Now that the oil companies have found the perfect excuse to raise their prices, I am looking for the perfect excuse to lower the gas I use in my car. I live in Texas, where 99.9% of drivers keep their car windows closed due to the heat. Can I reduce my car’s gas consumption by raising the temperature control to a higher setting? My thought is that a higher setting will result in the AC compressor running less frequently, resulting in less strain on the motor and less gas used. Is this wishful thinking on my part?