Archive for March 27th, 2009

Earth Hour 2009!

Posted by ChicagoismynewBlog! on March 27, 2009

Just a reminder, Earth Hour 2009 is Saturday, March 28th from 8:30-9:30pm!  Use the hour to turn off your lights, go to a restaurant/bar that is having a special candlelight dinner, have a party to celebrate, etc.  I know I’ll try to make it downtown to take a picture of the difference in light!

Last year, there was a significant reduction in power usage, around 5% decrease over that evening in the Chicagoland area.  That is HUGE!


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Sultan’s Market – 4/5 stars

Posted by ChicagoismynewBlog! on March 27, 2009

In case anyone hasn’t heard of this website, it is called Groupon.  They give you a daily email on different coupons for things ranging from dry cleaning, personal training, and food.  I finally took advantage of one of their latest groupons.  All I had to do was pay $5 and I would get $15 to spend on food at Sultan’s Market.  Let me tell you what I got for $15:

1 falafel, 2 meat pies, 1 lamb shawerma sandwich, and even a piece of gum to make it exactly $15.  Two meals worth of food for only $2.50 per meal.  Nice.  Plus, Sultan’s Market has a TON of fresh foods with a small eat in area which was completely full when I walked in.  Their salad bar looked amazing also.


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887 million gallons of fuel saved?!

Posted by ChicagoismynewBlog! on March 27, 2009

Tougher fuel economy rules announced

National fuel economy target increased by 2 mpg overall for the 2011 model year.

By Peter Valdes-Dapena, senior writer

NEW YORK ( — The Department of Transportation announced the first increase in 25 years of the nation’s fuel economy standards Friday.

Under the new rules, 2011 model year, cars will be required to get, on average, 30.2 miles per gallon and light trucks, such as pick-ups, SUVs and vans, will have to average 24.1 mpg.

The combined fleetwide goal for cars and trucks will be 27.3 mpg, a 2 mpg increase over the current standard of 25.3 mpg.

This represents the first step, under new fuel economy laws passed by Congress in late 2007, toward a 35 mpg average – including cars and trucks – by 2020.

The Department of Transportation estimates that the 2011 model fuel economy year requirements will save about 887 million gallons of fuel and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 8.3 million metric tons.

“These standards are important steps in the nation’s quest to achieve energy independence and bring more fuel efficient vehicles to American families,” said transportation secretary Ray LaHood said in a prepared announcement.

Under the rules, carmakers will be given individual fuel economy requirements based on their particular mix of models and vehicle sizes. Manufacturers that exceed the requirements will earn credits that would allow them to fall short of requirements in future years.

Since the requirements are based on averages, manufactures that sell more hybrid or electric vehicles could use those to offset sales of less-efficient vehicles.

“The finalization of the federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards for model year 2011 is an important first step,” Dave McCurdy, president the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, a trade group representing major carmakers, said in a statement. “It is now important that the Department of Transportation provide automakers with the certainty and consistency needed by setting standards for model year 2012 and beyond.”

– Thanks to CNN Money for the article!  When I first saw that they were only increasing it by 2 mpg, I laughed because I thought, how difficult is it to really match European standards for gas mileage?  Then I read a bit further and noticed the statistics which are amazing.  Right now, I’ll take almost anything that is a step in the right direction which this is. –

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