Saturday, 28 June 2008

LPG GAS 101 THE BASICS - its all about the money

Why are you doing this? Are you some sort of green nut?

Last time I checked I didn’t look like a pistachio but I have been getting increasingly concerned at the rising cost of fuel. So I got my calculator and my handy interweb connection out and did some sums ( yes I know I am rubbish at maths and most 12 year olds are better at it than me but hey this is pretty simple stay with me on this).

It’s all about the money
I work for a well known Charity and frankly I don’t want to move closer to home to find another job but the charity probably isn’t going to be able to afford to help pay more for my fuel to get to work 'cos the economy is in the doldrums right now. So I was stuck in a quandary about liking my job and not wanting to move and the fact that I need to travel to get there.

OK for all you maths graduates – this is pretty rough fag packet but conservative estimate on the savings I will make.

I do 90 miles a day which is costing me £12.27 to get to work and back each day – that’s £61.34per week. (that’s assuming I do 400 miles on a tank using up about 47 litres a time at a cost of approx £1.16 per litre) this is the absolute best mileage I can get out of my tank driving at 55- 65 miles an hour keeping the revs steady at 3000 rpm.

The average price of LPG is currently 57p per litre. According to the average savings for a week on a handy chart I found
here I could be saving up to about £25.36 a week in savings over petrol that’s a 40% saving per week on the best mileage I can get on my current vehicle a 1.6 Litre Toyota Corolla.

So my current yearly fuel costs are a shade under £3000 (if I drive slowly and I don’t always do that!) If I can get a 40% saving on my fuel costs I could save up to £1200 in a year (£100 a month)!

Say it costs me £1800 to get the car converted - In the worst case scenario I will basically get the cost of the conversion back in savings in 18 months.

Given that I will do some other mileage on the car trips to the shops, some long distance to visit friends, I am pretty sure I’ll make it back to break even in 15 months.

Doh!!! Should have done the conversion years ago!

Friday, 27 June 2008

LPG gas a new frontier - Why I have started this Blog

A world gone crazy on oil

It seems that the world has gone crazy - Oil has hit stupid prices and inflation is going up. Frankly I have had enough of trying to make my petrol last by going at 55 miles per hour sitting behind lorries and generally getting depressed about motoring. I have not got the spare cash to waste burning it out of my exhaust.

Driving to work is getting silly

The drive to work is getting unsustainable and I thought about getting a new job but I quite like my current job and moving house is not an option due to personal circumstances and anyway the housing market in the UK is so rubbish I wouldn't be able to sell right now. I thought about getting a diesel car - but that is not going to work out given that diesel is now costing way more than petrol and is not going to deliver much in terms of savings.

LPG a new frontier?
I have decided to embark on a new frontier Liquid Petroleum Gas. For now the tax grabbing government of the UK seem to be leaving this fuel alone and the prices are about half that of petrol and more than that of diesel. I only hope that the price of this fuel will keep within reasonable limits before I have to get a horse and cart. Steptoe and Son come back all is forgiven me old muckker.

What I am doing about the OIL Crisis
I have decided to convert my existing car to LPG, document the process and let people know how I get on. In fact I have been so taken with it I am also getting a second car for my wife to use ( yes I know 2 cars are worse than 1 ) but life will not operate with only 1 car in our family right now.

So by the end of July 2008 I should be running my mini fleet of 2 cars on LPG

So the posts in this blog will hopefully give people some encouragement to have a crack and get their car converted and in the process use a fuel which could burn cleaner than petrol and diesel and deliver some savings in what seems to be a crazy world right now.

The next post will be about how I came to the decision the pros and cons and the links, information and so on that helped me get this far.

Take care campers.