Since April, gas prices have soared to nearly double the national yearly average, going so far as topping off at a record high of $5 in mid-June. Spurred on by a perfect storm of post-pandemic travel numbers, incoming vacation season, and major world events in the east, the average price per gallon has risen over 50% from its price at the end of 2021.
Unfortunately, for the average consumer, there’s not much one can do to avoid painful pump prices. Aside from choosing a compact, hybrid, or electric car, the average American feels powerless to reduce fuel costs. Sure, one can decrease consumption by avoiding unnecessary travel, but what can you do to minimize your gas expenses?
Believe it or not, owning a metal building is an unexpected way to reduce fuel consumption. Want to know how? Take a look below as we dive deeper into ways that steel carports, garages, and metal buildings can improve your gas mileage and cut back your weekly fuel costs.
As we’ve mentioned, there is no magic wand that can reduce gas prices or fuel needs. But there are several ways you can minimally affect your gas consumption. While small, these adjustments can add to significant savings with enough vigilance.
If you’ve ever refueled your vehicle and noticed your gas cap hiss when removed, you’re witnessing the evaporation of gas in your fuel tank. This is caused by heat and sunlight during the hotter parts of the day and can cause quite a bit of lost fuel efficiency. In fact, it can result in the loss of roughly a liter of fuel per week!
But by storing your vehicle in the shade of a carport or metal building, you can minimize this natural occurrence and save money in the process.
A tremendous amount of energy and fuel is wasted each time you’re forced to cool the broiling interior of your car. Instead of wasting 10-15 minutes of gasoline to bring your vehicle down to an acceptable temperature, why not store it in a building that can keep it naturally cool? Steel structures are a perfect way to ensure your vehicle remains comfortable no matter the time of day.
As fuel costs rise, so does criminal activity! During high gas prices, some individuals may choose to steal gasoline from other citizens rather than pay exorbitant fuel prices. Currently, gasoline theft is on the rise, but by storing your vehicle in a secure metal building, you can rest soundly knowing your vehicle and the gas inside it is safe.
Repairing and maintaining your vehicle in an enclosed metal garage or steel building is a great way to ensure it gets the most out of its fuel economy. Minute adjustments like keeping your tires at optimal tread and pressure, ensuring that your oil is regularly changed and that all fluids have been topped off can make a tremendous difference in your overall fuel consumption.
Believe it or not, metal buildings can save you quite a bit of money throughout your life. Let’s talk about how:
Steel buildings can be built at a fraction of the cost compared to similar-sized wooden alternatives.
Not only are they more affordable, but steel buildings can also be built much quicker than other options. For example, where a wooden building might take weeks to build, a steel building can be erected in days.
Did you know that most insurance providers base their rates on the relative risk of a particular structure type? And since steel is stronger and far more fire resistant than wood, policies on them tend to be far less expensive.
Properly certified structures are typically added to the appraisal value of properties when it comes time to sell, effectively adding value to your home and land.
Wooden structures are notorious for decay, rot, mold, mildew, and many other naturally occurring elemental hazards. But steel buildings are engineered to be resistant to moisture infiltration, mold, rust, pests, and even fires up to 1,200 degrees. As such, you’ll spend far less time repairing and maintaining your steel structure, effectively saving your money before, during, and long after its construction.
If you’re an avid DIYer or simply handy with a hammer, you can always purchase our metal carport kits. These kits come with everything you’d find in a traditional metal building, except you install it yourself for a discount! Not only can you save time waiting for an installation crew by doing it all yourself, but you can also save money in the process!
No matter where you call home, you can trust Steel Carports to offer an enormous selection of prefab steel carports, metal garages, and barns for any purpose or application.
Not only do we offer incredible steel garage prices, but we also have a fantastic financing program and rent-to-own option that puts you in the driver’s seat of your own flexible payment structure so that everyone can find a payment plan that works for their budget.
So, if you’ve been eyeballing a way to improve your gas mileage while protecting your vehicle and your most valuable possessions, you’ve come to the right spot. Give us a call today at (833) 647-8335 and let our team of building experts help you design and customize a structure that works for you!