There are two main issues that confront everyone today. First is the issue of global warming and the other is the soaring gas prices. With the rising global temperature, catastrophes such as drought and extreme weather conditions may occur.
Meanwhile, with the soaring gas prices, consumers are brought down to their knees, especially the vehicle owners. Not a pretty sight, right? But there is still time to change everything. A first step would be to take environmentally-friendly alternatives to the things that we have and do.
If you’re a vehicle owner, you might consider trading your current one for a hybrid car. But why choose a hybrid car? Here are a few reasons why:
- It is fuel efficient. Because you do not only depend on gasoline or diesel to fuel your vehicle, you save a lot of money in the long run.
- It has better mileage. Unlike typical vehicles, hybrid cars can give you better mileage because again, you have an alternative source of fuel apart from gasoline or diesel.
- It can save you a lot of money. If you think saving money from gas is enough, you can get more savings if you are from the United States. Currently, the US government is giving tax breaks to consumers who buy hybrid cars. Take note though that your hybrid car should at least have an average of 45mpg in order to avail of this tax break.
- It reduces emissions. Some hybrid cars are powered by electricity aside from its internal combustion engine. Because of this, gas emissions are greatly reduced in the process. Remember that these gas emissions are one of the major sources of air pollution.
- More efficient engines. Stuck in traffic? When you’re using a hybrid car, your engine automatically shuts down during traffic and starts up again when you put it in gear. Now how efficient is that?
As you can see, the benefits of owing a hybrid are many. They are a little more expensive to purchase but the pricing gap between hybrid and traditional cars has narrowed to a negligible amount in the past year which makes them even more attractive to todays car shopper that is concerned about their environment.
With the price of oil rising at an alarming rate these days, and the impact using oil is having on our society and environment many people are considering alternative fuels and reductions in car use.
To reduce your car costs Liquid Petroleum Gas or LPG for short is today’s current craze mainly because it has avid government backing. It even has less tax on it then conventional car fuels. That means that saving gets passed on to you so it’s immediately beneficial for your wallet. Many people are now starting to convert their cars to LPG with many business fleets taking the first plunge. The only problem at the moment is finding a filling station that supplies the fuel which will hopefully be more frequent once more users switch and create demand.
Many people assume that a higher octane fuel is better for their engine. The problem is, if your car engine isn’t high performance, no amount of a high octane fuel is going to help. Reduce your car costs by switching to a lower octane fuel, having a higher octane fuel in your engine is not necessarily better and you’ll be throwing away good money on an expensive fuel.
Biofuel is another example of an eco friendly fuel alternative. When using Bioethanol car carbon dioxide emissions are reduced by at least 50%. This fuel is made from crops that can potentially create a new farming demand in rural areas. The increase in price does vary depending on where you live however and what government support you have but typically the fuel is only estimated to cost more because it takes more of it to run your car.
There are many different types of fuel alternatives available these days; some of these are environmentally friendly such as Biofuel and LPG.
Because of the increasing price of fuel in the world market, more and more people are trying to find alternative forms of energy to address the oil crisis. While some companies resort to producing electric-powered cars, others choose to do with the current engines of vehicles and instead find gasoline or diesel alternatives.
Collectively known as biofuels, this alternative to fuel offers vehicle owners a cheaper substitute to their current fuel. For diesel-powered vehicles, biodiesels are offered as a diesel alternative or additive.Typical sources of biodiesels are plant oils and animal fats. The good thing about these sources is that they are easily available and are renewable unlike fossil fuels. Another benefit of using biodiesels is that they can be used on diesel-fed engines without or with little modification. And with global warming, biodiesels keep the environment safe by reducing emissions as compared with pure diesel.
However, biodiesels aren’t without fault. The first concern with using biodiesels is that they tend to clog engines of older vehicles. Aside from that, biodiesels can break down rubber components of the engine which can be a pain on the part of the vehicle owner.
Also, biodiesels aren’t as environmentally-friendly as they should be. Burning of biodiesels emits nitrogen oxide. Nitrogen oxide or NOx is a gas that can contribute in the production of smog especially in bigger cities. It therefore indicates that using biodiesels can be counterproductive in reducing air pollution.
Then there’s the price factor. Biodiesels and biodiesel additives can be more expensive than the diesel that they are supposed to replace. Because of this, not a lot of people are enticed to hop into this alternative fuel bandwagon. While this may be solved by increasing the production or by having better production techniques, the use of biodiesels isn’t that feasible right now to become a good alternative fuel.