Fuel costs are one of the primary operating expenses for utility fleets. For a lot of people, fuel costs can account for over half of a utility fleet’s operating budget. While this might be a “wake-up call” for fleet managers for any utility fleet, it is for a bigger fleet. Why? Because the bigger the fleet, the faster the fuel costs will add up. If you’re a fleet manager, you know too well that you can’t control the price of your fuel. What you can control is just how much fuel your fleet will use. The smart way is by taking control and ensuring your technicians and trucks to use fuel in a more efficient manner. Read on to learn more!
Stop Any Unnecessary Idling
A lot of utility trucks use high-powered engines that are necessary to drive air, hydraulic, and other types of power needs. Leaving any engines running on the job site when it isn’t necessary can bite into the fuel profitably and economy because engines are able to burn up to 0.9 gallons of fuel every hour. Also, unnecessary idling increases engine maintenance costs and also shortens the engine lift. Combat this by cutting the engine if running isn’t required for the job.
Consider Fuel Efficient Technologies and Equipment
A PTO, or Power Take-Off system uses around 34% more fuel on average to supply air, hydraulic and other types of power needs compared to an APU or auxiliary power unit system. Using APU-type equipment to run air, hydraulics, etc., is a very sure way to reduce any fuel spending. However, you will have to pick wisely to get the greatest ROI. Look for solutions that maximize fuel efficiency, like equipment that automatically shuts off when not being used. One other alternative is to use equipment that matches the engine output to the load.
Partner with Howard Energy, Inc. for Fuel Supply and Services
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At Howard Energy, we fully understand how your business depends on a reliable and steady supply of gasoline and diesel fuel to keep your operations at its peak. As a family-owned, commercial full-service gas and diesel fuel supplier, Howard Energy has been serving companies across Maryland, Washington DC, and Northern VA for over 25 years.
Our team of experts has a thorough knowledge of the petroleum industry to devise commercial and retail fueling solutions. As a result, we use our keen insight to build strong partnerships with commercial trucking, construction, manufacturing companies, and more. Howard Energy is proud to bring our products and services to gas stations, car dealerships, marinas, and beyond – 7 days a week with no surcharge on holidays or weekends.
If you need cost-effective and convenient wholesale fuel and related fuel tank storage or monitoring services, contact us to get started. Call us at 410-647-1500, and visit our website. Stay connected with Howard Energy on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.