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Ouch, the fuel price is out of control!

The authorities in their wisdom seem unable to quote a fixed fuel price which inevitably means certain precautions would be wise.  Motor manufacturers seem to agree on a number of  fuel saving suggestions:-

  • Increase your speed slowly

  • Ensure equal tire pressure

  • Ensure wheel alignment is correctly set

  • Vehicle’s timing plays a significant role

  • Braking should also be a slow speed reducing policy

  • These driving habits will inevitably save on tire wear and tear. 


  • One of my passions were speed and only my own convincing supported the speed reduction, I discovered that If I drive 100 miles at 120 miles per hour it would take me about 1.25 hours if I traveled at 100 miles per hour the trip of 100 miles would have taken just under 2 hours and my fuel saving was approximately 2 Gallons.    

No one was particularly keen to vouch for percentage saving as their excuse is driving habits other than the above point also influence consumption, however, they are all of one accord you will save significantly.

Pricing being out of control is hardly an excuse for utility prices escalating so our only saving can be related to consumption.

I discovered that HP gas used as a water heater gas unit in bathrooms and the kitchen save quite considerably as my consumption was for TV, lights computer and laptops. Safety exterior lighting was connected to a day and night switch and fitted with 5 amp long life bulbs. 

Ths stove solid plates were also exchanged for HP gas and only the oven remained standard use. Our Utility consumption dropped to $61 per month from an average of $123 monthly.

Changing one’s warm water cylinder for a gas operation is not too costly, however, I would fit gas cylinders regardless of the electric geyser and keep the electric one for a backup, disconnected of course.  

While you are using a warm water cylinder I recommend in summer you adjust the temperature setting 46 degrees C which is warm enough and use quite a bit less electricity.

A real utility consumer is one’s electric kettle if you don’t have gas I suggest that you only cook that which you plan to use which will also save quite a bit less electrical consumption.   

Annually I requote my short term insurance at all the larger companies and the differences are quite amazing and I have saved substantial amounts by checking this out.   



This article was written by Guillaume Marais from   2017



Hey…old lady don’t forget the green way of life!

Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment.
The woman apologized and explained, “We didn’t have this green thing back in my earlier days.” The young clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations.”


She was right — our generation didn’t have the green thing in its day.
Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were truly recycled. But we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.
Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags that we reused for numerous things, most memorable besides household garbage bags, was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our schoolbooks.

This was to ensure that public property, (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribbling. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags.

But too bad we didn’t do the green thing back then.
We walked up stairs because we didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building.

We walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks. But she was
right. We didn’t have the green thing in our day.
Back then, we washed the baby’s diapers because we didn’t have the throw-away kind.

We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts — the wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that young lady is right; we didn’t have the green thing back then.

Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house — not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana.
In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us.

When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.
Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that
operate on electricity. But she’s right; we didn’t have the green thing back then.

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But we didn’t have the green thing back then.
Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service.

We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.
But isn’t it sad that the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn’t have the green thing back then?