Posts Tagged ‘gas’

My Car Says Premium Only. Can I Still Save Any Money?

August 13, 2008

Is Premium Gas Worth the Extra Cash?

Even though gas prices have dropped slightly we still are in search of any way possible to save a bit of cash. And many of us drive cars that make have higher performance engines that say they need premium grade gasoline instead of regular. So what can we do to get a break? We can use regular grade gasoline. The recommendation in car owner’s manuals for the driver to use premium is in regard to engine performance. But using regular grade gasoline can save you as much as twenty cents a gallon while only giving up at maximum five percent performance from your engine. It’s a sacrifice so slight you won’t even notice it.

So in Dollars and Cents This Means What?

If you take into account that the price difference between the regular grade gasoline and the ultra premium grade is as much as twenty cents a gallon you will already see a savings the first time you fill up. That will add up to four dollars a fill up. If you fill up four times a month that comes out to sixteen dollars a month just by switching to regular grade gasoline. Those savings can add up to one hundred and ninety-two dollars a year. That may not sound like a lot but combining this with other gas saving tips can really make a difference in your gas consumption as well as your wallet.

you’ve saved gas. Now what?

August 1, 2008

So you’ve made some changes in your driving habits or better yet upgraded to a more gas efficient vehicle. Now what? You enjoy the savings! You not only help the environment but you can see dramatic cash savings as well. And we all like extra money. If you figure that your average savings a month with a more gas efficient vehicle can be as high as $250 or more a month you will see that will quickly add up. If you look at what you can use the savings on it will really make sense:

  1. Partial or total car payment.
  2. Covering gas costs for the month.
  3. Back to school supplies.
  4. A daytrip with the family.
  5. A few months of saving and you can get that new big screen you’ve been wanting.

When you look at it this way you will see it is not only is a matter of gas conservation and doing your part to help the environment but it’s also a matter of dollars and cents and your bottom line. Use our handy calculator to help figure your savings. I think you will be pleasantly surprised. Enjoy those savings and have a great weekend!

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!

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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


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…

Gallons Per Mile Article…Interesting

June 26, 2008

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

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!