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    9 Ways to help you car Save Fuel!

    energy, Uncategorized

    Sorry it has been so long since my first post. There is a lot more to this blog and internet thing than I was first aware of. I am learning and getting the hang of it and enjoying it. Part of my problem is information overload, which is why I am creating this blog. I get caught up in reading every article and every blog I find on a subject. So back to basics… save fuel, save energy, and save money.

    The fact is we all drive cars powered by gas, diesel, or biofuel. And since the majority of us are not out there developing the next form of energy, we need to conserve the fuel we use now. One of the biggest expenses is our cars, so let us start saving there.

    Basic ways to save fuel in your car are as follows:

    ·         Properly inflate your tires – can save 1 to 2 mpg and extend the life of your tires. More on this later.

    ·         Proper tire tread – insert a penny into the tread of your tire, if you can see the top of Lincoln’s head you need new tires. Some experts think you should do this with a quarter.

    ·         Purchasing the correct fuel – most cars do not need a high octane fuel (check your owners manual), using eeFuel  can make all octane levels work more efficiently.

    ·         Reduce resistance – Remove ski racks and luggage storage containers when not in use.

    ·         Check your gas cap – gas evaporates from old, cracked or not secure gas caps. Turn you gas cap four times to assure it is tightened properly. Consider getting a locking gas cap to prevent siphoning.

    ·         Use your manufacturers recommended grade of motor oil.

    ·         Avoid idling –  a good rule of thumb is if you plan to idle for more than a minute shut it off. Go in don’t use the drive-up.

    ·         Keep extra weight out of your trunk –  just carry emergency items.

    ·         Slow down – I’m not asking you to go 55mph, you might be a victim of road rage if you don’t cause an accident first. But be reasonable, stay back so that you don’t have to brake as often, and use cruise control when you can.

    ·         Maintenance – Pay now or pay later!!!! Keep your car on a regular maintenance program and you will save fuel, save energy and save money.

    What you don’t know about your tires can hurt and cost you!

    Last fall I took my son to an advanced driving school called In Control Advanced Driver Training. Other than being a great driving course the instructor talked about tires. He explained tires are probably the most important item on the car because they are your only contact with the road. Duh, I should have known this but how often did I put off new tires until I got a flat? Well it turns out there is a lot more to tires than driving into a tire store and buying tires off the rack. Buying the right tire can save your life, save fuel, save energy and save money. Right up my alley.

    All Season vs. Snow Tires

    Most of us have been buying all season tires to save money and time on snow tires. The fact is that all season tires are a compromise. There is no substitute for a snow tire in cold climates, they are just safer. And there is no substitute for performance tires in summer, they are just safer. We all need to budget to switch tires with each season. Either we have two sets of rims with two sets of tires and designated storage space. Or we have to pay to have the tires mounted twice a year on the same set of rims and have designated storage space. Blessed are the people who live in climate without excessive cold or heat.

    TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System)

    There are changes in tire technology that are going to affect all of us regardless of heat wave or snow storm. Congress passed a bill called the TREAD act. This requires all cars manufactured from the 2006-2007 season and on to have a TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System). We all know the benefits of properly inflated tires:

    ·         Save fuel

    ·         Improved handling

    ·         Less tire wear

    ·         Shorter braking distances

    The problem is most people rarely check their tire pressure. I went out to my car while researching this article and found not one of my tires is properly inflated. So Congress has decided they will do what we will not do ourselves. There are two different types of TPMS:

    Direct TMPS: A sensor in the tire assembly sends information to the computer in your car that notifies you if a tire is underinflated by 25% or more. When replacing tires with this system a valve stem service kit needs to be added and then checked to make sure the sensor works. This can add between $5 and $10 to each tire. If the sensor goes it could be between $50 and $250 per tire.

    Indirect TMPS: Your ABS (Advanced Braking System) measures the diameter of each tire and notifies the computer in your car if a tire is underinflated by 25% or more.

    This is definitely food for thought when buying a new or used car with TMPS.

    Low Rolling Resistance Tires

    Another tire technology to save fuel is Low Rolling Resistance Tires. This is not a measure of traction but of how easily a tire rolls. Go back to basic science, heat is energy. Heat on a tire is wasted energy. If a tire rolls easily it creates less heat, therefore wasting less energy. Some of these tires can save 1 to 2 miles per gallon. If the average car is driven 15,000 miles/yr and your car mileage increased from 25mpg to 27mpg, at $4/gallon that would be a $180 savings.

     A Rolling Resistance Coefficient (RRC) of .0105 or less is considered good, a little bit higher with the larger vehicles. Most car manufacturers put Rolling Resistance Tires on new cars to improve their rated mileage. If your tire store is unsure of the RRC of their tires, consider replacing your tires with the same model that came from the factory.

    The price of tires is going up almost daily with the price of oil. Everything from raw materials, to manufacturing, to shipping are effecting the cost. This is an important purchase and worth the time to do your homework before you get to the tire dealer with a flat.

    I hope I didn’t overwhelm you with information. But tires are what keep us on the road. The right tire for your circumstances can save fuel, save energy and save money; and in the case of tires save lives.

     

     

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    Fuel Legacy’s eeFuel® Nanotechnology Fuel Additive

    energy, Uncategorized

    The whole concept of this blog is for me to spend the hours searching for ways to save energy. That way you can just log on and find simple, inexpensive ways for you, your family and friends to save fuel, save energy, save money and hopefully do your part in saving the planet.

    For my first installment I would like to introduce a fuel saving product called eeFuel® by Fuel Legacy. Fuel Legacy is a newly launched network marketing company, but the product eeFuel®  has decades of testing, use and track records of fuel savings. This is an EPA registered and time tested product.

    When added to fuel – whether it be gasoline, diesel fuel or bio-fuels, eeFuel® immediately transforms it into high-performance nanotechnology enhanced fuel to improve fuel economy, increase engine power, reduce harmful emissions and clean combustion chamber deposits.

    Additional Benefits:

    • Cleans combustion chamber deposits
    • Decreases or eliminates engine knocks.
    • Extends engine life.
    • Restores lost engine performance
    • Reduce maintenance costs
    • Works well in all fuels, in all climates in all seasons
    • Protects the environment

    I put eeFuel® in my 2002 Safari van, within the first 100 miles I noticed the car running smoother and the gas gauge wasn’t down a full quarter yet. I am beginning to think the gauge is stuck. My lawn mower showed even more of a difference. I own a large commercial mower that needs a tune up in the worst way. I put eeFuel® in with the gas. After mowing half the lawn I noticed I had to reduce the throttle because there was too much power. By the time I finished mowing the lawn the mower was running so quietly I was able to talk to my husband without shutting off the mower.

    The company claims an average fuel savings of 19%. So I have done some math for you.

    150 gallons @ $4.00 = $600.00

    19% of $600.00 = $114.00

    Bottle of eeFuel®(including shipping)=$28.99

    Savings per 150 gallons of fuel = $85.01

    Now that is a HUGE fuel savings. This is using the retail price of a bottle of eeFuel®. If you become a Fuel Legacy distributor the price drops. I know a lot of people shy away from network marketing and I don’t blame them, but if you can get your product cheaper, get fuel savings and help out your friends and relatives at the same time, why not? There is no obligation to build a business just buy a great product at a great price. Check out the website at www.FuelLegacy.com/SeeFuelSavings .

    Thanks for checking out my blog and I hope to be bringing you more fuel savings, energy savings and planet savings soon.

    Sincerely,

    Vicky

    SeeFuelSavings.com

    P.S. When you sign up as a distributor for Fuel Legacy you receive coupons for free gas!!!! That’s right how much better fuel savings can you have than free gas? Check out the web site for more information www.FuelLegacy.com/SeeFuelSavings

     

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