The first and easiest step for you to slow climate change and global warming is to conserve limited natural resources. And, it saves you money because you use less gas and you change your driving habits, rather than buy an expensive new or used car.
"Taking a summer road trip?
Studies have shown that 55 MPH is the most fuel efficient speed
and can save up to 30% in fuel costs compared to driving 75 MPH."
(MA Audubon Society's Connections Newsletter, Summer 2015)
Tips for saving gas and money
- Accelerate and break slowly.
- Use cruise control.
- rive less by combining errands and shopping in one trip.
- Keep tires properly inflated and use 3.3% less gas as too little air pressure causes car to burn more gas.
- Turn engine off if you will be idling more than 10 seconds: 6 billion gallons of gas are wasted every year due to idling, producing 120 billion pounds of CO2.
- se A/C as little as possible as it can reduce MPG by as much as 25%.
- Switch to a 4 day work week and cut work related CO2 emissions by 20%.
- Create a carpool group for work.
- Use bus, subway or train
- Walk or ride a bike, possibly with a small motor so you can go farther more quickly.
Calculate the savings!
Learn how much money you will save, depending on the price of gas ($1.50, $1.75, $2.00, $2.25, $2.50, $2.75, $3.00, $3.50, $3.75, $4.00). The average American driver travels 13, 476 miles annually. Insert calculator.
BONNIE WILL BUILD THE CALCULATOR TOOL HERE
"With 3 part-time jobs and full-time college, I have to get around quickly - I have zero time to waste."
Sara C. is an Environmental Studies major in her junior year of college. She's vegetarian so as to be eating lower on the food chain, has interned on organic farms, and went to help with Gulf Coast cleanup after the BP oil spill. "Time in the car between my jobs is wasteful - I can't study and I'm not earning money, so I need to get it over with and get where I'm going as fast as possible," she's decided. Her habit on the interstate she drives most days is to tuck her Subaru between two fast-moving vehicles in the left lane and hope that if someone gets pulled over for speeding, it will be the drivers in front or back of her. "I totally cannot afford a ticket," she says.
Our ideas: Isn't there a pretty direct link between an oil spill disaster like BP's. and each of us using fossil fuel, especially using 'extra'? Also, working three jobs as a full-time student makes for a tight budget: avoiding speeding tickets is economically helpful, but so is burning less gas.
What happened: Sara tracked gas mileage for 6 weeks as part of a school project. She drove as she had been for 3 weeks and went 55 the other 3. Her savings were significant, especially when multiplied out over a year.