DIY Guide to saving money through conservation and efficiency
(Use less, pay less)
There are a number of ways to save money around the home in auto by using fewer resources,
without necessarily limiting activities. It’s a case of using resources wisely and efficiently. This
guide attempts to address the various ways we use energy and how to use less of it, and use it
more efficiently. Sections will be divided by usage area. Dive right in, and find ways to save
energy, and save money!
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• Avoid excess idling which wastes gas.
• Avoid premium grades of gasoline unless your vehicle manual explicitly requires it.
• Keep your engine properly tuned and running at its peak performance.
• Check and replace air filters on a regular basis to prevent clogging which reduces gas
• Keep the tires properly inflated to help insure most efficient gas mileage.
• Use cruise control to help save gas by maintaining a constant speed.
• Speeding is a very expensive and wasteful habit. Driving fast may get you there quicker -
but you're wasting precious fossil fuel and spending more time and money at the gas
• Use the recommended grade of motor oil to improve gas mileage.
If you own more than one vehicle, drive the one that gets the best gas mileage whenever
If possible, take advantage of carpools, ride-share programs and public transportation.
• Walk or ride a bike for near-by errands, and combine all errands into one trip if you must
• Avoid carrying unneeded items, especially heavy ones. An extra 100 lbs in the trunk
reduces a typical car's fuel economy by 1-2 percent.
• Luggage racks increase vehicle drag and rob you of gas mileage.