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An Introduction To Biodiesel

With gas prices increasing and growing environmental awareness, the need to consider alternate energy and fuel sources are becoming a necessity. One alternative is the use of Biodiesel fuel, which is becoming more and more popular today.

Because Biodiesel is a cleaner-burning diesel fuel, made from 100% natural, 100% renewable vegetable sources, its uses in today’s society may surprise you. Below are nine ways Biodiesel is being used. Some of which you may never have realized.

1) Biodiesel Car Rental – Yes that’s right. A Maui and Los Angeles car rental rents cars that run on Biodiesel. These cars get between 400 and 800 miles per tank! Not bad when consider the price of gas these days.

2) Home heating fuel – More people are taking a look at Biodiesel as an alternative for heating their home. Most oil-fired or boiler furnaces can use Biodiesel (B20), which is a fuel made of 80 percent traditional heating oil and 20 percent Biodiesel. Some people are getting their furnaces adapted to be able to burn B100, a fuel made entirely of vegetable oils, which burns much cleaner than traditional heating oil.

3) Electricity Generation – Diesel generators that produce electricity are now running on Biodiesel fuel. A superior alternative to the typical coal burning electricity generating plants currently being used in the United States. Running on Biodiesel is an inexpensive, clean and renewable way of creating electricity.

4) Trucking Industry – More and more truckers are switching from diesel fuel to Biodiesel fuel. The benefits are numerous not to mention the advantage of helping the environment and reducing our dependency on foreign oil, while saving money.

5) Agriculture – Not only a producer of Biodiesel, but also a consumer. Tractors, reapers, tillers, pickers, conveyors, generators, pumps, and irrigation systems which normally uses diesel fuel, now use Biodiesel to fuel their work, bringing agriculture full circle from producer to consumer.

6) Marine Vehicles – Commercial fleets such as ferries, recreational yachts, sailboats, and motor boats are all candidates for Biodiesel. For example Pacific Whale Foundation, located in Hawaii, use Biodiesel bin their boats.

7) Tax Incentive – The IRS is offering tax incentives to anyone that produce and use Biodiesel fuel. The US Government is working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by giving producers of Biodiesel fuel government funds. The tax incentive works to help tax paying customers by lowering the cost of the fuel

bill.

8) Lubrication Additive – Because Biodiesel is a better lubricant than current low-sulfur petroleum, fuel injectors and other types of fuel pumps can rely on Biodiesel fuel for lubrication. With the right additives, engine performance can also be enhanced, making engines last longer. Other numerous applications can also make use of it’s lubricate properties, such as concrete forms and asphalt trucks. Its solvent properties also make it a safe parts cleaner, reducing skin and eye irritation associated with other cleaners.

9) Cleaner Environment – Biodiesel reduces carbon dioxide exhaust emissions by up to 80%. Because of this, Biodiesel has the potential to reduce air toxics and cancer causing compounds. Something we all can live with! If spilled, it will quickly degrade into natural organic residues, without polluting the environment.…

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How to Buy Car Insurance

How to buy car insurance is just as important as buying life and health insurance, it protects the immediate beneficiary from harm or damage that would occur under normal circumstances. And even though people may be positive about their lives accidents do happen and the worst thing about them is they do so unexpectedly.
In the event of you becoming skeptical about how you drive or what risks other drivers pose to you the next step you must take is to make sure that you get an insurance company that works for you and your needs. And whilst most companies might appear perfect and affordable this is not a given. A careful and thorough selection process must be followed in order for you to get insured with a reliable insurance company.
Once you have decided to conduct thorough research you must then consult with an insurance consultant who will show you the ropes in the world of insurance. An insurance consultant will tell you of all the most important insurance companies out there as well as give you quotations for all of the selected companies.
The next step is to go back home and make your choice. Why it is insisted you do this is because you need to think long and hard about which company you choose. The company you choose will determine how much you will have to now put on the side for insurance. You might also be sharing the insurance cost with a husband or partner who will also want a say in the process of choosing.
But you must at least talk to a neutral third party who should give you an unbiased view pertaining the company of your choice. He or she might have been defrauded or failed to get compensation for harm perpetrated against them. So their opinion will be of great value to you.
It is only at this stage that you should make a choice and buy. Phone the insurance company and set up an appointment for signing paperwork and finalization procedures. And when you go to buy the policy you should remember carry with you your identity documents; license and vehicle registration number.
Buying insurance this way has so many benefits. But the most important advantage is that you will make an informed and patient choice as well as learn useful information on insurance that can help you in the future when making insurance claims.…

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Epa, Out For Illegal Imported Engines

Air pollution and environment destruction is one of the major concerns that envelop not only environment agencies and groups but even the automotive world is concerned. And just recently, the Environmental Protection Agency, or commonly called the EPA, of the United States along with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection have made sure that any illegal imported engines are stopped before they cross the borders of the country.

Mainly, this move is to actually stop entrance of these illegally imported engines from entering the country. Primarily, this is because the groups believe that these engines could actually mar the campaign towards cleaner air. Since these are crafted in other countries, the US specifications on engines would surely not be followed.

At present, the groups were able to seize the importing of over 11,000 pieces of illegal engines which have been created for gasoline cars and diesel vehicles. Other than that, they are also on the move towards stopping illegally imported parts which negatively impacted those reliable car parts stores that are dedicated to providing only the best service to car owners. This number is only what they were able to confiscate during the past nine months. And with such a campaign already working well, the numbers could still continue to rise.

These substandard equipment are actually seen as risks to campaigns and projects created by the U.S. public health as well as by groups concerned about the environment. Even Granta Y. Nakayaman, the EPA?s assistance administrator under the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assistance, is concerned and avows, ?The Bush Administration will continue to enforce the Clean Air Act and stop illegal imports. The public?s assistance and cooperation, along with EPA?s commitment to enforcing these regulations, is essential to preserving and protecting the nation?s air quality.?

Aside from this, even the Clean Air Act or CAA which is a federal law, requires that all new gasoline engines as well as diesel engines that are created, distributed, or sold in the country should be able to meet the standards and requirements given out by EPA.…