After filling my car’s tank with $80 in gas this weekend, my foot lingered for a moment on the brake pedal. Now you really do have to put more planning into all those short little errands you used to run without thinking twice about it. A recent study revealed that US households spent nearly 9% of their total income on gas in April. That’s double what was spent two years ago. You can’t really avoid the pinch at the pump these days, but there are some simple ways to save some of your green.
- For starters, we could all slow down a bit. Every 5 mph you drive above 60 mph is like paying an additional 27 cents per gallon for gas. Consumer Reports found that slowing from 75 to 55 mph boosted gas mileage 33%.
- Idling gets you nowhere. Literally – Zero mpg. If you’re waiting for a train to go by or waiting for your kids to come out after school, turn off your car. The Arlington Heights Cool Cities Coalition put together some very interesting facts about idling (pdf) and how it not only wastes fuel and money but also pollutes our air.
- Be a BFF with your bike. May 16- 20 is National Bike to Work Week. Not only is it good for the environment, it’s even better for your health.
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