I know how expensive it is to fill up your car with fuel. Depending on where you live, it might cost you $60, $80 per week, or even more. We see fuel prices skyrocketing, here’s why:
There has been a lot of dry weather in places like China, Japan, and South Korea recently. Generally, hot weather increases the demand for air conditioning in homes and buildings, raising natural gas demand from the power sector. If natural gas supplies are limited or low during high-demand periods, spot gas prices can increase sharply.
In South America, countries like Brazil have experienced drought. Reductions in water availability have a detrimental impact on the production and refining of petroleum and natural gas. Shortages may make hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) and fuel refining operations require alternative water supplies or may require them to shut down temporarily.
Meanwhile, Europe is experiencing extreme cold weather conditions. A cold climate strongly influences residential and commercial development. As natural gas is used for heating by residential and commercial consumers during cold months, overall natural gas demand rises, pushing prices upward.
The rise in demand only tells us half of the story. A supply crunch could be looming.
But recently, stocks fell because of the tension between Ukraine and Russia. At the same time, oil prices continue to rise for precisely the same reason. The crisis between Ukraine and Russia has caused the price of gas in the U.S to shoot up. It surges to a new all-time high of over $4 per gallon, and it can go as high as $7. The cost of oil will possibly remain elevated throughout summer, or at least until the supply of oil catches up with the demand for it.
The ripple effect of this current situation is unimaginable. Because oil prices depend on other commodities on the market, price hikes also lead to a rise in living expenses. Besides paying more for gasoline, prices of food, fares, and other daily costs may also spike.
So what do we do now?
Although you can’t control the price of gas, you can manage your driving habits. Driving an efficient car reduces your carbon footprint. Fuel-efficient vehicles are more economical and less harmful to the environment. Use these tips to cut fuel consumption and save money at the pump:
Driving less is better.
It will save you gas and money. Moreover, it reduces household carbon emissions.
Use the right tires.
It makes a difference. Right tires are more sustainable and reduce energy use by 30 percent over the entire life cycle of tires. That’s a big deal, especially for the environment.
Maintain a clean and efficient engine by changing your oil regularly.
The engine of your car is the primary channel for burning fuel. If you are going to save gas, then a clean and efficient engine is essential.
Additionally, you can also adopt lifestyle changes:
Use energy-efficient appliances and refrigerators for storing food.
Prepare your meal in advance and store them in closed containers or wrapped up for quick reheating. To keep your food fresh longer, cook more often and in smaller batches using energy-efficient appliances and ovens.
Install efficient light bulbs.
It saves a lot on your electricity bill, plus you also don’t have to worry about the old bulbs in the garage or attic anymore.
Adjust your heating and cooling system
Control your house’s temperature and schedule it with a programmable thermostat. It’s simple and less expensive. The trick is to choose a device that works for you and experiment with how it affects you and your home.
Use public transportation or carpool.
If you’re considering taking the train in the early mornings or carpooling to work, think about how much it means to you as a cost-savings measure and reduce stress.
Do some footwork.
Try getting to places you usually drive to via bus, bike, or even walking. Who doesn’t want to save money and gas?
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If you’re serious about reducing your fuel consumption, adopting these simple changes in your daily routine could potentially save money and decrease the amount of fuel you use in the long run.
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