A Voice Crying in the Fuel-derness

A Voice Crying in the Fuel-derness

The lady at the counter held six red bottles of isopropyl alcohol gas-line antifreeze in her arms. The guy in line behind her shifted his jug of milk and grabbed two bottles of his own from the store display. At $2.19, this gas station had another $17.52 in sales. That’s equivalent to $2.80 per gallon (plus sales tax). “They’re selling ice to Eskimos,” I mumbled under my breath. The purveyors of these products promise the little bottles will provide all sorts of benefits to your car’s fuel and engine. What the good customers at the checkout don’t understand is virtually […]

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Left Socks & Perceptions

For Christmas, I received a big pack of nice winter socks, the extra-thick ones. Each pair comes with a right and left, cut to fit each foot. They’re comfortable and feel great after a long day. Over the first cold weeks of January, I’ve reached for those socks. On the third day, I noticed the first one I grabbed from the drawer each morning had been the “L” sock. By Friday, I made a mental note that I was five for five on getting a left sock first. The following Monday I grabbed a left sock from the dryer and […]

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Want to Save Energy and Money? There’s a Day for That.

January 10th is National Cut Your Energy Costs Day. It was established to encourage people to explore their options to save both energy AND money. Here in Minnesota, one easy way to do that is to select an ethanol blend at the pump. E15, which is better known as 88 octane gasoline, has a little more ethanol than traditional gasoline, and is approved for use in vehicles model year 2001 or newer. Almost always priced lower than regular unleaded, 88 octane gasoline is available at hundreds of stations in Minnesota. Does your vehicle have a flex fuel engine? If so, […]

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Snow and air quality get dirtier as winter settles in, but ethanol blends can help.

Do you think the air is cleaner in the summer or winter here in Minnesota? You might be surprised. If you’re stuck in an overcrowded city in the middle of a hot and humid summer day with cars whizzing by, you might think the air you’re breathing is less than desirable (and it is). But winter days in Minnesota can sometimes actually have worse air quality. This is due to a little thing called temperature inversion. Temperature Inversion Basically, during cold, calm winter nights, warm air escaping the earth gets trapped between different layers of cool air in the atmosphere. […]

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