to hang out with “Daryl” the gas station attendant for four hours watching tumbleweeds blow by while the batteries on the electric car recharge. I’ve seen some research from some of those MIT geniuses about carbon nanotube capacitors that can be recharged in seconds, but they’re still little more than a glimmer in the theoretical physicists’ eye – cool if it can be commercially viable, but still a big question mark.

Until the recharging issue is solve, electric vehicles are unlikely to be more than a niche player in the alternative fuel game. Electric vehicles will likely need to be paired with another kind of fuel for the foreseeable future to make them practical.

Hydrogen Fuel Cells

Hydrogen fuel cells have been looked at as the fuel of the future for decades now.

What’s so great about running a vehicle on hydrogen? Easy, when burned in a fuel cell engine, the only emission is water vapor – you could put the water in a glass and drink it.


Advantages of hydrogen fuel cells

Hydrogen is abundant – in fact it’s the most abundant element in the known universe. On Earth it doesn’t float around as hydrogen all that readily, but through electrolysis it’s pretty easy to get all the hydrogen we’ll ever need from water. And since it goes back to water when it’s used, it’s not like we’re using up the water either. This is one fuel source we’d never run out of.

It’s also a highly efficient fuel. Hydrogen has the highest energy content per unit of weight of any known fuel.

Disadvantages of hydrogen fuel cells

Hydrogen also comes with its own list of drawbacks though. In this case, the major issue is storing the stuff. If you want enough hydrogen to power your vehicle, you’ve got two choices, compress it or make it cold until it turns into a liquid. If you can make it a liquid, you can store a lot more of it in a tank, but hydrogen doesn’t become a liquid until you get down to -252.87 Celsius (-423.17 Fahrenheit). That’s darn cold! And keeping it that cold requires a pretty significant amount of energy. Compressing it is currently a better choice, but it requires larger storage tanks (which increase weight).

The other disadvantage of hydrogen is that it burns so efficiently (yes, I know I said that was an advantage) – so efficiently that it’s keen on blowing up as any Hindenburg aficionado is well aware. But then again, gas blows up too, so you won’t actually be driving a 70mpg 2,000lb missile down the Interstate anymore than you are now.

Infrastructure

I was reading an article a few days ago that said the cost of getting an infrastructure in place would require somewhere in the neighborhood of $70 billion in subsidies. We have a massive network of gas stations that would need retrofitting with tanks to store hydrogen, but the bigger issue is making hydrogen on a massive scale. We don’t really have that.

Hydrogen has a lot of promise as a fuel, but it’s probably the furthest away from reaching its potential as a fuel.

Compressed Air

Compressed Air is a perfectly viable alternative fuel that you really don’t hear much about.

For those of you who took an Industrial Arts class (shop class) in high school, you’ve probably built your own version of an air powered car using some balsa wood and a CO2 canister, but for those not so cultured, here’s a Youtube video showing these fun little toys (I’d make my own video, but mine was reduced to splinters in a crash.)

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So if you think about it using compressed air to, say, turn some pistons in an engine and make it run wouldn’t be too terribly difficult either.

All you need is a tank with enough air in it and you’re good to go.

Advantages of compressed air

The more I think about compressed-air cars, the more excited I get. Let’s talk about the fuel source first. It’s air – the same stuff we breathe. You fill up your tank with an air compressor – that’s it – you’re done.

Now let’s talk about emissions. It uses compressed air. When you uncompress air, it’s just air – the same stuff it was before you put it into a tank in the first place. That means zero emissions.

Unlike with electricity which takes hours to recharge, it only takes about three minutes to fill up your tank with a service station air compressor. It’s been estimated the cost would be about $3 to fill ‘er up for a full tank of air. The cool thing is that a lot of air vehicles are being made with on board compressors so you can plug the unit in your standard plug at home and the tanks will full recharge in about 4 hours. It’s like getting all the benefits of electric without the drawback of not being able to recharge quickly.

Lastly, compressed air vehicles can be significantly cheaper than their gasoline powered counterparts. While most alternative fuel vehicles add a significant chunk of change to the final price of your vehicle, air powered cars are actually cheaper.

Disadvantages of compressed air

While compressed air may sound like a pretty sweet deal, it does have a few drawbacks. So far all compressed-air cars have been small, and they are made out of aluminum, not steel to save on weight.

Also, the current range of 100% compressed air vehicles is only a little over 100 miles at the moment which makes them impractical for long trips. The American company Zero Pollution Motors plans to release their vehicle as a compressed air hybrid which also comes with a conventional gas engine which can actually extend the range of the vehicle to 800 miles.

Infrastructure

If compressed air vehicles did start to catch on, the infrastructure changes would be relatively minor. Refueling stations would need to invest in pumps that dispensed compressed air instead of gas which wouldn’t be too difficult. My guess is the hardest part would be for the government to figure out how to tax it.

Since it uses just air, no refineries would need to be built – air is freely available all around us. We just need to bottle it up and it’s ready to go.

Biofuels

I’m lumping all of the biofuels into this category. I’m talking about ethanol (whether its made from corn, sugar cane, kudzu, switchgrass, or algae really doesn’t matter) and biodiesel (made from vegetable oils).

Advantages of biofuels

The advantages of biofuels are that they’re something we’re already familiar with. You fill up your tank with a liquid that gets squirted into a little chamber and it burns making those ponies under the hood make those noises that get teenage boys all hot and bothered.

There’s also that whole “foreign oil dependency” thing. I don’t know about you but giving billions of dollars each year to countries that hate us and want all us “infidels” to die a slow and painful death really doesn’t bring visions of sugar plums dancing in my head when my head hits the pillow at night.

Biofuels can fix that little issue. The United States is a vast country with a whole heck of a lot of land that can be used for growing stuff… not necessarily corn, but something. Switchgrass is suitable for growing in climates where it’s too dry for corn. Kudzu grows all over the south whether they want it to or not, and algae is a nuisance in lakes and coastal waters all over the country. All of these are being looked at as excellent candidates for ethanol conversion.

Plus, not shipping oil thousands of oils in massive tankers would mean no oil spills, and don’t kid yourself, they happen all the time… just not in America. That’s certainly a more environmentally friendly thing to do.

Disadvantages of biofuels

Americans like to drive – there’s no doubt about that. However, we also like to eat. And while there are several non food plants being looked at for ethanol the main way to make ethanol in this country is to use corn. If it’s not used as food for people, it’s used as food for cows or other livestock which then become food for people. Using corn for ethanol has caused corn prices to rise dramatically which leads to an increase in food prices since nearly everything on the store shelves has corn as an ingredient. (Just look at how many things have corn syrup in them.)

Then there’s the little nagging issue about converting corn into ethanol not being efficient. Right now optimistic estimates are that you get 1.25 unit of energy back for every 1 unit you put in. Less optimistic ones say it’s actually energy negative meaning it takes more energy (diesel fuel used to run tractors that plant and harvest the corn and trucks used to transport it) to produce ethanol than you get in return. Obviously, scientists and engineers are trying to make the process far more efficient and think they can get up to a 7 to 1 return on energy units, but right now they’re nowhere close.

And while biofuels are certainly greener than their fossil fuel brethren, they’re not exactly zero emission fuels. You certainly don’t want to breathe that stuff coming out of your tailpipe even if it does smell like french fries.

Infrastructure

In terms of infrastructure, very little would need to change at your local gas station. A gas pump is a gas pump whether or not it’s pumping gas, diesel, biodiesel, ethanol, or refried beans (now that stuff’ll give ya gas).

We’d either need to build new refineries which is already in progress for ethanol plants across the Midwest or we’d need to retrofit the old ones designed to make gasoline. Either way it’s a fairly expensive process, but it wouldn’t require much adaptation on the consumer’s part since your engine would sound, smell, and drive the same as it always has.

Air Powered Car Gets 106mpg, Goes 96mph and has 800 mile range

Any of my long time readers will remember that one of my first posts was about an Air powered car in India.

At the time it really wasn’t much to get excited about especially for speed crazed American drivers. The vehicle only had a top speed of 68 miles per hour and a range of just 125 miles.

Also, it was only available in India, but it looks like a compressed air hybrid might be heading to the United States in late 2009 or 2010.

And this new compressed air car comes with far more impressive credentials.

Top speed – 96 mpg
MPG – 106
Range – 800 miles +
Half the CO2 emissions of a Toyota Prius

I’ll admit that since that post a year ago I’ve ignored compressed air cars but Zero Pollution Motors (ZPM) has rekindled my interest.

One major advantage that a compressed air car has over an electric car is the refueling time. Current and upcoming electric cars require several hours to get recharged, which is fine if you’re just running errands around town or taking short trip, but it’s entirely impractical if you’ve got a road trip planned.

However, a compressed air tank can be refilled in about 3 minutes at a refueling station, but you can also take it home and plug it in and the onboard compressor will refill the tanks in about 4 hours (about $2 of electricity). It’s like getting the best of both worlds.

Another reason to like the ZPM Air Car is that it’s reasonably priced. Right now ZPM is expecting their 6-seater to cost less than $18,000. Contrast that to the $100k Tesla Roadster or even the $23k Toyota Prius and you can see why this compressed air thing just might work.

So why do we have to wait until at least late 2009 (probably 2010 – all the cool stuff is coming out in 2010) to see this vehicle hit the streets?

It still has to pass U.S. safety tests, and that takes time. So I certainly hope this thing makes it to the mass market in 2010, but I also wouldn’t be shocked if this thing got delayed… it seems to be happening a lot with all of alternative fuel vehicles.

Here’s a cool story from CNN about these air powered cars.

Posted: July 19th, 2008
at 12:08pm by Fuel Saver

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4 Reasons Why Offshore Drilling Is A Dumb Idea

President Bush wants to put an end to the presidential moratorium on offshore drilling – he’s a moron!

And here are my top 4 reasons why:

1) Won’t significantly affect prices
Saying that opening up more coastal waters to offshore drilling will help alleviate high gas prices I like putting a band-aid on severed artery. It doesn’t help and just wastes time. The federal Energy Information Administration estimates that there are roughly 16 billion barrels of oil we currently can’t get at due to the offshore moratorium. I realize that may sound like a lot, but consider that in the U.S. we go through about 140 billion gallons of gasoline each year. So that amount of oil is enough to keep our cars running for about 1 ½ months.

Not only that, but experts also feel that we wouldn’t really see the full affects of lifting the ban until 2030! Remember, it takes time to 1) figure out where oil might be 2) drill exploratory wells 3) put up offshore drilling rigs 4) get that oil to be refined.

I don’t know about you but I sincerely hope we’re not using any oil at that point in time, which brings me to reason number 2…

2) Short sighted

In the world of politics you have to get used to short sighted policies, but this is ridiculous. Even if we keep finding more oil, we know for a fact that we’re going to run out of it – period! It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when.

While I certainly don’t like going to the pump and putting $4.05/gallon gas in my tank, I’m willing to “take one for the team here.” At some point, one generation is going to have to suck it up and make the transition to other ways to our vehicles from here to there. We have the opportunity right now to do that right now, so I say it may as well be us and not our children or their children.

Think of the switch to alternative fuels like pulling off a band-aid. You can either do it slowly and it hurts the entire time you pull it off or you can pull it off quickly and it really hurts for just a few seconds, and then it’s all better. I’d rather get this transition over with as quickly as possible, wouldn’t you – rather than suffering through it for the next 20-30 years (or longer if the oil companies get their way)?

3) Only good for oil companies & OPEC
Have you seen those Chevron commercials claiming how they’re “part of the solution.” They want you to think they’re one of the good guys, and that they’re on your side. Don’t let them fool you. This is the same company that owns the technology for the most promising battery technology for electric cars and refuses to do anything with it except horde it to make sure that we need to continue buying their oil.
Lifting the moratorium on offshore drilling only helps keep the government in bed with oil companies, which already get huge tax breaks despite the fact that they’re reaping record profits right now. (*cough* corruption *cough*)

How about the government starts using its time and resources to favor alternatives? It’s true that it’ll take a few years for us to start seeing the benefits, but no matter what we do, it’s going to take time. I say we put those resources towards a long term solution.

Why should we keep giving all our money to countries that hate us? (i.e. the middle east, Venezuela, etc.) Seriously, that’s just stupid.

4) Won’t help with recession
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news here, but offshore drilling isn’t going to help with the recession that we seem to be entering right now. High gas prices may not be helping things, but they’re certainly not the only factor at work right now. In fact, I’m going to tell you right now it’s best to tighten you belt for the next few years because it’s going to be a bumpy ride. Things will get better, maybe even better than ever, but that light of the tunnel is still just a dot in the distance right now.

So I’m going to say it again. Let’s act a bit more like our grandparents, and theirs before them, and really work on making this country a great one for our children and their children instead of trashing it. It’s not always going to be fun, and at times it’s going to be painful, but it’ll be worth it.

Want a solution you can use to start using significantly less gas right now? Perform a water conversion on your car and you can improve your gas mileage by up to 57% – works with ANY vehicle.

Posted: July 18th, 2008
at 12:04pm by Fuel Saver

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Al Gore Wants US to Abandon Fossil Fuels by 2018

In a sharp contrast to President Bush, who wants to open up offshore drilling, which wouldn’t reach its full effect until 2030 according to experts, Nobel laureate Al Gore wants to see the United States abandon fossil fuels and switch to clean carbon-free sources.

I have to say that if I’m picking sides here, I’m siding with Al Gore. I not only want to see us transition to cleaner methods of transportation, but I want to see us do it as quickly as possible – oil companies be damned.

Now Gore is willing to admit that it would require “fundamental changes in political thinking and personal expectations.”

Allow me to translate: The government needs to stop sleeping with big oil. We need to take the attitude we had back in the 40s, 50s, and 60s. When JFK said we were going to the moon, it took 8 years. These days you can’t even build a satellite to circle the globe in that time. Heck, it’s been 7 years since 9/11 and construction on the new tours isn’t going anywhere. There is way to much freakin’ red tape whenever you want to do anything anymore (time to get rid of some lawyers me thinks.)

Now instead of paraphrasing everything he said, I’ll just send you to read the entire article here. Or you can watch his video on youtube:

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Don’t want to wait until 2018? You can start saving big money on gas by performing a water conversion on your car and you can slash your gas bill by 40% or more.

Not that motivated? You could always get a gas rebate card. It’s an extremely easy way to start saving money on gas every time you fill up the tank.

Posted: July 17th, 2008
at 9:09pm by Fuel Saver

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