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Petrol/diesel diet challenge – official MSE discussion

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MSE_Kelvin
MSE_Kelvin Posts: 349 MSE Staff
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edited 17 January 2022 at 11:14AM in Motoring
Hello there,

Sadly, after almost 12 years of active service, the original Petrol/diesel diet challenge thread is now closed, so I've created a new one here, which is specifically to share tips to help cut annual fuel spend and track savings, and hopefully inspire others to do the same. Here's how it works...

What it's all about

Petrol and diesel prices are prohibitive, yet there are ways to cut the cost. The power of the MSE Forum has seen people work together to get debt free, pay off mortgages, save more, deal with dodgy builders and much more, and it can also help tackle fuel costs.

What to do

Tell us about your car, the journeys you regularly make and what you're going to do to save. Use the forum as a place to diarise your costs and techniques to cut the cost, read what others are doing and share tips.

How to get started
  • Step 1: Make your car more fuel-efficient. Pumping up tyres, turning off air-con and detaching empty roof racks can reduce fuel consumption. See our car fuel-efficiency checklist.
  • Step 2: Drive more smoothly. Combined with the tips above, accelerating gradually and slowing naturally (when it's safe to do so) can save up to 30% on fuel costs. See our smooth driving tips.
  • Step 3: Find the cheapest fuel in your area. Using a handy free online tool, you can track down the cheapest forecourt in your location. See our cheap fuel finding tips.
Now let the diet commence
Cheers,

MSE Kelvin :)
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  • ElefantEd
    ElefantEd Posts: 1,196 Forumite
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    Step 4. Get an electric car, petrol costs disappear!
  • Norman_Castle
    Norman_Castle Posts: 11,871 Forumite
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    Drive less, combine journeys.
  • ontheroad1970
    ontheroad1970 Posts: 1,631 Forumite
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    edited 17 January 2022 at 12:29PM
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    Turning off air con can be a false economy.  Air con repair costs anyone?
  • Grey_Critic
    Grey_Critic Posts: 1,338 Forumite
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    Get rid of E10 and bring back E5.
  • Grumpy_chap
    Grumpy_chap Posts: 15,170 Forumite
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    After 12-years of the previous thread, surely the new thread to replace that needs to take a broader remit to include EV energy?  It needs to be "car driving energy diet", not juts "petrol / diesel diet".
  • motorguy
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    After 12-years of the previous thread, surely the new thread to replace that needs to take a broader remit to include EV energy?  It needs to be "car driving energy diet", not juts "petrol / diesel diet".
    Then it would need to be a separate thread would it not?

    Having a thread whereby people are giving hints and tips on saving on electric costs for their electric cars shouldnt really be interespersed with petrol / diesel hints and tips, surely?


  • Jenni_D
    Jenni_D Posts: 5,124 Forumite
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    edited 17 January 2022 at 12:01PM
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    But after 12 years of a previous thread, can there really be any new tips now for petrol/diesel vehicles?

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    Jenni x
  • JJ_Egan
    JJ_Egan Posts: 20,281 Forumite
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    Step 2 is the one that so many ignore , did 12 years ago and probably in another 12 .
  • born_again
    born_again Posts: 15,113 Forumite
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    Turning off air con can be a false economy.  Air con repair costs anyone?

    Most A/C are now electrically driven so have zero effect on MPG
    Life in the slow lane
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