Buying a new truck is a big decision. It is important to realize that you do not have to sacrifice energy efficiency for your new vehicle. There are a few trucks that offer better fuel economy that you should be aware of.

GMC Sierra Hybrid/Chevy Silverado Hybrid

These trucks are sister trucks, meaning that they are made with the same basic features. These trucks offer a 6.0 liter V8 engine with either two wheel or four wheel drive. They get 20 MPG in the city and 23 MPG on the highway. The downside to this truck is that it has a lower towing capacity than most full sized trucks at 5,900 pounds.

Dodge Ram 1500

This full size truck has been named the number one full size pickup truck by US News Auto for a couple of years. The truck gets approximately 17 MPG in the city and 20 MPG highway. The interesting thing is that the results were about the same for the two engine choices, which is why most people opt to go with the 5.7 liter V8 as this gives 395 horsepower. This vehicle also has top rated safety features and a very large interior.

Toyota Tacoma

If you are looking for a compact truck, then you should know that US News Auto has named this the best compact truck for your money. This is because the truck offers many features to owners with a low price tag. With this, you will find that the truck gets 21 MPG city and 25 MPG highway, which is comparable to many cars out there. The backseat is spacious on this truck and it handles good off road as well. The one issue that many people have with this truck though is that the brakes feel spongy and are not as responsive as other models.

These are just some of the options that you have when you are shopping for your new truck. These trucks each have many great features. The best thing to do is assess your needs and find the truck you like the most that can meet your needs for the truck.

Energy efficient driving is driving in a manner that uses as little gas as possible. This is an effective way to keep your fuel costs lower. If you want to drive more efficiently there are a few things you should think about.

Plan Your Trips

One of the best ways to cut down on fuel is to plan your trips properly. You can avoid unnecessary trips simply by planning out where you will go and taking care of everything at once. With this, you should also plot out the most efficient route so that you will not use as much gas. It is also a good idea to schedule your trips for non peak driving hours to avoid stop and go traffic.

Buy the Right Vehicle

When you are looking for energy efficiency in a vehicle, you do not have to go with a hybrid. Rather there are a few other factors that you will want to look at. You should always look at the fuel economy of the vehicle. This is why you should not go with a larger engine than what you need as this will take away from the fuel economy of the vehicle.

Keep up on Maintenance

Having regular oil changes and other maintenance can not only help to prolong the life of your vehicle but will also help to make it more fuel efficient. This is because it is what keeps your car running optimally. It is also good to remember to remove any bike racks from the vehicle you buy unless they are being used right away as this can take away from the efficiency.

Think About the Way You Drive

You should also think about how you drive your vehicle in order to save on gas. For instance, cruise control can be a great way to keep a steady speed and save on gas mileage. You should also make sure you do not drive too fast or rev your engine as this will waste more fuel. When you are on the highway, use overdrive to help conserve energy and keep the windows up as the drag will reduce the efficiency of the vehicle. Also, putting additional items into your vehicle will weigh it down and make it less efficient.

 

 


 

Even though gas prices may not be what they were a few years ago, for many people gas prices are still putting a strain on their budget. This is why you should take some efforts to save money on your gas expenses. There are a few things you should think about before hitting the pump again.

Use Phone Apps

There are many apps out there that can help you find the best price for gas. This is good because you will be able to find out where to fill up. Obviously you don’t want to drive several miles out of your way to save a couple cents, but if there is a better price near you, then this is the ideal place to fill up.

Drive Smart

One of the things you should think about is the way you drive. If you are speeding off the line at every light and revving your engine, then you are wasting gas. Also, if you are driving at low speeds and the weather is permitting you can save money on gas by opening up the windows instead of running the heat or air.

Watch for Money Saving Opportunities

Another thing to keep in mind is that many stores now are offering incentives for gas. This could be with a grocery store that gives you points for the money you spend. Since you need to buy groceries anyway, this can be a nice way to get the points to cut down on your gas expense. You may even want to look into getting a gas card as there can be money saving options this way too. However, you do want to make sure to pay the bill at the end of the month so you do not pay more with interest rates.

Only Get the Amount You Need When Prices are High

If the prices are high at the moment, then it may be helpful to just put a little bit of gas into your tank. Give the prices time to come down in price. While this will require some investment of your time, it can help you to get the best price and keep your expenses on gas lower.

drivingGoing green: the two words that seem to have become prevailing buzzwords these days. You already use the energy efficient light bulbs, and you keep the house set no lower than 78 in the summer time. There’s plenty more you can do though, at least in terms of your car.

Fuel efficient driving is an important part of being able to go green and help reduce your Carbon footprint. Before you can understand how it is you can cut down on your energy consumption, however, it’s important to understand how exactly vehicles leave an impact on the environment.

For starters, noise pollution is an important side effect of vehicles. It may not seem like much to complain about, but noise pollution can disrupt sleep patterns and even part of the natural environment. Specifically the effects of vehicle noise can impact surrounding wildlife by causing difficulties in nesting and mating which in turn lowers the animal population around large sources of noise.

The resources used in car production and maintenance include metals for the structure of the car, petroleum for plastics and fuel, and other fossil fuels, including coal which helps produce the electricity. Mining these resources leaves an environmental impact at the site of extraction, and disposing of them after they are done being used can cause environmental damage as most of the resources do not biodegrade efficiently.

Another important and often-overlooked aspect of environmental impact is water quality as affected from runoff from vehicles on roads. This runoff can include oil and other harmful particulates which end up in creeks, streams, and rivers, and eventually feed back into our water supply.

So how can you help? Particularly with water quality, you can keep your vehicle well-maintained. Keep your vehicle serviced and regularly maintenanced to reduce the amount of runoff from it. Additionally make sure to drive smoothly as doing so will keep your car from grinding transmissions or producing leaks. Driving more smoothly, in other words refraining from accelerating or decelerating quickly on a regular basis, can also help your driving stay energy efficient. By accelerating or decelerating smoothly you can keep your gas mileage lower which in turn keeps you from having to make as many trips to the pump.

There are plenty of important aspects of going green, and there’s always more you can do to make a difference. Fuel efficient driving is just one more way to help lower your overall environmental impact.

gas pumpOver the years, plenty of mandates have promised the American public that gas prices would never rise above a certain level. First it was that gasoline would never exceed 1.00 a gallon (made during the Nixon administration), and then it was that the United States will never import as much oil as it did in 1977 (during the Carter administration). Despite both of these promises a comprehensive, long-term energy policy has never been proposed. There have been, however, three energy policy acts passed since then in an attempt to conserve fuel.

So how does US energy policy affect you in the day to day? Well for starters energy policy helps determine gas pricing– which is something everyone has had impact them in their daily life. The United States alone consumes about 20 million barrels of oil products a day, so you can only imagine how much that affects the price per barrel of oil. As with all economic principles, oil pricing is dependent on the concept of supply and demand. With the ever-decreasing supply of oil and the consistent and increasing demand for it, it’s no wonder prices have been steadily on the rise.

The question, of course, then becomes how barrels of oil and pricing abroad come back to affect us here in the United States. Gas pricing, unfortunately, isn’t stagnant, and it actually varies by season as well as supply and demand. For instance, gas prices tend to increase during travel holidays. They also tend to increase during the summer months, again due to the increase of travel during these times.

In order to keep track of your vehicle’s fuel efficiency, don’t forget to take gas pricing into account. It’s important to use what you pay for, and it’s also important to plan your trips around how much it will cost you to refill at the pump. If you watch US energy policy or even just the trends in gas pricing, you can use that knowledge in order to stay more fuel efficient as well as even learn to conserve the amount of money you spend on gas for your vehicle.

car for saleIt’s finally time. You need a new car, and you’ve decided to get on board with this fuel efficient, go-green movement. Now that you’ve made your decision to be more aware of your car and how it affects the environment, you want to know how to pick a car that will meet your environmental needs. Fortunately there are a few things which will help you make your decision.

Be aware of the size of the vehicle. When it comes to purchasing fuel efficient vehicles, size actually does matter. The size of a vehicle determines how heavy it is and in turn how much fuel it will take to keep moving. For instance, a jeep will take more fuel to move than a typical four-door car. So it’s simple, right? Buy a small car and save fuel; but a large car and guzzle it. Unfortunately it’s rarely that simple. In order to make the best decision for you, you need to be aware of the functionality of your car. So if you have three kids that need to be moved around a lot, then you’re going to need a family car suitable for carrying your kids. If you’re a handyman, you may need a vehicle large enough to carry supplies. Really the best way to be vehicle efficient is to be aware of what you need and buy a car suited exactly for your purposes.

Less is more. When it comes to engine capacity this is certainly true. Having power under your car’s hood, while satisfying, is hardly fuel efficient. In order to have an efficient vehicle, a typical four cylinder engine is more practical than a six or eight cylinder. More cylinders means less fuel efficiency, so keep it simple.

Watch your gas mileage. Be sure to plan your trips in advance. If you have to drop the kids off at a friend’s house and go grocery shopping, plan it so that you can hit them both in one trip. Avoid doubling-back on trips, and plan alternate routes so that you can make the most of every trip. Also be aware of any extra weight you’re carrying in your vehicle. Bike racks, luggage racks, and heavy sound equipment can all add to your gas mileage every time you drive. It may seem small, but the little stuff adds up pretty quickly.

Bearing all of these things in mind, it’s most important of all to be aware of how you drive, how often you drive, and where you drive. If you drive responsibly, you can do your part to minimize your environmental impact.

DrivingYou’d be surprised to know how much you’d actually save up on fuel if you just bothered to learn a few tricks. Most of these “tricks” are extremely obvious options, but because they’re so obvious, most people end up neglecting them.

The following are tips on how to practice energy efficient driving:

Efficient Driving – It feels good to drive over the speed limit, sure, especially when the roads are empty and you want that little jolt of adrenaline in your body. That’s acceptable. But are you aware how much fuel you’re wasting? Another tip for efficient driving is reducing air conditioner usage. Utilize the flow-through ventilation from time to time, especially if it’s not that hot outside. That feature is present in cars for that very reason. Lastly, avoid leaving your vehicle in idle. We’re all guilty of leaving our cars idling to some degree.

Travel Alternatives – Use public transportation once in a while. This tip is especially useful if you’ve gotten really tired of your everyday routine. Using public transportation could be a nice change of pace; not only that, you will save up on fuel, too! If that’s not enough, you could also try non-motorized options, like bicycles or walking. Not only will you save on gas, you’ll also be able to inject a little bit of cardio in your usually-dull morning routine.

Never Top-off on Gas – This is probably the most obvious of the bunch, but so many of us are guilty of this. “Topping off” on gas means filling up your gas tank with more gas than it can handle. A lot of us do this simply for the sole purpose of “getting more bang for the buck,” which is ridiculous. Most of the time, that additional gas you’re topping off is just fed back into the gasoline station’s tank, anyway, because your own gas tank is full and has nowhere else to go. If you’re paying in cash, avoid rounding off the amount shown in the meter and just take your change of dimes and pennies and give them to a street beggar.

Limit Purchases When Gas Prices are High – Gas prices go up and down like clockwork. One obvious tip would be to avoid completely filling your tank when gas prices are high and only buy as much as you need. Also, gas prices vary from station to station. If it’s not too much trouble, try to find stations with the lowest prices available, especially if you must, must, must fill up your tank during high-price periods.

EfficiencyFuel efficiency, sometimes also known as ‘fuel economy’, is the amount of fuel spent relative to the distance traveled by a vehicle. The most common type of fuel efficient vehicles is hybrids.

Because of today’s state of economy, it is understandable why so many vehicle-owners (or would-be vehicle-owners) want to be efficient with their fuel usage. In this article, we’ll describe this year’s top three most fuel efficient vehicles. This short list will be most helpful to those that are looking to purchase a car.

3rd Place: 2013 Ford C-MAX – This model has gotten plenty of praises for its “excellent fuel economy” and decent power. Additionally, reviewers have also pointed out the car’s practical interiors.

2nd Place: 2013 Toyota Prius Liftback – Averaging a 7.4 out of 10 on thecarconnection.com, according to their review, this car has the best mileage in the states, has spacious interiors and a “surprisingly practical hatchback.” While not the fastest and best-handling car available, the fact that it boasts impressive fuel economy and comfortable driving are rather tempting selling points.

1st Place: 2013 Toyota Prius C – Most people who have tested out this car can’t stop talking about its impressive gas mileage. Since the 2013 Toyota Prius C is in 1st place of this list, its gas mileage obviously tops the 2013 Toyota Prius Liftback’s and the 2013 Ford C-MAX’s. The 2013 Toyota Prius C apparently also has tech and climate features that are user-friendly. Some testers, however, apparently don’t like its “underpowered engine,” but that’s up for debate.

In closing, if you’re looking to purchase a fuel-efficient car, you obviously don’t need to get any of the ones listed above. The above just serves as a guide on what to look for in fuel-efficient hybrids. Do your own research and know that, whatever car you end up with, the fact that you’re making an effort to find something that’s fuel-efficient is already admirable on its own. Not only will you be able to save up on fuel expenses, you also actually help – in your own little way, regardless whether you’re even aware of it or not – to minimize the damage that fuel does to our environment.

Carbon DioxideFuel is a staple in any man’s life. It doesn’t matter if you’re a farmer, a businessman, a desk clerk, a fast food worker or whatever – surely, one way or another, you’re using fuel to do something. Fuel is the primary source of energy in the USA alone, obviously not accounting for other countries. Having said that, it’s high time we talk about some of the environmental impacts of energy and fuel.

“With great power comes great responsibility,” they say, but while most of us know the obvious costs of fuel, namely the costs of labor for mining coals, costs of the labor and materials for the building and construction of plants that generate energy, and lastly the cost of transporting the mined coal and oils to the energy-generating plants – all of these, most usually, are already included (and listed) in our bills, how many of us are aware of the hidden costs of fuel use? Not many.

What are the things we’re really responsible for that not a lot of us are necessary aware of?

These “hidden costs,” for the most part, cannot be avoided when fuel is used. The only way to really avoid these costs is to stop using fuel altogether, which is obviously out of the question because the use of fuel for energy purposes is already “built” into our society. Unless everyone switches to Smart Cars, then any effort by us really won’t make any difference to the damage that’s already been done. However, with that said, it still helps to know what these hidden costs are.

Global Warming:

We all know that Global Warming is a hot topic. There are multiple causes of Global Warming, but one of the significant causes for it is the burning of fuels for energy. When fossil fuels are burned, carbon dioxide is emitted into our atmosphere. Carbon dioxide is a type of gas that traps heat in the Earth’s atmosphere; Scientists have determined that burning fossil fuels, just in the last 150 years alone, has caused a 25 percent rise in the amount of carbon dioxide present in our planet’s atmosphere.

If you think it’s hot now, especially during the summer, just think how hot the Earth will be in the next few decades or so.

Unpredictable Weather:

Due to the changes in our environment, the weather patterns have become altered. Because of this, more extreme weather conditions are to be expected. The extreme weather conditions will be unpredictable by nature, but because we’re now aware of the changes in our environment, we’ve learned to “anticipate” unpredictable weather.

Air Pollution:

This one is obvious – clean air is crucial to a healthy life. There are already many pollutants in our air, with the most obvious form of air pollution being smog. Smog is exactly what it sounds like…a “smoky fog.” Smog is caused by vehicular emission and industrial fumes that, once hit by sunlight, then turn into “photochemical smog.”

Smog is, and always will be, harmful to human health. Not only is smog dangerous to human health, it is also tied to some cases of birth defects.

shell gas gift cards can be purchased for different occasions and for different people dear to you, including friends, family members, employees, managers, children (in case they have a license to drive), parents, and so on. But they can also buy them for your own personal gratification or satisfaction.

Shell gas gift cards offer a lot of conveniences because they can allow you to separate your fuel costs from the other expenses. Plus, while you are at the gas pump, trying to fill your tank, you can save time by paying directly at the pump (most Shell gas stations have electronic gas pumps, that allow you to use your gas gift card just like a credit or debit card). It also saves you the trouble of queing at the cashier’s desk to pay for the gas.

If you want to purchase Shell gas gift cards for your friends, family or for yourself, you need to choose the suitable card to buy from the various varieties offered by Shell. Some of them come with theft protection, others with the possibility of checking your account online, ATM access and then still some will offer you extra benefits such as hotel discounts or flight deals.

Before purchasing a certain gas gift card its necessary to read the terms and conditions of using the card. Moreover, try to know about the applicable fees on the cards to help you determine whether it is a good gift.

You can apply for a gas gift card online or buying one from a shell gas station. Sometimes you will receive an email with discounted gift card offers. In case you prefer to buy online, be prepared to answer general questions that will determine your elligibility to buy one. Incase you want your gift card personalized with your name and other details, you will have to wait for a period of 30 days after sending your request to receive the card.