Some of these tips are feasible, some are not. Move closer to work? Buy a new car? If I had the money for that, I would not have to save pennies on gas. I'm trying to hang on to my house and car. I would love to be able to walk or bicycle everywhere, it's not a physical possibility for me. And I do not live in a city, but just outside of one in the suburbs. The closest grocery store is 5 miles away on a busy highway, not ideal for walking, even if I could walk well.
But I do (always have) follow the speed limit closely, I don't "rush" trafic lights. It's amazing to me how many people speed past me only to slam on their brakes one car length ahead of me at a traffic light. I use the cheapest gas. I keep my tank full in case of emergency. I combine my trips, planning them out to not only save gas but the environment. I do not have an SUV, those are not needed around here unless you have more than 2 kids to haul around.
Another tip: My neighbors and I check with each other when we are going shopping. We try to combine our lists of needs, plan a route, and either pile into one car together, or give $ to the person driving to pick up what we need. Of course, you need to know your neighbors first. We take turns on who drives.
- 7/16/2008 10:54:03 AM