|August 8, 2007|
Saving Money on Fuel Isn't a Magic Trick
Nebraska has seen some of the highest gas prices in the nation this summer. As gas prices rise, so do the number of offers for "gas saving" products. These products can take the form of everything, from pills or powder that you drop into your gas tank, to bottles of "magic potion", to fuel system magnets.
A couple of weeks ago at the Madison County Fair, I saw a booth promoting a gas additive called BioPerformance. Sales representatives claimed that the powder, when added to your fuel tank, reduces pollution and increases fuel efficiency. Their literature alleged the product has been registered with the EPA or has passed EPA evaluations. Registering a product with the EPA does not involve testing or verification of product claims.
In January, a court in Texas ordered BioPerformance to pay $7 million back to consumers for deceptive marketing and operating a pyramid scheme. In a 2006 study, the Environmental Protection Agency tested more than 100 gas-saving devices and not one was found to significantly improve fuel efficiency.
Be extremely cautious if you are considering a gas additive. Always ask the manufacturer for data to prove its claims, and research the product before purchasing it.
You don't have to resort to magic products to save gas money. There are other ways to increase your gas mileage and protect your pocketbook. You can find the following tips and more at the U.S. Department of Energy's web site, http://www.fueleconomy.gov.
A few simple changes in your driving habits is more effective than questionable gas additives.
If you have any questions, contact our Consumer Protection Division toll-free at (800)727-6432 or file a complaint online at http://www.ago.ne.gov.