Monday, September 27, 2010

My Day At the Beach

So exhausted from school and the beach today. My O-chem class was a joke as I realized it didn't start till next Monday. Biology seems like its going to be super easy. Genetics just isn't going to be a problem after taking the kind of bio and lab classes I have. It just sounds like a bunch of review. So hopefully I'm set for an easy quarter this time around. Though I'll have to wait to see what really happens with that chem nonsense.

Luckily The Beach was realizing enough that I could deal with school today. Hers some picks I took =D

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Improving Gas Mileage 2

Keep Your Car In Shape
 -Fixing a car that is noticeably out of tune or has failed an emissions test can improve its gas mileage by an average of 4 percent. 
-Fixing a serious maintenance problem, such as a faulty oxygen sensor, can improve your mileage by up to 40%

Keep Tires Properly Inflated
While also being safer to drive, maintaining proper inflation levels in tires effect your gas mileage by 2-5%! It will also help make your tires last longer saving money there as well.

Use the Recommended Grade of Motor Oil
Ever change or top off your own oil? Well make sure you check what kind its supposed to take. 10W-30, 5W-30 ,5W-20 are obviously labeeled differently so choose the correct one for your vehicle. Another tip is to look out for Energy Conserving oils that include friction reducing aditives. Were looking at a 1-3% mpg increase here folks.

Replacing a Clogged Air Filter on Modern Cars Improves Performance but Not MPG
I've always thought having a dirty and old air filter cold effect my mpg. But I guess I was wrong and the myth has been dethroned.  While replacing filters does not improve fuel economy  it can improve acceleration time by around 6 to 11 percent. Its also important to realize that this is for "newer" cards made in the 1980's and forward. Tests do show that older cars suffer a 2-16% reduced mpg reduction with old filters. Yikes!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Improving Gas Mileage 1

Driving More Efficiently

Aggressive Driving
Aggressive driving wastes gas. This includes speeding, rapid acceleration, and over using breaks. On highways this can lower your gas mileage by up to 33%! It can also help avoid costly accidents.

Observe the Sped Limit
Vehicles reach optimal fuel economy at different speed ranges. Most vehicles however have reduced mileage after about 60mph.

As you can seethe most efficient speeds to drive tend to be between 25-65mph.

Remove Excess Weight
Simple enough really. Every 100 pounds in your vehicle reduces the mileage by about 1-2%! Of course this is going to depend on whether you drive a smaller engined car or a larger vehicle.

Never forget that if your sitting in your car with the engine on you are getting 0mpg

Cruise control
For some people cruise control can help you increase your gas mileage by helping you keep a constant speed. However if you are experiencing a lot of hills up and down cruise control is not what you want to be doing. In fact reducing your speed going up hill and letting your car naturally speed up wen going down hills can increase your mileage incredibly.

Overdrive Gears
Using overdrive can help save gas and reduce engine wear by slowing down engine speeds.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Sunday, September 19, 2010

More Ebay Sales

Still working on my other posts. But in the mean time I put up a ton more cards up on Ebay if anyone is interested!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Improving Gas mileage

My next few posts are going to be about saving money by improving your gas mileage. The idea came to me when I was driving back down to school yesterday. With the trip being about 6 hours and approximately 400 miles me and my buddy had a lot of time to talk about stuff. Our packed to the brim Honda Accords gas mileage was one of them. Anyway the posts are going to cover the four main ideas presented by . These include driving more efficiently, keeping your car in shape, planning trips effectively, and choosing a more efficient vehicle. For the most part I like there ideas, but I will be adding a few things of my own that I feel they left out or have exceptions.In the mean time while I work on these id like you to check out a few really cool "fuel efficient" cars these posts won't be about.

This free magnetic engine running this car is just amazing. It seemed well enough to be used in everyday commuter cars and it only needs a battery to start the engine. Combine this with a Prius and throw more money at it and we have a great car here people. Sadly though as most people know this will probably never get off the ground. Most of these competing engines always seem to be bought by bigger car companies and then abandoned.

Here is another engine. Because it has shafts on both sides I'm told it is actually much more powerful then most magnetic engines. However It is also a lot larger and most surprisingly it is not perfectly rounded in shape. This means its losing a lot of efficiency by not maximizing it centripetal motion.


Thursday, September 16, 2010

Creepy PSA

Ever see something and just think..."WTF where they thinking?" Well this here is an example of a PSA that's just way too creepy. It's so matter of fact and poorly acted that It makes you wanna just laugh...if uncomfortably. I mean its hard to say much about such a taboo topic with out feeling a little irritated but this movie just makes my skin crawl.

Anyway, check it out. And warning, this is not a video everyone will be comfortable watching.