Tips to improve gas mileage (and save some green)

Be Part of the Solution


Follow these simple steps to save a bunch of green (pun intended):


-Don’t drive aggressively! Speeding, rapid acceleration and braking wastes gas by lowering highway mileage up to 33% and 5% around town.  It’s also much safer.


-Don’t Speed!  Gas mileage rapidly decreases above 60 mph.  Assume that each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is equal to paying an additional $0.24 per gallon.  It too is much safer.


-Replace your air filter!  Doing so can improve your car's gas mileage by 10%.


-Take the junk out of your trunk!  One hundred pounds of extra stuff in your car could reduce your MPG by as much as 2%.


-Give your car a tune up!  Fixing a car that is out of tune or can improve gas mileage by about 4%.


-Keep your tires properly inflated!  This can improve mileage by more than 3%.


-If possible, carpool!  You can cut your weekly fuel costs in half if you take turns driving (or even better, use PSTA or HART or ride a bike).


-Don’t idle!  It wastes fuel and pollutes the air. Turn off the engine when waiting.


-Plan your trips in advance and combine multiple errands into one trip.


-When shopping for a new car, buy the most efficient option possible!  Go to http://www.fueleconomy.gov for a complete listing of fuel economies for all 2009 automobiles or visit http://www.hybridcars.com for information on hybrid technology.


-Visit http://www.fueleconomy.gov for estimated fuel economies for all cars manufactured since 1984.


-If you must buy an SUV, consider a hybrid!  The highest efficiency hybrid SUV’s include the Mazda Tribute, Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner.


For more tips, or to learn more about sustainability at St. Petersburg College, visit http://www.spcollege.edu/sustainability, join the facebook group and follow us at http://twitter.com/sustainableSPC.


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Do you have a lead foot or drive an inefficient automobile?  Here are a few simple tips to improve gas mileage and save a bunch of green!

The Issue: Poor gas mileage!

The Larger Issue:

-Oil is a non-renewable resource, and while there is debate as to how long it will last, we will eventually have to find new ways to fuel vehicles.

-Poor fuel economy increases our dependence on foreign oil.

-Burning gasoline and diesel contributes to air pollution and global warming.

-You will pay an extra $200 to $1500 each year by driving inefficient vehicles. This can cost many thousands of dollars over a vehicle’s lifetime.

-Oil spills from oil refining and oil transporting destroy ecosystems and pollute water.

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