1.) Every grey cloud has a silver lining. What’s the bright side to Hurricane Sandy? Lower gas prices for all of us. According to oil analysts, while a few refineries were in the storm’s path and had to shutdown, the storm kept millions of people off the roads saving lots of gas. So while supply dropped by 1.5 million barrels, demand dropped by over 2 million barrels. Plus, with the well over 10,000 cancelled flights, jet fuel demand also fell. An oil industry expect says a large part of our country will see prices moving down, closer to 3 dollars a gallon.
2.) At some point, and some more than others, parents have used the trick of taking their baby out for a car ride to help him or her fall asleep. The baby store chain Mothercare has done a study concluding that the average new parent drives about 1,300 miles a year trying to get their child to sleep. That means they spend an extra about $275 dollars a year on gas getting their baby to sleep. New dads average about 2,000 miles a year, while the average new mom only puts an extra 860 miles on her vehicle.
3.) So exactly how smart is it to have a smartphone? After all, being connected constantly does have a downside. New studies are indicating that having a smartphone extends your workday. Many employees say they check e-mails and take work-related calls after they’ve already left the office. Having that constant access through your smartphone is tacking on about two hours of extra work a day.