Friday, September 30, 2011

Saving Gas With A Hybrid SUV

If you have to have a suv, consider getting a hybrid suv to save gas. By using alternative forms of energy, you can cut down on the money you have to spend on gas to fill up the huge suv tank.

Despite the huge rise in fuel costs thanks to the war in Iraq and Hurricane Katrina, people still need and insist on keeping the versatility that they can get with sport utility vehicles (SUVs). Kids sometimes have to take the ferry to school and soccer practice, the dogs still insist on going to the vet or the groomers, and we still have to make our weekly trips to the grocery store just to stay alive and content. Minivans, although they are extremely useful, do not have the style of most SUVs, and sedans, even though they generally are more fuel-efficient. They just can’t duplicate the commanding view of the road that oyu can get form your SUV.

You can get an SUV in a hybrid make as well. Hybrid power trains, which are available in sedans and small cars for the past several years, will soon be widely available in SUVs as well. Ford was the first manufacturer to introduce such an awesome vehicle to the market, For example the Ford Escape Hybrid, but other manufacturers are running closely behind them.

The Choices that will eventually be available will include the Saturn VUE with BAS (Belt Alternator Starter Hybrid System), Toyota Highlander Hybrid, the Lexus RX 400h, a hybrid Mazda Tribute and we all know that everyone else will follow. While hybrid alternative vehicles can now offer a substantial jump in fuel economy, they also require a similar jump in price just to be able to cover the cost of developing this new technology. That’s something that you really need to think about when evaluating overall ownership costs.

In addition to hybrids, there are other cost effective SUVs on the market that can really help to make the high price of gas more tolerable, but as with everything else these days, there are certain concessions that have to be taken into consideration. The most economical vehicles tend to be smaller or midsize, with either front or two wheel drive and they feature the smaller engine that has less horsepower, four cylinders instead of six which also have standard as opposed to automatic transmissions. As the list of standard and optional items for the car gets bigger, fuel mileage will also decrease.

When you start using the most current EPA data, you can easily learn that there is a list of the most fuel-efficient SUVs that are on the market. If you also start considering base sticker price and cargo capacity you just get a good deal. If you want to make a quick comparison between the two of them, fuel mileage for all or four wheel drive is also provided. Your behavior while driving will also play a huge role in this as well. So do not think that these ideas are set in stone.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Save On Gas With A Clean Fuel System

It is worth the cost to clean your fuel system because of the gas you will be saving. Improve your gas mileage and save on gas with a clean fuel system.

When it comes to saving money on your fuel, part of that is regular car maintenance. After all, a car that is suffering from major problems is going to cost you far more than just the cost of gas. For regular engine maintenance which can actually save you much cash on gas, many mechanics recommend that you begin using a quality fuel additive such as a fuel systems cleaner. The reason for this is that there are harsh impurities in gasoline that, if left on their own without treatment, can cause build-up and gum residue to form in the fuel system. These deposits can really cause a problem for the injectors, intake valves, and nearly every part of the fuel system as well.

Fuel systems cleaners are a strong product that can both clean up the deposits in the fuel system as well as prevent them from forming again in the future. If you have been running untreated gasoline though your car’s engine, there may already be residue building up on the inside of your car. If you do this by mixing 12 oz. or so of fuel systems cleaner with 12 gallons (full tank)of gas you should be able to remove any current deposits that have formed in your fuel lines or valves.
Fuel conditioners can also keep residue from forming in your car’s fuel system. Good fuel conditioners, or fuel stabilizers, will also help to prevent varnish or gum from building up in the engine, and remove any moisture that may have developed from condensation. This will defiantly help to make fuel stabilizers are a popular product for effectively winterizing your boat too.

There are many different manufactures of fuel systems cleaner available today. Online forums often have reviews of various fuel additives. Some of the most popular fuel cleaners out there are  those from Quaker state, Valvoline, and Mobile. These are some of the better ones. I often use STP in my car’s fuel system and I always add it when the car is filled with gas.

Fuel injector cleaners are a great way to help slow down your car’s gas guzzling. Some people will tell you that it does nothing, but experience tells me that they are wrong. It also helps to make your engine run more quietly too. Other additives to your fuel system can not just keep the gas tank clean from resin but it can also help to keep things like the engine itself clean as well. Some of these products run through your engine and help your pistons etc. I love modern mechanical ingenuity. It is all geared toward saving me time and money!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Save Money On Gas By How You Drive

You can save money on gas just by changing how you drive. Give some of these tips a try to improve your car’s gas mileage.

How you drive your car can determine how much money you will spend on gas as well. Here are some tips on driving your car as a way to save money on gas:
* If you have a standard transmission you should always drive in the highest gear possible. You need not keep switching.
* In many cars its gas efficiency will go down by 10% if you have the air conditioner running while you are moving. If you have a lower temperature setting on you’re A/C, use it. Turn it on until the car gets cooled down and then turn it off and let the fan circulate the cool air around instead. You should never run your AC with your windows open either.
When it comes to cars that were built after 1990 you don’t need to warm your car up in the morning. I would suggest that you drive the car gently in the first 5 minutes. The engine actually warms up better if it is driving instead of idling in your driveway.
* Driving the speed limit will help you out a little as well. Maybe by as much as 10%.
* Accelerate slowly when you are leaving the stop light. You are not in a race with the driver in the lane next to you. The fastest person through the intersection just gets to spend more money on gas. If you follow the tip for early shifting up, you won’t be accelerating all that much anyway.
* Try buying 87 octane gasoline which is regular. Read your car manual. Some vehicles are advertised telling you to use premium gasoline, but the owner’s manual actually says that 87 is fine.
* Turn the engine off when you’re stuck at a light or waiting for a train to pass and when you expect not to move for a few minutes. When the engine is idling and not moving, you end up with 0 mpg.
* Revving the engine is a huge waste of time and gas as well. Unless there is a mechanical problem with your car, there is no need to bother doing this before you turn your vehicle off. Consider fixing the actual problem instead before it turns into a more expensive problem later on.

Sunday, September 11, 2011


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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Simple Ways To Save On Gas

Here are 7 simple ways to save on gas. Spending less of your hard earned money on gas doesn’t have to be complicated. Give a few of these simple tips a try and see if you can’t save on gas.

Saving money on gas is not as hard as you may think it is. According to some recent statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation, most Americans drive an average of 29 miles and spend somewhere around 55 minutes a day in their cars. If you add this to the fact that the national average for car fuel efficiency is somewhere around 24.4 miles per gallon. If you want to save money on gas, here are some great tips to help you.

1. Get a credit card for your gas purchases. Some credit cards offer you great gas savings when you use it. This works in much the same way that some credit card companies give you frequent flyer miles when you use their card for purchases.
2. Get a gas membership card. Some gas stations offer awesome money saving membership benefits. There are also department and grocery stores that give discounts that are good at the fuel pump when you use their store cards.
3. Give your car a tune up regularly. While giving your car a tune up won’t actually save you money at the pump, it will save you gas over the long run. Using less gas saves you money. You should also have the oil changed, and have a certified mechanic give your engine a quick look too.
4. Check the internet for good deals. Web sites let you find the best deals in your area without having to drive around looking for them which just costs you more gas money.
5. Invest in a hybrid car. Not only do hybrid cars give you fast and immediate savings at the pump, the U.S. government and your local state both are willing to offer tax breaks for people who use gas-saving cars. Federal income tax deductions for using gas-saving cars can be as high as $2000 per year. If you can’t afford any of the hybrid cars that are out there, you will have to consider getting a regular car that offers good MPG (miles per gallon), like the Toyota Echo.
6. Turn off the air conditioner. Running your car’s air conditioning puts extra strain on your car’s engine which costs you more money in gas. This actually makes it so that your car eats up more gas per every mile that it is driven. You have to use Use less gas, in order to save money. Depending on the car you drive, at highway speeds, the air conditioner might put less drag on the car than if all the windows are open instead. So, you might want to chill out a bit when you are on the highway.
7. Use the cheapest gas that you can. Most of today’s modern cars run just as well with the cheap gas regular unleaded; as they do with the more expensive or premium gas. In fact, engineers assume the car buyer is going to use the cheap gas, and because of this they actually design the car’s engine that way.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Ideas To Save Money With A Baby

Having kids isn’t an inexpensive endeavor. From the time they are born, you will find yourself spending on food, clothing, cribs, strollers and various gadgets and accessories to either keep them safe or entertained. It’s easy to overspend and the thought of all these expenses can be rather intimidating. But never fear. There are plenty of ideas to save money with a baby. Here are a few.
* Solicit hand-me-downs. Babies don’t stay in those tiny clothes for long, so by the time they outgrow them, they’re rarely worn out. If you have a friend or family member who has recently had a baby, ask if she has any clothes that you could take off her hands. And don’t stop with clothes. Those with older children might have cribs, strollers and other items that they’re no longer using and would love to get out of the way.
* Breastfeed. Not only is breastfeeding less expensive than buying formula, bottles and nipples, it’s also better for your baby. And for those middle-of-the-night feedings, it’s quicker and more convenient than warming up a bottle. You’ll need to take care to eat well so that the baby gets all of the nutrients he needs, but that’s something that’s important to do anyway.
* Keep your diaper costs as low as possible. Cloth diapers can save you a ton of money if you don’t mind washing them, and they’re better for the environment than disposables. If you can’t bring yourself to use cloth diapers, try generic disposables. They’re often just as good as the name brands, and they cost much less.
* Shop at second-hand stores. You can find great deals on gently used baby items at many such stores. Some will also accept trade-ins, so you can bring in items that your baby can no longer use and get credit toward things you need.
* Consider getting a baby sling to carry your little bundle of joy in. They make great substitutes for strollers, carriers, swings and bouncy seats, and you can get them cheaper than any of these. An added bonus: they keep baby feeling snug and secure, so there’s less crying and more bonding.
* Use soft baby washcloths and baby wash instead of disposable wipes. You can soak the cloths in a solution of baby wash and water, wring out the excess, and put them in a Ziploc bag to use when you’re out. Just keep another bag to put the dirty cloths in, wash them when you get home, and reuse.
There are lots of expenses associated with a new addition to the family. But if you’re diligent about finding good deals, you could save hundreds of dollars on baby needs by the time your little one is a toddler. So don’t be afraid to shop around, buy second-hand and make use of hand-me-downs!