Calculating your fuel economy is easy and can help you save big bucks at the pump.
Planet Connect's Get Green Video Contest wants you to show how you can Green Your City with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
Bill McKibben is doing a national tour to raise awareness about climate change and to build a movement around changing the way we use energy.
Sometimes the most direct route to your destination may not be the most fuel-efficient.
Green means go, but don't go too quickly.
You can boost your mpg by losing the cargo in your trunk. Then help reduce global warming emissions by sweating off a few pounds.
MAX's aerodynamic makeover is underway with a new fender design.
Renewable energy expert Dan Chiras talks about the future of fuel-efficient, diesel hybrid cars.
Slow down and enjoy the scenery — you'll also enjoy a significant boost in your mpg.
Forget what your grandpa told you — there's no need to warm up your car every cold winter morning.
MAX needs an aerodynamic and easy-to-assemble roof. Plus it needs to look cool, be cheap, cost little, have a simple design and be reliable. No problem, right? So, do you have any ideas?
Here's another gas mileage myth busted: it's better to turn off your engine than to leave it idling.
Make new friends, save big bucks on gas, reduce pollution!
5W-30? 10W-30? Be sure you get the right motor oil grade.
At the time, it seemed like a clear car was a good idea.
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.
All computer data for MAX has been stolen. What next?
How long has it been since you checked your tire pressure?
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?
In the continuing pursuit of better aerodynamics, Jack takes a closer look at the design of MAX’s nose.
Everyone should have a 100-mpg car, and know how to drive a manual transmission. MAX comes to the rescue on both ends.
Jack explores how to test how body changes affect aerodynamics, and looks for inspiration from Wonder Woman.
Our 4 eggs a day suddenly became just one egg a day and so we had a mystery to solve!
A chicken describes a typical day of treats at Sunflower Farm.
After 35 years together, Cam can still make Michelle laugh. He just has to try a little harder...
Cam has an exciting evening when his neighbor drops off another expectant cow.
At this time of year, Cam feels a little overwhelmed by the gardening chores ahead of him.
Michelle discovers a new threat to her basil plants!
Cam has found a new use for old rice bags - turn them into man purses!
Cam loves his four-wheel drive truck ... despite being an environmentalist!
We've added a rooster to our small flock and he's fitting in just fine!
A comprehensive roundup of available science and study disproves the arguments that industry uses to support genetically modified food and crops.
Cam thinks his chickens resemble Captain Jack Sparrow. Has he been spending too much time in the sun?
Cam describes his weight loss program which involves lots and lots of gardening....
Michelle knows how much work it is to grow strawberries.... and she's happy to be able to buy them at any price!
Cam enjoys a sense of accomplishment many times a day as he uses his sidewalk!
Cam describes a mosquito infestation INSIDE his house.
Cam is enjoying a bumper crop of onions this year!
Cam describes how an act of kindness many years ago has inspired him to help others.
Cam and Michelle enjoy having their first "HelpX" volunteers to help out in the gardens!
Sometimes the wildlife can get kind of wild around here....
Cam discovers he isn't as young as he once was while enjoying a sense of community at the local arena.
Cam gives an update on his new chickens!
Cam welcomed a group of high school students to his home/office recently.
Cam is exhausted but exhilarated by the early success of his CSA.
Cam has a feeling that this concept of "cloud computing" is all going to end in tears....
Cam shares his love affair with garlic and explains the work involved with growing and processing organically-grown garlic.
Cam appreciates his local volunteer fire department.
Cam promotes the return to our independent roots.
Cam enjoyed another week with some volunteer helpers!
Cam is getting worn out trying to keep up with watering during a drought.
Cam babysits a baby goat for the weekend.
It's Week #11 of our CSA and we can't find boxes big enough to fit all of the great produce!!
Learn how to clean cast-iron cookware that’s old and crusty, and get some tips on seasoning cast-iron cookware to revive it even further.
Lemony sorrel is the base for a classic Eastern European soup that's equally good served hot or cold. It's fast, easy and tastes of spring and early summer.
Cam found a way to expand his chicken coop without spending a lot!
Cam considers the care and upkeep of an outdoor skating rink as an art form.
Cam considers the effect of Peak Oil on our wandering ways....
It's been quite a fall for mushrooms around here...
Cam considers how peak oil will impact our love of travel.
Cam learns to appreciate country music.
Cam grows a patch of wheat to see how much work is involved. He will never take a loaf of bread for granted again!
Every fall Cam is tired of gardening and vows to make his vegetable garden smaller. Every spring he is excited about getting back in the garden and ends up making it bigger!
Cam is appalled by how much stuff he has accumulated and how much stuff other people have too.
Cam ponders the wisdom of starting a CSA at the ripe old age of 52.
Cam describes a recent encounter with some aggressive dogs.
Cam is mourning the loss of his beloved dog Morgan.
Cam describes the zen-like state he achieves while splitting firewood.
Cam has a great deal of respect for farmers.
Cam shares six important lessons that he has learned from his chickens.
Cam shares his thoughts about one of his elderly "ladies" who seems wise beyond her chicken years!
A big crowd likes MAXine better than MAX, and I’ll see you soon, at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Puyallup, Wash.
This potential body style looks hard to beat, in more ways than just physically. What do you think?
MAX gets a couple of cheap and easy thermoformed headlight protectors, to keep light from getting out and rocks from getting in.
In which Jack departs a little from his fashion sense and MAX gets new racing seats. But not just any racing seats: safer seats with real head restraints.
MAX has a three-wheeled distant cousin that's a diesel-electric hybrid.
MAX Puts the “Ex” in X Prize
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.
Make the winning suggestion for the next X PRIZE and win $25,000.
Sequestered indoors, Jack goes to work on streamlining MAX's body.
Want more gas for your money?
We're excited for the second annual Escape from Berkeley rally. Last year, MAX won the inaugural event from Berkeley to Las Vegas. This year, it's a run for the Mexican border!
Don't rip yourself off at the gas pump — stop topping off!
What does MAX have in common with and old action, adventure, paranoia, social commentary BBC TV series of the '60s?
MAX will enter a race, uhhhh we mean event, and will run on veggie oil.
The fine art of automotive design, especially high-mpg design.
An after-the-fact analysis of MAX's accident on the way to the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Fair, and the dangers of "getthereitis."
A reader recently raised concerns that MAX is illegal in Uncle Sam's eyes. Here's the skinny.
So here you have it: MAX with a crumpled rear fender, crumpled trunk section, a turn signal bashed out, a door knocked loose, and a flat tire. It's fully reparable, but not today, and not in time to drive to the MEN Fair.
The Rally Green starting flag drops in Knoxville Iowa, Sunday August 15, beginning a cross country fuel economy rally ending in San Francisco the folowing Saturday. MAX will be there and going for the gold.
Thoughts on the potentially fuzzy math of mpg calculations.
From the Science Channel, watch the Brink TV show's spotlight on MAX and its victory in the Escape from Berkeley race.
Could MAX pass federal safety standards for mass-produced cars? Nope. Should that matter?
En route to the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR, Jack listens all too well to GPS and ends up on dirt roads in the Oregon Outback.
Watermelon rind is this frugal pie's summery secret ingredient. Think of it as summer mincemeat.
Cam learns the hard way why it's never a good idea to procrastinate about important jobs!
Readers responded eagerly to our call for recipes to use up green tomatoes. An Ohio woman wowed the judges with her entry.
With its recent FDA approval, the first LiLi pasteurizer was purchased for use at a New York micro dairy.
Just so you don't think it's all fun and games living out here in the country....
As we approach the celebration of Thanksgiving here in Canada, Cam reflects on what he is thankful for.
Cam has a recurring nightmare in which the land across the road is being developed and his peace and quiet and isolation is threatened.
Cam finds an new old-fashioned way to keep the wildlife out of his garden.
Wind turbines kills birds, but not as many as are killed by tall buildings and other hazards.
Our HelpXers Mike and Melissa share their experiences as volunteers here at Sunflower Farm.
Cam loves growing his own heat!
Cam describes how our solar electric system has evolved over time.
Cam can't think of anywhere he'd rather be than on his own private skating rink.
Cam contemplates the meaning of life while picking strawberries.
Cam appreciates all four of our seasons!
A cow is born at Sunflower Farm!
Cam is frustrated by new technology that just doesn't work - and prefers old-fashioned DVDs to watching movies online.
Cam makes himself laugh sometimes....
Cam discovers that his chickens have unique personalities....
Cam describes the challenges of winter driving and cutting down trees.
Cam has found another way to save money - his wife cuts his hair now! He also describes how even though he isn't artistic he creates and enjoys the masterpieces from his garden.
Cam responds to a negative comment about a previous blog.
Cam is hoping that the Queen attends his gardening workshop this weekend at the Royal Botanical Gardens....
Cam describes a recent adventure involving round bales, train tracks and a stressful drive home.
It's an aromatic time of year at Sunflower Farm - time to clean the garlic!
Cam describes "double digging" as a way of creating a new garden without losing precious topsoil.
Cam has been doing some radio and podcast interviews lately with some interesting hosts.
Cam is glad to find out that he has been successful at encouraging people to embrace renewable energy.
Cam loves sharing his homesteading skills in Hands-On Workshops at his off-grid home.
The drought conditions at Sunflower Farm are making Cam rather cranky.
Cam describes the building of his chicken coop.
Cam undertakes an experiment to see how much food he can produce on his one acre of garden space.
Ranting about the drought worked! We got rain here at Sunflower Farm!
The challenges of dropping out - going off the grid - and living your authentic life.
Cam describes a natural disaster on a small scale near his home.
Cam has a "reality check" moment and realizes how lucky he is!
Cam considers the environmental implications of using paper diapers vs. cloth diapers.
Cam thinks people worry about the small things (bugs), when they should be more concerned about the big things (climate change).
Cam speaks to a group of university students about "sustainable" development...
Cam has always enjoyed playing with water. Now he lets his solar-powered pump do some of the work!
Cam learns a lot by spending time with people who "get it."
Cam considers one of the causes of high gas prices....
Cam can't help but get involved and speak up when he disagrees with things. Sometimes it works!
Cam rationalizes his hoarding behaviour....
In our ever-growing quest to produce our own food we've acquired two egg-laying chickens!
Cam considers the environmental implications of different forms of transportation and urges people to stop flying!
Cam enjoys a visit with Ken & Madeline who farmed this property many years ago and Cam realizes how hard farming was back then....
Cam and Michelle enjoy a visit to their neighbour's "sugar shack" during maple syrup season!
Cam loves growing and selling food!
There's more reason than ever to be prepared for natural disasters, no matter where you live!
Looking after your chickens in the winter and cutting with a solar-powered electric chainsaw.
Cam battles with scarabs in his raspberry patch.
Cam is getting burned out on technology and considers growing food to earn a living.
Cam blames horror movies for his overactive imagination.
Cam finds getting around in the country, especially in the winter, so much easier with his 4X4 truck.
Cam describes the joy and elation he feels when he skates on his very own pond.
Learn whether you need to locate a butter churn for making homemade butter.
Cam has been playing with and skating on thick ice lately.
Cam shares some of the things he is grateful for....
What's the most efficient way to boil water?
It's always wonderful to meet someone who is passionate about what they do!
Cam is not a big fan of "ebooks."
Cam hates shopping but occasionally he is forced to venture out....
Being in control of your own home heating.
Providing the firewood to heat his home has become a pleasurable hobby for Cam Mather.
Technology allows us to live where we live, but it doesn't make it any easier to deal with!
Cam describes some family heirlooms - especially his favorite one - a shovel!
Cam shares the results of his experiment growing wheat in his vegetable garden.
Cam compares the population density of his home to some of the most densely populated countries in the world....
The right dog can be a very useful member of the family when you are growing corn!
Cam shares what he has learned about corn smut in his organic garden.
The second post (of three) describing an organic gardener's attempt to grow his own wheat.
Garlic is a very labour-intensive crop to grow but the rewards are worth it!
Cam has a (temporary) job outside of the house and he has gained a new appreciation for being self-employed.
Cam is reminded to be grateful for what he has.
Cam enjoys a magical walk through a winter wonderland while cutting and hauling firewood.
Cam shares his enthusiasm for the sun and the wind at his off-grid home.
Cam sees the bright side of having to deal with a flat tire.
You might be surprised to read Cam extolling the virtues of television!
Cam shares the "joys" of a living in a house with a metal roof.
When you only drink one cup of coffee a day, the mug you use is pretty important.
Cam believes in the Boy Scout's "Be Prepared" motto when it comes to all aspects of his life....
Cam always wanted to be the kind of guy who could swap out a motor and now he is!
Cam & Michelle recently enjoyed a visit from an ethnographer who is studying off-gridders.
Cam often finds himself relating to song lyrics.
Sometimes being off grid doesn't necessarily mean that you're green.
We call our homestead Sunflower Farm and now we have the sign to show for it!
The second of the 3Rs is re use. Cam has been a re-user for a long time!
Cam considers how Peak Oil will affect our lives....
Cam has been busy harvesting and sorting potatoes.
Cam appreciates the simple things like rotten hay and beautiful vegetables from his garden.
Cam celebrates his daughter's engagement but considers the impact of flying across the world for the wedding.
Cam describes how the seasons progress through one messy task after another at Sunflower Farm.
Cam battles with the flying squirrels who want to inhabit his guesthouse using some unique weapons.
Cam loves living in a place where he can enjoy the night skies.... even if he doesn't completely understand what he's looking at some of the time!
Cam dressed up as a bunch of blueberries for our local parade, and spoke to a group of university students about peak oil. Never a dull moment....
Cam discusses the decision to go off-grid or on-grid and shares his experience with batteries and the dangers of high winds to solar panels.
Michelle and Cam continue to debate whether a real tree or a fake tree is the better choice from an environmental perspective.....
Cam's wife Michelle considers the economics of keeping egg laying chickens.
Cam has been an Apple Mac fan since the beginning.
Cam was generously offered the loan of a small backhoe and had a whale of a time getting jobs done!
This summer Cam became a market gardener and actually got paid for something he loves to do - grow vegetables!
Cam notices how many chicken-related expressions we use in our every day language!
Cam enjoyed a recent workshop he held at Sunflower Farm, and the participants seemed to enjoy it too!
Cam hates to see good scrap wood go to waste and so he cuts it into kindling and has even started selling it!
One of the realities of country life is having to get your septic tank pumped every few years.
A searchable index for the MAX Updates posts, and a few more thoughts on the Progressive Automotive X Prize.
Is MAX an actual modern-day vehicle, or just a high school shop class experiment? In this update, Jack answers sharp questions from an automotive engineer.
Learning from experience, I've put some impact-resistant structure on the back of MAX.
MAX got some new lager diameter wheels. They should do the job and the price was right, and as a bonus, they look terrific.
An introduction to DraftSight, Dassault Systèmes' 2D CAD software. It's professional quality and it's free, and Jack is converting all the MAX fabrication drawings to DraftSight .dmg documents.
Engine efficiency depends on rpm (among other things) and slower isn't always better. More wisdom from the Honey Bear.
Conversion kit install to convert a hybrid vehicle into a plug-in electric and improve your gas mileage by 25%.
MAX is back at the shop, awaiting diagnosis and correction of an overheating problem, plus some additional body work before its next venture.
Hybrid cars save fuel by shutting the engine off at idle (among other things). Does MAX burn enough fuel at idle to be worth the effort? Our honey bear can tell us.
MAX wins the Escape from Berkeley race!!
MAX at its first autocross. Hey, it's a sports car, right?
MAX got a new set of high efficiency Goodyear tires, and a second set of wheels so we can do comparison testing. Will the difference be detectable to our low budget testing technology?
Comparing today’s cars that get 40 mpg or better to the high-mpg cars of a few decades ago is neither an accurate nor fair comparison.
MAX version 2.0 is about to start moving. This may come as a surprise, but Jack is going to try it with biodiesel.
Could MAX be the perfect car for driver's ed?
Jack gets a wallop of motivation for a fully enclosed cabin, and looks ahead to a future with inquisitive grandchildren.
Perhaps if we had just listened to the deer all along, we never would've ended up in this gas guzzling mess.
MAX's bodywork continues, as Jack modifies the race car nose to fit over the Kubota engine.
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.
A video demonstration of MAX's windscreen, which deflects air around the driver's face with minimal aerodynamic drag.
MAX turns heads and makes an impression at The EG, aka the Entertainment Gathering.
Brink TV show seeks "low-budget mad scientist." Jack and his MAX project fit the bill!
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.
The first civilian-built MAXes are nearing completion, and here are a couple of them that are rolling under their own power.
More progress on MAX's streamlined body, using a laser to make curved body parts fit on a flat frame.
It's the age-old tug of war between good looks and streamlined, aerodynamic design.
Technology marches on. It comes at a price, but a FloScan fuel consumption and mileage meter could give me instant feedback on MAX's fuel efficiency.
MAX is hitting 60 mpg. That's better than a Prius, and before we get serious about streamlining.
One would think a car wouldn't need a mechanical inspection at 5,000 miles. But when you're building a 100-mpg car from scratch, and the builder is meticulous, it's wise to look for problems even when there are no signs of problems.
In the interest of making MAX a smidgeon safer, I've added side bumpers to the passenger compartment. Here's why I made them this way.
MAX version 2.0 is underway.
MAX gets a small favor from high-end luxury sports cars.
MAX is well on its way to 100 mpg, if the lessons from these 100+ mpg motorcyles are any indication.
Using MAX to test a tubing streamlining material, resulted in a significant reduction in drag.
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.
It's time to calculate MAX's aerodynamic drag. Enter champagne science on a beer budget!
MAX is encountering robust competition at Escape from Berkeley
In the pursuit of 100 mpg, cardboard is a nice medium for conceptualizing design features, but it has its limitations.
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.
To improve MAX's versatility, the passenger seat is removable, which converts MAX from a couple carrier to a cargo carrier.
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.
MAX got a smog test at an Oregon DEQ Vehicle Testing Station, and passed with high marks.
Jack missed Rally Green and MAX has a mysterious overheating problem.
MAX needs 25 percent more horsepower to get from zero to 60 mph in less than 18 seconds. Got any suggestions?
MAX needs a roof, stat.
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.
A treatise on the difference between a gasoline engine throttle and a diesel "throttle," what that means for MAX, and how the difference was overcome.
The second attempt at weatherproofing MAX involves a convertible top which flips open to get in or out of the cockpit. Not perfect, but not bad.
Using an MPG app may help reduce your consumption of gas, and make your commute and road trips more economical and green.
Breaking News: MAX Totaled
MAX is back from the dead after its infamous wreck. So why is the frame gray?
Some burglar wanted my Millermatic 180 more than I did, I guess. Here's why I liked it and why I'm going to get another one.
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 "High Mileage Car Show" at the latest Mother Earth News Fair, and the pleasure of driving a fuel efficient car.
On a summertime cross country trip from Oregon to Ohio, I restricted MAX's radiator inlet air a little at a time, demonstrating that very little inlet area (28 square inches) provides sufficient air for cooling.
MAX gets a lightweight belly pan under the engine, to further reduce aerodynamic drag.
Does 100 mpg fuel economy justify cross-country recreational travel? Maybe so and maybe not, but I need to be careful—increasing fuel efficiency can increase fuel consumption if you increase your driving, too.
MAX gets a temporary mash-up of old and new style body parts (the new nose is at the fiberglassers' having a mold made so we can make more of them) to get road-legal for a trip to Canada.
How much power and performance does a car need for a guy to get a gal's attention? According to MAX fans, not very much.
MAX ran with the motorcycles in the Vetter Fuel Economy Challenge, with surprisingly high marks--127 miles per gallon. Surprising to the author, at least.
We're cleaning up the details on MAX. One of the finishing touches is clear streamlined headlight covers, and here's how I made them.
A car's electrical consumption adds to its fuel consumption. For MAX, turning off the headlights improves fuel economy by roughly 4 mpg.
A primer on fiberglass mold making and molding fiberglass parts, using MAX's nose parts (hood and bubble) as examples.
Results of the long-awaited cooling system test, which shows how little air MAX needs through the radiator.
Canadian homesteader Cam Mather sinks into the village life and discovers the joys of small-town living.
The basics of using a woodstove to heat your home.
Cam looks back at the challenges of moving to his off-grid home.
Our chickens aren't fond of the snow and the wind, but we found a way to let them enjoy the sunshine from the comfort of their coop!
The best way to start a fire in your woodstove.
Cam describes why he was anxious to leave the city for a life in the country.
Cam is back riding his solar-powered electric bike and he loves it!
Cam describes a typical summer day at Sunflower Farm using tweets.
Cam describes the benefits of writing this blog and his recent book.
Cam describes the method he used when planting his sweet potatoes this year with hopes that he'll end up with a prettier finished product!
Cam describes some recent speaking engagements including the thrill of being "piped in."
Cam prefers the view from his office in his country home.
Cam enjoyed a very successful sweet potato harvest!
A typical winter morning chore - cleaning off the solar panels.
Cam leaves his lights on during Earth Hour since he generates his own electricity with solar and wind!
When you live in an off-grid house in the country, it's important to be handy!
Four new hens joined the flock at Sunflower Farm and it has taken some time to re-establish the pecking order.
Even after 15 years, Cam still loves heating his home with wood that he cuts himself.
When it's -30 degrees outside you can make your own snow!
Easy-sew step-by-step instructions (with photos) to repurpose feed bags into handy totes.
Cam is handling this heatwave much better thanks to his solar-powered air conditioner!
Cam talks about getting mistaken for a garden centre employee and also the time that his house appeared to get sold out from under him!
Some of Cam's best inspirations come to him in his sleep!
Cam thinks its important that we all have a Plan B, no matter where we live.
Cam readily admits to being obsessed about his use of energy.
Cam contemplates his place in the universe while weeding his corn patch....
Cam admits to admiring Oprah and watching her show from time to time.
Cam shares his experiences getting lost in the woods.
Cam describes why his method of harvesting firewood from his woodlot is the most sustainable way.
Homesteader Cam Mather describes integrating new backyard chickens into his existing flock and the wonderful life his "ladies" lead.
Use care when cooking red kidney beans in the crockpot. The beans contain a toxin that can be activated if the beans are raw or undercooked.
Cam is trying to extend his growing season with DIY greenhouse structures.
The difference between power and energy and how it relates to toast!
Quirky behaviors involving shaving, moisturizing, socks and water conservation!
Mother Nature has a way of filling in the blank spots....
Cam describes his ongoing inner dialogue concerning his carbon footprint.
Cam has been collecting old windows for years and has finally put them together to make a greenhouse!
Cam recently spoke to a Transition group about the challenges ahead and how to prepare for them.
Cam wonders why more people don't prepare for blackouts.
Cam is getting burned out on technology and seeks solace in his "low tech" garden.
Meat, eggs and dairy from grass-fed animals provide superior nutrition. Join our nutrition testing program for proof you can use.
I hate to say it — because electric cars may be the salvation of transportation someday — but much of the current hype around electric cars is smoke and mirrors.
Jack took MAX to a local car show and found that even if they're not looking for high mileage, folks think MAX is cool.
MAX debuts by taking the checkered flag of the 800+ mile, no gasoline consumed, Escape from Berkeley race.
Jack has dismantled MAX's body and is making molds from the body parts, so other MAX-like car builders won't have to duplicate his work.
Conservation over corn.
Save money and gas this Earth Day — and every day! — by using these five green driving tips from the Car Care Council.
MAX is getting prepped for paint, and all the essential bodywork is done for the new, streamlined roadster body.
In my 7,500-plus mile adventure in MAX this summer, one lesson really stands out: Haste Makes Waste.
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.
MAX has very low rolling resistance, as demonstrated by this three year old kid pushing it around the building.
A surprising benefit of MAX's streamlining is the increased luggage space.
By making a pattern and a mold, we can now reproduce rear fenders as needed.
MAX gets a low cost, high accuracy, and none too attractive fuel gauge. Two out of three ain't bad.
Craig Henderson and his Avion high mileage sports car went from Canada to Mexico at 119.1 MPG. He plans to produce Avion kits.
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.
Considering deer, it’s time for a roll bar.
The tail end of MAX's bellypan (diffuser) gets tuft tested, and the attached video shows the results. This was the finishing touch that got MAX its 100 miles per gallon on the highway.
Why pre-1960 race cars were more efficient than post-1960 race cars, and thus a better example for high efficiency highway cars.
Cam has had to learn lots of new skills living in his off-grid home!
Monsanto, the world’s largest producer of genetically modified seeds and the toxic herbicides used to drench them, is calling itself a supporter of sustainability. You’re kidding, right?
During World War I, the federal government ordered people to keep a backyard flock of chickens. What happened? Why is it so hard today?
Cam is amazed at the level of awareness concerning Peak Oil amongst today's youth.
Cam contemplates the amount of energy that goes into our food production and shows how he prepared corn for freezing the zero carbon way!
An introduction to Cam Mather's off-grid home and lifestyle.
Cam Mather tries out a battery-powered chainsaw at his off-grid homestead in Ontario.
If you've been considering an electric pressure cooker, consider the Instant Pot. It’s well-made, durable and has many functions.
Michigan invasive species order takes aim at heritage and Old World hogs.
Cam shares his experience trying to fix a broken hot-water tank.