Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Op-Ed: Our Land Rover and Volume Plus' Bio-diesel
The Most DH and I share a Land Rover Discovery TDI (1990 model, 4 cylinder, Turbo)*. Last year we began using Bio-diesel fuel available from Volume Plus service stations in our area. Im happy to report that its been working a treat for us.
On the Bio-diesel, we get only 3 kilometres less per litre. I dont think thats too bad given the potential benefits for the planet. It is a harder start in cold weather, given that the bio-diesel is just that little bit less combustible than regular diesel. Again, thats a small price to pay....and oh yes! Price wise its been around the $1.22 AUD a litre mark too - Sweet!
There is another 'benefit' too. Everywhere we go, we spread the scent of a fish and chips shop. Much nicer on the nose than regular exhaust fumes, eh?
What can you do for the environment today?
*Now before anyone gets upset because we drive an SUV type vehicle, hold your fire! Let me repeat the word SHARE...we have chosen to run only one car between us. (Yes, it is inconvenient.) But imagine if more families ran only one car...here in Australia its not uncommon to see five or more cars parked outside each house. More importantly, the fuel economy of our Land Rover is comparable to a Falcon or Commodore. So you cant get me on that one either. Unless you never drive anything other than a bicycle. Thank you.