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Due to the health restrictions at the market this season, the EcoFair is not happening this year. If your non-profit or student group would like to do a webinar hosted by Color Brighton Green, let us know.

How Can You Save On Gas?

In addition to riding the bus, biking, walking, carpooling, telecommuting, and combining trips, consider the following actions:

  • If your family has more than one vehicle, the person driving the furthest should drive the more fuel-efficient vehicle.
  • Rid your car of unnecessary weight: every extra 100 lbs loses 1% fuel efficiency.
  • Plan the route that prevents idling in traffic: up to 1/3 of your fuel can be wasted in idling.
  • Plan trips outside rush hour and peak traffic periods.
  • Slow down! 55mph saves 20-30% in cost over 75mph!
  • Anticipate stops and slowdowns. Decelerate steadily to save gas.
  • When appropriate, drive between 45-55mph, the most fuel-efficient range.
  • Avoid using the air conditioner in city driving.
  • On the highway, opening the windows reduces the aerodynamics of your car, so it’s better to use the air-conditioner, but in slow start-and-stop driving, it’s better to open the windows.
  • Park in the shade in hot weather if you can. Less gas will evaporate from the engine and gas tank.
  • Avoid “topping-off” and spills at the gas station. Spilled gasoline pollutes the air when it evaporates.
  • Don’t idle! Turn your engine off at railroad crossings, or whenever you stop for a minute or two. After 10 seconds, it is more fuel-efficient to stop the engine and start it up again than to keep it running.
  • Consider getting an electric bicycle. You can plug it in at night, and can carry heavy loads easily uphill, including lumber, hardware, and even an extra person.

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