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Biodiesel And Its Many Uses

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 Bio diesel fuel, which is becoming more and more popular today. Because Bio diesel 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 Bio diesel is being used. Some of which you may never have realized. 

1) Bio diesel Car Rental - Yes that''s right. A Maui and Los Angeles car rental rents
Cars that run on Bio diesel. 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 Bio diesel as an alternative for heating their home. Most oil-fired or boiler furnaces can use Bio diesel (B20), which is a fuel made of 80 percent traditional heating oil and 20 percent Bio diesel. 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 Bio diesel fuel. A superior alternative to the typical coal burning electricity generating plants currently being used in the United States. Running on Bio diesel is an inexpensive, clean and renewable way of creating electricity. 

4) Trucking Industry - More and more truckers are switching from diesel fuel to Bio diesel 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 Bio diesel, but also a consumer. Tractors, reapers, tillers, pickers, conveyors, generators, pumps, and irrigation systems which normally uses diesel fuel, now use Bio diesel 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 Bio diesel. For example Pacific Whale Foundation, located in Hawaii, use Bio diesel bin their boats. 

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

Lubrication Additive - Because Bio diesel is a better lubricant than current low-sulfur petroleum, fuel injectors and other types of fuel pumps can rely on Bio diesel 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 - Bio diesel reduces carbon dioxide exhaust emissions by up to 80%. Because of this, Bio diesel has the potential to reduce air toxic 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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