I've realized something about my blog....you may know that we renovate homes and work like crazy people but other than that I have not talked about much else around here. "LETS GET REAL" will be sort of a mini series that will pop up here and there and I will mostly talk about something unique about myself or Branko so you can get to know us better!
Hope you enjoy!
Us as kids....
One of the most unique things is that we drive our cars on used vegetable oil.
what, what, what.....you say!
When Branko first moved out to the country he knew his gas guzzling car was not going to be affordable any more so he started doing some research and came across the website
The quick story is if you have a diesel car(mainly older models) ours are both 2003 Volkswagen Jetta Wagons that run on Diesel you can purchase a conversion kit from
and install it in your car. A separate tank comes with the kit that is installed in the wheel well usually in the trunk and an on/off/flush switch is provided to install on the dashboard(or where you prefer) ours is installed under the radio where it's hidden. The kit allows you to run your car on both diesel and oil so if you run out of one or the other you always have a back up!
This is what the kit looks like
photo sourced from grease car:
Actually, you always need to have diesel in the car. When you first start your car it needs to run on diesel for at least 1 min before you can switch it to oil. This allows the veggie oil to heat up prior to it running through the hoses. This will prevent anything from clogging as you know when vegetable oil gets cold it will thicken up. Same goes for when you are about to turn the car off for a long period of time. You hit the switch to flush out the oil and then on to diesel for about 30 seconds.
In the summer time when you are running errands, you normally don't have to switch to diesel because the oil always stays warm.
It can work on both automatic or standard cars.
It does not change the effectiveness of your speed.
It burns roughly the same amount as diesel would.
The kit which you order from
cost just over $1500(they were around $1000 when we purchased them). Branko is pretty handy dandy with cars(it's his hobby to work on classic cars) so he was able to learn and install the kit himself. The kit takes about 6 hours to install.
Now of course like anything else there is some extra work to be able to do this, one of things is you must do is filter the oil. Grease car also sells these
so you can filter the oil or you can construct your own.
We have been driving our cars on vegetable oil for over 6 years! We save between the 2 of us at least $10,000 a year on gas!!
Now do we plan on doing this forever, probably not but for now its works and it works well so no point in stopping!
If you take a look at the
website it provides a list of the types of cars that can run on this system. If you have any questions for me feel free to leave them below and I will respond.
Sooooo there you have it! Now whenever I tweet something like "
the squirrels ate through our veggie oil line" (Lynne I bet you can relate to pestering squirrels!!!)
you will know what I'm talking about!
Please keep in mind this post was not sponsored by Grease Car and all opinions and thoughts are my own.