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Improve Fuel Efficiency


We’ve talked about ways to reduce your carbon emissions, like walking or biking instead of driving and bringing a bag lunch to work instead of going out for take-out.  But there are ways to be more fuel efficient when you drive.  For instance, drive at steady pace- rapid accelerations can waste gas.  Aggressive driving can lower your gas mileage by as much as 33% at highway speeds and as much as 5% in town. 

Not only is aggressive driving bad for your fuel economy, but it’s not particularly safe either.  Use that cruise control on the highway- this ensures a constant speed and can improve fuel economy.  Observe the speed limit- gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 miles per hour.  And remember to walk into a restaurant rather than use the drive through- unless you drive a hybrid, idling next to a drive through window for more than 30 seconds wastes more gas than turning off then restarting your car.