Topic: energy

Friday, April 29, 2011

As gas approaches $4 per gallon, we are all looking for ways to save. Lots of advice is circulating around, but which tips will actually save fuel? Let’s separate fact from fiction: Fact: Slow down. Why? There’s this little problem of air and drag. As you zoom down the road at...

Monday, April 18, 2011

The above drawing is a futuristic view of the world as envisioned by Reynolds Metals Co. in the mid-1960s for what the future would hold for the Aluminaut (shown as the dark vessel at top left).   Here are some projects it was believed the Aluminaut would initiate:...

Friday, April 15, 2011

If you lowered the thermostat on your water heater by one degree this year, you could save enough energy to microwave 207 bags of popcorn or power a fish tank for 19 days. If 1000 people joined you, we could power 10 homes for 30 days or power a hospital for 4 days. More...

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

This image made available from Tokyo Electric Power Co. via Kyodo News, shows the damaged No. 4 unit of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex in Okumamachi, northeastern Japan, on March 15, 2011. White smoke billows from the No. 3 unit. Credit: AP Photo/Tokyo Electric Power Co. via...

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Suppose you are going on vacation and want to save on your heating bill.  Which will save more - turning off your heat completely (assuming your pipes won't freeze) or just setting the thermostat to a lower temperature? In other words, does it cost more to heat the...

Thursday, July 30, 2009

What would have to happen for energy not to be a bigger and bigger focal point in our lives? The world’s population continues to grow, now projected to hit 9 billion by 2050. (It sometimes seems like the bulk of this commutes in from Short Pump on many weekdays.) The standard of living...

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