FUEL CONSUMPTION

Fuel consumption is a major issue in today's world. Because oil reserves are running low, we will need to cut our fuel consumption or else the cost of gasoline will only go up. Check out these great fuel consumption articles from HowStuffWorks.

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Will a drought affect the price of ethanol?

Corn crops have been exploding to meet the increased demand for ethanol. It may seem like a good thing, but the distinct possibility of permanent drought in several major corn-producing states has given farmers and scientists pause.

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  • 5 Environmental Solutions for Fleet Fuels
    5 Environmental Solutions for Fleet Fuels

    The food we eat, the equipment we use in our offices and the very computers and other devices we use to free us from physical labor, all have to get to us somehow. Is there an environmental solution for fleet fuels? See more »

  • Can I convert my car to run on water?
    Can I convert my car to run on water?

    How much money could you save if you skipped the pump and filled up your car with a garden hose? Some researchers claim that water will be the fuel of the future. See more »

  • Can I make my own ethanol?
    Can I make my own ethanol?

    Ethanol production is deeply embedded in American history. But who could have known that those old moonshine stills just might be the answer to the current fuel crisis? See more »

  • Can I really burn used vegetable oil in my car?
    Can I really burn used vegetable oil in my car?

    Who would have thought that a bottle of cooking oil could potentially solve our energy problems? We could use vegetable oil to power our cars, but there's a long and arduous conversion process involved. See more »

  • Could a car run on compressed air?
    Could a car run on compressed air?

    The short answer is: yes. You could compress the air at your house using an air compressor fill a compressed-air tank in the car and the car could run off of it. But it's not quite that easy. Find out why. See more »

  • How can a speed bump harvest electricity?
    How can a speed bump harvest electricity?

    It takes a lot of energy to slow or stop a car. And now a few engineers and technology companies have found a way to gather up that wasted energy. So how much can they collect and what can it be used for? See more »

  • How does a gas pump know when my tank is full?
    How does a gas pump know when my tank is full?

    How does a gas pump know when you've got a full tank? Read this simple explanation of the mechanics that cause a gas pump to shut off when the tank is full. See more »

  • How Fuel Processors Work
    How Fuel Processors Work

    Hydrogen gas is hard to store, so fuel processors are crucial to most commercial fuel cells. Learn how fuel processors supply the hydrogen and how efficient they really are. See more »

  • How Gas Prices Work
    How Gas Prices Work

    Gas is the bloodline that keeps America moving, and tracking prices can feel like a roller coaster ride. They're down one month, up the next, before climbing more than 50 percent in a year. See more »

  • Paying at the Pump: Gas Prices Quiz
    Paying at the Pump: Gas Prices Quiz

    Everyone knows that gas prices are skyrocketing, but how much do you know about where your gasoline is coming from? Do you know where the money that you spend on gasoline is actually going? Where can you find the cheapest gasoline in the world? What about the most expensive? Take our quiz to find out how much you know about gas prices. See more »

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