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I've got gas

May 3rd, 2017 at 09:08 am

Just wanted to make a quick post about my MPG usage, now that I am regularly sleeping in the car.

Even at night, the temperature is hot enough that I have to leave AC on in order to sleep well. I am generally a very light sleeper, and so temperature is critical. In fact, I had major doubts about this working actually.

Thankfully, work it did, and for the most part, I am sleeping as well as in my regular house bed. Better actually, since there is a lot less distractions in there once I lie down so I basically just sleep like I am suppose to. In fact, it's working so well that I am not running my house AC very much at all, so I am hoping to see a reduced electric bill in the coming summer months.

However, my car gas bill will skyrocket for sure. Well, I have been experimenting with the temperature settings to see how little in usage I can get and still be comfortable, and for right now, I use roughly around $0.50 worth of gas every night.

With the car now fully loaded with most of the gear, I am no longer able to hyper-mile as high as 70 mpg on the road. However, I am still getting a very realistic 50+ mpg, which I think is just great.

Mixing that in with the car sitting idle and running AC all night, it reduces the overall MPG further down to roughly 38.5 MPG, which is what I saw right before before filling up gas again.

A total of 38.5 MPG... I can live with that. However, the higher I can push my MPG, the more money I can save overall, so I will continue my effort to find ways to get that figure up.

4 Responses to “I've got gas”

  1. ceejay74 Says:

    I forget, are you going to rent out your house? Sell it?

  2. rob62521 Says:

    I think a lot of folks would kill for 38.5 mpg overall. Smile

    Interesting experiences you are sharing!

  3. PatientSaver Says:

    I was going to suggest laying off the beans. Smile
    When you hypermiled at 70 mpg, was that including city miles as well? Thanks to its CVT transmission, my Civic can get well into the 40s mpg IF i'm driving highway only, which i rarely do. So i usually average 35 mpg city driving, which STINKS. I should have bought a Prius!

  4. Tabs Says:

    ceejay, I plan to sell. I will consider rent if I end up really struggling, but I don't think I am cut out to be a landlord.

    Thanks rob, although that's before I checked with a Prius community about what they set their tire pressure to get a safe, comfortable, but still superior mileage. OEM setting is at 35 PSI, which was mine. Now it's at 40 PSI. According to them, I can expect maybe an additional 8 MPG out of it. We'll see. I am willing to try that, especially with a car that I know I am the only one driving. So, yeah, that's one more idea to try to improve my mileage before hitting the road.

    Patient, haha, my humor tumor is showing again yeah. The MPG is a mix of I would say 60% city, and 40% highway. It's wherever I needed to drive to in regular, real world driving. To get great mileage in city driving, that's where regenerative braking shines. For the highway, a light car with a light, but beefy engine is what you want. The regular Prius has all that. My compact model is a bit anemic on the highway, but its lighter weight and regenerative breaking in mixed driving helps me overcome all that.

    I think the (regular) Prius is just absolutely fantastic. I highly recommend them the next some you go car shopping.

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