Nov 11, 2014

Top 12 Ways To Save Oil And Gas Use -Updated-

**This blogpost was first published back on 2007,  we have added new information to reflect some changes**


Here are Conserv-A-Store's 12 ways to better use your oil and gas allotment yearly:

1. Keep your car(s) serviced ie correct amount of air in tires, oil
change, coolant change, spark plug/fuel injector checks, exhaust checks
often--at least quarterly.

2. Read the vehicle owner's manual regards the "Essentials of Good Fuel
Economy". This will offer tips on how to drive to come closest to the
projected mpg the auto manufacturer estimates. Have you thought about computing gallons per mile instead of mpg. Try it for a while.

3. If you have 2 vehicles and need a large vehicle to transport kids or
items for your business, why not get a smaller 4 cylinder vehicle for
your trips requiring less vehicle space as your 2nd car.

4. Consider walking or biking if your trip is less than 2 miles and the
weather appears favorable for the trip. You will save gas and help your

5. For trips over 2 miles in towns where bus and train service are
ubiquitous, please take this alternate form of transport when you can.

6. Carpooling is certainly an option for those working in one locale
together for a large part of the day or parents taking kids to the same

7. Spread the word. Say you are a more conserving type of person but your
best friend or family member is not. You may just ask them if they have
ever thought of how their apparent over use of oil and gas products may be
ultimately reducing the amount of available product for us all.

8. Contact your legislative representatives, both local and national, on
occasion and let them know that laws favoring alternate means of transport
are what we all need.

9. Drive in the correct gear. Incorrect gear shifting can lead to as much
as 20% increase in fuel consumption. Also idling is a gas guzzler--many
times it is best to turn the car off if idling for more than a few
minutes. If not in the middle of winter, warming a car up is a waste of

10. Strongly consider a hybrid vehicle or an EV(electric vehicle) as a secondary(or primary) vehicle.
Go test drive a hybrid and see what you think. Practically every major car manufacturer now has a hybrid and the common EV's are the Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, Mitsubishi Miev, Toyota Prius EV, a Ford Focus and CMax EV, and of course the Tesla. EV car sharing is more ubiquitous these days. There is currently some tax relief for these EV's. Hybrids are also available in a big way in the pre-owned car market especially in the larger metro ares of the US so you may can find a nice pre-owned Hybrid for $10K;

11. Which is better? MPG or GPM--you decide right here-give this a click please

12. The market continues to change and as many of you in the larger US cities know Uber and it's competitors can provide a very economical short trip. Likewise Zip and Hertz and the like allow very short time rentals of less than 24 hrs. This can be viewed as a more prudent use of oil and gas and can really allow many to do without their owned licensed auto altogether.

Here's a chart of the most fuel efficient cars in 2014

Happy Early Summer '06 and updated in November '14,
General Manager

Thanks to the many of you who have found this blogpost helpful-it's one of our most read posts
We decided to update it a bit to consider the events that have happened since 2006. Of course the largest change is the very high cost of petrol. Now more than ever it is smart to baby your vehicle to get the highest mpg, drive the lowest gas guzzler you can find, and buy a hybrid or EV if you can afford. Of course walking, biking, and public transport always makes sense. If you like the post, please comment.

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