High fuel prices. What can I do about it?

So the price of fuel is ridiculously high. Is there anything we can do to bring it down? Not unless we control the oil companies. The government is studying the problem. I doubt their study will amount to much since they are the largest benefactor of the high prices through their tax grabs in fuel.

I have to wonder, however, why the price is so ridiculously high since, the last time the barrel price was $140 the pump price was 1.37 per litre in Winnipeg, Mb. It is barely over $103 and we are paying upwards of $1.20 per litre in oil rich Alberta. What gives?

Why is the Alberta government allowing Trudeau’s legacy to screw the people of Alberta all these years later? Quebec has hydro-electric power and the consumer in Quebec pays half price for electricity. Doesn’t it stand to reason the people of Alberta and, to a lessor extent, the people of Saskatchewan should be receiving a nice break on the price of fuel since, unlike the rest of the country, WE HAVE OIL?

So what is an ALBERTAN to do? Well this ALBERTAN is going to assuredly do the one thing he has the power to do. When the election writ is dropped by the Progressive Conservative government in Alberta I will be campaigning hard for Wildrose Alliance candidates. But for now….

The only way to survive these crazy fuel prices, unless you are filthy rich, is to change old habits. My car does not idle outside gas stations and coffee shops. This isn’t out of my undying concern for the environment, leave that to the lefties. I am simply saving myself a penny or two. I drive a full size car. It sports a V-6 engine, so it isn’t the most fuel efficient beast on the road, or is it? On the highway it uses a respectable 7.9 liters per 100 km driven. In the city, on the other hand, it tends to be more of a fuel pig.

I have often wondered why a car with an automatic transmission requires a tachometer. Indeed, I have a CVT transmission. The car doesn’t shift gears. So what the hell do I need a tach for? I found a use for it, and it is saving me penny after penny on fuel.

While it is possible for me to slam my foot to the floor and experience the car turning 6000 RPM as it accelerates, it is obvious this is extremely wasteful. So, using the tachometer, the speedometer and the posted speed limits as guides, I have managed to bring the gas sucking pig from, on average, 10.4 liters per 100 km in the city, down to 8.4 average liters per 100 km.

It wasn’t hard. It just took a few days to get used to a whole new manner of driving. I will not allow the RPM’s to exceed 1800-2000 rpm at any time. I have noted that the car cruises at about 1400 rpm between 60 and 90 kph. It accelerates smoothly and at a good rate if the RPM’s are between 16 and 1700 RPM. Using my cruise control, even in the city, I have noticed the car does a great job of cruising at 1400 rpm and hardly accelerating to maintain the speed.

Since I work in Sherwood Park, I am forced to take the Yellowhead Trail twice each day. The car will accelerate to 100 smoothly by maintaining about 1900 RPM. It will then cruise at 100 kph and maintain about 1850 rpm. I noted that cruising at 110 has the RPMs at just over 2000. I also noted at 110 I average over 1 litre per 100 km more than at 100 kph. So I don’t exceed 100 kph or 2000 RPM.

My weekly savings, based upon traveling an average of 463 km per week, works out to 9.26 liters per week. At today’s fuel price that extends to $11.20 per week or $582.64 per year. Not a bad savings, if I do say so myself.

Not being a lefty green environmental crusader, it doesn’t escape me that my changed approach to driving will save approximately 500 liters of fuel being burned in a year. This is just from my car. Since I refuse to ride public transportation, this change of habit sees me doing my part to lessen the impact of ridiculously high fuel prices that Albertans shouldn’t be paying anyway.

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  • Alan Schietzsch

    It always amazed me that consumers complain about gas prices, then happily increase the demand, driving prices up. If the road fleet got 20% better mileage, that’s 20% less demand. Where would gas prices be?

    And when we could change the supply/demand ratio, it’s portrayed as a “lefty green” issue. Ya pay whatever you choose to pay. I can pay oil companies or I can keep more of my dollars and carry less debt. It’s a choice, consumers.

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