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Pilsbury

2012 diesel consuption and 2013 aims

Last year i started recording every liter of diesel i put in the car and my milage, I got these figures
i bought 742 liters of diesel
I drove 8224 miles
i make that a fraction over 50mpg which im happy with for a 1.8 lit ford focus ghia
I make it just over 1000 paid for the travel.
This year i want to aim for reducung thast by 20% to 800 quid, the problem is i intend to do more shows and visiting friends and relitives this year so im going to have to cut down my day to day car use so im planning to cycle to work most days to make the difference up.
I have worked out i can buy 584 liters or 48 liters a month.
so far i havent put any in my tank for january so its going ok so far.
anyone else ever keep a record of their fuel use and want to have a go at reducung their use?
Rob R

Well done on keeping track of it. I'd join in but as I share several vehicles & have mixed uses I doubt it'd tell me much.
vegplot

I sold my Landrover and bought a Mini.
NorthernMonkeyGirl

...could you supplement with cooking oil or does that need time/gear to purify or something?
Cathryn

I have to do quite a lot of miles and unfortunately there is no bus service from here. I try to pick up shopping on my way home but that is as much to do with avoiding shopping as saving fuel. No, I do consciously avoid making unnecessary journeys. Smile

I would like to walk to work but it's not an option. I do share dropping children into school with a friend which saves us both.

I am vaguely considering changing my car and getting one of the new diesel Corsa's. Saving fuel but not money for quite some years.
toggle

big problem i had last year was that if i didn't drive, i didn't get to work. if i was lucky, or had a few days off, a full tank lasted more than 7 days. if i wasn't, the fuel light was on before i got home on day 6. 15% of my gross pay went straight in the tank. what this worked out as after i'd paid tax/ni, i'm not sure.

so may through october was a good 50l a week.
Hairyloon

You want to serve your inmates more chips. Wink
Pilsbury

You want to serve your inmates more chips. Wink


unfortunaly i have no idea how to go about changing used cooking oil into something to run my car in the first place and second all my waste oil has to be returned to the company we buy our oil from for themn to convert to bio diesel to run their trucks and we get a report on how much oil we buy and how much we have collected.
maybe next time your free in london we can have another curry and a chat about it lol
Hairyloon

all my waste oil has to be returned to the company we buy our oil from...

Do they sell it to you particularly cheap?
This idea is still simmering on a back burner, as is simply bulk buying from oil from a wholesaler.
Problem there is that last time I asked, if I bought 3 tonne at a time, then their price matched Tesco. Confused
Pilsbury

not perticuarly cheap but cheaper than i could get it elsewhere even if i were allowed to buy from anyone else, with the best part of a 50 million pound food budget the tender bids are quite good on price but restrictive on buying snything outside of nominated suppliers.
the waste oils collected free and i guess the company gets a good deal in its bio diesel.
Hairyloon

the waste oils collected free...
I believe most places are paying for waste oil now... except those that have it stitched up in these contracts.
Pilsbury

yep but with over 300 sites its probably much better to have a simple contract that provides cover for all eventuality boisdevie1

Would it not be worth thinking about changing the car to a more efficient model? My ex GF had a Toyota Aygo diesel that averaged officially 73mpg. Pilsbury

A, I can't afford to get a new car and
B, anything smaller would not be able to carry all we need for our shows and exhibitions along with the baby stuff.
It's not about spending 15,000 to save a few hundred quid, its about working with what I have.
If it was as simple as changing the car I could get a Honda 125 on my bike licence.
Treacodactyl

My ex GF had a Toyota Aygo diesel that averaged officially 73mpg.

Official MPG isn't much of a guide. My diesel car should officially do about 70mpg but realistically it does about 55mpg when half loaded, not much better than Pilsbury's Focus.
Hairyloon

B, anything smaller would not be able to carry all we need for our shows and exhibitions along with the baby stuff.
Trailer?

Official MPG isn't much of a guide. My diesel car should officially do about 70mpg but realistically it does about 55mpg when half loaded, not much better than Pilsbury's Focus.
I never properly measured my fuel consumption, but I did once do Bangor to London and back in my old Peugeot 205 with 1/4 tonne of tools in it on less than a tank.
I reckon that's pretty good for a 20 year old car...
stumbling goat

Reducing fuel used depends on a number of things. If you have done all you can as far as the vehicle is concerned, then you need to look at other aspects of the drive and use.

What is your driving style like? Are you, or do you tend to be heavy on the brakes? Heavy on the accelerator? A smoother driving style is more fuel efficient.

But hey, everyone's an expert, especially at driving, aren't they?

I do a lot of miles and my average MPG was high 40's to low 50's. As a test I decided that I would see how I could reduce that. One month I set myself certain parameters within which to drive. The next month I changed the limitations slightly. My best average achieved was 67.7. I am not quite so frugal now but I am still getting high 50's low 60's, depends on the route and conditions. So I know that it can work.

Good luck.

sg
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