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					                              Green2Gold News Release
                              Economic Incubator and Workshops for Sustainable Green Technologies,
                              Enterprises and Renewable Energy


For Immediate Release: Contact Alan Tratner, Director of Green2Gold Ecolonomic Incubator program and of
late actor/humanitarian Dennis Weaver’s Institute of Ecolonomics (marriage of Ecology and Economics).
805.879.1729 and e-mail: alan@green2gold.org or contact IOE at instecolonomics@mssu.edu


“Fight Back” The Gas Mileage Makeover!
Santa Barbara, Calif. (With some of the highest gas prices in the nation!)

Prelude/History

History repeats itself with an ironic twist: In the 1970’s the OPEC oil embargo sent shock waves throughout

the USA, with long lines at the gas pumps and shortages of gasoline—prices and tempers soared. The

government reacted to save fuel consumption by imposing the 55 mph national speed limit. Consumers

desperate to stretch every precious gallon, searched for techniques and technology to rescue them. A lot of

ideas were tried, some working, most not, as well as a bunch of add on “questionable” gas saving devices and

gadgets rushed to satisfy ignorant and desperate demand.

         Now, déjà vu all over again, but with undreamed of fuel costs, but no shortages of gasoline supply

(yet?). So gasoline costs an arm and a leg at fill up time, what can you do to stretch mileage? Is it really

possible to significantly change your vehicles fuel consumption? Yes, with variations by type of vehicle and

use. And we won’t preach about abandoning your car, walking, bicycling, scootering, motorcycling,

carpooling (Hey if you do split the gas costs), mass transit, buying a hybrid or electric or staying at home and

telecommuting. We herein share some proven suggestions and ideas from the past, as well as new

tips/techniques that can really relieve your wallet/purse pressure, and reduce many vehicles’ consumption of
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the “liquid gold” distillate. (A big bonus: most of the following can reduce pollution (air, noise, water, solid

wastes) and greenhouse global warming gas inputs. Nice, eh? Save money and the planet a little bit.)


*Important note: Incorporate as many of these tips together as feasible for the most savings. They will all add
up.

*Warning: When considering any of the ideas, suggestions, and modifications we have compiled remember
to never sacrifice vehicle or driving safety just to save gas!

   Here we go!
    Inflate your tires to nearly the maximum inflation indicated on the tire sidewall information or owners

         manual. But as a bias of two to five p.s.i. in the rear tires to lift the back of the vehicle for better

         aerodynamics and reduced drag at highway speeds. The higher pressures in the tires may make for a

         stiffer ride, but reduce rolling friction.

    Biggy: Go back to 55-60 mph on freeways. The 70-80 rush mph are costing you big bucks now for just a

         few minutes of time savings. Above 55 mph haste, in this case, really makes waste! The highways are

         not NASCAR events!

    Pre plan trips, stops, errands in a loop, avoid back and forth usage. Talk with family members and

         friends on sharing rides and errands together.

    Change your engine oil (and manual transmissions) lubes where possible to broad range viscosity

         synthetics---targeting the lowest SAE “weight” (ie. 5wt-50) per your driving and temperature/climate

         conditions. Check owners manual. For example: Mobil One’s new extended oils have up to 15,000
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         miles use. Reduces oil changes/costs and lowering engine start-up oil drag, and yet protecting the

         engine.

    Note: High mileage cars and trucks---Check your engines cylinder pressure readings to make sure

         every piston is working its best for you. A ring and bore job can work wonders for efficiency and better

         mileage.

    Drive like you have a raw egg between your foot and gas pedal. This one habit can make a big

         difference in most all city driving.

    Lighten your load if you drive alone, remove all unneeded items in passenger compartment and trunk-

         --your car is not a good self-storage facility. Extra weight consumes fuel!

    Run lowest octane/regular fuel grade your engine can stand—check owners manual.

    Avoid the big claim magic gas saving devices and wizard elixirs with extraordinary benefits (ie. water

         injection, fuel line catalysts, black box electrical gadgets, etc.). Only a very few add on products can

         give any measurable increases---and some may mess up your emissions or make matters worse.

         Check for independent lab test results, EPA certifications, etc.

    In experiments that have yielded varying and mixed positive results in various model cars the product

         called Tornado, advertised as a power and mileage increaser---A simple vaned non-moving part

         device that fits in the intake track from the air cleaner to carb or fuel injection, “swirls” the fuel air

         mixture for better combustion does appear to have a positive, but limited gas saving effect.
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    If you have a diesel powered engine-switch to “bio-diesel” fuel where available, maybe not much

         mileage difference, but often at lower cost and it’s a non-petroleum renewable energy source.

    Get a comprehensive engine tune-up and clean or replace spark plugs per recommended intervals.

    Avoid using the air conditioning. It can consume as much as 25% extra fuel.

    Opening all your windows fully at highway speeds is as much aero drag, or more waste of fuel than air

         conditioning. Use your electric fan with vents open as often as comfortable.

    Change conventional paper air filter to one of the high performance high air flow cleanable fabric or

         foam varieties. Example: K&N brand air filters can last the life of a vehicle, are washable, don’t get

         thrown out every tune-up, and flow more air, even when dirty, than cheap conventional throw away

         air cleaners. This will aid fuel combustion and save a bit of gas.

    In rush hours, avoid stop and go, congested highways. Idling, stopping, and accelerating get no bonus

         gas mileage points! Plan alternative routes on city streets. Lucky you with GPS or satellite traffic radio.

    Adjust loads you carry in car to be forward in passenger compartment, avoid loading trunk---can

         change aerodynamic angle of attack on your front end, diminishing efficiency. Or, compensate if you

         have adjustable suspension, or for extreme situations, place preload, spacers, or heavier rear springs.

    Do the coast---learn to coast gently to stops with no gas pedal. On manual shifters, place in neutral,

         coasting down at idle speed. Then shift to first for moving. Don’t “blip” accelerator downshifting.

         Sounds cool, but wastes fuel!
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    For cars with convertible tops---button up with windows up for max mileage.

    Humorous tip: Head down hill or downwind whenever possible!

    Get a qualified mechanic to tune a carbureted engine to run at the lowest practical idle speed and set

         timing/ignition lean fuel mixture to just at the point of “knock!”

    Automatic transmissions/shifters practice adjusting gas pedal pressure to coax trans to shift up to

         highest gear as soon as possible.

    Two or more car families: Try to park one and team up on usage.

    Do not “jack rabbit” start at traffic lights and stop signs. You are wasting energy/money and face it,

         you’re not Mario Andretti at the Indianapolis 500 or a dragster! Fast acceleration is a big user of fuel.

         Steady cruise is best mode. According to a 2004 study done by the Auto Club’s Automotive Research

         Center, unnecessary acceleration is wasting significant amounts of fuel. In their test they drove a

         BMW 3-Series convertible very aggressively, driving at max speeds, braking hard at stops, and “jack

         rabbiting” the starts. Then they performed the opposite---accelerating gently, making coasting stops,

         and timed driving through the traffic lights. In the hard driving condition they got 10 mpg. In the

         gentle driving condition they got more than 20 mpg. You do the math!

    Avoid using extra electrical accessories ( auxillary lights, T.V., etc.) for the electrical “juice” is

         ultimately from the gasoline engine turning your generator.


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    At long stops (train crossings, drive-ups, drive-ins, or drive-thru anythings such as banking, fast food,

         etc.) Turn off engine! Remember idling is no mileage at all!

    Don’t ride the brakes---a bad habit that needlessly reduces rolling freedom of tires and consumes fuel.

         Don’t rush up to stops…gently cruise down without gas. Pace yourself.

    Maintain a balanced car momentum. Time traffic lights and anticipate when slowing down will occur

         to avoid stop and go movement. Even moving very slowing, but still moving will save gas.

    Use cruise control if you have it on freeways when safe. Maintaining a constant equilibrium of speed

         will add to better fuel economy.

    For pick-up truck owners, consider a “soft-net” type gate replacement to eliminate the “drag chute”

         effect. This will be most effective on highways.

    Manual shifters have an advantage on the ability of drivers to select high gears for lower engine revs

         sooner: Less fuel use, and bless your car if it has overdrives!

    Those who live near Native American reservations can buy gas with no taxes on reserves.



   Vehicle Maintenance Issues That Affect Mileage:

    Tires: Alignment and tracking are critical as is tread depth.

    Make sure brakes are adjusted properly (especially drum brakes and parking brakes) to avoid

         drag/friction.
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    Wheel bearings: Freely rotate

    Well lubricated suspension and linkages/cables.

    Change auto transmission fluid when needed and check level.

    Wash and wax car---yes, sounds silly, but a clean, smooth, and slick surface reduces aero drag a bit.



   “Extreme” Gas Mileage Makeovers

    Mufflers and exhaust systems---this is very tricky. While it’s true reduced back exhaust pressure can

         yield some gas savings in certain vehicles, this is a costly modification that can mess up engine tuning,

         requiring more complicated/ fuel air mix adjustments, produce more noise pollution, and probably

         screw up the emissions controls on standard production cars. These kinds of modifications are best

         left to knowledgeable and trustworthy mechanics.

    If you have a choice in changing tires and wheel sizes go for larger diameter to raise overall gear ratios

         and avoid wider widths to reduce rolling resistance and thus increasing gas mileage.

    Manual transmission owners---consider having your gear box ratios changed to higher ratios. This

         reduces engine RPM vs. road speed. Big savings. Hot rodders, racers, off roaders, etc. do this all the

         time for more power, acceleration, or top speed. You should “shoot for the moon.” Most modern

         vehicles have an overabundance of horsepower that can handle higher ratios without much problem.


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         Consult a reputable transmission mechanic on desired results and costs of gear conversions. Rear

         differentials can also be modified.



   “Very Extreme” Gas Mileage Makeovers

    Investigate fuel conversions to natural gas, propane, ethanol mix, alcohol, or even electric

         motors/batteries. Critical Note: But do an economic calculation and comparison of conversion costs

         vs. your average yearly consumption of, gasoline or miles driven, at current fuel prices.

    Replace your gasoline engine with a diesel (see note above) and run bio-diesel fuels.

    Paint your car a dark color or black. Not for stealth mode, but absorbs heat and moves through air

         better.

    Sell or recycle old gas guzzler for a new, high EPA gas mileage car.

    Remember those cool looking fender skirts or wheel opening covers on old classic cars and modern

         hot rods and customs. Well if you can add them to your vehicle they will reduce further aero drag and

         save a little gas---and Batman will be envious. Take a look at the Honda Insight hybrid aero design and

         rear wheel area.

Some other sources of info on gas saving

        Automotive Clubs
        Frugalfamily.com
        U.S. EPA
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        U.S. DOE
        Green Car Journal
        E Magazine
        Environmental and Conservation Organization
        Uselessgas.net

Readers: Got more real tips and verifiable fuel saving stories? Send them to us at alan@green2gold.org

                                                                     ---END---




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