Saturday, August 2, 2008

The Ethanol Experiment

Dutch had a big healthy drink today... and it wasn't petroleum. He's going diet. I filled the ol' boy up with ethanol this morning. Yep, we're trying it on for size. Considering his massive girth and the fact that he doesn't get stellar gas mileage as it is, it's worth a shot. I could appear noble and say that my soul motivation was to protect our enviroment; I could take a more political stance and say that I'm boycotting gasoline companies, but the real reason is moola. It's cheaper. And I'm so open to cheap right now.

So we'll give it a shot and see what happens. It's convenient that one of the two places ethanol is available in Phoenix isn't too far from me. It is rumored to drop my gas mileage a little, but it may be worth it if petrol prices keep climbing. We'll give him a tank or two and see how he runs and then reevaluate. Anybody already hopped on this train? Feedback?

4 comments:

Kari Ann said...

I had no idea that ethanol could be used in place of traditional gasoline fuel in cars. Which leads me to another question; I've been meandering through some of the money saving links on your site and am stunned at the thought of spending as little as $35-$50 a week on groceries. Is that really possible?

Julie said...

Just found your blog from Jaime's. Lots to catch up on, but I skipped around to find the introduction to each of your kids -- remarkable miracles. I'm so happy for you and Denten!

Nick said...

Here's another perspective regarding the energy conundrum and the use of bio-fuels...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/31/AR2008073102824.html

The crux of the article is that while there are many real and / or perceived solutions to the energy problems (i.e. supply / demand, environmental sustainability impacts, national security ,etc.) we cannot help but be subject to the "unintended consequences" of alternative solutions.

Sandi said...

Where can you buy Ethanol? Have you noticed any performance difference? Any other things to work out?