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« Reply #6075 on: November 18, 2012, 05:59:52 PM »
The battery is recharged by the gas-powered motor any time the motor is running.  If it wasn't you'd have to plug into the house every night so you could run your electronics on the way to work.  But the amount of gas is trivial, probably only a few drops/day. 

A gas engine makes an awful lot of waste heat.  That heat is removed by running the coolant through the radiator.  Heating the inside of your car diverts some of the hot coolant through a "heater core", a small radiator in the air vent line.  If does not use gas. 

The air conditioning gets complicated.  MythBusters (US, cable TV, the Discovery Channel and the Science Channel) has investigated it, but I don't remember the exact results. 

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« Reply #6076 on: November 18, 2012, 06:12:58 PM »
The battery is recharged by the gas-powered motor any time the motor is running.  If it wasn't you'd have to plug into the house every night so you could run your electronics on the way to work.  But the amount of gas is trivial, probably only a few drops/day. 

A gas engine makes an awful lot of waste heat.  That heat is removed by running the coolant through the radiator.  Heating the inside of your car diverts some of the hot coolant through a "heater core", a small radiator in the air vent line.  If does not use gas. 

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But it uses fans, which run on battery power, so a little more gas.

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« Reply #6077 on: November 19, 2012, 08:22:41 AM »
The battery is recharged by the gas-powered motor any time the motor is running.  If it wasn't you'd have to plug into the house every night so you could run your electronics on the way to work.  But the amount of gas is trivial, probably only a few drops/day. 

A gas engine makes an awful lot of waste heat.  That heat is removed by running the coolant through the radiator.  Heating the inside of your car diverts some of the hot coolant through a "heater core", a small radiator in the air vent line.  If does not use gas. 

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But it uses fans, which run on battery power, so a little more gas.

The answer, according to the Mythbusters, is it depends on your speed.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MythBusters_%28season_3%29#AC_vs._Windows_Down

At less than 50 MPH, it's better to use the windows. At greater than 50, the A/C wins.

We are talking, however, about a 5% or so margin. Not enough to break the bank on any individual drive, most likely.

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« Reply #6078 on: November 19, 2012, 09:35:45 AM »
A well tuned car also gets much better gas mileage.  I'd been doing the regular maintenance but I was due for a tune-up.  Once that got done, my mileage improved significantly.
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« Reply #6079 on: November 19, 2012, 12:02:16 PM »
jpcher wrote:

"Does running the air conditioner in your car use more gas? I was always told that this was true."

It does.  The compressor that drives the air conditioner puts load on the engine, and that makes it consume more gas than doing without it.  As others addressed, using the A/C can be more or less efficient than other methods of cooling the car like driving with the windows down, but it'll certainly use more gas than doing nothing.  In older cars, you'll also notice a hit to the horsepower, but newer cars generally use the computer to compensate so you won't notice it as much unless you're driving in mountainous terrain with the A/C running full out.

"What about running the heater?"

This will take less energy than the A/C because it just requires the blower running, since heat just gets taken off the engine.  In most cars the hit to fuel efficiency will be small enough not to be noticeable.

LadyJaneinMD wrote:

"Yes, running the A/C uses considerably more gas than running the heater.  My mpg went way down to 25 and lower over the summer, and back up to 27-28 in the winter."

That's not all on the A/C unit.  In summertime your engine will need to run active cooling a lot more than in the winter, and that eats gas whether you're running the A/C or not.  Active cooling (fan running) versus passive cooling (just the air passing through the radiator and engine compartment) is one of the reasons why stop-and-go driving consumes so much more gas.

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« Reply #6080 on: November 19, 2012, 01:02:52 PM »
Silly question but I was curious (but don't know where to look) as to how long after starting taking the pill (as in the oral contraceptive pill - here just saying 'the pill' will have everyone understand) does the secondary effect in the lines of gaining a size or two of bra/bosom start?
I don't know if it varies between compositions of the pill but since most girls mentions gaining a size or two I was curious.

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« Reply #6081 on: November 19, 2012, 01:07:36 PM »
^  Can't help you.  I never changed.  I was rather well endowed to begin with, though, so maybe that's the difference?
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« Reply #6082 on: November 19, 2012, 01:27:08 PM »
Silly question but I was curious (but don't know where to look) as to how long after starting taking the pill (as in the oral contraceptive pill - here just saying 'the pill' will have everyone understand) does the secondary effect in the lines of gaining a size or two of bra/bosom start?
I don't know if it varies between compositions of the pill but since most girls mentions gaining a size or two I was curious.

Wish that had worked for me! Never saw a change. And I am AA to begin with.

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« Reply #6083 on: November 19, 2012, 01:29:05 PM »
^  Can't help you.  I never changed.  I was rather well endowed to begin with, though, so maybe that's the difference?

Me either.  And I'm average.

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« Reply #6084 on: November 19, 2012, 01:43:52 PM »
New silly question --

Grocery shopping for Tgiving day. When is the best time to do this in order to avoid crowds while making sure your produce is still fresh?

Is Sunday too early? Or will the stores be just as crowded due to working people doing their weekend shopping?

When do you shop?

Try some of those green produce bags - your store probably has them in the produce section.  They really do work!  Then you could shop a week ahead of time and wouldn't have to worry about the produce issue.

Thanks! I did pick up the green produce bags for my fresh herbs.

I went shopping this morning (Monday) at 10:00 a.m. and when I pulled into the parking lot I was pleasantly surprised. There were maybe 6-7 other cars there. No muss, no fuss, clerks that were busily stocking the shelves were very courteous and helpful.

By the time I left the store, the parking lot was full.

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« Reply #6085 on: November 19, 2012, 02:24:13 PM »
Silly question but I was curious (but don't know where to look) as to how long after starting taking the pill (as in the oral contraceptive pill - here just saying 'the pill' will have everyone understand) does the secondary effect in the lines of gaining a size or two of bra/bosom start?
I don't know if it varies between compositions of the pill but since most girls mentions gaining a size or two I was curious.

Never.  And if it does you should talk to your Dr because the pill won't make your boobs actually grow, that would be swelling or bloat aka a negative side effect.  Usually if your breasts go up a size your also get cramps, breast tenderness, nausea and other not so hot side effects (of course symptoms vary from person to person).  If you ever get any physical side effect (welcomed or not) from a drug you should read the drug info insert and speak to your Dr.

(I am not a Dr, but I have been on the pill, various brands, for the better part of 18 years.)

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« Reply #6086 on: November 19, 2012, 02:38:53 PM »
That's weird, I've always heard my friends (a few years ago, I don't have any contact with them nowadays to ask them again) telling me they got a bit bigger from the pill, from what I understood because of the change in hormones, kind off like how some women have more breast after having kids (and keep it).

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« Reply #6087 on: November 19, 2012, 02:52:07 PM »
That's weird, I've always heard my friends (a few years ago, I don't have any contact with them nowadays to ask them again) telling me they got a bit bigger from the pill, from what I understood because of the change in hormones, kind off like how some women have more breast after having kids (and keep it).

To a certain extent, bc pills act by making your body think it's pregnant. So, you do get a bit of a boost, sometimes. But, your body thinks it's about a month pregnant. So, for most people, that's not much of a boost in size.

On a purely anecdotal note, the friends I know who say they went up, also dealt with a lot of other "early pregnancy" symptoms, and often ended up stopping the pills because of them.
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« Reply #6088 on: November 19, 2012, 03:14:00 PM »
That's weird, I've always heard my friends (a few years ago, I don't have any contact with them nowadays to ask them again) telling me they got a bit bigger from the pill, from what I understood because of the change in hormones, kind off like how some women have more breast after having kids (and keep it).

Well a few things.  #1 the pill these days is not the same the same as the pill 5 years ago, which wasn't the same as the pill 10 years ago, which was radically different then the pill 20 years ago.  As medicine advances so do the drugs.

But still some people do get breast swelling, for sure.  But as mentioned its a side effect and usually not isolated.  Usually if they swell (aka grow) they become tender, and usually you might "gain" 5-10 pounds (its generally water weight), and you might feel nauseated (similar to morning sickness).  Sure the big boobs thing sounds great, but its often a sign its the wrong pill (hormone combination/strength) for you. 

Even the people who do ok with the symptoms usually see them in the first 30 days and if they aren't so bad and the woman decides to live with them, they tend to go away after about 3 months anyhow as your body acclimates to the pill.

Really the drug inserts should cover all this (you did read them right?  The pill is wonderful but its also a very serious drug and you should read that insert fully at least 1 year).  Your Dr should have also talked to you about what to expect.

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« Reply #6089 on: November 19, 2012, 03:29:13 PM »
Hormonal birth control pills also vary in their affects on your body. Some brands/versions have higher dosages of the hormones than others, and they all use different formulations (which you or any other individual may respond to differently).

I think it used to be more common for women to take hormonal birth control that had a very high dosage of hormones, because that was what was available (particularly when this form of birth control was new). As more studies have been conducted and the medications themselves have changed, I think there are a lot more low-dose versions of birth control on the market. I've only ever taken pretty low-dose versions, and since they work for me, no doctor has ever suggested I switch to anything with higher doses of hormones.

So personally, I experienced no change. In fact, I experienced no negative side effects at all. The only things that really changed for me were what was supposed to change -- I (mostly) stopped getting cramps, and I stopped having crazy mood swings. Other than that, nothing really changed. I started taking hormonal birth control almost 10 years ago, but the general effect the drug has on me has basically stayed the same.