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15 Easy Ways to Save Gas

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15 Easy Ways to Save Gas

By DivineCaroline via EcoSalon

Did you know that regardless of the vehicle you drive, there are ways to drive more efficiently that can yield big savings over the course of a year? This means savings not just in your pocket from the gas spared, but also saving the resources of the planet and creating less pollution in the place we all live.

The number of miles driven has steadily increased over the years. With that growth comes the increasing impact of our driving habits on our planet, which makes now a better time than ever to practice driving more efficiently.

There are some easy things that we all can do to save fuel. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite ways that everyone can test-drive to drive greener.

1. Control accelerations
By accelerating slowly and steadily to our cruising speed, we let the vehicle work more efficiently at becoming an object in motion from an object at rest. If we gun the gas and try to get to speed quickly, then we stand the greater chance of needing to slow down again, losing all of that momentum.

2. Empty the trunk
An extra 100 pounds in the trunk will reduce your fuel economy by 1 to 2 percent in the typical vehicle. —Edmunds

So you’re still carrying around that camping gear from last summer in the trunk and the golf clubs have taken up permanent residence in the back seat? For every extra pound you carry, you pay the price to accelerate it and slow it back down each time you drive. By cutting down on the extra unneeded junk in the trunk, we save all that energy required to drive it around town.

3. Turn off the air conditioning
Using the air conditioning in a vehicle can increase fuel consumption by up to 10 percent. This is an easy way to save fuel. And just imagine if you suddenly had 10 percent of all the money you spent on gasoline last year in your hand.

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10:11PM PDT on Jul 12, 2014

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10:58PM PST on Nov 11, 2013

thanks for sharing

5:02AM PDT on May 28, 2013

Thanks for the reminders.

9:14AM PST on Jan 21, 2012

Great reminders.

9:02AM PDT on Oct 30, 2011

Thank you

9:48AM PDT on Oct 25, 2011

I have to question the validity of some comments on this article.
The tv show mythbusters did a test on a car driving with the AC on and they concluded that there was no gas savings. Also, they did a test with the windows open!

SOOOOOOO, someone is misleading us!

11:12PM PDT on Aug 29, 2011

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12:05PM PDT on Jul 31, 2011

THE BEST WAY TO SAVE GAS IS BUY AN ELECTRIC CAR.

We should give all the middle/poor class people solar panels so they can charge electricity back to their local electric companies. Give them electric cars too so that they never have to pay for gas, and make sure those cars have solar panels on them so they are always charging. The financial offset alone would dramatically help our economy.

Of course the Republicans would rather you stay dependent on FILTHY energy sources like oil, and nuclear power. Solar power would upset the Republican plan to murder the middle/poor classes.

8:33AM PDT on Jun 23, 2011

Emptying the trunk is a great idea!

4:16AM PDT on May 10, 2011

Thanks, but once the A/C is installed you already suffer the reduced mileage because of the weight. The same with the automatic transmission. Depending on where you live you might be able to live without an air conditioner, especially if it's a second car. Loosing weight would probably help many people get better mileage also, and allow for a smaller car at the same time.

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