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Top 10 Tips for Buying a Fuel-Efficient Car

Top 10 Tips for Buying a Fuel-Efficient Car

For many years, new car buyers considered cup holders more important than fuel economy. Forking over three dollars for every gallon of gas has shifted those priorities. The auto industry has responded to the new desire for fuel economy by offering a growing number of fuel-efficient models—not just hybrids.

March 5, 2008

Michelin Seeks Friction-Reducing Green Tire

Michelin Seeks Friction-Reducing Green Tire

The sound tires make rolling on the road is the sound of friction and friction is a leading factor in burning more fuel to push the car down the road. Michelin, the high-end tire maker (and host of the Michelin restaurant guide) just announced its $6.8 million research program on making tires more friction-free. The company is teaming with Michelin Americas Research Co. and the International Center for Automotive Research of Clemson University in South Carolina.

February 16, 2008

Car Service Giant AAMCO Certifying Green Franchises

Car Service Giant AAMCO Certifying Green Franchises

AAMCO, the multi-state transmission and car care franchise people, have launched a new (and first of kind) program to completely eliminate waste at their auto serving centers. Called Eco-Green Auto Service Certification, the program also works on getting customers’ cars more fuel efficient and promotes alternative fuels that many studies conclude are less polluting.

February 4, 2008

EcoStrip Keeps Your Computer From Stealing Energy When It's Turned Off

EcoStrip Keeps Your Computer From Stealing Energy When It's Turned Off

Priced at around $29 per unit, the EcoStrip plugs into your computer's USB port and automatically switches off power flow to all devices when the computer is shut down. Even though its price is about double that of most surge protectors, the EcoStrip will easily pay for itself within a year, since many computer configurations waste more than $70 a year when they're out of use.

January 28, 2008

Apple Unveils Thinnest Laptop, Macbook Air: New Green Features

Apple Unveils Thinnest Laptop, Macbook Air: New Green Features

Steve Jobs, head of Apple, walked on stage at the Macworld Expo with a manila mailing envelope that looked like it had a thin corporate report in it. Opening the envelope Jobs took out the new scintillatingly cool, titaniumed-silver Macbook Air. So thin it fits easily into a mailer, and stuffed with features, the latest invention from Apple wowed the audience and reviewers. And even Greenpeace gave some applause to the Macbook Air, as it marks Apple’s furthest step ever in making its computers green.

January 25, 2008

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