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Old 10-01-2008, 01:00 PM   #1
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How much gas have you saved?

I decided to see how much gas I had saved since joining www.gassavers.org. and posting my first fill up on 05/10/2008. I based it using EPA combined estimates.

For my '88 Ford Escort Pony
Old EPA Combined 37
Miles driven = 7506.9
Gas used at 37 MPG = 202.88 gallons.
Gas used at lifetime average 44.91 = 167.15 gallons.
Gallons saved. 202.88 - 167.15 = 35.73
Enough gas saved to travel this distance at lifetime average. 35.73 X 44.91 = 1604.6
Dollars saved at $3.75 per gallon = $133.99

For my '97 Ford Escort Wagon
Old EPA Combined 31
Miles driven = 2763.2
Gas used at 31 MPG = 89.13 gallons.
Gas used at lifetime average 44.76 = 61.73 gallons.
Gallons saved. 89.13 - 61.73 = 27.4 gallons.
Enough gas saved to travel this distance at lifetime average. 27.4 X 44.76 = 1226.4
Dollars saved at $3.75 per gallon = $102.75

Total gas saved = 63.13 gallons in 20 weeks.
Total dollars saved = $235.74 in 20 weeks.
Enough money saved to buy 62.86 gallons at $3.75 per gallon.
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Old 10-01-2008, 01:28 PM   #2
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Well, here's the data on the beast...

Since my first gaslog entry on June 15 (a little over 3 months) I have logged 2,330 miles. According to the EPA combined rating of 13 MPG I should have used 179.23 gallons of fuel to go that far. I only used 153.28 gallons. That equals 25.95 gallons saved. My truck has a 26 gallon tank so this is an ENTIRE tank of fuel saved. Multiplied by my average fuel price since 6/15 of $3.81 this equates to a savings of $98.87 worth of fuel that I didn't have to buy. Gallons saved multiplied by my lifetime average of 15.2 MPG means I can travel 394.44 miles on the fuel saved. All my mods (Grille block, extended air dam, WAI, new PCV valve, new plug wires, new air filter) are paid for 100% in savings with the exception of my Scangauge and my tires. Not bad for 3 months.

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Old 10-01-2008, 02:42 PM   #3
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Since may 30th, my first fill up:

24 mpg EPA "combined" rating
3,192.4 miles traveled.
99.637 gallons used


3,192.4/24=133.017 gallons i "should" have used.

133.017-99.637=33.38 gallons saved

my car has a 14.1 gallon tank.

33.38/14.1=2.37 tanks i got for "free"

lets assume i got 24mpg. using the same amount if fuel, i would have traveled only 2,391.3 miles. that is 801.1 miles i got for "free"...

In dollars at $3.75 a gallon this is $125.18 saved

that is with the combined rating. my car has only seen the highway for more than 10 miles once.

lifetime average is 32.04 mpg. not bad considering my driving has been 95% city driving.
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Old 10-01-2008, 03:13 PM   #4
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At the current local average price it cost 6 cents a mile for gas.

About $3.60 per hour to average 64 MPH.

At 127,492 the gas saved by the VX will pay for the 98 Mercedes SLK 230.

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I can only compare using the bike vs driving to work and around town but I only got it because I was disgusted at how much fuel I was using.

My car averages 21mpg and my bike currently has ~2600 miles so that'd be 123.8 extra gallons in the car.

The average on the bike is 84.7 so that's 30.7 gallons instead.

A savings of 93.1 gallons in ~4 months, 1806.14 less pounds of CO2 in the air, and a savings of $349.13. I'm happy about that. Plus, the bike payment is only like $110 a month so by driving it i'm only paying $23 extra dollars a month for it.

The biggest savings for me will be when I move in June. Right now google maps has my trip from home to work at 12.4 miles with school adding 4 totaling 28.8 miles a day. The new apartment I've finally selected to work is .8 miles with school 2.0 in the other direction(apartment is between the two) for a total daily commute of 5.6 miles. EASILY do that on my bicycle. Also, a savings of 23.2 miles and 45 minutes of my life recovered PER DAY. That comes out to 2.5 weeks to use a gallon of gas on the bike commuting every day on it at reduced mileage.
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Old 10-02-2008, 08:48 AM   #6
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How much gas have you saved?
None.
I've used gas, (or biodiesel in my situation). I haven't saved any. Semantics, I know. Spending, versus spending less is not the same as not spending anything.
"Saving" fuel is buying just as much as before but using less, and then storing the volume difference for later use.
Hmmm. Even that is more appropriately termed 'postponing', rather than 'saving'.
"How much less fuel have you used since joining than you reasonably have expected you'd have used otherwise?" More accurate, but hardly snappy enough for a thread title.
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None.
I've used gas, (or biodiesel in my situation). I haven't saved any. Semantics, I know. Spending, versus spending less is not the same as not spending anything.
"Saving" fuel is buying just as much as before but using less, and then storing the volume difference for later use.
Hmmm. Even that is more appropriately termed 'postponing', rather than 'saving'.
"How much less fuel have you used since joining than you reasonably have expected you'd have used otherwise?" More accurate, but hardly snappy enough for a thread title.
I may have not saved it for my personal use but it is gas saved as opposed to having been already burnt.
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Old 10-02-2008, 09:44 AM   #8
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since I have been on this site, I have logged in 8294.3 miles (I drive too much) and have used 238.48 gallons of fuel.

If my car would have gotten the EPA of 25 MPG for those miles, I would have used 331.772 gallons, saved 93.292 gallons of fuel. this is unrealistic as I was doing more like 30 MPG before coming here so.

If my car would have gotten 30 MPG for those miles, I would have used 276.476 gallons of fuel, saved 37.996 gallons of fuel.

realistically saving $132.986 @ $3.50/ gal
over epa saving $326.552 @ $3.50/ gal

realistically speaking, almost paid for my scangauge.
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"How much less fuel have you used since joining than you reasonably have expected you'd have used otherwise?" More accurate, but hardly snappy enough for a thread title.
lessfuelusers.org doesn't roll off the tongue as nicely as gassavers.org.
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Old 10-02-2008, 01:50 PM   #10
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Since January 2007, 175 gallons saved.

$560 saved, according to the prices each time I filled. More at today's prices...
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