TMQ has a Suggestion on Oil Prices

September 5th, 2008 Posted in cars, energy conservation, transportation | No Comments » Make sure you like EcoJoes on Facebook to stay updated on green ways to save money and help the environment. Just click the "like" button below. Muchas gracias!


Last Tuesday, good ol’ TMQ had some stuff to say about how the huge increase in oil price can be partially attributed to the reluctance that the U.S. showed with raising fuel standards.  Let’s take a look at what he had to say, shall we?

You Don’t Need to Speculate in Futures Contracts for Members of Congress, Since They Are So Easy to Buy: As the price of a barrel of oil nearly doubled in the first half of 2008, members of Congress ominously blamed petroleum speculators who, it was said, were ominously buying up futures contracts. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada called a news conference to introduce his grandly titled Stop Excessive Energy Speculation Act of 2008. If “excessive” speculation, whatever that means, really is influencing oil markets, then those ominous speculators are now being punished by the same markets, as barrel prices fall. But how convenient for the United States Congress to blame unnamed, shadowy speculators instead of blaming … the United States Congress.

It is Congress, after all, that from 1988 to 2007 repeatedly refused to raise fuel economy standards for cars, trucks and SUVs, thus guaranteeing U.S. oil imports would rise, and helping push up global oil demand, increase the price of oil and channel more dollars, euros and yen to the Persian Gulf dictatorships that support anti-Western and anti-Israel terrorism. Under Republican and Democratic leadership alike, for 20 years Congress was warned and warned and warned again regarding trends in U.S. petroleum use, and for 20 years did nothing. With an election coming, how about we throw these unctuous rascals out, and to play on a suggestion by the late William F. Buckley, replace them with 535 names chosen at random from the nation’s telephone books?
 

If you want to read the whole column (which is 90% about football, and which I recommend), you can read TMQ rooootttcccch… HERE.

UPS Tips for Saving Gas

July 4th, 2008 Posted in cars, energy conservation, green business, save money | No Comments » Make sure you like EcoJoes on Facebook to stay updated on green ways to save money and help the environment. Just click the "like" button below. Muchas gracias!

UPS #1 
UPS has 93,637 vehicles (cars, trucks, vans, motorcycles, and tractor-trailers) that drive over 2 billion miles a year, so they have had a lot of practice in finding ways to save gas, save money, and reduce air pollution.  Here are three of Brown’s gas saving tips for any of y’all driving this holiday weekend.

  1.  Avoid left turns – UPS plans its routes to minimize left turns.  This reduces gas usage because left turns generally mean you car has to sit and idle while waiting to turn.  This helped UPS save $12 million last year!
  2. Reduce idling – I did not know this, but UPS has a “no idling” policy, so no matter how short of a stop a UPS driver makes, they turn off their engine.  This reduces idling time by 24 minutes per driver a day, which saves them $188 per driver per year!
  3. Plan your route – UPS plans out its routes to be as efficient and direct as possible.  Remember, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail!

If you can’t read that good, here are some gas saving tips from UPS… IN VIDEO FORM. 

Give Wildlife a Brake – Free Bumper Sticker

June 3rd, 2008 Posted in cars, free | No Comments » Make sure you like EcoJoes on Facebook to stay updated on green ways to save money and help the environment. Just click the "like" button below. Muchas gracias!


Around where I live, there’s lots of roadkill that can be seen each and every day, including deer, squirrels, opossums, and even the occasional caterpillar. My vision stays blurry while I drive because of the constant flow of tears caused by the pointless deaths of these noble animals.

Hopefully this free bumper sticker will remind other drivers to slow down and be on the lookout for animals crossing the road instead of, in a morbid ironic twist, distracting drivers and thereby causing them to run over even more hapless creatures.

Anyhoo, if you click the picture above, you will be well on your way to being a proud owner of a gen-u-ine bumper sticker. So godspeed to you, and help spread the message that people needs to be careful and not run over any animals (or small children).

How to Improve Your Car’s Miles per Gallon

May 13th, 2008 Posted in cars, save money | No Comments » Make sure you like EcoJoes on Facebook to stay updated on green ways to save money and help the environment. Just click the "like" button below. Muchas gracias!


Way back in November, back when I was young and carefree, I wrote about how to find your car’s miles per gallon. Back then I got 29.5 mpg, which is not too shabby, but by gumbo, I wanted to save some money on gas. Recently, I found some simple ways to increase my car’s fuel efficiency. By following these three simple tips, I’ve increased my horseless carriage’s miles per gallon up to a whopping 36 mpg (about a 22% improvement).

How to Improve Your Car’s Fuel Efficiency

  1. Easy on the acceleration – when the light turns green, slowly ease down the gas pedal. No need to burn rubber, just accelerate slowly and steadily. This makes a big difference in improving fuel efficiency.
  2. Don’t idle for over a minute – if you’re at a stoplight where you know you’ll be waiting for over a minute, just turn your car off. When the light is about to turn green, turn your car back on. Only do this at stops that you’re very familiar with, and where you know you’ll be waiting for over a minute.
  3. Drive your optimal speed
    Don't drive too fast yo
    Believe it or not, driving at 70mph on a highway or belt-line is not very fuel efficient. For most cars, the optimal speed is 40-60 mph. Yes, lots of cars will pass you. Stay in the slow lane to let them. They are just wasting their gas (and money).

By following these oh-so-handy tips, I only use about 80% the gas that I used to use. That means I’m saving about 20% in gas money, which these days is a big chunk o’ change. So help out your wallet and the good ol’ environment, and don’t drive like a maniac.

Hypercars – Crazy Efficient Cars Presented by Amory Lovins

April 29th, 2008 Posted in cars, green business, inventions, science | 2 Comments » Make sure you like EcoJoes on Facebook to stay updated on green ways to save money and help the environment. Just click the "like" button below. Muchas gracias!


GETCHO POPCORN LISTO

That’s right, folks, it’s movie time. So sit back, relax, and get ready for some surious learning as Amory Lovins narrates this neato video about Hypercars. All you have to do is click on the picture of Amory; look, here he is now:

Go ahead, click me

Fun Facts about Hypercars

  • Very light weight, very strong (carbon fiber, the same as Formula One race cars)
  • Less wind resistance
  • More efficient electric accessories (A/C, CD player, etc.)
  • Increase fuel efficiency dramatically
  • Windows let in light, but not heat (reducing need for A/C)

Amory says it’s possible we’ll see hypercars on the market within 4 to 5 years. Hopefully my car can hold out that long, then I’ll spring for a crazy efficient hypercar and watch my gas savings pile up.

– credit for the video goes to PBS and Nova

Happy Early Birthday To Me

April 1st, 2008 Posted in cars, eco hero | 2 Comments » Make sure you like EcoJoes on Facebook to stay updated on green ways to save money and help the environment. Just click the "like" button below. Muchas gracias!


Since my birthday’s in only ten days, I decided to give myself an early birthday present. As you may know, my car has been needing some major repairs, so I decided to start afresh and get myself a brand new comfy car.  New cars usually get better gas mileage than old, beat-up ones.

My new wheels

I got a big discount on it, something to do with rising gas prices or something, so it’s a good way to save money. Anyhoo, I decided I was hungry, so after waiting for about a half hour in a drive-through with my car running (keeps the MPG more efficient), I finally got some delicious comida. Unfortunately, I finished it before I got home, so I had to throw my wrappers and cup out the window, but no problema, since they biodegrade quite rapidly.

Delicious fast food

When I finally got home, I decided to change my new car’s oil.  A properly-tuned car can save you a lot of money, and also emits less pollution. But what to do with the old oil? I looked around til I found a suitable place, and then dumped it all there.

good-place-to-dump-oil.jpeg

All in all, I feel I made a pretty solid purchase. This is probably the best pre-birthday I have ever had.

Smart Car Sighting in Raleigh

March 4th, 2008 Posted in cars, science | No Comments » Make sure you like EcoJoes on Facebook to stay updated on green ways to save money and help the environment. Just click the "like" button below. Muchas gracias!


Last night, me and Tiff were heading home after getting swole at the gym, when much to my surprise a Smart Car drove by. I managed to get an amazing, high-quality photograph of it as it sped by.

Space-Time being bent by the Smart Car

That’s actually how it looked; it is so eco-friendly that it was warping space-time (that’s why the lights look weird, they are being bent). Stephen Hawkings explains this phenomenon in detail in A Briefer History of Time, available at your local public library.

Now, if only I could find this in Raleigh: