It's a known fact that the planet's oil supply is an expensive, non-renewable resource. With the spike in oil prices, concerns about oil supplies, and the dangerous state of the environment, there is a strong call for oil conservation and fuel efficiency. For vehicle owners, this means a drive towards getting better fuel economy and better mileage. As a response to that drive, here are some ways to achieve improved fuel economy.
The best way to decrease fuel consumption is actually the simplest method; that is, to use the car only when necessary. Walking or utilizing the public transport system can greatly reduce fuel consumption. If this option isn't feasible, getting a new car that has a smaller engine displacement is another alternative. These vehicle models offer a lot in terms of functionality without consuming as much fuel as their large engine counterparts. Plus, savings of $200 to $1,500 can be made annually by choosing a fuel-efficient car. And with the progress of modern technology, one can also purchase a hybrid vehicle to obtain better fuel economy. Hybrid vehicles use alternative sources such as bio-ethanol or electricity as its source of power. But if financial resources are not enough for a new vehicle, then other alternatives are proper vehicle maintenance and investing in gas-saving car parts. A sound and well-tuned vehicle is more fuel efficient and can gain better mileage than one that's unmaintained. Additionally, upgrades and aftermarket parts that are designed to improve fuel economy are widely available in the market. These parts offer an affordable means for motorists to get the best fuel efficiency short of buying a new vehicle.
Practicing these methods not only improves fuel economy, but aside from the financial benefits, saving fuel also lessens dependence on oil. The environment greatly benefits from lesser fuel consumption and the amount of greenhouse gases are reduced significantly, which leads to a cleaner and greener environment for this generation and the next to come. It can be argued that when it comes to fuel economy and conservation, it's not just about the money; it's about the greater good of everyone.
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Hydrocracking – a severe, high temperature, high pressure refinery process that converts heavy black oil into gasoline and diesel fuel by cracking or breaking up larger molecules, in the presence of hydrogen and a catalyst.
Hydrotreating – a refinery process that reacts a fraction of crude oil with hydrogen at high temperature and pressure, in the presence of a catalyst, to improve colour and odour, and reduce sulphur content.
Low sulphur diesel fuel – fuel that contains less than 500 parts per million (0.05 wt per cent) sulphur, required for on-road applications, and may be used off-road.
Lubricity – The property of diesel fuel that lubricates moving parts in fuel pumps and fuel injectors to minimize wear.
Off-road diesel fuel – refers to diesel fuel that is used for off-road purposes (i.e., mining, farming, marine, etc.). Off-road diesel fuel is frequently dyed red or "marked" to show that it is exempt from provincial road taxes.
Regular sulphur diesel fuel – fuel that contains less than 5,000 parts per million (0.5 wt per cent) sulphur, may not be used on-road, and is usually used in off-road applications such as farming, forestry and marine.