Friday, May 13, 2011

How can I save money on gasoline?

Ask Ida


Dear Ida B. Green,

The price of gas is killing me. What can I do to increase my gas mileage?

Signed,

Bus-Ted

Dear Bus-Ted,

If you don't always ride the bus, carpool, walk or bike, you still have some efficiency options for your transportation. Here are nine things to consider whenever you're trying to get from here to there with fewer carbon emissions and fewer dollars spent. The list builds from the smallest gas and emission savings to the largest and includes the potential CO2 reductions you might expect in pounds per year.

- Lighten your load by 100 pounds—114 pounds saved.

- Keep tires properly inflated—377 pounds saved.

- Cut out 5 minutes car idling/day—440 pounds saved.

- Keep your vehicle tuned up—457 pounds saved.

- Carpool once per week—816 pounds saved.

- Limit air conditioning in town—1080 pounds saved.

- Drive the posted speed/don't accelerate or brake suddenly—1,143 pounds saved.

- Take the bus once per week—1,633 pounds saved.

- Drive a car with 10 mpg better than average fuel efficiency—3,687 pounds saved.

Each one of these efforts can save you transportation costs and reduce your carbon emissions. Combining some or all of these efforts will bring you substantially more savings. And when it's finally time to buy your next car, buy the car with the highest gas mileage possible to enjoy savings long into the future.

Keep it Green,

Ida

—Elizabeth Jeffrey




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