5 Tips on How to Improve your Fuel Economy

One of the prominent problems that a lot of nations are facing today is the continuous rise of different petroleum products. Because of this, many innovators and experts have been trying to find ways on how to improve the usage of fuel or to decrease the need for these products to avoid running out of fuel resources.

Lose the weight

Before using your vehicle, make sure that you’ve removed all the things that you won’t need for the trip. You might not notice it, but the extra weight is affecting your fuel consumption. With every 100 pounds added to your vehicle, your fuel economy is reduced by 1-2%.

It’s not necessary to remove all your stuff, just remove the heavy ones that you won’t be needing for the trip. When you do this, make sure that you have what you need so you won’t have to come back for it once you’ve arrived at your destination. An extra trip to retrieve the items you have forgotten beats the purpose of reducing your load in the first place.

Switch off instead of idle

Don’t leave your vehicle idle for too long, because this consumes more fuel compared to switching off your engine and restarting it. There are a number of no idle-zones in the country to help in reducing CO2 emission and fuel consumption.

To lessen the fuel consumption of your engine, limit using your heater and cooler. Wear clothes that are appropriate for the weather, so you won’t have to turn on your heater or cooler.

Perform regular maintenance

Proper and regular maintenance can help in improving your fuel economy. It might sound like a lot of work, but regularly having your car serviced by a qualified mechanic, or as often as the manufacturer recommends will help in making sure that your engine is in peak condition and is not using extra fuel.

Keeping your tires inflated to the maximum pressure recommended and your wheels properly aligned can help in reducing your vehicle’s fuel consumption.

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Drive Smoothly avoid heavy braking

Heavy braking and applying heavy throttle can increase your fuel consumption. Studies show that a driver’s technique greatly affects the fuel efficiency of their engine.To improve your fuel efficiency, think ahead and drive smoothly. Avoid stepping too hard on the pedals and over braking. It does not only will it help in reducing your fuel consumption, it also protects your engine from wear and tear. If you can, avoid taking rough roads so you won’t have to exert much effort and force in driving.

Buy the right fuel

Using low-quality fuel will only cost you more money, without helping the performance of your engine. But buying premium-grade will not help your vehicle’s fuel economy if it is engineered to run on regular. The ideal thing to do is check the manual to see the amount of octane recommended by the manufacturer.

There are online guides that you can use to find affordable and quality fuel. Just follow what is recommended for your vehicle. Avoid using poor quality fuel as it does not always burn promptly and will need larger amount to get your vehicle moving.

Improving your fuel economy is not a one time task. There are certain things that you have to maintain to achieve the results you want. There are also recommended driving styles and techniques that you can apply to reduce your fuel consumption. Also, taking care of your vehicle can help improve your fuel efficiency.

Six Ways Downtime Is Slowly Killing Your Business

Businesses are spending millions of dollars annually to buy/build machines and equipment to make their operations safer, more productive, and to reduce the cost of manufacturing.

Unfortunately, the reliability of these machines can be at risk, if not properly maintained.

An unreliable plant seriously affects productivity, resulting in high costs, poor use of resources, and product supply insecurity. Failure to deliver products can damage your brand and erode hard-won customer confidence.

Lost production and repairs

When a machine fails unexpectedly, the first reality is the lost production that results from the ‘down time’ and the cost that this will have on the business’s profitability. The cost of machine repairs including the extra labour, replacement parts, and resources required to bring the machine back into production could be very expensive. Production lost can never be recovered.

Risk to other processes and equipment

Failed critical machinery, which might have to supply other manufacturing stages in a continuous stream, will cause these other processes to come to a halt for lack of material for them to process. A failed machine can potentially cause the loss of millions of dollars by causing damage to other process equipment that relies on an uninterrupted supply of material from the failed machine. This “Domino effect” can be much greater than just the initial machine failure.

Workers Safety

There is a significant risk to workers, who as a consequence of machine failure, could be seriously injured or even killed. Failures of some critical machinery could result in fire, the release of dangerous gases or chemicals, electrocution, injury to machine operators from impact with failed machine parts or even explosions. Threats such as these will have a major effect on the business and its employees. There can be no acceptable price for worker injury.

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Raw material loss

When critical equipment fails, particularly when processing expensive or hard to source materials, the loss of these materials can seriously increase manufacturing costs, as replacement raw material must be sourced. Delays caused by the loss of raw materials could threaten relationships with customers relying on a timely supply of products or materials.

Capital expense increases

If machines are allowed to fail regularly and production output is always running lower than required, more machines will have to be purchased and operated, to maintain a target output. This will increase the capital costs of running the business, reducing profits and potentially threaten the viability of the business, particularly if competitors are able to produce their like products with lower costs of production than you.

Environmental Impact

Resources lost, energy lost and poor productivity will mean that more potential environmentally damaging emissions and wastes are created. Environmental damage can also affect other workers and the community around the production facility. This should not be permitted nor accepted if we are to be socially responsible citizens.

If the company is continuously spending time and money on repairs, maintenance, and hiring extra employees just to meet requirements, it will miss the opportunity to use these resources to grow the business. All these avoidable costs hinder the business and prohibit it from reaching its maximum potential.

A well developed Preventative Maintenance and Condition Monitoring Program can help avoid and even detect impending equipment failure – before it happens.

Being proactive will enable the business to reach its maximum potential.

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