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How to Save Fuel in Hot Weather

by on Jun.19, 2014

You can save fuel driving in summer - if your're careful. Photo courtesy: DenverExpressCare.

It was a long, cold winter for much of the U.S., and if you live in one of those Snowbelt states you might have noticed that your fuel bills rose whenever the mercury sank, your car working longer and harder to get both the engine and passenger compartment up to temperature. The good news is that hot weather actually can reduce your fuel consumption – at least if you follow some basic tips.

While your engine warms up faster – requiring less fuel – you need to think about ways to keep the passenger compartment cool without putting the air conditioning on at full blast, cautions the Department of Energy (DoE) and other automotive experts.

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“Under very hot conditions, AC can reduce a conventional vehicle’s fuel economy by more than 25%,” notes new guidelines posted on Fueleconomy.gov. And the impact of running your air conditioning in a hybrid, plug-in or battery-electric vehicle “can be even larger on a percentage basis,” it notes.

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A Dozen Ways To Improve Your Mileage

Don’t downsize, your current car can do a lot better.

by on Nov.01, 2010

You don't need a battery car or hybrid to ensure you're getting maximum fuel efficiency.

We’ve been spending a lot of time, in recent weeks, test-driving a variety of new electric vehicles, and it doesn’t take long to realize how even the most minor things can impact your range – the battery equivalent of fuel economy.

Sure, you don’t have to worry about turning on your heater in a conventionally-powered automobile, something that can cut range by as much as half in a battery car during a cold Michigan winter.  But our sojourns nonetheless underscored how simple driving behaviors, like lightening our admittedly leaden foot, can significantly improve energy efficiency, whether you’re driving on gas, diesel, battery or, for that matter, any other form of power.

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So, as we head into the cold season, here are an assortment of ways to improve your mileage, or range.  Yes, a few of these tips will require spending a couple bucks, but the payoff will be almost immediate – and often will deliver improved performance as well as increased fuel economy.

Some of the easiest ways to improve mileage simply require you to think about how you’re driving:

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