Someone needs a cyber hug. I think we're all feeling the squeeze. At least we don't have to suffer alone.
And someone needs a Happy Birthday hug. Sorry, didn't mean to bury that post. :-)
Finally, the title is Erica Orloff's saying. I'm just stealing it because I love it. I'm saying it all the time now.
It seems it applies to the price of gas. So until we come up with better alternatives (corn gas isn't going to cut it; it's hardly cheaper), it is what it is.
My biggest hope lies in solar-powered cars. They're hitting the streets in Taiwan and supposedly they go up to 44 mph. I can deal with 44 mph if I get to not pay for gas. And the sun? They can't charge us for the sun. And solar technology these days can charge through clouds. The trick is for it to be able to charge as you drive ...
And, funny, it's at $24,000. Doable, not bad, but a year ago, before the dollar fell, we could buy it for $8,000. HUGE difference. That's our economy for you.
In the meantime, I've been researching ways to save gas. A lot of them don't make much difference, maybe pennies per fill-up. These four amount to HUGE savings:
- Slow Down! There's a reason why, in the 70s, they lowered the national speed limit to 55 mph: it saves gas. A TON more than I thought it did. Around twenty cents per gallon for every 5 mph. So if I go 55 instead of 70 on the highway? I save around 60 cents per gallon and about $8 per fill-up
Check out SlowDownToSaveGas for a handy-dandy calculator to figure out how much you can save.
Bonus: Driving 55mph has been proven to cause fewer accidents. When I first started going 55mph, everyone zoomed by. You know what? More people are doing it with me now, even in a 65 mph zone.
- Cruise Control: The gas pedal means every time I press down the pedal, I use up gas. I am now obsessed with keeping my foot off that pedal. The cruise control does a better job than my human foot of conserving gas by keeping a steady pace.
- Coast: Along with keeping my foot off the gas, I now coast into stop lights. Instead of using gas and then braking close to the last minute, I now take my foot off the gas pedal about a quarter mile - half mile beforehand and coast to a stop.
- Speed Up Slowly: It takes less pedal to the metal to speed up slowly than it does to speed up fast. We gotta stay off the gas pedal. :-)
Well, that's all I have. I'm crossing my fingers for the solar-powered car. If you only do town driving, then building your own solar-powered car is rather cheap.
And is water fuel for real?