Solar PV installations surpassed natural gas installations for the first time in 2015.
After you have dehydrated and vacuum-sealed your garden's goodies, it's time to store them either for use during the winter and early spring months, or for those people who wish to have on hand an emergency supply of food — this post covers both! From Mason jars to plastic lidded bins, here are safe food-storage tips right here on MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
How to vacuum seal dehydrated food for long-term storage. Tip: get good bags and use oxygen absorbers. I'll be the first to admit that vacuum-sealing is the noisiest of our six steps, but it's the step where the kids can join in and have fun!
Conditioning dehydrated food is a step often missed - but it's vital for mushrooms.
Discover how to dehydrate frozen foods. Have plenty of healthy snacks on hand year 'round.
We're dehydrating food in six simple steps. Today is step 2: Prepare It! See the 3 easy methods and one surprise food prep step!
Six simple steps is all it takes to dehydrate food at home. Preserve your garden's bounty by utilizing our easy-to-follow steps in this overview. In subsequent posts, I'll delve into vacuum-sealer bags so you can store your survival food safely.
There are many useful accessories for electric food dehydrators. Here, we explain the Nesco and the Excalibur brand dehydrators' flexible tray inserts which help in the clean-up department. See our money-saving tips, too, for accessory substitutes you can make at home.
Consider these Food Dehydrator pros and cons before buying. Featuring the Nesco™ and the Excalibur™ brand dehydrators. A tip: Use an electric outlet strip for models with no on/off switch.
Here is a brief introduction to the Nesco™ and Excalibur™ electric food dehydrators. We'll help you decide which size best suits your family's needs and teach you about food safety and long-term food storage.
Hydropower is the world’s leading form of renewable energy, accounting for more than 16 percent of global electricity generation. But dam enthusiasts who tout hydro’s climate credentials may not like the news about its emissions numbers.
Imagine being able to turn dead tree branches from your own property into motor fuel. Make power just about anywhere, at any time...for free. Sounds futuristic, right? Fuel your back-up electrical generator with wood gas and save a trip to town. Learn build tricks from a pro for a reliable system on a DIY budget.
You can digest food waste to produce a burnable gas (biogas), to produce high quality fertilizer, and to fight climate change. Learn how.
Compact fluorescent bulbs are very energy efficient, but disposing of them can cause complications because of the mercury in them. It is good to be informed about proper recycling and make informed decisions to minimize greenhouse gases.
Natural gas sounds green. After all, it has "natural" in the title. But how green is natural gas, really?
With a little bit of planning and DIY know-how, it is possible to thumb your nose at old-man winter and enjoy biogas in subzero temperatures.
International non-profit biogas professionals and their projects.
There are two things that are true about biogas. The first is that biogas wants to happen. It wants to happen like plants want to grow, like fire wants to burn. And that force, that will to happen, has (at least) those two aspects: life, like the plants; and chemistry, like the fire.
Did you know that you're going to have to make your digester either much larger or much warmer, if you expect to do practical biogas in the US? Well, here's that story...
Renewable energy's ugly duckling comes of age.
This article does not get into home biogas gas yields or what biogas can be used for, but it is a basic introduction to the five necessary conditions for how to make biogas at home to get you started.
With Hestia's home biogas digester you’ll never pay to have grass clippings and tree leaves hauled off again.
Temperature is central to biogas production, and warmer is better. Much better. So if biogas is not a hot topic, it should be.
Summing up: How much food waste makes how much biogas to power what functions around the farmstead?
Wasting food in the U.S., making biogas, and using food waste to do it ... (Let's not waste all that wasted food!).
There’s a gold mine out back of your local restaurant in the form of wasted food. Learn to think like an ecologist and discover how nature turns “waste” into useable, renewable energy.
At a time when greenhouse gas emissions from cars and electricity generation around the world are at an all-time high, Heifer International in Cameroon is leading initiatives and programming to help reduce such emissions from livestock production there.
MAX is getting a garage mate. We're building a high-mileage pickup truck for those jobs that a sports car can't do, and this post outlines what we're starting with.
"Grass, Soil, Hope" by Courtney White is a new book from Chelsea Green Publishing that discusses combating climate change through land-based carbon sequestration efforts such as composting and increasing biodiversity.
Hit the road, using wood for fuel! Chris Saenz takes a trip on wood gas power.
Ever wondered what its like to drive around using wood as fuel? Tag along with Chris as he fires up his wood gas truck.
Liberty LNG is looking to industrialize the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of New York and New Jersey. Learn how you can get involved to stop LNG and protect the ocean.
Whether you’re looking for a sporty two-seater, a large family vehicle, or a heavy-duty farm or work truck, here's how to find the best options for vehicles that use less fuel and save you money.
As America’s fuel use continues to decrease, proposed solutions such as the Keystone XL pipeline and food-to-fuel conversions may be unnecessary.
According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 100 percent of the electric generating capacity added in January was renewable.
Using an MPG app may help reduce your consumption of gas, and make your commute and road trips more economical and green.
MAX finally got a deer deflector, after three years of writing about how much it needs one. It'll give a bit of extra rollover protection, too.
One of the newest apps for green car owners is Cleaner and Greener Fuels, which locates refueling stations for alternative fuel vehicles.
Wood is a wonderful motor fuel! But how much do we need? Wayne tells us how efficient his truck really is on wood gas, and we take a look at how much we'd use if everyone decided to drive on wood.
Wayne you'd better slow down! The master of vehicle gasification is hard pressed to stay within the speed limit.
Hay season on the Keith farm means lots of work for the wood-powered truck! Check out these videos of Wayne's farming operation.
What happens when you gather 100+ wood gassers in one place? They have a convention! The wood gas meetup in Argos Indiana was a blast, check out the photos!
Gasification guru Wayne Keith shows us some of his daily farm operations.
Here's how Wayne Keith he shuts down the wood gasifier when he gets to where he's going.
Here's Wayne Keith lighting up his woodgas truck. He's driving on wood before he gets out of the driveway!
Wayne Keith and Chris Saenz have been making woodgas history. Follow their achievements via the Wood Gas Adventures blog!
Supply and demand have kept E85 gas prices low, and politics has played a role.
Today’s full-size pickup trucks are more efficient than trucks of just a few years ago, but it’s still common for truck gas mileage to be in the mid-teens. The best overall full-size pickup fuel economy can be found on the Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid and GMC Sierra Hybrid.
Baking the Great American Apple Pie chases away the blues and grays that sometimes afflict the homestead.
Across the pond, engineer Martin Bacon and a team of volunteers have created a coffee-powered car that averaged 66.5 mph over two speed runs.
For Bryan Welch, a prototype of Toyota's 2013 Prius Plug-In is a real life example of how gasoline electric hybrids have made major gains in efficiency over other conventional cars.
Keeping the project going is my goal.
Wayne Keith of Alabama sets a new world record for land speed via wood gas.
Every day, Wayne Keith proves that wood gas can be a practical, renewable and sustainable transportation solution. Certainly not for everybody, but certainly for anyone with moderate welding skills, a sustainable source of wood or other type of biomass, and a sawmill or access to a sawmill. I think there are many, many MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers who fit the previous description, just for starters.
At the Vetter Fuel Challenge in Ohio, vehicles powered by electricity, diesel and gasoline competed to see who would consume the least fuel in dollars and cents.
Renowned motorcycle inventor and longtime aerodynamics expert Craig Vetter stopped by the MOTHER EARTH NEWS office on his way home from his latest fuel economy challenge.
This is a rundown of films that came out in the last few years. These films cover a wide range of environmental topics, from energy, climate, and fuel, to food, farming, and health. Many of the films have won awards or been critically acclaimed.
MAX has very low rolling resistance, as demonstrated by this three year old kid pushing it around the building.
Looking at all the wood powered cars
Learning from experience, I've put some impact-resistant structure on the back of MAX.
By making a pattern and a mold, we can now reproduce rear fenders as needed.
Cam considers one of the causes of high gas prices....
Back at the lab we are installing a new three inch line from the air dryers to the throttle body.
Save money and gas this Earth Day — and every day! — by using these five green driving tips from the Car Care Council.
See the power of gasification before we hit the road.
No one had ever attempted to set a land speed record for gasification vehicles so Beaver Energy was the first.
For the first time since the U.S. Energy Information Administration began collecting data on greenhouse gas emissions in 1990, the United States saw a record-setting 5.8 percent decline.
Explore how you can make your own home grown organic fuel to power your own transportation or electricity.
There are many ways that each of us can lessen our unhealthy dependence on filthy fuels. You can do so in every area of your life, from choices you make regarding your house and home improvements, to food, transportation, and other consumer choices.
Yes, you can power a car or truck on wood. Chip Beam thinks it won’t be long before we encounter a gas shortage and/or significantly more expensive gas. So what can be an alternative source of energy to power our vehicles? How about wood chips or pellets of plant matter? It may sound bizarre, but it really works. Here’s the first post in a new blog devoted to wood gasification for transportation.
Our expert explains what really happens when fuel additives are put in a gas tank, and how this may cause more harm than good. If you really want to increase your mpg, our expert has a few tips for that as well.
Use a digital tire gauge and learn how to check tire pressure regularly to get better gas mileage. While other types of gauges exist, the digital tire pressure gauge is an accurate and simple way to keep your tires properly inflated. Read this digital tire gauge review to see what digital tire pressure checkers you can buy.
Volkswagon's high mileage (1 liter of fuel per 100 kilometers) car is getting closer to production. Expect to see 100 of these available to the public in 2013.
We discuss the concept that carbon dioxide released from the burning of fossil fuels is partly responsible for the current atmospheric carbon overload. We also briefly discuss other human activities that contribute to the atmospheric carbon overload.
U.S. energy consumers will rely more on natural gas and renewables and less on imports in 2011. Coal remains dominant.
MAX gets a low cost, high accuracy, and none too attractive fuel gauge. Two out of three ain't bad.
We're looking at a handful of low cost improvements, and since MAX is undergoing repairs at the moment, this is a good time to make them.
An introduction to Richard Hilderbrand’s new blog discussing climate change, plus the first installment. Learn how Earth utilizes greenhouse gases to ensure stable temperatures, or thermal equilibrium, as well as how fluctuations in solar activity relate to changes in global temperatures.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Managing Editor John Rockhold catches up with Chip Beam of Beaver Energy to hear about Beam's latest exploits with wood gasification to power vehicles.
Craig Henderson and his Avion high mileage sports car went from Canada to Mexico at 119.1 MPG. He plans to produce Avion kits.
How will we live with no gas at the pump and no power in the grid?
Renowned inventor Craig Vetter discusses his history with aerodynamics and motorcycles, and his vision for doing more with less energy.
I just came across these videos that show the wood gas Isuzu Trooper built by our friends at Beaver Energy in action and had to share them.
The clock is ticking and I've been taking some shortcuts on getting MAX ready for Rally Green ... and some have turned into long cuts. I need to work smarter, not faster.
The all-new 2011 Honda CR-Z sport hybrid coupe will debut Aug. 24, 2010. Developed as a stylish, driver-focused vehicle with an emphasis on efficient performance, the all-new 2011 Honda CR-Z introduces a sleek two-passenger coupe design with quick, sporty handling to the gasoline-electric hybrid segment.
A primer on fiberglass mold making and molding fiberglass parts, using MAX's nose parts (hood and bubble) as examples.
Try these tips for cleaning a carburetor.
Propelling a vehicle with air or water is possible, but whether it’s practical is another story.
There's a new automotive fuel efficiency contest coming up -- the Rally Green -- and now MAX has a tachometer, a digital wonder called a Tiny Tach.
More progress on MAX's streamlined body, using a laser to make curved body parts fit on a flat frame.
MAX's bodywork continues, as Jack modifies the race car nose to fit over the Kubota engine.
We're modifying the Lola race car's nose to fit MAX's chassis. The first step is cutting the nose down the middle so we can move the fenders apart a few more inches, which will let us steer enough for parking and other normal street activities.
Are gas guzzlers becoming popular again? Dan Chiras gives his outlook.
How often, if ever, do you check your the gas mileage of your car or truck? Did you know it's super simple to calculate mpg, and observing it over time can help you improve your gas mileage and save money?
Since the U.S. House of Represenatives passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act, the U.S. Senate started work on its own energy and clilmate change bill.
What kind of car would you get with the Car Allowance Rebate System, which gives consumers up to $4,500 to trade in old, inefficient vehicles?
Considering deer, it’s time for a roll bar.
In the pursuit of 100 mpg, cardboard is a nice medium for conceptualizing design features, but it has its limitations.
Wood gas, or wood gasification, is a decades-old renewable energy technology that converts chunks of firewood, wood chips or other cellulosic biomass to power vehicles.
Two seasoned gearheads weigh in on the benefits (or lack thereof) of converting a V8 engine to run only on four cylinders.
General Motors vice chairman Bob Lutz recently discussed the price of the highly anticipated Chevrolet Volt. What do you think?
Thoughts on the potentially fuzzy math of mpg calculations.
You can save gas and money by keeping your tires correctly inflated. And now a group of high school students has launched a project to encourage drivers to regularly check their tires.
MAX needs 25 percent more horsepower to get from zero to 60 mph in less than 18 seconds. Got any suggestions?
If you like steam- and gas- powered engines and farm equipment, you will love these three magazines and websites: Farm Collector, Gas Engine and Steam Traction.
Sequestered indoors, Jack goes to work on streamlining MAX's body.
President Barack Obama signed an executive order to help reduce automobile gas emissions in the United States. This is the first of many steps that the Obama administration plans to make to improve global warming.
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It's time to calculate MAX's aerodynamic drag. Enter champagne science on a beer budget!
The Environmental Protection Agency is taking comments until Nov. 28 on how it should rule on global warming pollutants.
Brink TV show seeks "low-budget mad scientist." Jack and his MAX project fit the bill!
Roasting is the best way to cook winter root vegetables, because dry heat coaxes out and concentrates flavors. Use this simple method and fool-proof tips to bring out the best in parsnips, carrots, rutabagas and other root vegetables.
It's the age-old tug of war between good looks and streamlined, aerodynamic design.
OPEC annouced it would cut oil production to stop oil prices from falling, which might be the best way to reduce American oil consumption.
The low gas prices are something to celebrate in the short-run, but the cause is something that deserves a second, less optimistic outlook.
An automotive whiz explains why it's not a great idea to let your car warm up by idling.
Everyone's talking about drilling in Alaska, so why learn some numbers to do some talking of your own? Here are some statistics about why drilling in Alaska may not be the saving grace some think it is.
MAX version 2.0 is underway.
MAX is back from the dead after its infamous wreck. So why is the frame gray?
This Friday, Beijing will show off its green improvements when the Olympics begin.
Breaking News: MAX Totaled
Amid rising gas prices, some people think offshore drilling in America is the answer, but is it worth it? Also, read an opinion piece by Mark Weisbrot.
MAX gets a small favor from high-end luxury sports cars.
I've never been more excited for 2010.
Today Ford announced a long overdue shift in its business emphasis: away from trucks and SUVs and toward small cars. Before setting this new direction, there has been plenty of struggle between old think and new think.
My low-fuel light came on. Gulp. Will it be a $50 filling?
Is the glass half empty? Half full? Or is there just too much glass? I'm designing MAX to be just the right amount of "glass" for the vast majority of our driving. Here's to efficiency.
We're at work on a 100-mpg DIY car! Come meet MAX and take a seat for what will be a long, but fun, journey.
Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge will not lower gas prices anytime soon. This summary of facts released by the Alaska Wilderness League exposes important pieces of the ANWR debate.
72 mpg for under $6,000! How cool is that? Really, we want to know.
Random statistics on the painful price of gas for early July 2008.
You can run a truck on wood chips! No joke. Mother Earth News reported on this idea more than 25 years ago and the idea lives on. Using recycled water heaters, you can burn wood chips to power a truck, with little or no engine modifications required.
Share the pain of rising gas prices together and join the discussion about what will finally motivate us to dramatically change our driving habits.
It's surprisingly easy to figure out how many carbon dioxide emissions come from producing the electricity for your home, or burning a full tank of gas. Check out this carbon calculator, or find out how to do a quick ballpark estimate.
Oil companies are hungry for more land to drill. But meanwhile they aren't drilling in numerous approved areas.
Here's a rundown of the many reasons behind the recent rise in the price of gas.
Machine expert Hank Will offers advice on whether to drain the gas tanks of machines that will be idle for a while.
Gasoline is blended with ethanol all the time, but are these blends all right to use in small engines? Here's how you can avoid problems.
Forget what your grandpa told you — there's no need to warm up your car every cold winter morning.
Here's another gas mileage myth busted: it's better to turn off your engine than to leave it idling.
Sometimes the most direct route to your destination may not be the most fuel-efficient.
5W-30? 10W-30? Be sure you get the right motor oil grade.
You can boost your mpg by losing the cargo in your trunk. Then help reduce global warming emissions by sweating off a few pounds.
Green means go, but don't go too quickly.
Here's how to change your car's air filter — do it yourself to save big bucks and boost your gas mileage by 10 percent.
How long has it been since you checked your tire pressure?
Slow down and enjoy the scenery — you'll also enjoy a significant boost in your mpg.
Don't rip yourself off at the gas pump — stop topping off!
Want more gas for your money?
Calculating your fuel economy is easy and can help you save big bucks at the pump.