SAVE MONEY ON GASOLINE, SAVE THE PLANET
Due to shrinking supplies and increasing demand, gasoline prices have never been higher. Likewise, investing in renewable and alternative energy supplies has never made more sense. Saving gas, creating less pollution, and being less dependent on those who control the oil supply should be our primary concerns when filling up at the gas station; often, our main concern is our wallet. The following tips will, put to proper use, help you save money at the pump and help you save the planet.
Take Public Transportation
Whether you know it or not, as a taxpayer, you're already invested in your local bus and subway routes. You're right, it isn't free to ride the bus or subway; but since the average U.S. commute is roughly 16 miles, with an average passenger cost of $2.26 ($2.80 for an SUV), that $3.19 fare makes a whole lot of sense. Public transit makes even more sense when you see the printed statistic that it saves 3.4 billion gallons of oil per year and cuts greenhouse gas emissions by 26 million tons!
Protect your Investment
Our other article Save Gas and Money While Driving Your Car tells you how you can use less gas when on the road, with tips ranging from riding the ridge to buying gasoline earlier in the day. What we didn't include in that article, however, is that regular vehicle maintenance lessens the pollution your car produces.
- By inflating your tires to the recommended level, visiting your mechanic for regular tune-ups, getting your tires aligned, checking your air filter, checking for worn spark plugs, and changing your oil as needed, you're not only increasing your car's fuel efficiency, you're reducing smog, asthma, acid rain, and contributing less to global warming. All of these simple steps also equate spending $2.55 a gallon instead of $3.19.
- Buying a quality windshield shade or parking in the shade will block sunlight and help keep heat out of your car, thereby reducing the use of air conditioning in the summer. Air conditioning can lower your fuel economy by 10 to 20 percent!
- Tighten your car's gas cap after you get gasoline. Millions of gallons of gas evaporate each year due to loose or missing gas caps.
Split the Bill
There's a reason carpool lanes exist. If you share your daily commute with a co-worker and divide the gas bill, you're effectively splitting your gas costs in half. Imagine what would happen if you rode with two or more other people every day! Even if you can't carpool with co-workers, you can find fellow commuters online at CarpoolWorld.com and eRideShare.com.
Don't Buy Gas at All
You're effectively saving about $2 per average commute when you ride your bike instead of driving to work. Like we explain in our article Biking to Work for the Planet, the only CO2 emission related to biking to work comes from your body! When 90 percent of the American population commutes to work in cars, just imagine what a difference could be made for gas prices and the environment if more people started biking!