App for Electric Car Buyers on Kickstarter

Electric Car Insider magazine is developing an interactive mobile buyers guide for electric cars. The features of this app include: instructional video, images, podcasts, and interviews. More on the EV Buyers Guide here.


Alternative Sources of Energy – Biofuels

Biofuels are an alternative to fossil fuels. They include aegis ethanol and derivatives of plant sources such as sugar cane, and vegetable oils. According to The International Energy Agency (IEA), biofuels may comprise as much as 10% of the global gasoline supply by 2025.

However, we are still in the process of developing biofuels that have the same energy efficiency of petroleum-based gasoline. Many nations are investing in biofuels. For example, Brazil has an ethanol output of 3 ½ billion tones/ year.


Alternative Sources of Energy – Nuclear Power

Nuclear power has an efficiency of 80% and it is an environmentally friendly source of energy. The quantity of waste produced is low; however, the waste produced includes radioactive gases so it needs to be contained.


The nuclear power is produced from fission reactions. Atomic power plants control the fission reactions, so the chances of a meltdown are very limited. Many countries generate their own nuclear power.


Residential Solar – A Primer

There are just a few suggestions when building your solar power home. It depends on where you live as to which side of the house you should put the most windows on. For the most part is more common to assume that the sun rises more toward the south side of your home. This is the side where you want to have the most windows in your home. That way you are allowing the sun to shine through and warm your home naturally. You also need to make sure that there are no trees that are directly close to the house that may prevent the sun from shining directly into the home. Don’t use dark colors in your home to decorate with. Instead use bright and light colors that will attract the heat more evenly and benefits you more.

Adding a solar source outside where you can use a solar power designed box to attract the heat from the sun can be transformed into energy to power your home and warm your water. The products that it takes to get this accomplished will cost a little more than if you built a standard home without using solar power. The good thing about solar power is that it is an initial investment.

Overtime when you totally rely on the sun to heat your home and all the other functions it can perform you will not have a monthly bill because you don’t pay for the sun every month like you do with other power sources. Use ceiling fans to reduce the amount of time you may need to run your air conditioner. Ceiling fans can produce a more even amount of heat and air without having hot and cold pockets throughout the home. Use metal insulated doors that will keep out the cold and bring in the heat. Keep the doors closed during the time of day that the sun is shining in on that side of your home in order to save the heat inside your home longer.