Week of July 11 to July 17 (Nat'l Avg price $2.234)

Discussion in 'The Daily Grind' started by Gord, Jul 11, 2016.

  1. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    The national average gas price is down again this week, down 3.8¢ to $2.234 - it's now 52.8¢ cheaper than this time last year.
    Diesel declined slighty -0.006¢ at $2.366 now 5.9% dearer than gas but still 46¢ cheaper than this time last year.
  2. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Drove 39.5 miles on various trips in the Jazz/Fit over the weekend at 50.5mpg.
    Borrowed father-in-law's Peugeot 1.6 diesel Station Wagon on Saturday to move middle daughter from University Halls of Residence to new accomodation: 53.8mpg over 48 miles.

    My turn for the grind this week, haven't driven my car since July 3rd :D. 2UP, 59°F, light rain, 16mph head/crosswind WSW:

    FCD 50.4 (adjusted 48.1) / 22.5

    Tank down 0.2 at 49.0 / 137.9 / Range 525 . UG down 0.3 at 50.5 / DTE544

    Lost first pip @ 135 miles
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  3. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Today , 69 deg F(car thermometer) , some tailwind, I think. I was running 24 minutes late to start , so I went a bit faster on the highway (5 MPH) , and had fewer opportunities to glide before the highway. The wind must have helped me a LOT , as I ended up with 73.5 (68.35) MPG for the 34.9 mile trip. Did not drive after getting home from work Saturday. Tank is now at 287.1 miles , 74.4 (69.19) MPG. Rode the bike only 24 miles Sunday , because I needed to get some work done at home.
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  4. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Long weekend of vacation. 3000 miles in the Odyssey. MPG ranging from 22 (headwind, 75 mph, steady rise uphill over the whole tank) to 36 mpg (dropping out of the Rocky mountains into Denver. I mean dropping - in gear because neutral was too fast). We saw endless texas-new mexico flatness, Carlsbad caverns, rode the old steam train from Durango up to Silverton, Arches, high rocky mountains, and then endless kansas-oklahoma-texas flatness.

    My Fit is a zippy little sports car now. :D

    62.8 mpg / 5.9 mi back to work.

    :( we lost a sheep during that time. A young one, and there is NO sign of what happened. Just gone. Fences intact all around. Arrgh.
  5. Die2self

    Die2self Saving more by using less!

    Good to see you back Andrew. Sorry to hear about the Sheep.

    I heard a funny watching the tour de France yesterday as they got to to the last climb and a storm came up and started pounding them with 'huge" hailstones as one of the commentators from England was announcing. The Hail on the screen was pea sized to maybe marble size. While uncomfortable to be hit with these these are not HUGE. If they want to see huge, please come to the mid west during Summer. We can show you some Softball + size hail stones that nothing should be out in it. ;) Good finish to the race though.

    - 63.0 / 13.0 miles (82F h.i.88F SSW@10)
    FCD = 60.8 (+0.5)

    this morning:
    58.2 / 13.1 miles (75F SSE@12) leaving water temp was 75F
    FCD = 60.8 (=)

    2.53 gals converted
    145.9 miles (34400 miles showing on the ODO)
    |F*****|*****E (needle is just now starting to creep on the top of the Full line.
  6. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Oh yeah. The van's no-start issues... Friday I was at Honda to pick up a part the minute they opened, ran home and changed it, then drove the van to work. Drove it home, loaded up all the bags and people, and... no start.


    Started at square one searching for the symptoms. Starter is turning over just fine, the engine just never fires. Then one time it did. I noticed on key-on that time, it made the whirring noise for 3 seconds. The other times it didn't, and didn't start. Fuel pump! Thankfully it was just the relay (PGM-FI) under the dash and not the actual pump under the rear seat and carpet. Called around, O'reilly had one, got it swapped in and on the road at 9pm... with 3 hours drive to go. But it's been a champ ever since and I'm confident it's fully fixed.
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  7. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Nice to hear that it was a relatively cheap fix, Andrew. Yesterday , the stiff headwind on the way home hurt me. 34.2 miles , 66.9(62.22) MPG. Today that same wind helped me : 74 deg F , wind S10. 34.9 miles , 72.8(67.7) MPG. Tonight , scenic route home.
  8. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Great numbers Edwin :cool:
    Sorry to hear about the sheep too Andrew - great news about the van though :)
    HUGE hailstones - ha ha Jason [​IMG]

    Going home last night 2UP, usual busy traffic, didn't make it to the motorway, 65°F:

    42.1 / 20.2

    We had smart electric and natural gas meters installed yesterday at home, I re-set the alarm but put pm instead of am so woke up at the time I usually set off :oops: . Car pooler went on his own so I set off much later than normal - the traffic was horrible - queues everywhere :mad::

    44.0 / 19.8 (Much lower than normal :( )

    Tank down 1.6 at 47.4 (Indicated 49.5) / 177.9 / Range 470 . UG down 1.7 at 48.9 / DTE482
  9. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Thanks about the sheep.

    I ended up replacing a $10 part (no fix), a $200 part (no fix) and then a $50 part that did fix it. The $200 part was worn when I took it apart so it's not a complete loss.

    53.6 / 5.9 - home last night, 100F coolant start
    57.1 / 7 - this morning to work

    Tank is up to 47.7 / 325 mi and nearly down to 1/2.
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  10. Die2self

    Die2self Saving more by using less!

    good to hear that is all fixed now Andrew and you didn't have any more issues while on the trip.
    Gord, been there, done that, not fun to have to rush around. I just leave it on my phone now. SMART meters????o_O

    last night with some strong head winds
    - 64.0 / 13.0 miles (88F h.i 97F, S@19 with coolant start at 92F)
    FCD = 61.1 (+0.3)

    This morning with the start of some rain as T-Storms started to hit the area.
    - 55.5 / 13.1 miles (79F N@15 with headwinds as well)
    FCD = 60.8 (-0.3)

    2.97 gals converted
    171.6 miles
    F>*****|*****E just off the bottom of the Full line.
  11. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Smart meters are a UK Govt initiative :rolleyes:

    Going home on my own last night, detour #2:

    45.0 / 19.5

    Woke up at the correct time this morning so 2UP, 56°F:

    47.1 / 22.5

    Tank down 0.4 at 47.1 (Indicated 49.2) / 219.9 / Range 430 . Guess gauge F_«««|««««E . UG down 0.2 at 48.6 / DTE437

    Still hanging on to pip 7 of 8 on guess gauge.
  12. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    We are slowly but surely implementing smart meters here. But since we have 52 governments , not one , things happen slowly. Yesterday , had a good ( scenic) trip home , with one stop ( Ready Mode) at Target for 10 min. 33.7 miles , 81.6(75.89) MPG. Today , 70 deg F , wind SW4 , 34.9 miles , 73.6(68.45) MPG. Tank is at 424.9 miles , 74.0(68.82) MPG. Scenic route will apply Thursday and Friday , which should make this a good tank ! Paula and I are driving into the city Saturday , so maybe not so good for MPG , but I think I might fill before then.
  13. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Smart Meters. Seems fine, I'd even say useful. As long as they don't have the remote-control "turn off my air for me" option that's been tested in California.

    38.4 / 2.3 - from work to the grocery
    52.6 / 4.2 - to a friend's house for dinner
    55.3 / 9.9 - home, 3 kids in the back
    64.3 / 5.9 - work this morning, 77F

    Tank +0.3 to 48 / 352 mi, just barely above 1/2.
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  14. I've been on a trial T.O.U. plan and meter since June 2013. I'm hoping they let me stay on it now that I don't have the plug in car. They did tell me on the phone earlier this month that they will be swapping out my tou meter with a smart tou meter soon
  15. Die2self

    Die2self Saving more by using less!

    I've not seen those around here. The only ones that I have seen are the digital power meters, but you still need to have your own monitoring hardward/software. Those look like they would be useful, but only to those that actually look them and do something to lower their usage.

    last night:
    64.3 / 13.0 miles (85F h.i 92F S@16, nice head wind :mad:) a bit of a cool one. Start coolant temp was 92F again.
    FCD = 61.1 (+0.4)

    this morning:
    58.8 / 13.1 miles (78F S@14 with a nice tail wind :)) Coolant temp started at 82F
    FCD = 61.1 (=)

    3.39 gals converted
    197.4 miles
    F/****|*****E (not quite to 9/10 yet)
  16. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    I installed some inexpensive power meters that are compatible with Samsung SmartThings. I can get text alerts if certain circuits are using unusually high power.

    I also have the digital power meter at the house power inlet, installed when we needed net metering, but I have not seen any hint that the power company would let me tap into the data. It seems to be for their own exclusive use.
  17. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Going home last night, detour #2, 68°F, dropped car pooler off then small detour to Junior School to see youngest (11) arrive in stretch Hummer for her prom:

    43.1 / 20.5

    To work this morning, 2UP, 57°F. A broken down van blocking a lane reduced one of my glides considerably :(:

    47.1 / 22.5

    Tank down 0.4 at 46.7 / 262.9 / Range 380 . Guess gauge F__««|««««E . UG down 0.5 at 48.1 / DTE387

    Lost pip 7 @ 221 miles
  18. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Today , 68.5 deg F , wind SW9. Since my inbound commute is all east and north , a SW wind is nice. Today it was nice to the tune of 74.3(69.1) MPG for the 34.9 mile trip. Tank is at 493.4 miles , 74.5(69.29) MPG. Yesterday going home . I saw the traffic on I-290 South was pretty grim , so I took the scenic route. 33.5 miles , 80.8(75.14) MPG. Scenic route tonight and Friday night should help this tank , also.
    11 year olds going to prom ? I'm not sure we do that here. But I don't think our middle schools have "proms". Stretch Hummer ? Bad idea in any country !
  19. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Hey, if you're going to do a stretch limo at all, may as well use a tall and wide starting vehicle. Otherwise it's really long and skinny. Any limo is over the top excess anyway, but this is doing it right.

    53.9 / 7.2 - home. Little detour to check on the road work progress that's blocking my normal route. Mounds of dirt, and no road at all.
    67.2 / 5.8 - work

    Tank +0.3 to 48.3 / 365 mi and just below 1/2.
  20. Die2self

    Die2self Saving more by using less!

    prob gets the same MPG in Stretch as it does in regular configuration, but has a larger troop capacity :p
    last night:
    63.9 / 13.0 miles (89F h.i of 100F and winds SW@10, headwind of course) coolant temp started at 95F
    FCD = 61.5 (+0.4)

    this morning:
    56.6 / 13.1 miles (79F E211) with coolant starting at 85F o_O
    FCD = 61.2 (-0.3)

    3.83 gals converted
    223.1 miles

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