In the Car

Remember to have your vehicle tuned-up regularly and keep your tires properly inflated.

Use your cruise control. - This can improve your gas mileage by up to 15%.

Keep tires inflated according to the vehicle manual. - Tires gradually lose air pressure.  As that occurs, it takes more energy to propel the car forward, using more gasoline for the same speed and distance.  Check tire pressure frequently.

Don’t drive aggressively. - Accelerate gently, drive slower and avoid rapid braking.

Turn off your engine rather than idling unnecessarily. - If you are stopped for more than 30 seconds, turn it off! Get out of the car instead of going through the drive through.  Take the "Idle Free" Pledge at: http://www.talgov.com/eper/eper-idlefree.aspx

Drive less. -  Consolidate trips, carpool, ride your bike or use public transportation.  Take a bus or train instead of flying. Consider vacations close to home.

If you buy a car, make fuel efficiency a top priority. - Research to find out if the car you intend to buy is fuel efficient and low polluting. A typical SUV uses almost twice the fuel – and releases nearly twice the emissions – of a modern station wagon, although both seat the same number of passengers.

Remove heavy items or extra weight from your trunk.

Use renewable fuels. - Both E85 and biodiesel are renewable fuels that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions from your vehicle. If you own a diesel vehicle, consider filling up with a biodiesel blend such as B5, a fuel blend containing 5% biodiesel. Biodiesel is a renewable fuel made from agricultural resources such as vegetable oils. The Department of Energy’s Alternative Fueling Station Locator can help you locate both E85 and biodiesel fuel stations in your area.

Choose a sailboat instead of a motor boat. - Sailing is a lost art. Savor the tranquil moments gliding through the water with your friends and family.

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