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Take Action | Purchase Conservation Credits | Reduce Gasoline & Oil Usage
Reduce Electrical Usage
| Conserve at Home|
Reduce Chemical Usage
Important is to purchase vehicles with the best fuel
Keep your car properly
tuned up to
improve gas mileage by about 4 percent.
Improve mileage by up to
40 percent by
replacing a faulty oxygen sensor.
- Keep tires properly
inflated to improve your gas mileage
by more than 3 percent and to extend the life and ensure the
safety of your tires.
Use the manufacturer's
recommended grade of motor oil to improve your gas mileage by another 1-2
percent. Select motor oil with "Energy Conserving" on the
API performance symbol to be sure it contains friction-reducing
Check and replace air
filters regularly. Replacing
a clogged or dirty air filter can improve your car's gas mileage
by as much as 10 percent, and a clean filter keeps impurities from
damaging the inside of your engine.
expensive regular unleaded gas, if your vehicle does not require premium or
midgrade fuel. Check your vehicle owner's
for low gasoline prices locally, but don't waste gas driving to a distant
filling station to save a few cents.
Don't race a cold engine
to warm it up and
avoid extended idling to warm up the engine.
plugs must be in good condition. Some will last for 100,000 miles, but many
need to be replaced more often.
Speeding, rapid acceleration, and rapid braking all waste
gas - and curb mileage by as much as 33 percent at highway
speeds, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
Nix jack-rabbit starts, opting instead for slow acceleration from
a dead stop.
In addition, speeding
cuts fuel economy
7 to 23 percent, as gas mileage decreases rapidly above 60
mph. Each five mph you drive over 60 is like paying
an extra 15 cents per gallon.
Avoid idling, which gets 0 mph. Cars with
larger engines typically waste even more gas at idling than cars
with smaller engines.
Combine your errands into
one trip and plan
your routes carefully to drive fewer miles and use less fuel.
available. Use your vehicle's overdrive gear when appropriate to
reduce engine speed, save gas, and decrease engine wear.
control to help
cut fuel consumption by maintaining a steady speed during highway
Don't use air
it is not really needed. Maybe just the blower will keep you cool.
Air conditioning dramatically reduces fuel economy. Most air
conditioners have an "economy" setting that allows the circulation
of unchilled air - just a fan, which does not affect fuel economy.
Many also have a "maximum" or "recirculation" setting that reduces
the amount of hot outside air that must be chilled. Both settings
can reduce the air conditioning load - and save gas.
Fan speed does not affect fuel economy.