QUESTION: My husband and I have already cut back on driving, but gas prices are so high we are still having trouble. We’ve seen advertisements for things that can increase our vehicle’s gasoline mileage, but they are expensive too. Are these devices worth the money?
ANSWER: Everyone is looking for new ways to squeeze every mile out of a gallon of gasoline these days. I certainly understand what you are going through. As the cost of gasoline escalates, so too does the price of nearly every other item upon which we depend.
The need to conserve expensive gasoline is not limited to private residents like yourself. Increasingly, government agencies such as police forces and schools that operate vehicles are looking at the same devices and additives only to find out they offer questionable benefits.
Unfortunately, despite the fact that there are more than 100 devices and products designed to increase your car’s performance, a great many of them are scams. In fact, when tested, some of the products currently on the market can actually hurt your vehicle’s performance.
The Federal Trade Commission and the federal Department of Environmental Protection have tested nearly 100 of the most popular products only to find that none offer significant savings.
Additionally, the State Attorney General has called these devices into question by issuing a consumer advisory to warn individuals of possible scams.
Unfortunately, there are no quick solutions to our nation’s energy issues. However, America’s “can-do” spirit and entrepreneurial abilities have always helped us to forge a better future. When we put our efforts and talents to work to tackle a problem, there is little that can stop us.
I am encouraged by the interest in gasoline-saving technologies, because it means Pennsylvanians are looking for ways to conserve energy resources. At the same time, I encourage residents to do their homework before investing in energy-saving technologies.
Consumers who have been affected by scam artists can find help by contacting the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-800-441-2555.
For tips about proven techniques for increasing your vehicle’s fuel efficiency, visit the U.S. Department of Energy online at FuelEconomy.gov.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns about this or another state government-related issue, visit my Web site at RepSonney.com or please contact me at one of my district offices. My staff and I are here to help you.
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Rep. Curt Sonney
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Harrisburg, PA 17120-2004
Rep. Curt Sonney
Pennsylvania House of Representatives