Living Green – Gas

1. Drive the speed limit.
For every mile over 55mph, you’re losing gas efficiency, increasing emissions and losing mileage. If you noticed while purchasing your car, the advertised MPG of your car is based off of a 55mph test. Just decide when you want to drive fast or slow b/c obviously driving slow, you spend more time in your car.
Here’s a table comparing how long you’ll spend in a car depending on the miles you need to travel and your speed:
______| 65 mph | 75 mph | 85mph
5 miles | 4.65 min | 4 min | 3.5 min
10 miles | 9.3 min | 8 min | 7 min
20 miles | 18.6 min | 16 min | 14 min
50 miles | 46.5 min | 40 min | 35 min
100 miles | 93 min | 80 min | 70 min
//So I may not drive long distance at the speed limit, but I will short distances.
As a rule of thumb, you can assume that each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.20 per gallon for gas.
Fuel Economy Benefit: 7-23%
Equivalent Gasoline Savings: $0.23-$0.74/gallon
2. Carpool and/or Combine Errands in One Trip
Carpool to work because it costs, on average, 56 cents/mile to drive alone. This is incorporating traffic, etc.
If you plan your trip and combine errands, you’ll save time and gas. This is pretty common sense so you all probably know it already.
3. Try to keep your car clear of excess junk
For every 100 lbs of cargo, fuel economy is reduced by 1-2%. I know I live in my car but by cutting down the amount of things in my car, I don’t feel weighed down when driving.
Fuel Economy Benefit: 1-2%/100 lbs
Equivalent Gasoline Savings: $0.03-$0.06/gallon
4. Maintain your car. Car Maintenance is essential yet overlooked.
a. Change your oil when appropriate. Every 3,000 miles for most cars; 5,000 miles for some.
b. Keep your tires inflated. You lose gas efficiency with over-inflated and under-inflated tires.
Fuel Economy Benefit: up to 3%
Equivalent Gasoline Savings: up to $0.10/gallon
c. Check and Replace AIr Filters Appropriately; this will not only help save gas but help protect your engine.
Fuel Economy Benefit: up to 10%
Equivalent Gasoline Savings:up to $0.32/gallon
d. Keep your car tuned:
Fuel Economy Benefit: 4%
Equivalent Gasoline Savings: $0.13/gallon

5. Use Cruise Control

Using cruise control on the highway helps you maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, will save gas.



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