Letter to the Editor: Better efficiency lowers fuel costs

Editor:

I have fond memories of gas being less than half of what it is right now.

I think it was inevitable that fuel prices would skyrocket, just like utility rates.

Either there is a supply shock (real or artificial), or government needs more taxes to fund roads or general services.

I currently live in Flatlander country, and my idea of “off-road” is driving once a year on a gravel road.

I have no desire for and no need for a large pickup or SUV. In a dense urban environment, they are more a liability than an asset. Try parking one and you’ll see.

I was one of the first in my area to get a 2004 Toyota Prius. The contrast from SUV to hatchback is amazing, not the very least of which is five to six times the fuel economy.

Don’t just look at your car, however. In your home, compact fluorescent lights can dramatically reduce your power consumption and heat.

Consider a front-loading washer when the old one dies.

As far as the HVAC, have you sealed and insulated the ductwork? Are the outside A/C condenser fins clean?

And shading on the south and west windows?

Jerry Korman

Alumnus

Winnipeg, Manitoba