With the price of crude oil $100, or so, a barrel, the price of motor fuel is being pushed up to new highs. I hope spring arrives soon because I can’t afford to warm up my car in the morning anymore.
We have a one-car garage that shelters my wife’s car from frosty windows. That means my old car is the one to sit out in the cold.
In the morning, I used to go out and start the car then have breakfast. Old Blue would be defrosted and ready to drive when I was fueled and had my coffee.
I figured out that it is less expensive to use an electric space heater to warm up the car and defrost the windows. So, I set one up on the passenger seat with the cord hanging out the window. In the morning, I plug in an extension cord from the heater to an outlet on the porch.
It would be better if I set it up with a timer, but I am afraid the cord might trip the girl who delivers our morning paper. She is reliable and I don’t want to cause a problem for an enterprising young business person. Don’t worry her Dad is driving on the route with her. She just runs the papers to the customer’s door.
The point I am trying to make is that with the high price of fuel we cannot afford to let the car engine run without putting miles on it. When the car is not moving, the engine should be off to save money at the fuel pump.
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