12 Tips To Save Gas While Driving

1. Skip Unnecessary Driving.

  • Plan all your daily stops into one smooth route.
  • Walk for short distances.
  • Try using public transportation once a week.

2. Cruise Control.

  • Use it, when driving on flat terrain.

3. Coasting.

  • When traveling down an incline, let gravity do the work.

4. Limit Use of Heating and AC.

  • When hot, keep the AC on until the interior is cool, then keep it off or on low.
  • When cold, wear thicker clothing and keep the heating off or low.

5. Drive and Accelerate Slower.

  • Driving smooth and steady uses much less gas.

6. Avoid Unnecessary Braking.

  • Allow the car to decelerate naturally when stopping, instead of slamming the brake.

7. Replace Your Air Filter Every 12,000 Miles.

  • A clogged air filter can drastically reduce a car’s fuel economy.
  • You can save as much as 22 cents per gallon reducing a clogged air filter.

8. Get Rid of Junk.

  • Reducing the weight of the car increases mileage.

9. Don’t Idle.

  • Idling for more than 15 seconds uses more gas than restarting the engine.

10. Keeping Your Car Clean

  • A washed and waxed car is more aerodynamic, which can benefit you with a 7-percent improvement in fuel economy.
  • Plus, it looks good ;).

11. Check Your Tire Pressure.

  • Under inflated tires can cost a 3.3-percent decrease in fuel economy.

12. Follow Your Cars Recommended Maintenance.

  • A well maintained car performs better and uses gas more efficiently.
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IEA Says Oil and Gas Industry Needs $8.2 Trillion in Investment

The International Energy Agency estimates oil companies will need to invest $8.2 trillion dollars over the next 25 years to increase production capacity enough to meet demand. In a recent article on reasononline, science correspondent Ronald Bailey asks the multi-billion dollar question: Is that level of investment happening? In his insightful article, Bailey outlines the main obstacle to additional investment in the oil and gas sector: state-owned oil companies. He concludes that the “sad fact is that the world’s energy security would be a lot greater if more of the world’s oil and gas resources were in the hands of private companies.” Although that may be true, it is certainly not the case. About 77% percent of the worlds known oil and gas reserves are controlled by state monopolies that severely limit or completely bar outside investment. Bailey points out two major reasons for concern. In some regions, like Venezuela and Russia, foreign investors are being forced…Read More.

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4 Life Style Changes To Be More Environmentally Friendly

Simply Unplug

Simply Unplug

1. Unplug Any Unused Gadgets or Appliances.

Turning off any sort of device does not completely stop it from using power. As long as it’s plugged into a power source it will still siphon energy and raise your electric bills through the roof.
To solve this, you can simply unplug and unused devices, or more conveniently, get a power strip to manage more of your devices simultaneously.

Fluorescent On The Right, Incandescent To The Left

2. Make The Switch To Fluorescent.

On average, regular light bulbs use 12 times more energy than standard fluorescent lights. Fluorescent lights, on top of using 12 times less energy, also last 5 times longer than standard light bulbs. They cost a little extra, but that extra is worth it in the long run. If every American household replaced only ONE of its standard light bulbs with an energy efficient fluorescent light bulb, Americans would save the equivalent amount of energy that a nuclear power plant produces in a year!

You Don't Need To Drive Everywhere

You Don't Need To Drive Everywhere

3. Don’t Drive Everywhere.

Many places that people go to every day, don’t require a car to get to. Try walking, riding a bike, taking a bus, or even carpool. Almost every gallon of gas you use, produces 22 pound of CO2 emissions. Vehicles consume half of the worlds produced oil, and are responsible for a quarter of all green-house gas emissions. If driving is a constant necessity, then try to drive more responsibly; make sure your tires are properly inflated, don’t idle and waste gas, plan your trips more effectively, don’t drive aggressively, and follow the recommended maintenance plan for your vehicle.

Eat Responsibly

Eat Responsibly

4. Eat Responsibly.

18 percent of human-caused emissions can be attributed to the livestock industry. You do not in any way need to be a vegetarian to make a huge difference, simply skip meat one day a week to make a difference. In fact, if every American skipped meat one day a week, it would have the same impact as if 8 million cars disappeared off the road.Yeah, little things add up.