Top 5 Green Automotive Gadgets to Help You Save Gas and Save Money

Submitted: Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 01:53
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Hello,

A friend posted this link thought it might be interesting for some. No hiclones or anything like that.

Not really sure about the solar charger. A mobile phone charger will draw next to nothing from your 12v



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Reply By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 08:31

Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 08:31
You need a sense of humour with this one!

Looking at the total environmental cost of such gadgets, in the manufacture, transport and installation, I wouldn't rate any as reducing fuel usage until at least 1 month to 3 months into the trial, and the initial environmental cost is paid for with less fuel usage.

I would have thought shanks pony would rate No. 1.
2nd would the odometer, reduce milage, and polution reduces,fuel usage reduces, and I think most car manufacturers already provide one. :o)
3rd would be the speedo, reduce speed by 10%, and economy improves.

Now if you are into gadgets, how about an electronic bus ticket?
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Follow Up By: Member - Mike DID - Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 10:39

Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 10:39
. . . also most people are surprised that a solar panel is not helping the environment until it's been out in the sun for TWO YEARS.

Before that, the factory used more energy to manufacture the panel, than has been generated by the panel as green energy. These figure are from the US Dept of Environment.
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Reply By: Willem - Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 08:51

Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 08:51
Troll 81


There is only one way to save 'gas'. Don't drive!!!....LOL



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Reply By: troopyman - Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 09:05

Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 09:05
Th best way i save fuel is while driving on the highway i stick to 90k/hr insteadof 100 . Just dont get stuck behind me .
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 09:16

Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 09:16
I tried that, savings were an average of around 10%, which at the moment is like saving 12c a litre.
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Reply By: Member - DAZA (QLD) - Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 09:13

Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 09:13
Hi All

I reckon the only way to save on fuel is to put less weight on the
Go Pedal, I finally realised that last weekend, on the way up to Teewah Beach I was eager to get up there and relax and do a bit
of fishing ect, so I sat on 100kph on the way there, on the way
home we drove through a Storm and heavy rain and limited
visability, so I sat on 80-90kph, we noticed a difference in fuel
consumption towing the van, so I am a convert, also it only added
and extra half hour to the trip.

Cheers
Daza
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Follow Up By: Gronk - Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 10:40

Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 10:40
Yep........cheapest and easiest way is to buy a big sponge !!!!!!

Whack it under the go pedal......works every time !!
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Follow Up By: troopyman - Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 11:04

Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 11:04
Surprisingly i get a lot less fatigued driving at 90 rather than 100 . I dont know why but it just happens .
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Follow Up By: Madfisher - Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 07:03

Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 07:03
Troopyman Hi,
How tired you get depends on what you are driving, and the state of those roads.
Cheers Pete
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Follow Up By: Steve - Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 15:49

Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 15:49
yeah Troopy, I've definitely noticed less fatigue at lower speeds. I suppose you're more relaxed and concentration is less intense than bombing along at high speeds.
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Reply By: Member - Matt M (ACT) - Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 09:21

Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 09:21
Fit all of them and you could get a 60% reduction! Not bad.
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Reply By: wallabyjack5 - Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 11:11

Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 11:11
Hi guys
My father a retired farmer worked out that in his old landcruiser if he sat on 90km/hr that would be the best fuel consumption he could get.So he made his own cruise control.What he did was put a bolt through the floor just to the right the accel pedal adjusted it so when he had his foot went down on the pedal his foot would touch the bolt and that was 90km/hr,if he wanted to go faster he would just slide his foot to the left press down to gain speed.
So who needs all this electronic stuff.
Unfortantley he is now travelling that great trip in the sky.
I inherited that cruiser and found so many other things that had been bolted, welded etc and a lot of them could not work out what they where for.

Glyn
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Reply By: robertbruce - Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 13:22

Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 13:22
i dont understand how we are concerned about greenhouse gasses but still continue to use 15-20% more fuel at 100k's compared to 80k's per hour....

surely if we wound the speed limit back to 80kph we would be safer, much more economical and save lives....
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Follow Up By: Madfisher - Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 20:43

Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 20:43
I think the death toll would go up with people sitting on 80, to easy to go to sleep . The road toll in the NT has gone up since speed limits have been brought in.
Fine for retired folk who have plenty of time, but 80 on a good highway is so boring.
Cheers Pete
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Follow Up By: Member - Howard (ACT) - Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 23:53

Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 23:53
yes and if we slowed to 4kph and walked everywhere we would be even more economical and probably more safe but do we ant to go back into the 19th century?
not really a life choice i want to make.
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Follow Up By: Gronk - Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 23:59

Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 23:59
The quicker you get to your destination.....the sooner you can kick back and enjoy that beer !!

Speed doesn't kill !!

It's the idiots who can't keep their cars on the black top......

Drive to the conditions.....AND your ability !!
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Follow Up By: Madfisher - Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 07:10

Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 07:10
I spend a lot of time in new cars, and the Majority are far more ecomonical at 100 or even 110 then 80. You can monitor the computor to verify this. The latest 6 speed auto falcons are doing arround 1500 rpm at 100. So at 80 are in a lower gear, or revs are not in an efficent rev range.
Diff for 4bys though I will admit.
Cheers Pete
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Follow Up By: robertbruce - Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 14:45

Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 14:45
With all those gadgets to think about and react too, woulnt travelling at 110 be a little "busy"...especially with 500tonne in three doubles boring down your tail on one of the goat-tracks we call our national highways..

i shouldnt have posted, i really didnt mean to hijack thread.

ill save the rest for when a thread appears..but imho the above arguments are a little "thin" ..in the end it is better to slow down and enjoy life.


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