Posted: August 23, 2013 at 3:22 a.m.
DEAR READERS: Saving money is on everyone’s mind these days. Here are hints to improve gas mileage:
Have your car tuned up on a regular basis. Fix any major problems as soon as possible. According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fuel Economy Information, fixing a maintenance problem, like a faulty oxygen sensor, can improve gas mileage up to 40 percent.
Make sure tires are properly inflated for improved gas mileage.
Reduce time spent idling, if possible.
Use the air conditioner only if needed.
Reduce wind resistance. Carry luggage and loads inside the vehicle instead of on the roof.
DEAR HELOISE: I agree with carrying the cellphone charger in my carry-on luggage. Just to add one suggestion: I carry my car charger as well. If we have flight issues, or upon arrival we rent a car or ride in someone else’s car, it is handy to charge my phone or laptop in transit.
- Lisa in Florida
DEAR READER: I thought I was the only one who did this. I don’t rent cars often, but it’s nice to have a backup.
DEAR HELOISE: I read your column asking for hints about using a carabiner. I attached a large carabiner to my porch and hung my hummingbird feeder from it. This makes it easy to put on and take off to clean and refill.
- Bernice S. in New Hampshire
DEAR HELOISE: I noticed that bees and ants clog the feeding vents in hummingbird feeders. Also, the nectar gets very hot in the sun. I suggest that the feeders be filled only a half or a third of the way. Then, once a week, dump the feeder, clean it and refill it. One time in late summer, my feeder was packed with baby yellow jackets that had drowned around the openings.
- Rose B. in Kentucky
DEAR HELOISE: During a recent terrible wind- and rainstorm, I lost all the electrical power to my home. I thought, “Why not use the solar lights out by the walk? They’ll furnish light all night for the bathrooms and stairs.” I brought four in, wrapped their stakes with paper towels and stood them up in tall drinking glasses. The lights shined brightly all night.
- E.K. in Statesville, N.C. Send a money- or time-saving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000; fax to (210) 435-6473; or email Heloise@Heloise.com
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