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# How to Estimate the Fuel Portion of Your Utility Bill

The fuel portion of your utility bill includes more than the commodity cost. In addition to the commodity cost, utility companies have additional costs directly related to delivering natural gas or electricity to the distribution system, such as transport, storage, and reservation fees. These costs are typically not reflected on your bill, but must be passed on to ratepayers. You can monitor fuel review cases and energy cases currently in the Commission’s docket by visiting the Commission’s Energy and PUD Reports page.

## Calculating the fuel portion of a business trip

Using current gas prices is a good way to estimate the fuel portion of a business trip. This gives a reliable approximation of the total cost. To obtain this average national gas price, contact AAA or your local gasoline station. Take note of the price, and then estimate the fuel portion based on that information. You should also keep a running tab of your company’s CO2 emissions, as this is an important consideration when putting together a mitigation strategy.

## Calculating a fuel surcharge

Typically, a fuel surcharge is calculated using three factors: the base fuel price, the mileage, and the interval at which the current fuel price is measured. If the fuel cost is 28.6 cents per mile, then the surcharge is calculated as follows: current price minus base fuel price multiplied by 6 milliliters. Some carriers use the DOE average, while others use the Petroleum Administration for Defense District, which divides the nation into five different districts.

If you are leasing a truck, calculating a fuel surcharge based on the fuel portion is easier than you may think. You can use an online calculator to determine how much your company will charge based on your fuel mileage and cost per gallon. If you are self-employed and use your own vehicle, the fuel surcharge will be based on your rate of mileage and cost per gallon.
Calculating the fuel portion for a plug-in hybrid vehicle

If you’re considering a plug-in hybrid vehicle, you’ll want to use the plug-in hybrid calculator to find out exactly how much fuel it will cost you a month. While this kind of car can save you money on fuel, the initial investment is still a major one. In addition, the battery in a plug-in hybrid vehicle will last for just a few miles. The battery will not last very long, so you won’t see much of a difference in your real-world MPG.

For a plug-in hybrid vehicle, there are two types of propulsion systems: electric and internal combustion. The MPG for a plug-in hybrid vehicle will vary based on its drive cycle, powertrain architecture, and other variables. It’s impossible to quantify all aspects of a plug-in hybrid’s efficiency. It’s also impossible to determine how much fuel a plug-in hybrid will consume in charge-depleting mode, which consumes a small percentage of fuel. Furthermore, vehicle calibrations can vary due to thermal effects and slight variations in test conditions.