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Fuel Efficiency doesn’t have to be difficult

AdviceI haven’t blogged on fuel efficiency lately, what with the August gasoline shortage (again – thanks everyone for your patience) and the September price fluctuations. But we’ve not forgotten about the topic. In fact, over the last couple of months, I’ve seen a number of easy-to-follow tips. I’ll share them here, adding to the miscellaneous tidbits I assembled in a post last spring.

After reading about this subject for awhile, you start to see some of the same hints repeated. But I think there are some good reminders there: don’t speed; combine your errands into one trip; clean or replace your car’s air filter; carpool if you can; and trim the load that your vehicle has to carry (i.e. clean out your trunk or cargo area).

I’ve recently seen other laundry lists of tips come from AAA in the U.S. (covered here by an American TV station) and another blogger

Today I’d like to pay some specific attention to reiterating the following info:

  • Don’t idle your vehicle, even in the coming winter months – read more on that from an Alberta organization called Climate Change Central. (Also, a past Pump Talk post on idling is here, in case you missed it.)
  • Speaking of the changing seasons, the Alberta Government has launched “One Simple Act” – straightforward ways to conserve. When it comes to driving, there’s a “Gauge and Save” program to educate people about the importance of maintaining proper tire pressure. Operating a vehicle with just one tire underinflated by 56 kPa (8 psi) can reduce the tire’s life by 15,000 km and can increase fuel consumption by four percent. And each year, under‐inflated tires cost Canadian drivers an estimated 257 Olympic‐size swimming pools worth of fuel. (Tire pressure is also mentioned on Pump Talk here.)
  • If you want to go above and beyond these types of tips, maybe you’re considering buying a new, fuel-efficient car. Climate Change Central also has information available on that. (As do the various automakers.)
  • And lastly, I just want to give a shout out to one of my favourite sources for green tips: Ideal Bite. If you like what you see on their site, they’ll deliver advice to your inbox every day. The tips cover a variety of topics, and they’ve made me laugh while also making me rethink a few of my day-to-day actions. Some of their recommendations for driving include the following. If you can, walk to work. And when eating on the road, go into a restaurant instead of choosing drive-through (this goes back to the “don’t idle” lesson, which Ideal Bite also talks about).

Sneh Seetal introduced me to Ideal Bite – you may remember Sneh from 2007 posts on Pump Talk. She left Petro-Canada on a maternity leave last December, but is due to come back next week. So she’ll be taking over the fuel efficiency posts once again and I’ll be reading faithfully.

All my best,


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