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Gasoline, and I’m not talking about the Seether song.

July 10, 2008


( I sure would like to see that red line take a dip pretty soon)

Yesterday, Iran decided to launch a few missiles to show us what they’ve got. We get it Iran, you’re a powerful, scary nation that we shouldn’t take lightly. Because of Iran wanting to be the big bully that they are gas prices rebounded to well over $133 a barrel (up more than $5 from the previous day). Monday and Tuesday of this week the price per barrel fell by nearly $10 (it’s like watching a tennis match!).

I think OPEC needs to stop toying with our emotions. Just a few days ago I smiled with glee when I saw that my local gas station had dropped their prices by nearly $.05 cents per gallon (making me almost able to afford that shiny new Wii I want). Now, the idea of a Wii is out the window and so is my smile.

More about the missle to gas ratio this way

 

If you’ve got a rant I’d love to hear it!

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Gas-saving tools going up in price

July 10, 2008

The price of eggs, milk, and poultry have already risen due to the high gas prices. Now we’ve got to deal with rising prices of products that are supposed to help us boost gas mileage! What next? A rise in the price of toilet paper?

The products vary from devices that fit inside an engine’s air intake valve to fuel additives. The EPA has tested many of these products and Laura DeMartino (an attorney with the Federal Trade Commission) states that “for the few that worked, the gas savings was so small, it didn’t justify the price.” That isn’t stopping people from buying these products and making their own conclusions.

Everyone is entitled their own opinion whether we like it or not. If you’ve purchased one of these devices let me know what you think!

To read more head over to msnbc.com.

Hypermilers

June 26, 2008

Have you heard about those wackos calling themselves “Hyper-milers”? They try to do things like not break at lights (they roll to a stop or downshift), take alternate routes to get in more downhills (don’t you have to go back up on the way back?)

 

Anyway, here’s something that might make some sense. It’s called a scan gauge. From http://www.hypermilersunite.com/:

 

Consider installing a scan gauge, a digital display which tells you your fuel usage every second. They cost about $150. It doesn’t change the fuel economy, it changes how you drive the vehicle to improve mileage.

 

Now personally, I have a fairly new Civic Coupe (which gets 36 mpg), so I’m not sure I want to muck up my interior when I already get pretty good MPG, but just giving you the info…

Natural Gas Vehicles

June 26, 2008

My girlfriend is thinking about getting one of those natural gas Hondas and I’ve gotta be honest – I’m not sure I’m crazy about her tooling down the highway with the equivalent of a bunch of propane tanks duct tapes to the trunk. So I decided to look into it, and here what I found: the Civic NGV (Natural Gas Vehicle) gets 36 MPG, and has zero emissions. And check this (from pge.com, a company that sells natural gas):

 

“NGVs (Natural Gas Vehicles) are as safe, or safer than any gasoline-powered vehicle. There are over one million NGVs in use around the world, and without one fatality attributable to natural gas, it’s the safety record is unblemished.”

Gallons Per Mile Article…Interesting

June 26, 2008

I saw this online yesterday. Not sure what to make of it.

 

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080619/sc_nm/fuel_efficiency_dc;_ylt=AsM1B7xnygicsAvRrPqIXTwiANEA

 

U.S. drivers should think in gallons per mile: report  By Julie SteenhuysenThu Jun 19, 4:16 PM ET

If soaring gasoline prices have prompted you to look for a more fuel-efficient ride, using miles per gallon as a guide could lead you astray, U.S. researchers said on Thursday.

Instead, they propose a new standard based on gallons per mile, which gives people a far better idea of how much gasoline they might save by switching trading in that gas-guzzling minivan.

“There is a math illusion here,” said Richard Larrick, a management professor at Duke University, whose research appears in the journal Science.

Larrick said most people think improvements in miles per gallon are all the same, where a 5 gallon per mile improvement would yield the same gas savings in a car that gets 10 miles per gallon or 20 miles per gallon. (One mile equals 1.61 kilometers, and one U.S. gallon equals 3.79 liters.)

“The reality that few people appreciate is that improving fuel efficiency from 10 to 20 miles per gallon is actually a more significant savings than improving from 25 to 50 miles per gallon for the same distance of driving,” Larrick said.

He tested this out in a number of different experiments on U.S. college students.

When presented with a series of car choices in which fuel efficiency was defined in miles per gallon, the students could not easily identify the choice that would result in the greatest gains in fuel efficiency, he said.

People had a much easier time when fuel efficiency was expressed in gallons per 100 miles. In that case, a car that gets 18 miles per gallon uses 5.5 gallons of gas per 100 miles, and a car that gets 28 miles per gallon uses just 3.6 gallons per 100 miles. With gasoline prices over $4 a gallon, that’s a difference of about $8 per 100 miles.

“If we just turn everything around, you can see where are the large savings in gallons of gas,” Larrick said in a telephone interview. The idea is not new. Many other countries, especially in Europe, already use a standard that compares gas used per trip.

To translate miles per gallon into gallons per 10,000, Larrick said people can simply divide 10,000 by miles per gallon. Cars with the highest miles per gallon are always the most fuel efficient, he said. It is when people are trying to replace a car that they may be misled.

That’s how he became interested in this problem.

“We were trying to decide whether to get rid of a minivan and go for a station wagon versus getting rid of a sedan and going for a really high-mileage hybrid car,” Larrick said.

“We realized in the end we were better off trading in the minivan and only gaining 10 miles per gallon then we would be trying to swap out the sedan for a highly efficient car.”

To help make these choices easier, Larrick and colleagues recommend consumer publications and car makers start listing fuel efficiency in terms of gallons per 10,000 miles driven, which he said is roughly the distance people in the United States drive in a year.

Larrick’s team has developed a conversion table that can be found at http://www.fuqua.duke.edu/news/mpg/table.pdfgallon

The borrowed truck

June 26, 2008

So the other day I go to fill up my buddies truck, which I borrowed to move some stuff out of storage.  I use the ATM thingy and I go back to texting or emailing or whatever it was I was doing. Anyway, after a while, the pump stops, so I figure it’s full, right? Pump says $75.00 so it must be. I drive away, and glance down at the fuel gauge only to see it’s only ¾ full. Insane.

 

It got me thinking, is there a way to get more for your dollar? A bit of research, and here’s what I came up with: Fill up in the morning. You see, gas expands in warm weather, so if fill up in the AM when the temperature is cooler, you get denser fuel that contains more energy per gallon. In other words, fill up when it’s cool to get more bang for your gasoline buck!