The rising costs of fuel has everyone feeling the squeeze. The sad thing is that there is no reason for it all and fuel providers are enjoying the highest proffits in history. Exxon is raking in over $100,000,000 A DAY IN PROFFITS! and prices just keep rising. My question is, “how much is enough for these people”?

I see almost every day someone promoting a new “don’t buy gas day” and soliciting participation. The only problem with that is that if we plan not to buy gas on Friday, we’ll just buy more gas on Thursday or Saturday offsetting any effect it may have had.

The truth of the matter is, until we stop buying it, they will keep charging whatever they want for it. I’ve seen it before many times. The price gets so out of control that we simply are forced to change our habits. Once we start driving less, prices come down. It costs a lot of money to shut down those rigs and as long as we buy up the supply, they will keep pumping. When we stop buying, they have to lower the price to stimulate us to start driving more again. That’s how we can manipulate the market and keep the providers in check.

Here are just a few tips on how to consume less;

  1. Plan your errands and get more done in a single drive. Instead or running out every day for a little, sacrifice and afternoon to do all your shopping for the week. You will save a lot of gas by not taking the extra trips and you will also free up the rest of your week to take it easy and stay home with family.
  2. Clean out your car! hauling around a couple hundred pounds of junk just makes your engine work harder and reduces fuel economy. Put the things you don’t need away and save gas.
  3. Properly inflate your tires. You’d be surprized how much more fuel your car consumes pushing those soft, underinflated tired down the road. Your tires will also last longer which are made from petroleum products. Less tire wear reduces fuel used in making them in addition to adding to your overall engine economy.
  4. Here’s a trend that did well in the 70s. CAR-POOL. Start a car-pool at your office. Take turns driving every week. If 4 of you start a pool you will all use your cars 75% less and save a ton in fuel consumption.
  5. Drive the smaller car or motorcycle when you can. Today many households have more than one vehicle. If you have a choice, sacrifice that big luxury liner and drive the compact. You will use much less fuel. I ride my bike when I can and go from `15MPG to 60MPG for the same trip to work and back.
  6. Tune up your vehicles. A well maintained engine is a more efficient engine. Make sure your engine oil is fresh. Try one of the proven engine additives that reduce friction which can add a couple MPG to your overall economy. Change your air filter. A clean air filter lets your engine breath easier and provides better fuel-air mixture.
  7. Drive easy and slow down. I always tell my son that if he would drive smoother he would use less gas. Fast takeoffs and constant speed changes are very inefficient. Your fuel economy dramatically reduces once you get over 60 MPH and drops even faster past 70 MPH. If you can, plan a few more minutes into your commute and drive slower. You’ll be amazed at how much less fuel you will use driving 60 to work versus driving 75.
  8. ZONE HEAT AT HOME. When you fire up your big 150,000 BTU furnace at home you are heating your whole house even though your family is huddled in the living room to watch a movie. A 30,000 BTU heater can heat your living room with ease in just a few minutes consuming a tiny fraction of the fuel it takes to run the furnace. You can invest in space heating units for the rooms you spend the most time in and save huge on your fuel.
  9. Fossil fuels will never be truly affordable again in my opinion. You can invest in renewable energy heating appliances with more stable costs or even free if you have access. Wood stoves or pellet stoves are the future of alternative energy. These biomass heaters are highly efficient and heat large areas easily. Many homeowners have eliminated their dependance on fossil fuel completely! The federal Government has great incentives now to help you invest in this type of system for your home.

There are surely many more ways to save fuel but the idea is to consume less overall. Avoiding buying gas for a day really has no impact on the oil companies if we just buy it the day before or after and consume the same amount. Your thoughts are in the right direction but the method really has to end up with lowering demand. Demand will always set the price for things we need. Think about it.

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