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Want to Save Gasoline Costs?

Are you looking for ways to use less gasoline and save some money? Whenever the price for gasoline rises, consumers do a better job of planning their trips to use less gasoline. Other factors like summer blend, price of corn (ethanol), unrest in the Middle East and uncertain European Markets affect us in Iowa.

Here are some things you can do to help you and the environment:

  • Walk or bike when you can.  If you don’t use gasoline, you will save money.
  • Avoid peak traffic times.  You will use less gas.
  • Carpool.  This works if your neighbor or children are headed to the same place.
  • Air Conditioning goes both ways: it reduces gas mileage at slow speeds, but at high speeds you conserve mileage (compared to having windows open).
  • Regular Maintenance with a tune-up will give better gas mileage.
  • Air Filter – clean or change as it can improve your gas mileage by 10%.
  • Spark Plugs – Dirty ones waste gas.
  • Tires – make sure you have the correct air pressure
  • Use recommended Motor Oil – Energy conserving oil contains friction-reducing additives.
  • Drive the Speed Limit – Gas mileage decreases at speeds more than 60 miles per hour – 5 miles per hour over 60 equals an extra 10 cents more per gallon for gas.
  • Use the cruise control – when highway driving
  • Clean out your trunk – hauling extra weight will use more gas
  • Drive for Fuel Efficiency – Avoid aggressive driving as it can lower your gas mileage by 33 percent on the highway and by 5 percent around town.
  • Pick the right fuel – most cars run on regular unleaded gas.  You are burning money if you use higher octane.

To check out fuel economy – visit – www.fueleconomy.gov

Another site to visit is: http://fuelcostcalculator.aaa.com/


Susan Taylor

Susan Taylor

Resources are important whether you are looking to rent your first apartment, pay your bills, buy your first home or send your child to college. There are many ways to save money to reach your goals, and hopefully ISU Money Tip$ will be one of them. I enjoy traveling, needlework and am a novice gardener.

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