Gas prices are on the rise with the national average hovering around $3.43/gallon and around $4.00/gallon for diesel. Below are several tips for saving fuel and reducing carbon emissions.
Drive more evenly – “zen” driving I call it. Aggressive, fast driving and rapid acceleration increases emissions, is dangerous, and wastes gas, lowering your gas mileage by approximately 33% on the highway and by 5% around town. Gas mileage usually decreases rapidly above 60 mph, so approximately each 5 mph over 60 is like paying an additional $.24/gallon. Using cruise control on the highway helps you maintain a constant speed.
Get rid of unnecessary heavy items in your vehicle and remove roof racks when not in use. An extra 100 pounds in or on your vehicle can reduce your mpg by up to 2 percent. This affects smaller vehicles more than large ones.
Idling your car wastes gas and should be avoided. Cars with larger engines typically waste more gas idling than do cars with smaller engines. You use about 0.026 gallons of gasoline for every 10 minutes you idle a car, which adds up and releases unnecessary carbon emissions. There is drive through everything today – fast food restaurants, Starbucks, CVS and even dry cleaners. Don’t do it. Instead, park and go in. You’ll save gas and get a little exercise. It’s usually quicker too!
Cut back on your driving. Carpooling, being efficient with your errands, walking when the weather permits and taking public transportation will save a lot of gas money. When you are in the market for a new car, consider a fuel-efficient hybrid or one of the new electric ones that are getting lots of buzz. You can really save money and gas emissions with biodiesel from vegetable oil if you have a diesel car.
We can’t control the price of gas, but we can control how much gas we use! It’s time to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels!
Information compiled from www.fueleconomy.gov.