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Friday, July 29, 2011

Gas Saving Tips

I thought I had posted this a few months ago, but I couldn't find it. I did find my post about the Shell Saver card, though. Here are some tips on how to save money on gas and get better MPG:
  • Shell has a "debit" card called Shell Saver (see link above). It is linked to your account, but you must have a PIN number to use the card. When you use the card you save $0.02/gal. They sometimes do special days where you save even more. Earlier this year they had a deal where you saved $0.10/gal. On top of that you can use your Kroger Plus Card to save an additional $0.10/gal at Shell too! A total savings of $0.12/gal!!! As an example: today I filled up at Shell. BEFORE my savings my total would have been $62.94, instead it was $60.91...so I saved $2.03 for one week! That would add up to $105.56in savings throughout the entire year on just one vehicle! It's definitly something to look into!
I went to the US Dept of Energy and found some more tips:
  • Keeping you tires inflated is very important. They say you can save up to $0.11/gal!
  • Using the proper grade of oil, i.e. 10W-30 and getting regular oil changes. This can save you up to $0.07/gal!
  • Replacing and cleaning your air filters. We use K&N air filters in our vehicles. You NEVER have to replace them (they are about $50) but you do need to clean them once in a while. You can pick the K&N air filters at your local Advance Auto Parts and other parts stores.
  • Keeping your car well maintained and in tune can save you up to $0.15/gal!
  • "You can assume that each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.29 per gallon for gas." WOW! So driving at the appropriate speed limit can save you up to $0.84/gal!
  • Removing excessive weight from the vehicle, such as a stroller if it won't be needed. This can save you up to $0.07/gal!
  • Sitting at idle for long periods of time can waste gas as well, the US Dept of Energy recommends you shut your vehicle off if you plan to be idling for a long period of time. This can save you up to $0.04/gal PER MINUTE!

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