New Gasoline Stations: Are They Worth Trying?

Most gasoline stations are filled with fossil fuels which are said to be antiquated and polluting. Some would even say that they should be obsolete as there are alternatives that can be used to power automobiles and other engines. Most of the new environmental-friendly cars are either hybrids or special models that have been configured to receive biofuels. New gasoline stations now carry these alternative fuels, but their value must first undergo some necessary reviewing.

The most common form of automobile these days that make use of alternative fuel are those with hybrid engines, which are basically one part conventional engine and one part electric engine that’s powered by batteries. Charging these batteries takes a considerable amount of time while conventional fuels only require a short moment to refill a gas tank. Of course, this hasn’t stop certain establishments, like gasoline stations and even universities, to set up charging stations for these battery-powered cars.

Autogas Stations

Consider ethanol, a biofuel generated from organic materials. There are a good number of gasoline stations these days that do carry ethanol, which should thrill people who are concerned about taking care of the environment. Ethanol burns more cleanly and produces no harmful exhaust gases that could serve as a serious health hazard. If you have an ethanol-powered car, then these new gasoline stations that carry biofuel are quite valuable indeed.

Another alternative is LPG, or liquefied petroleum gas. Though usually used to power stoves, LPG can be configured for vehicle engines. With an LPG-powered car, you’ll have a cleaner-burning fuel with zero contribution to pollution. There are now a few gasoline stations that carry LPG canisters and offer refill services. Hooking them up does require a bit more time and effort compared to the simple process of topping off a gas tank with conventional fuels. Not much of a sacrifice though if you consider its benefits for Mother Nature.

The thing with the conventional fuels that run our cars is that they are very convenient and less hassle than the alternatives. Of course, you could pour used cooking oil into your diesel engine and get some good mileage and exhaust (that smells like French Fries) if economy and environment are your top priorities. As for the alternatives, they must be considered carefully before given the thumbs up for personal use.

Until we are introduced to cars with better alternatives, those who are concerned about what the car puts out, both in locomotion and in its exhaust, can make use of these alternatives through the new gasoline stations that carry such fuels. A solid number of establishments have already decided that these alternatives are worthy enough to be in the same category as gasoline, diesel, and kerosene. With that in mind, the only thing left to think about is if you are willing to try it out for yourself.

Simple Ways to Save on Gas

In our previous posts, we’ve taught you how to search for the best replacement car parts such as radiators, mufflers and leafsprings in order to save up on money and splurge on quality. But even with our tips, spiking gas prices can surely make you rethink your motoring expenses. The more that gas prices shoot up, the more we need to reduce our fuel consumption to keep our money from slipping through our hands unnecessarily.

Do your wallet and the environment a favor by saving up on gas. There are many simple and hassle-free ways to do so!

Let’s face it, we can’t really walk to and from our destinations all the time, so we’re bound to use our cars almost every day. However, there are many simple ways to save up on gas – we usually overlook these but the savings that you’ll get from doing the legwork may just surprise you.

  1. Reduce time in warming up the engine. Warming up the car for more than five minutes before hitting the road is unnecessary. A good 30 to 45 seconds should be enough.
  2. Steer clear of idling. Leaving your car idle with the engine running for more than 30 seconds is not only a good way to burn gas; it’s also a fantastic way to cause pollution. Turn off the engine if you’re going to wait in your car for a minute or more.
  3. Avoid jackrabbit starts and stops. Driving a car forward or backward very abruptly does not only make an earsplitting tire screech. Jackrabbit’s only good if you’re a race car driver because it heats up the tires. But if you’re an everyday motorist, it’s not practical as it burns up fuel rather quickly.
  4. Slow down. Driving too fast intensifies your car’s drag, which also increases your fuel consumption. Slowing down will prevent you from hitting the brakes too often when the vehicle you’re tailgating suddenly stops. By the way, tailgating is not good for fuel economy either. According to The Daily Green, you can reduce fuel consumption by 7% with every 5 mph drop in highway speed.
  5. Get your feet off the brakes. Driving with your feet constantly on the brake pedal can increase gas utilization as much as 35%. It also wears down your pedals quickly. Drive steadily and surely so you don’t have to hit the brakes very often.
  6. Check tire pressure. Deflated tires increase fuel inefficiency by 1% for every 2 PSI under maximum pressure.  
  7. Align your tires. Poorly aligned tires wear out more quickly. They also make the engine work doubly hard.
  8. Lighten up the car load. You burn 2% more gas with every 100 pounds you lug around. Take out the unnecessary stuff from the car trunk for better fuel economy. The stuff you put on the roof increases the wind resistance of your vehicle, which means that your car needs to burn more gasoline.
  9. Give your car a tune up. Regular car tune ups can increase mileage by 4%. It may require you to spend a few bucks on maintenance, but that’s nothing compared to the savings you’ll get when your car’s in good working condition.
  10. Trim down your AC use. In a tropical country like the Philippines, this could pose difficulty for many. But this further improves mileage as the compressor for the AC makes the engine work harder. Park your car under a shade, so that you don’t have to spend fuel cooling your car interior when you need to drive.

If possible, try car pooling to split your gas bill into half or maybe even more. This isn’t only good for your pocket, it helps the environment too. 🙂

What to do with your unused automotive parts

The current buzz on leading a green lifestyle – being physically fit, buying organic products, segregating and recycling waste – doesn’t just stop with food, exercise, or trash, it also has significant implications on transportation.

Recycling CarsIt’s not just a fight against pollution

For car owners and enthusiasts, this not only refers to your engine’s fuel efficiency or whatnot, but also to what you do with your car or car parts at the end of their automotive life.

Just imagine the quantity of used vehicles and parts that are not resold or recycled – heaps and heaps of metal, rubber, and plastic in landfills, using up large portions of land and a likely source of toxic gases.

It’s a win-win for you and our world!

There are convenient and environmental-friendly ways of dealing with a car or car part that you no longer want. You can either sell the car as a whole or break it up into parts. You can resell the part to a spare parts dealer if it is still functional or sell it to junkyards or recycling centers.

Tires, belts, rubber hoses, transmission, radiators, and used oil filters are only some of the car parts that recycling facilities accept. And once these parts go through the scrap yard process, they can be turned into other items such as household utensils, flower pots, and the like, thereby turning “trash” into a productive recycled item.

Car parts cost valuable money to buy and maintain, but just because they have stopped being functional as automotive parts does not mean that there is no other use for them. Reselling and recycling car parts would not only save a lot of space on landfills, but can also earn you some cash, pretty neat right? And of course, it would give your much-loved parts a productive second life.

To know more and to take action, here is a comprehensive list of recycling centers, junk shops, and waste trade markets in the Philippines, as well as resource links about recycling.