Does air conditioning affect your gas mileage?

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The heat wave is currently falling on southern Quebec and all are trying by various means to keep cool. Turning on the air conditioning when we travel by car is certainly one of the most accessible solutions if your vehicle is equipped with such a system.

However, the repercussions of such an action are not negligible.

Indeed, the use of air conditioning affects upward fuel consumption. According to a statement issued by Natural Resources Canada , operating air conditioning while driving can increase fuel consumption by 20%. The percentage varies according to a multitude of factors: the volume of the passenger compartment, the outside temperature, the requested interior temperature, the insulation of the vehicle, etc.

This rise in consumption obviously turns into a saltier bill. In the case of a motorist who travels an average of 14,000 kilometers per year, it will cost him an additional $ 1,526 over a ten-year period if his vehicle consumes an additional 1 L / 100km. 

Everything was studied in 2016 when the liter of gas was selling for $ 1.09.

But that’s not all. In addition to increasing the bill at the pump, the use of air conditioning during our travels also has an impact on our ecological footprint. For the same use as mentioned above, 3,220 kg of CO2 are emitted over a period of ten years.

Since not everyone can benefit from air conditioning in cars, we have listed eight things to survive without it . 

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