At Rogue Valley Clean Cities Coalition, we are committed to providing you with information about alternative fuels. Using an alternative fuel source rather than conventional fuel helps to conserve non-renewable resources and lower harmful emissions into our environment.
But what about some ways to just use less fuel overall? Here are some easy ideas from the US Department of Energy that you can use at home to reduce your fuel consumption.
Don’t be idle!
Letting your car idle while you’re sitting still in your vehicle uses fuel unnecessarily and emits CO2 into the atmosphere. With some creative thinking, you can limit your vehicle’s idle time!
- How often do you sit in a drive through and let your car’s engine idle while you’re waiting for your food? Consider parking in the lot and ordering your meal inside. Or turn your car’s engine off while you’re waiting in line. Those minutes here and there can really add up!
- Waiting for your kids to get out of school or sports practice? Make sure you’re not letting your car idle while you wait!
- Do you have a car with one of those cool remote starters? Try not to use it! Allowing yourself a couple of minutes of “morning chill” will help save valuable energy resources for future generations.
Use energy smart driving strategies!
Just by making a couple of changes to the way you drive your vehicle, you can conserve energy and reduce how much you spend on gas!
- Did you know that gas mileage efficiency begins to drop when you drive faster than 50 miles per hour? For every 5 MPH over 50 MPH that you are driving, you burn more fuel per mile and those miles end up costing you about 5% more!
- Avoid driving erratically. A lot of speeding up and slowing down just uses more gas. Try to find a speed you can stick with, and give yourself plenty of time to slow down and speed up gradually. Besides, it’s a lot safer, too!
- Combine your errands. Not only will you spend less time having to get your errands done, but you’ll also spend less money on gas. It’s a win-win!
- Be aware of how heavy your vehicle is. If you’re keeping your trunk packed with heavy equipment, driving it around with you every day is costing you extra money! Only keep what you need in your car.
Take good care of your car!
Keeping your car well maintained has a direct effect on the energy efficiency of your vehicle. Here are a few easy ways to make sure you’re getting the most out of every trip:
- Check to make sure your tires are inflated properly. There are many facilities in our communities who will check your tire pressure and refill the air as needed for free. Just having a 1-pound per square inch deficiency in air pressure can decrease fuel economy by .2%.
- Keep up on your oil changes and use the recommended motor oil. Make sure you know what type of motor oil your vehicle manufacturer recommends for fuel economy. This can improve your efficiency by 1-2%.
- Don’t forget about regular check-ups for your vehicle! Licensed professionals can find otherwise hidden issues with your vehicle that may be causing you to use more fuel than you need.
Want to learn more about how you can choose energy sources like Renewable Natural Gas?
Visit us at the Rogue Valley Clean Cities Coalition today! The Coalition works to enhance the livability and sustainability of Rogue Valley residents.