Which is Better – Premium or Regular Gas?

When you go to the gas station, do you have any idea of what you might be getting when you decide between regular and premium gas?  Which one is best for your vehicle?  Is premium worth the added cost?  Let’s find out.

  • If your vehicle doesn’t recommend premium, then you don’t need it.  Yes, some vehicles will specify premium gas.  The engineers at the auto manufacturer will sometimes prescribe the premium gas because of the fact that there are engines that will work more efficiently with fuel that has a higher octane.  
  • If the owner’s manual for your vehicle does recommend premium gas, there is a reason for it.  Vehicles that need premium gas have engines that are the high compression type or turbo chargers or some other type of high performance aspect.  While not choosing the premium gas will not hurt the engine, you won’t be getting the most in terms of performance when you choose to go with regular gas.
  • Filling your car with premium gas might actually save you when it comes to maintenance costs in the future.  Your vehicle can actually get a build – up of plaque from deposits left by the gas.  While it is true that most of the gas today has detergent type additives in it to keep valves and fuel injectors clean, filling up with premium gas offers more reassurance. 
  • Take your car’s age and weight into consideration when you are making your decision.  If your vehicle is heavier and older and has a high performance engine and you are hearing knocking sounds from the engine, try a tank or two of premium to see if the knocking subsides.

When you have it all figured out, make sure that your car insurance is always up to date.  If you are in the Fort Collins, CO area, contact Alliance Insurance services to make sure that your policy is up to date or to get a new policy altogether.

3 Ways to Recycle an Old Shower Curtain

When most people think about recycling, the first thing that comes to mind is sorting through their household trash to separate the paper from the plastic. But, there is actually more you can do to recycle than sorting your trash. Used, worn-out household items can also be recycled and used for different uses. To help you get started recycling your household items, here are three ways to recycle a worn-out shower curtain.

From Shower Curtain to Tablecloth

It is quick and easy to turn a fabric shower curtain into a one-of-a-kind tablecloth. Shower curtains typically have bright, colorful patterns and they are more durable than a plastic tablecloth. Simple remove the shower curtain from the shower rod and wash it before placing it on your table. A fabric shower curtain can also be cut into smaller pieces to use as covers for end tables or patio tables. Cut the fabric to size and hem any raw edges.

A Colorful Tarp

If you are changing out your current plastic shower curtain for a new one, don’t throw the old one away. Instead, you can use it as a plastic tarp. The colorful plastic can be used to protect your motorcycle, bicycle, car or even the woodpile from the elements.

Staying Dry in the Rain
Instead of throwing out your old plastic shower curtain, wipe it off with soap and water, allow to dry and fold it up to keep in your car in case of unexpected downpours. The plastic is typically thicker than a basic raincoat and it is large enough for two people. Once folded, a shower curtain can be easily tucked into a bag to carry with you to ball games or other outdoor events where you may get caught in a rain storm.

Remember recycling doesn’t always mean sorting through paper and plastic. It simply means you are reusing items that you would normally throw away, so before you throw something in the trash, let your creativity take over and try to find a way to recycle the item into something new and usable.

Residents of Fort Collins, CO don’t forget to contact Alliance Insurance Services to review your current homeowners policy or to start a new policy.