With rising fuel costs everyone wants ways to save money at the pump.
Choose alternative energy vehicles and fuel efficiency devices to save green by going green!
Go Green with Alternative Energy Vehicles!
The “greenest” transportation options are walking and biking. In addition to zero emissions, you’ll enjoy the benefits of extra exercise and fresh air!
If you live too far to walk to work, consider your options for public transportation such as metros, buses, and trains. Many cities are becoming highly invested in and improving their public transportation, as it is affordable, efficient, and environmental.
If your commute depends on driving, you still have greener options. Carpooling is a great way to cut emissions, save money, and connect with other people to get your day started happily.
Use a bulletin board at work or community meetings to match rides, and check out sites like Craigslist and Rideshare.org for great options as long as you are being safe!
- Use a Fuel Efficiency Monitor to see how your driving effects your fuel use.
- Aggressive driving can lower gas mileage by up to 33% at highway speeds and 5% around town.
- Use cruise control on the highway to help maintain a constant speed.
- Observe the speed limit – every 5 MPH over 60 MPH can reduce fuel economy by 7-8%
- Avoid idling – it uses fuel, netting you 0 miles per gallon
- A properly maintained vehicle maintains a 4% better rating in gas mileage.
- Use the recommended grade of motor oil to improve fuel economy by up to 5%
- A warmed-up engine is more fuel-efficient than a cold one. Many short trips from a cold start can use twice as much fuel as one multipurpose trip covering the same distance.
- Letting your car idle to warm up first will burn more fuel than will be saved by driving with a warm engine, so once you start the engine you might as well start driving.
- Plan your trips – combine tasks and talk with friends to share expenses and company.
Fossil fuels like gasoline and diesel are typically the biggest contributor to a person’s carbon footprint. The EPA estimates a typical passenger vehicle emits 5.5 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, which equates to 20 pounds of CO2 pollution per gallon of gasoline used!
According to the US Energy Information Administration, the United States consumes 378 million gallons of gasoline per year, which is more than 19 million barrels of petroleum every day. This is an expensive and dangerous addiction.
Oil as a fossil fuel takes millions of years to form underground, which is non-renewable. The facts are that petroleum energy is depleting and going up in price, causing economic strife for people and businesses everywhere, so it’s time to green light green driving options.
Choose alternative energy vehicles and fuel efficiency devices to save you money!