Save Gas - Our Guide to Saving Fuel
An Overview on How to Save Gas
Living green means living smart. We all need our vehicles to live in the modern world, but the way we choose to operate them affects the environment in very significant ways. The Gas Saving Section explores ways for us to conserve the precious commodity called oil. When we save gas, we end up keeping our air cleaner, often keeping our vehicles longer, and save money. This is a win-win situation. Pass on these tips and facts. Even if some of your family and friends aren’t into the Green Movement, just about everyone likes saving money. Remember, every time we save a gallon of gas, we are keeping the earth a little bit greener.
This category is divided into six sections. Some articles provide tips and suggestions; others provide information and facts to convince even the most skeptical drivers, that there are significant ways to save gas (and money). Use this section as your own Green Driver’s Manual. You might discover a few bad habits that are costing you and the environment. As I wrote these articles, I discovered a couple easy ways to save big and in just a couple weeks, I’m seeing a real difference in mileage.
31 Gas Saving Tips offers thirty one easy ways to improve your energy consumption. All these suggestions are safe and relatively easy to accomplish. The list offers a quick overview of the many ideas the other articles in this section will expand upon. NOTE: It’s important to conserve gas, but it’s also essential to stay safe and follow guidelines offered in your owner’s manual. Before you modify your car or try risky driving tricks, check it out.
Vehicle Maintenance and Gas Mileage points out a simple fact most of us know, but often ignore or put off. When we maintain our cars, vans, and trucks they will last longer and save gas. Changing the oil, maintaining your tires, tuning up the engine, changing the air filters and cleaning your fuel injection system will save you money. Your car will last longer and run more reliably, and that translates into fuel efficiency. I also included, cleaning out your trunk and car’s interior in this section. I had the bad habit of using my car as an extra storage space. Extra weight in the car requires extra gas to move it.
Reduce Idling to Save Gas takes a close look at the impact of idling and unnecessary fuel consumption. After I wrote the article, I kept a personal journal listing how often I kept my engine running when my car wasn’t moving. I was shocked. I was idling between 15 to 45 minutes a day. I run lots of errands, car pools, and around the town driving. After I learned that idling can harm - not help - my engine, I worked hard on breaking this very bad habit. The article will point out why idling is bad, how much gas you can actual save and places you might idle your engine without even knowing it. Changing this one bad energy habit will save me almost a gallon of gas every week.
Tire Pressure and Fuel Mileage explores the role of tires on energy consumption. This issue has been in the news quite a bit recently so I dug deep to find the facts. There are a couple of technical sections in this piece which you can pass along to your skeptical friends. The important point I took from my research was that when you are smart about tire selection, the roads you drive on, tire pressure and tire maintenance, you will see gas savings. Skeptics often look at one aspect of tire care and claim it doesn’t make much difference, but if you look at the total picture, savings really do add up.
Air Conditioning and Fuel Consumption explores the price of keeping cool. I was surprised to discover that cooling your car by opening the windows or turning on the A/C use about the same amount of fuel when you’re driving on the highway. Rolling down the windows for around the town driving, however can be a pay off in fuel efficiency.
Driving Habits and Saving Gas explores the 7 Habits of Highly Efficient Drivers. This article might be a great one to send on to your favorite co-worker, brother-in-law or fast driving friend. I not only point out the bad energy habits, but I also suggest several ways to change them.
I hope you enjoy reading these articles as much as I did writing them. If you have other ideas or suggestions for saving gas, please let us know.