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Zima AC Bana,Unamaliza Kiwese.....ahahahaha

Discussion in 'Habari na Hoja mchanganyiko' started by KWI KWI, Apr 25, 2011.

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    KWI KWI JF-Expert Member

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    Imeshawai kunikuta sikumoja mjomba wangu anatuambia kwenye gari yake-(hicho kichwa cha habari hapo juu.)

    Roll down windows rather than using air conditioning.

    The Theory: Operating the AC to cool the vehicle uses fuel, so it's more efficient to cool off by driving with the windows down.
    The Facts: While it's true that some fuel is used to operate the AC compressor, as much or more fuel is lost when the windows are down. Rolling down the windows increases the drag on the car, which causes the car to work harder to maintain its speed.
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    Hii physics??
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    With the cost of gasoline as a concern for many, tips abound on how to help a car achieve its maximum gas mileage. One fuel efficiency concern that has been tested and debated hotly is whether the air conditioning on a car decreases fuel efficiency. Some argue that the air conditioning unit causes a drag on the engine, causing it to burn more fuel. Others argue rolling down a car's windows causes an even larger drag on the engine.

    Engine Drag

    • The air conditioning's compressor is powered by a belt on a pulley system, just like the alternator on a vehicle. The engine is what turns the pulley system, so in other words the engine powers the car's air conditioning. Running the air conditioning in the car does create a drag on the engine, making it work harder. Anything that causes a car's engine to work harder decreases the engine's fuel efficiency. In other words, if you do not need air conditioning; going without will save gas.

    Windows Down

    • Driving with a car's windows down does not create a drag on the engine. Having the windows down to catch a cool breeze decreases a car's aerodynamics, however, which means the engine has to work more to maintain the same speed. The aerodynamic drag from having a car's windows down increases as the speed of the car increases, says Stanford University's School of Earth Sciences.

    Strategies for Driving

    • The amount of the effect of an air conditioner on a car's gas mileage has been tested and debated by several organizations. The Society of Automotive Engineers, or SAE, performed a series of tests on the effects of air conditioning versus windows rolled down on sedans and SUVs. The SAE concluded running air conditioning in a car or SUV decreased gas mileage by 5 to 10 percent, depending on the vehicle model. The SAE, Stanford University, and Bankrate.com all recommend driving with your car's windows down if you are on surface streets. When it is time to get on the highway, though, all three organizations agree using air conditioning is the more fuel efficient choice.


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    Mimi sina gari....asanteni kwa ushauri
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    Kikelelwa Member

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    Thirty years ago, in the days of buck-a-gallon gas, it's hard to imagine people were giving a second thought to the price at the pump or their driving habits. But today, gas prices are higher than ever and the fluctuations are tremendous. It seems like even the smallest hiccup in the oil and gas sector means immediate rises in the price at the pump. These sudden price jumps quickly cramp your fuel budget, and this is forcing drivers to take drastic tactics to increase their fuel economy and save money on gas. While, in theory, these fuel-saving methods have some merit, in practice, many of these tips are ineffective, unsafe or both. Here are some common fuel-saving myths that will cost you more than you'll ever save at the gas station.
    1. Airflow gadgets -- $90+ wasted
    The Theory: High-tech devices designed to increase your engine's airflow will improve fuel efficiency.
    The Facts: It sounds plausible, but the results don't back up the impressive claims. Consumer Reports tested several of the devices, such as Fuel Genie ($89.95, plus shipping), that purport to increase fuel economy by accelerating airflow to the engine. The tests found no noticeable gains in MPGs, despite claims of 50% fuel savings. While it's true that drastically increasing the airflow to an engine is a common way to increase horsepower (i.e. forced induction through turbo and superchargers), doing so will actually increase fuel consumption and increase wear on the engine, not to mention that this proven technology costs significantly more than its gimmicky competition.
    2. Fuel additives -- $5 to $250 wasted (per treatment)
    The Theory: The gas we buy can be improved by adding scientifically formulated chemicals that will increase fuel efficiency and, sometimes, horsepower.
    The Facts: Clearly, some drivers believe the answer to their fuel woes lies in a magic elixir, because there are numerous fuel treatments that claim to increase MPGs, despite no scientific proof or explanation of how less fuel is burned. According to CNN.com, one common tactic used by shady fuel-additive makers is to tout the product's approval by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This suggests that a trusted consumer watchdog has approved the product's claims, but in fact, the EPA had only deemed that the product does not increase a vehicle's harmful emissions. The truth is, if there were an additive that made fuel burn more efficiently, oil companies would be racing to market their new gas at the pumps and gain a bigger market share.
    3. Premium fuel -- $4 wasted per tank (on average)
    The Theory: Premium gas provides increased performance and better gas mileage.
    The Facts: This is true ... if you own a premium automobile that requires high-octane gas, but these cars make up the minority of daily drivers. So if you're in the majority -- drooling over Ferraris from the seat of your Corolla -- your car's engine control unit (ECU) is programmed to run on the octane levels present in regular gas. Increasing the octane -- either through buying premium gas or adding bottles of octane-boost -- can actually cause the engine to be less efficient, as the car's combustion timing becomes altered and efficiency is lost. But the most noticeable loss will be the extra 20 cents per gallon you'll be wasting to buy high-octane gas. A safe bet is that if you can afford a vehicle that requires only premium fuel, you likely aren't concerned with gas prices or tracking mileage.
    4. Over-inflated tires -- $200 wasted (minimum)
    The Theory: Rounder tires roll easier, creating less work for the engine and therefore, better MPG.
    The Facts: Again, this tip is true ... to a point. Over inflated tires will have less friction with the road, which lessens the effort the engine exerts to keep the car rolling, providing slight gas savings. However, overinflated tires will wear out quickly and irregularly, causing you to need early replacements at a cost of about $50 to $100 per tire. What's worse is that the decreased contact with the road increases stopping distances and limits handling capabilities. This all adds up to a large risk in costly accidents and injuries. Even if you are lucky and avoid a collision, it would take a lifetime (which could very well be short if you're riding on bald and bulbous tires) for your fuel savings to negate the cost of four new tires. According to Edmunds.com's testing, the fuel consumption difference between driving with over-inflated tires and tires at the recommended pressure is negligible. Sometimes, despite what GM's recent track record suggests, carmakers do know what they're doing and the recommended settings and levels do provide the best results.
    5. Roll down windows rather than using air conditioning -- comfort wasted
    The Theory: Operating the AC to cool the vehicle uses fuel, so it's more efficient to cool off by driving with the windows down.
    The Facts: While it's true that some fuel is used to operate the AC compressor, as much or more fuel is lost when the windows are down. Rolling down the windows increases the drag on the car, which causes the car to work harder to maintain its speed. For even better mileage, you can improve your AC's efficiency by using the re-circulation setting on the car's HVAC system instead of forcing the AC to cool the hot air from outside. Heeding this tip will increase your mileage, as well as your comfort.
    The Bottom Line
    The act of saving gas borders on sport for some thrifty drivers, but extreme measures don't always equal extreme savings. And while some gas-saving methods will offer a few cents per tank in savings, the safety concerns of these methods outweigh any benefits to your bank balance. It's a boring realization, but the real road to fuel savings lies in common-sense approaches like avoiding unnecessary driving and idling, driving the speed limit and performing regular vehicle maintenance. You won't amaze anyone with this practical approach, but it's better than shocking people with useless purchases, a battered car and a wind-swept hairdo.
    This article is part of a series related to being Financially Fit