TIPS FOR CONSERVATION OF PETROLEUM PRODUCTS AT HOME
Customers are recommended a switchover to Nutan gas stove or Nutan wick stove developed by Indian Oil and aimed at fuel conservation.
* While cooking, use wide bottom vessels with covers.
* Allow food articles, taken out of the refrigerators to attain room temperature before cooking them.
* Soak cereals and dais for sometime before cooking. This reduces the cooking time as well as the fuel consumption.
* Use just sufficient water for cooking.
* Pressure cookers, used with separators, lead to substantial fuel saving.
* Reduce flame by bringing the burner knob to the simmer position, as soon as the water starts boiling.
* Try to eat together, to avoid repeated warming of food. This not only saves fuel, but also preserves the nutritional value of food.
* Light the flame only after all preparations have been made, and the vessel is ready to be put on the stove.
* Use hot water from solar water heaters for cooking if the facility is available.
* Try to use a solar cooker, if facility and time permit.
* In the rural sector, use of gobar gas plants, would be an excellent fuel conserving technique.
* If feasible, the use of electric hot plates could also be a fuel-saving tip.
Kerosene for illumination
* Once again a switch-over to Nutan Hurricane Lanterns developed by Indian Oil, both for better illumination & fuel conservation, is recommended.
* Also recommended, is the use of electric lamps or solar lanterns, if feasible.
TIPS FOR CONSERVATION OF PETROLEUM PRODUCTS ON ROAD
* The first rule of fuel conservation would be to travel judiciously and curtail wasteful driving.
* Wherever possible, available and convenient, use public transport instead of using your personal transport.
* Matching the size of the vehicle to your need, would also go a long way in conserving fuel. For instance if you have the option of a personal car and a scooter, then use the scooter when only two persons have to travel, and the car if more persons have to travel or heavy luggage needs to be transported.
* Car pooling to work, will not only conserve fuel, but will also improve social relations with your colleagues.
* Following traffic signals will avoid traffic jams and reduce lower gear driving and idling.
* As far as possible, avoid idling the vehicle, be it a car, scooter or any other mechanised transport.
* The criteria for choosing the vehicle you are going to buy, should be its fuel efficiency.
* There is no substitute for timely attention, servicing and tuning of the vehicle in fuel conservation and emission control. This should include checking injectors and spark plugs, correct tyre pressure, regreasing, topping up or renewal of lubricants for engine and gear boxes.
* The use of quality lubricant is extremely important. There should not be any compromise on this aspect.
* Correct driving habits are important for conservation. Try to avoid sudden speeding, braking, stopping, clutch riding, idling, over-speeding and over-loading.
* Have your vehicle checked for emission control regularly - not only because defaulters ate fined, but because it leads to fuel conservation and pollution control, which as citizens of India, is our moral duty.It is time we inculcate these measures to become a part of our daily routines. Only by practising and preaching these conservation tips can we think of future progress. Given the difficult times ahead, it becomes our responsibility to spread this awareness, particularly amongst it the youth, who will be the citizens of tomorrow. Good habits taught early, will salvage the oil shortage to a great extent.