The fast and the efficient

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  1. nsaspook

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  2. strantor

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    According to this article we're getting more for our money despite the cost of vehicles going up. Not sure if that really applies to pickup trucks though (esp. Ford); they seem to be approaching the cost of a house.
     
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    Right now, I own a car that, when it was new, 12 years ago, cost 20% more than I paid for my house 40 years ago.
    The house was worth a mortgage to me. A car never will be. Good thing I can repair both of them.;)
     
  4. tcmtech

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    Personally I am both amazed and a bit off put by the overall technology.

    Doubling the fuel economy form 40 years ago sounds like an impressive engineering feat but the thing is 40 years ago the first emission compliant engines were about half as efficient as most any decent common pre emission engine.
    I and my family have owned a number of 1950's - 1970's farm trucks that to be honest despite being big slow heavy hauling vehicles have always impressed me with their fuel economy numbers despite their age and workloads. Impressive enough to say that our early 1970's Ford F600 grain truck with the 330 Ford industrial engine despite being used for hauling gravel from town and tipping the scales at 24 - 26,000 #'s loaded and begin driven 55 - 60 MPH typically runs within 1 MPG or less of my 99 Ford F250 in the exact same trip despite weighing 1/3 as much and being way more aerodynamic.

    Now as for doing that trip with the 99 Ford while pulling a trailer and loaded to ~18,000 #'s the old grain truck will beat it up and take its lunch money on fuel economy numbers any day of the week. (hence the reason I run it on propane.) :mad:
     
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  5. nsaspook

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    Looks like it's not just cars.
    https://energyathaas.wordpress.com/...decline-in-electricity-use-by-u-s-households/
     
  6. tcmtech

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    Yep. Despite my increase in high powered shop equipment over the years my overall power consumption has dropped by a good 1/4 - 1/3 thanks largely to switching to CFLs then onto LED lighting.

    Compared to my lighting power consumption 10 years ago I now light my whole house up brighter with less power than I once used to light one bedroom. ;)
     
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  7. GopherT

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    Those government mandates are terrible - how could they overstep their authority and ban the incandescent bulb! Terrible.
     
  8. tcmtech

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    They can mandate whatever they want. I however will only comply with what I find gainfully suitable to my wants and needs.
     
  9. Motanache

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    This is not good. Are our generation healthier than our grandparents' generation or not?


    The power of the engines has increased because they have to sell something new. To say they have innovated.They have to make you give up the old car and buy another one.

    It's pretty much the same thing with the processors. Because they have reached a higher limit of speed, they went to dual core, quad core, octa-core and so on
     
  10. JoeJester

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    Don't worry. They will start looking for ways to replenish the income lost due to banning the incandescent.
     
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