Thursday, May 15, 2014

Hypermiling is real

Running your vehicle at the lowest speed in the highest gear...This is what Wayne Gerdes did in a 2014 Dodge RAM 1500 EcoDiesel. Wayne Gerdes is known to use hypermiling to get the most miles out of every gallon of gas. He successfully got 1000 miles out of one tank of gas in the the Dodge truck. Read the rest of the story here:

Thursday, March 28, 2013

How far is your next house from a grocery store?

Moving to the suburbs is nice, without the hustle and bustle of city living.
Before you make the move to that quiet community outside the city limits, you have to consider how far you would have to go for your groceries and entertainment? With the cost of gas these days is it worth the extra trips and extra wear and tear on your car?

Are you moving or looking to move in the near future?
How would you like to find out how walkable the neighborhood is?
Or even how walkable your current neighborhood is.
How far would you have to go to a restaurant or grocery store?

Zillow, the online real estate search tool, uses Walk Score to give this information.
Find the house you are looking to buy and scroll down to the neighborhood section. There will be a link for the Walk Score of this address. It will also tell you right there what the current Walk Score is.
Then when you click on the Walk Score link, it will tell you how far a restaurant, grocery store, school, and museums might be.

The Walk Score of my current house is 3 out of 10 ...Car dependent. If it weren't for the great deal I got on the house over 10 years ago and the excellent school system I would definitely have to consider moving. For now I'll stay put.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Keep saving gas.

As you can see or have felt in your wallet, gas prices continue to go up.

Here is our never ending reiteration of things you can do to save on your fuel costs:

  • Easy on the gas paddle. A lead foot is not fuel efficient.
  • Plan your errands.
  • Start walking or use a bicycle. 
  • Buy a vehicle that has better MPG than your current car.
  • Go all electric...If you can afford this... Sorry Volt and Tesla.
  • Maintain proper fluid levels...Oil and tranny fluid.
  • Are your tires properly inflated?
  • Use your cruise control.
  • Drive the speed limit.
  • Anticipate oncoming traffic patterns.
  • Get your car tuned up.
  • Take out any unnecessary items from your car.
  • Have you replaced the air filter recently?
  • Get an alignment done on all wheels.
  • Parking or stopped for extended periods...Shut the car off.
If you only do a third of these you will save in your regular gas outlay.

Happy savings!