10. Improve your fuel economy: Five simple tips to get more miles per gallon

You don’t need to be a fanatical hypermiler to improve your fuel economy.  Everyone can squeeze more miles per gallon out of their fuel with their current car just by applying a few basic ideas.  If you do them well you should be a safer driver too.


1: Introducing the Shrink

2: Eat plants for a day
3: Shuffle your food
4: Start a vegetable garden
5: Build a compost heap
6: Make a seasonal meal 

7: Take a purposeless walk
8: Cycle somewhere new
9: Let someone else drive
10: Improve your fuel economy
11: Research your motor
12: Plan a flightless holiday

13: Turn off your gadgets
14: Change a light bulb
15: Seal an air leak 
16: Control your heating
17: Control your cooling
18: Research your intensity
19: Research solar power
20: Save some water

21: Declutter a room
22: Upcycle some junk
23: Choose a used product
24: Invest in good design
25: Recycle some waste

26: Pay a person
27: Buy a quality offset
28: Plant a tree that sucks
29: Plant flowers for bees 
30: Support broader change 

  • Henry_Stevens

    Very good video. About the “this is a modern engine no warm-up is needed”. That always is true for the ignition and fuel systems. It is not always true for starting a car at very low ambient temperature: It was -11F when started my car this AM. The engine lubrication systems (crankcase oil) should be given a minute or two to reach working temperature. Putting an engine under load with little or no oil flowing can cause premature engine wear which can lead to an engine that will spew blue smoke from it’s tailpipe for decades.

    • Lindsay Wilson

      I read C on first look. -11F is bloody cold. It only goes freezing occasionally here so watching people warm their cars does my head in. At what temp would you say heating the oil becomes an issue? Pressumably its inversly proportional to how cold it is? (excuse my ignorance, I’m Australian)

      • gasdive

        It’s not really related to temperature. There are many sliding surfaces inside the engine that need lubrication. It takes about 1-2 minutes at a fast idle for the oil to reach everywhere in the engine regardless of temperature. While it’s called ‘warming’ it should really be called ‘pre-oiling’. While the practice does use more fuel, it also makes the car last longer. When you look at the embodied energy in the car, then significantly increasing it’s lifespan would have a positive effect, probably larger than the negative effect of burning extra fuel. Ideally the car would have a small electric oil pump that could run for a minute or two before starting. However it’s not in the interest of car makers to make their products last decades. In contrast planes are provided with a pre-oiling pump. https://youtu.be/4z1Z-WEZZGM?t=5m33s