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Old 12-25-2008, 10:51 PM   #37
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I simply cannot understand not using the AC and being uncomfortable to save a minuscule amount of money on gas, ESPECIALLY with current prices at about $1.60 a gallon.

I drive about 350 miles a week and with current prices, it costs me only about $15 a week fueling the Yaris. Turning the AC off (although not using it right now in December of course), would save maybe $.50 a week. Um, what's the point especially when discomfort is the main result? Do we really need that extra piece of gum?
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Old 12-26-2008, 12:10 PM   #38
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I simply cannot understand not using the AC and being uncomfortable to save a minuscule amount of money on gas, ESPECIALLY with current prices at about $1.60 a gallon.

I drive about 350 miles a week and with current prices, it costs me only about $15 a week fueling the Yaris. Turning the AC off (although not using it right now in December of course), would save maybe $.50 a week. Um, what's the point especially when discomfort is the main result? Do we really need that extra piece of gum?
You also have a fairly efficient car, so your savings for not using the A/C wouldn't be as large as if you were driving a truck or something, but using the A/C does cost you about 10% of your FE.

I'm sure I waste in areas which others can't understand, but whenever I learn how to lessen my areas of waste, I will try my best to put those more efficient methods into practice. For me, not using the A/C in the summer means a 15% improvement in FE and one extra day between visits to the pump.

It's also my experience that if you willingly waste a little in one area you find it easier to waste on other little things and that over time can really add up.
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Old 12-27-2008, 11:30 AM   #39
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It depends on where you live. In Texas, you must use the AC in the summer. Hell today its already 74 outside and its only 9:45 in the morning. So I'll be using the AC when I go to the Wal-Marts today!
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Old 07-11-2017, 04:33 AM   #40
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You could also only drive when it doesn't rain so you don't need wipers or, better, live up a hill so don't need to use the battery to start or for the first few hundred yards. And never drive at night in case you need to use the headlights (btw, I knew someone who did this - seriously)
Better still - sell your car and walk!
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Old 07-11-2017, 05:19 PM   #41
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I don't know how y'all people get 45 mpg. I get around 34mpg with my 5 speed. I'm thinking y'all drive very slow??
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Old 07-11-2017, 08:19 PM   #42
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I don't know why the @$&# this thread got woken up after 9 years.

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Old 07-11-2017, 09:17 PM   #43
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so what changed about hypermiling or sceh's 2004 Yaris in those 9 years?
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Old 08-25-2017, 11:03 AM   #44
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I love a/c.
Couldn't care what it costs me to be comfortable.
I have to agree, the few pennies it costs to run A/C is way better than cooking to death or having to smell stinky cars around you in traffic. I won't even look at a car for purchase unless it has A/C.
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Old 08-25-2017, 10:56 PM   #45
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Why not just turn on AC as you're going down steep hills while in gear? You're gonna need to keep tapping the brakes anyways to slow down, minus well use the drag created by the AC to slow you down.
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Old 09-07-2019, 09:25 PM   #46
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Why not just turn on AC as you're going down steep hills while in gear? You're gonna need to keep tapping the brakes anyways to slow down, minus well use the drag created by the AC to slow you down.
Engine braking itself is enough.

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