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Energy Conservation Project

  1. 1. Energy Conservation Project Monitoring Gas Consumption During Winter Months Michael Bauzon ED 630
  2. 2. The Questions <ul><li>How many miles do you drive per week? </li></ul><ul><li>How helpful is an engine block heater in aiding your car’s warm-up? </li></ul><ul><li>How much gas and money could you save per Winter using an engine block heater? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Methodology <ul><li>What is your rate of gas consumption for the vehicle you drive? </li></ul><ul><li>How long do you let your car idle in the morning? </li></ul><ul><li>How many miles do you get from a full tank? </li></ul><ul><li>How much money do you spend idling your engine? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Data Collection <ul><li>Data Recorded </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Miles per full tank </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gallons used for that particular tank; measured by filling up every time. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Weekly mileage </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Timeline </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2 full tanks of gas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 full tank using block heater to aid in warming up the vehicle (1998 Ford Escort) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 full tank without block heater </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Data Collection Errors <ul><li>Oil prices fluctuated during weeks of data collection </li></ul><ul><li>Nighttime temperatures not consistent, nor do they reflect extreme situations of January and February </li></ul><ul><li>Is the pump consistent every time it stops when you’ve filled up? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Data Analysis Full tank MPG with block heater (lasted 5 days): 24.9 mpg Full tank MPG without block heater (barely lasted 5 days): 22.7 mpg Approximate weekly mileage: 321 miles Gallons used per week using block heater and remote starter: 12.9 gal Gallons of gas used per week warming up without block heater: 14.1 gal Gallons of gas saved per week using block heater: 1.2 gal Projected dollar amount saved per week using block heater (at $3.49/gal): $4.19 Projected dollar amount saved per winter (October-April) using block heater: $117.26 Projected gallons of gas saved per winter (October-April) using block heater: 30.8 gal Vehicle Winter MPG without block heater Winter MPG with block heater 1998 Ford Excort (4-cyl) 22.3 24.9 2000 Toyota Tacoma (6-cyl) 15.7 N/A 2002 Honda CBR600 F4i 41 (Spring/Summer) N/A
  7. 7. Conclusion <ul><li>The use of a block heater in aiding your vehicle’s warm-up saves gas and money </li></ul><ul><li>This experiment was done on a 4-cylinder car…imagine the possibilities of savings on bigger engines </li></ul><ul><li>The amount of money we save using the block heater is roughly the same as having a block heater installed </li></ul><ul><li>Block heater + remote start = savings and convenience </li></ul>
  8. 8. Gas Saving Strategies <ul><li>Carpool </li></ul><ul><li>Have a block heater installed </li></ul><ul><li>Consider garaging your vehicle(clear out all the junk in the garage!!) </li></ul><ul><li>Note the time it takes to get your car to a good running temperature, then be consistent. Don’t idle your engine unnecessarily </li></ul>
  9. 9. Further Study… <ul><li>Is it worth the time, effort, and/or money to have your garage cleared out to fit your vehicle? </li></ul><ul><li>What are some carpool options available to you? </li></ul><ul><li>In the Spring and Summer months, what are reasonable ways you can conserve fuel? </li></ul>
  10. 10. Citations <ul><li>Clipart taken from the following sources: </li></ul><ul><li>gas and money: </li></ul><ul><li>attendant: </li></ul><ul><li>gas pump: </li></ul><ul><li>fuel gauge: </li></ul>