Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Warm weather, better mileage

Global Warming is here, that's for sure.  We hit 80 degrees this week in Chapel Hill.  People are wearing shorts everywhere!  It felt like a Spring day at the beach today.

During our recent cold snap, my mileage tanked (pun intended).  I am ashamed to say I averaged 42mpg on that tank and only got a 440 mile range.  Now, with the warmer weather, I'm finding it much easier to stay over 51mpg.  I also haven't run my heater for the past few days (though it was tempting to start the air conditioner tonight - it's nearly 80 degrees even as I write this on the top floor of my house.

Maybe we'll eventually hit a sort of steady state with Global Warming.  As it warms up, we use less energy, which slows down the warming.  Wouldn't it be great if it was just always 75 degrees with a light breeze? 

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