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Energy Conservation Project 2008[1][1]2

  1. 1. Energy Conservation Project 2008 <ul><li>Carpooling </li></ul>
  2. 2. The Questions <ul><li>How much gas can I save by carpooling to work? </li></ul><ul><li>How much money will I save by carpooling with my car versus Scott’s truck? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Methodology <ul><li>What is my car’s gas mileage? (mpg) </li></ul><ul><li>What is Scotts truck’s gas mileage? (mpg) </li></ul><ul><li>Calculating Gas Mileage </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Zero out odometer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fill up tank </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Drive my route to work in my car </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Drive my route to work in Scott’s truck </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Do I have to wait till my gas tank is empty? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Do I have to wait till Scott’s gas tank is empty? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Record miles driven and gallons of gas pumped </li></ul>
  4. 4. Data Collection in my Car <ul><li>At the gas pump </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Zero out my odometer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Record the number of gallons pumped </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Calculate the gas mileage </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Drive my morning route in my Pontiac </li></ul>
  5. 5. Data Collection in Scott’s Truck <ul><li>At the gas pump </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Zero out his odometer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Record the number of gallons pumped </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Calculate gas mileage </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Drive my morning route in Scott’s Truck </li></ul>
  6. 6. Possible Errors in my Experiment <ul><li>Changing my driving habits daily (tendency to have a lead foot , excessive breaking) </li></ul><ul><li>Making unnecessary stops (coffee, grocery store, post office) </li></ul><ul><li>Leaving my car engine run </li></ul><ul><li>Driving in 4 wheel drive </li></ul><ul><li>Studs on tires </li></ul>
  7. 7. Data Analysis <ul><li>Excel spreadsheet was used to analyze my data </li></ul><ul><li>Mileage (mpg) = miles driven/gallons pumped </li></ul>
  8. 8. My Results <ul><li>Carpooling in my car per day: $2.54 </li></ul><ul><li>Carpooling in Scott’s truck per day: $5.22 </li></ul><ul><li>Money saved by carpooling in my car per day: $2.68 </li></ul><ul><li>Money saved per week: $13.40 </li></ul><ul><li>Money saved per month: $53.20 </li></ul><ul><li>Money saved per year: $478.80 </li></ul><ul><li>*Cost may change depending on gas prices* </li></ul>
  9. 9. Break it Down
  10. 10. Let’s take it a step further…What about the commuters to Anchorage? <ul><li>Everyday 28,223 people from the Mat-Su Valley are committed to commute to their jobs in Anchorage. The average commuter spends $11.30 per day commuting to Anchorage. Per month $226.00 and per year, $2712.00. </li></ul>
  11. 12. Techniques to Adopt <ul><li>Communication: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How often will you carpool? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Where will you meet? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who will you call if you are running late? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Does the driver have full coverage insurance? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How many carpoolers will there be? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Carpool Costs </li></ul><ul><li>Establish Rules: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How long will the driver wait? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Driving safely? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Food and coffee stops along the way? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Food, coffee, smoking, perfume/cologne usage? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Radio choices? </li></ul></ul>
  12. 13. Carpooling Etiquettcy 101 <ul><li>Do get in a habit of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Communicate with your fellow carpoolers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep your vehicle clean and in good condition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Respect all rules the carpoolers have agreed on </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Drive safely at all times </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Don’t get in a habit of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Being late </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Making personal stops </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Talking on cell phone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bringing up controversial topics (politics) </li></ul></ul>
  13. 14. Questions for Later Experimentation <ul><li>How much would my gas mileage improve if I purchased a fuel efficient vehicle (Hybrid)? </li></ul><ul><li>How much could commuters to Anchorage save if their was a transit system? </li></ul>
  14. 15. Conclusion <ul><li>Carpooling has definitely opened my eyes to the money that can be saved. Let’s think about the great good rather than ourselves. The environment will benefit from carpooling because we are reducing our economy’s need for oil. When you can, hitch a ride!!! </li></ul>
  15. 16. References <ul><li>Profile of General Demographic Characteristics 2000: </li></ul><ul><li>Carpool Tips </li></ul>