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Fuel Consumption, Is It Time To Be Concerned?

Apr 10, 2008
There are a number of ways to save money on the rising cost of gasoline today. One of the most recent, and less controversial ways of saving money on gas is by turning water into fuel. Experts say this method does work. Pills and potions you add to the gas tank are methods that have not only been controversial but down right scams.

Gasoline prices are expected to keep rising as the summer driving season brings with it greater demand for the fuel and refineries shift over to more expensive summer-grade fuel. Gasoline prices are historically subject to rapid fluctuations; however, over the last six years, the price per gallon in the Philadelphia area has risen steadily from $1. Gasoline prices are still 70 to 80 cents higher than they were one year ago. Meanwhile, a sizable swath of the press has been reporting for weeks that gasoline prices are going through the roof. " Actually, after adjusting for inflation, gasoline prices are the highest they've been in 20 years.

The rising prices at the pump bringing back memories of summertime gasoline bills. You might remember when the cost of fuel dropped in mid-2003, and several observers believed this was due to the fact that the armed conflict would come to a quick resolution. Prices were accordingly raised another 130% at the Tehran conference of December 1973, and a temporary embargo was placed on the United States and the Netherlands at the same time. However, what is happening today is costing the automobile owner money, big time. So here's the $64 question: Is there something that you and I can do to save money on fuel?

Gas prices have jumped 33 cents a gallon across the United States over the past month and are expected to skyrocket higher and higher through the summer, according to the AAA automobile club. The price of gas has increased sharply in the last two years. Interestingly enough, gasoline sold in California is not the same as gasoline sold in Arizona or Las Vegas. This is due to Gasoline supplies being moved to the Southeast from other parts of the country, affecting supply in those areas. Fuel from different refineries, owned by different companies, is often combined for shipment by pipeline. This deciphers why fuel is higher in one place than it is in another.

There are several options for you to save money at the gas pump. Here are just a few tips to help you cut down your fuel consumption. An engine tune-up will more than likely improve car fuel economy by an average of 1 mile per gallon. Under-inflated tires can cut fuel economy by up to 1 mile per gallon. Driving at 65 miles per hour rather than 55 miles per hour cuts fuel economy by about 2 miles per gallon. Unnecessary speedups, slowdowns and stops can use unnecessary fuel by up to 2 miles per gallon. Your air conditioning can increase fuel cost by as much as 2 miles per gallon. Avoid the rush hours if possible, to reduce fuel-consumption patterns such as starting and stopping and numerous idling periods. Turning Water Into Fuel is deffinately an alternative.

What are we doing about higher fuel economy standards? The surging gasoline prices are not to be taken lightly. Can the economy survive the present out of control gas prices with the trickle down affect, which is yet to be seen if this problem is not solved quickly. Are higher crude oil prices, greater demand and fears of shortages to be blamed for the present circumstances? The only benefit of increased fuel prices is that it could result in trimmer waistlines, suggests one WUSTL analyst.

The high cost of gas is due in part, to higher crude prices. John Doe of South West Colorado, who drove his Chevy Truck to the grocery story yesterday, said " the high cost of fuel brought to mind Hurricane Katrina. The higher cost of crude will, as always, spur the oil companies to increase production to meet supply and demand. When supplies are tight, the refiners have to bid higher to ensure a constant supply of fuel for the consumer. The cost of gasoline is higher now than it has ever been. Will there ever be any relief in site?

There are few if any mitigating factors that add to higher gasoline prices, however, political events, conflicts in major oil producing regions, as well as as the declining value of the dollar aggravate the present situation we find ourselves in. Normally, OPEC has set limits on how much oil its member countries produce in order to keep the price higher than it would be in a really competitive market (but not so high as to encourage development of alternatives).

The United States imports close to 62 percent of its oil. You will find people, usually Europeans, who like to point out that gasoline is still far cheaper in the U.S. than it is in Europe, where it is not uncommon to see cost of $8 a gallon. Can you really compare the U.S. and Europe, since Europe's high cost are due to high taxes, which are used to fund public benefits such as mass transit and cheaper health care. Gasoline prices in the United Kingdom, Italy and the Netherlands are at least twice as high as those in the United States. Everything is relevant when comparisons are made.
About the Author
Larry Lasby owns a trucking business and hauls water in the oil fields so he knows what saving fuel means to the consumer find out more about Turning Water Into Fuel and save on the rising cost of fuel now.
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