Save Money on Gas by Lowering Fuel Consumption
You have probably noticed the ever increasing price of gas lately. It is projected to soar to over $5.00 a gallon by summer. Saving money on your gas bill at the pump is imperative and there are many ways that you can do this. Get prepared now and cut your cost tremendously with a few painless proactive measures. Let’s look at some ways to save money on your gas bill this year and every year.
Walk or Use Alternate Transportation
Walk, or use alternate transportation when you can. Walking is free and it is good for your health. There are many ways that you might be able to incorporate this into your day. If there is a store just a few blocks from your home, then walk there when you need something. A bicycle can get you further distances and it doesn‘t create a gas bill. You can also add kits on your bicycle to make it electric. These kits can increase your bikes speed up to 30mph and take you up to 12 miles on the motor alone. Combine that with pedaling and the distance that you can go is practically unlimited. X-treme makes a XB-700Li Electric Bike that requires no insurance, registration, or drivers license in most states, and it can carry you for 25 - 35 miles at 20 mph on a single charge and it is a fraction of the price of a moped. If you are older and can’t use this device, then you can try an electric or gas power scooter. They make these with seat and cargo kits. Some of these can carry you 12+ miles and up to 20mph. Golf carts can usually get you around the neighborhood and street legal ones can get you on the road at 55mph. We have two of them and we often use them around the neighborhood to go to the store, launder mat, friends house, and to the lake. If you can ride your motorcycle because these require a lot less gas than your car or truck does. Carpool to destinations and if you are in the city use public transportation. These are great ways to save on your gas bill at the pump.
Make Your Vehicle More Fuel Efficient
When you can’t avoid using your vehicle, there are still some ways to cut the cost. Fill up in the morning when it is cool and the gas is condensed. During the evenings gas can expand and you will not be getting the same amount as in the morning. Keep the tank full so that less air is in it to avoid evaporation. With older vehicles, you should make sure that your gas cap doesn’t allow for any leaks where gas can evaporate out of the tank. Don’t carry around a lot of unnecessary cargo in the trunk or bed of your vehicle. This will cause an extra load on the motor and on your wallet. Keep the spare tire and emergency kit and leave everything else out. Turn off the air conditioner and park in the shade whenever possible. If you do have to run your air conditioner, then you should turn it off 10 minutes before you arrive at your destination to save money. This will save a lot of gas. Don’t idle for more than 30 seconds. If you are waiting on someone to run in the store or at a long light, then don’t idle because this waste a lot of gas. Don’t speed. According to The Early Show, you can add .24 purchase price per gallon for every 5 miles that you exceed 50 mph, so those people with a lead foot should slow down. Another great tip for saving money on your gas bill at the pump is by keeping you tires properly inflated. You should check your tire pressure at least once a month.