8 Awesome Gas Hacks to Save Your Money

The prices of gas keep fluctuating quite often. They are also generally higher than most utility bills we have to settle regularly. These constant fluctuations, combined with the higher prices, do put some strains on our budgets. They also force us to dig deeper into our pockets so that we can keep driving our cars.

Given the overall significance of cars in our lives, we just have to find a way out of these higher costs. To navigate this situation better, you must equip yourself with some hacks. We have assembled some of the top eight awesome hacks you can make if you ever hope to spend as little as possible on gas.

1. Time your purchase appropriately

Be wise. Gas prices fluctuate from time to time. You should, therefore, time your purchase to coincide with those moments when they go for the least possible amounts. Generally speaking, gas is cheaper in the mornings and weekdays. This is because the demand for gas at such times is generally lower. You should, therefore, make every effort to purchase your supply of gas at such times.

On the contrary, the prices surge on weekends, in festive seasons, and on holidays. This is because the demand for gas is at its peak during these times. You should, therefore, avoid these times as much as possible.

2. Minimize your usage of the car’s internal features and systems

The typical modern car is loaded with tons of features. Among these are built-in radio, screens, music players, speakers, GPRS, Wi-Fi, and indeed, more besides. These features all compete for the meager engine power to operate.

As part of your effort to save money on gas, you may wish to scale down on your usage of these extra features. Switch them as long as possible and only on when you absolutely have to use them.

As a long-term measure, you may also consider substituting those features with other devices. For instance, you may wish to use your phone to play music while driving rather than the car’s built-in audio system. This will see to it that you save some engine power and of course spend less on gas in the process.

3. Drive slowly all the time

Consider reducing your driving speed. Studies upon studies have deduced, almost without exception, that you consume less gas when you drive slower. The logic is simple, the engine burns less fuel at lower speeds than at higher speeds.

Moreover, you also give your engine ample time to completely burn the fuel when you drive slowly as opposed to when you drive at higher speeds. This boosts your engine’s fuel efficiency. It also brings along the accompanying benefit of reducing the costs of gas in the long run.

Bonus Tip: You are strongly urged to drive at speeds below 50 mph. This is quite comfortable and fuel-saving.

4. Turn off the engine when idling

While driving in crowded and congested cities and towns, you will, from time-to-time have to stop, either at a zebra crossing, or when the traffic light is red or you are in a jam. Most motorists leave their engines running at such times. The engine still consumes some amount of fuel at such times. The accumulation of gas used may be devastating, especially if the trend goes on unabated repeatedly for quite some time.

This is why you are strongly urged to turn off your engines whenever you are idle. Doing so curbs the wastage of gas and with it, come greater savings on your part.

5. Inflate your tires

Have you ever attempted to ride bicycles on flat tires? That is exactly what happens when you drive on low tire pressure or flat tires. You require plenty of effort and engine power to generate the needed torque. Such extra effort translates to higher fuel consumption which also means spending more money on the whole.

To prevent this problem, you are advised to inflate your tires at full pressure at all times. Fully-pressured tires give you a smoother ride, require less torque to rotate, are easier to engage, and ultimately demand less money on your part.

Bonus Tip: The recommended pressure for your car’s tires is 30-35 pounds per square inch.

6. Use only the recommended oil

Each car has a corresponding manufacturer’s recommended oil. This is the oil which, in the wisdom of the manufacturer, works best for your car’s engine. You should, therefore, strive as much as possible, to use only this oil at all times. In case it is not available in your area, or you do not have the means to acquire it, settle for the closest variation.

Other than that, there are some factors you have to consider while on the lookout for the right oil for your car. The right one has to contain the API Performance symbol, and must be clearly labeled ‘Energy Conserving.’

7. Tune your engine from time-to-time

With time, the pistons of the engine misalign and become largely ineffective. If, and when this happens, the fuel consumption surges and increases the cost of gas. To solve this problem, you may wish to tune your engine from time-to-time.

This basically entails adjusting and modifying the internal combustion chamber or its control unit. Doing this boosts fuel efficiency, increases its power output, extends its lifespan, and overall performance. It saves you a lot of fuel costs over the course of time. The US Department of Energy postulates that tuning your engine regularly saves you a whopping 4% on fuel costs.

8. Reduce the loads or cargo

Too much cargo on board exerts a lot of pressure on the tires and engine. They subsequently require plenty of effort and rotational force to transport from one point to another. This extra force translates into higher fuel consumption which also means more money on your part.

To bring down your gas costs you might want to reduce the load or cargo on board. Reducing excess cargo achieves the exact opposite. You save gas by burning less fuel to generate the rotational force necessary to transport them from one point to another. This, in turn, requires less money on your part in the form of fuel expenses.

There you have it! You have the luxury to choose from a variety of hacks above to save money on gas. Given that gas costs constitute a significant portion of the household expenses, it is in your best interest to implement these hacks as soon as possible. Why don’t you consider doing so right away?

Understanding Handrail Construction and Terminology

Handrails are one of the features many homes have and in this article we will discuss the terminology you need to learn to communicate with your architect or interior designer. Handrails have three main parts:

The Handrail

The handrail is the part you physically hold onto. Handrails come in a variety of materials such as wood, metal, stone or even glass. There are a few main rules you need to follow when designing the handrails for your home. First the hight for most residential applications is no less than 36 inches and no more than 37 inches high. I general I stick to 36 inches to the top for most residential projects.The second is you want at least 1 1/2 inches of space between the handrail and the wall so your hand can comfortably wrap around it without being caught between the two. Your design options for your handrail are endless combinations that can give your home the feel you want.

Posts are what secure the handrail to the stairs. These are where the strength of the handrails come from. Posts come in many material types and styles. Most common post types are wood and metal but stone, glass and other materials can also be used. As a general rule you want your posts to be able to handle at least 200 lbs of side force to keep up to building codes. Be warned there are posts being sold that are decorative and do not support the minimum weight requirements.

Balusters are what fill the space between the handrail, posts and the stairs. They also go by the names of spindles and pickets depending on the railing type and use. There are many styles and options available depending on the home style you want to create. Some material options are wood, metal and glass on most stair cases. Balusters typically run vertically with the posts but modern designs have them going horizontally and in many direction in the case of architectural iron balusters. As a rule of thumb you want the spacing of the balusters to be tight enough that a 4 3/8 inch ball cannot pass through the spaces so that a small child cannot slip through.

Hopefully this article has given you a grasp of the terminology your designer or contractor will use. Now that you know what the parts are named you should easily communicate your ideas.

Rustic Modern Interiors and Furniture

The rustic-modern interior trend is a welcome change from vintage rustic taking a break from the fussiness about aesthetics. Rustic exposed unfinished beams and brick walls with natural wood or stone floors furnished with antique furniture and natural fabrics. That’s a style I enjoy exploring.

Incorporating rustic elements into our homes in a casually sophisticated ways such as using an antique door as a headboard. The key here is the display. Open up the doors so that the two door panels hand on either side of the frame and hang a beautiful iron lantern to complete the design. Simple iron nightstands and a long trunk at the end of the bed with hand woven artisan crafted bed linen. The idea is to be understated. Rustic patina mirrors sit over a long dresser with a contemporary modern chair defines the look.

Salvaged arches make phenomenal floor mirrors mix with plush upholstery, industrial chairs, and lots of vintage white. The reclaimed old door coffee table and fire console give the right amount of texture to an otherwise modernistic room. A bright yellow carved armoire against the white wall gives the pop of color. Rustic furniture mixed with modern functional chairs with clean lines gives the sophisticated edge. Sophisticated design mixes with a rustic white door dining table and leather chairs.

The kitchen is more towards a rustic industrial style with steel framed windows. White paint and granite counters keep the modern edge contrasting with an antique tribal carved Damchia which has been converted into an island making the piece more functional.

Fresh yet worn with the tender love of family get togethers the daybed sits in the corner. Use soft colors in the powder blue and iced violet spectrum and keep the level of distressing on cabinets soft. No curtains on the windows give a feeling of open space

The bathroom vanity is made from old beat up doors sideboard with a granite top and vessel sinks. Pendant lights and plain glass showers with marble tiles wall to wall give the bathroom understated sophisticated modern rustic elegance.

The library has a huge carved antique bone table with white upholstered armchairs and a bench on the other side. Modern bookshelves line the wall which is packed with classics and encyclopedias. The main wall is dedicated to family pictures framed in old carved wood and burnished brass. Nostalgic and vintage yet modern, comfort is the key element in this design.