Small Is Beautiful 2.0

You may have seen the wistful sighs, often as comments on articles on gas-frugal cars: "Why can't I buy a car like my 1980 Honda Accord that did 45mpg?" or "Why don't they sell cars like what the Europeans drive? Some of those get over 55mpg." Well, here is good news for the wistful: After three decades of increasing car size, weight and accessories, all requiring more and more energy to operate, the pendulum has started to swing the other way. ...more

Car Talk

We drive an old minivan, has 130,000 miles on it. When it talks, we listen. The familiar squeaks and rattles tell us all is well. When the dashboard says "Service engine soon" it means we didn't tighten the gas cap enough. When all the idiot lights come on, it means we drove on a bumpy road. We follow our mechanic's instruction and drive on a bumpy road again until the lights go off....more

Hidden Dangers of That New Car Smell

Ah, the smell of a new car! It is the smell of success, an inextricable part of America's love affair with the automobile, the scent of a three-ton version of Proust's madeleine. But as we're finding out about the chemical origins and the biological consequences of that new-car smell, many of us are moving from "How do I preserve it?" to "How do I get away from it?"...more
Always always keep vodka in the house. lol You could just use rubbing alcohol which is cheaper. ...more

Reduce Your Carbon Car Print

While in Detroit a few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to meet some amazing green bloggers (Anna- Green Talk, Tiffany - Nature Moms, Jenn- The Green Parent and Diane-Big Green Purse), who are all part of the ...more

My Love Affair With a Thing

Her name was Martha.  Not sure exactly why or how she earned that name, but it kind of stuck.  I got her when I was 17 – my senior year....more
@Wanderoke I think I must have passed you on the freeway! Violent Femmes...those were the days!more

Energy-Efficiency Upgrades? Include the Car

Once, I convinced my parents' landlady to replace the ancient fridge in the apartment with a new, EnergyStar-rated fridge. We contributed half the purchase price and within a single year, we got our contribution back in electricity savings. (That old fridge was a real dinosaur).You could do worse than to include a home energy audit as one of your new year resolutions.  Whether you do it yourself or call in an expert, you will probably come out saving energy costs....more

Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid, "124mpg", coming soon to a dealer not near you.

Responding to government pressure in the EU, carmakers are developing ever more frugal gas sippers for that market.  One example is the Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid, a desire-inducing machine that is reported to get 124mpg. ...more

Keeping up the pressure

Since CelloMom has pledged to warm herself up in the mornings by moving rather than turning up the thermostat, the yard has started to look mighty tidy. The carport is next, but first it's the turn of the car itself, on which the tires are looking a bit soft....more

Let the children have air and light!

Only a few of us ask our children for their opinion when buying a car.  And no-one ever asks for their opinion at the design stage.  So it is that those who occupy the back seat get less and less of what makes a car ride fun:  streaming air, and a view of the world....more

VW offers 2012 Passat with better fuel efficiency

Take it as the first hopeful sign that automakers are responding to the new CAFE 2025 standards for cars' fuel efficiency.  The 2012 VW Passat 2.0L TDI does 31/43mpg (cty/hwy). One of these years, perhaps VW will throw the Bluemotion version in our direction, the one that does 48mpg....more