Midcoast Green Collaborative Forum

May 31, 2008

Sustainability Post #14 — Improving Gas Mileage

Filed under: Information — Tags: , — Topher @ 1:49 pm

The other day, I spent 99 cents to improve my gas mileage. I bought a credit card sized calculator, at Big Al’s, to live in my car and compute gas mileage (divide miles traveled since last fill up by gallons filled) on each fill up, right then and there. I already record miles driven, gas, price, etc. and compute MPG when I enter all that into my financial records. But by that time it is too late to remember where and how I drove.

Not as great as an instantaneous reading, but a way to encourage awareness.

— Topher



  1. If you want to take this to the next (geek) step, then you need to get a ScanGauge II. This little $140.00 unit will give you every statistic you can imagine concerning your vehicles performance: MPG, gal./mile, $/mile, MPH, RPM etc. all in real time. It plugs into the OBDII jack in your car (On Board Diagnostics). All vehicles since 1996 have this connector under the dash somewhere that repair places use to diagnose vehicle problems. The ScanGaugeII will do this too.

    I have one and it is proving to be very helpful in learning how to drive to optimize fuel consumption with my new Ford Escape Hybrid.


    Comment by Guy Marsden — May 31, 2008 @ 7:57 pm

  2. LOL….I’ve been doing the same thing, and it certainly has risen my awareness (and blood pressure, but that’s a different story for a different time).

    Comment by Laurie — June 2, 2008 @ 2:51 pm

  3. It is on my wish list.

    Can you tell a bit more about what it tells you, and how you can best use it?


    Comment by Topher — June 6, 2008 @ 1:51 pm

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