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Transportation industries account for a significant portion of total fuel and energy use. Fuel and energy is consumed not only by the use of vehicles, boats, ships, and especially of aircraft, but also in their manufacture, and transport infrastructure such as roads, bridges and railways.
Fuel conservation alone however, can result in an accumulation of savings that make it possible for the average person to convert or replace their private transport vehicle with more earth friendly, fuel efficient transportation alternatives. It is possible for example, to reduce fuel consumption and transport costs by up to 50% or more with the following suggestions alone. These savings could be used to convert or purchase a more fuel efficient vehicle, or use green fuels and vehicles, which could further reduce or even eliminate your contribution to the negative financial and environmental side effects of private transport.
Driving AlternativesDrive less to save gas. Public transportation, car pooling, walking and biking are all excellent ways to reduce fuel consumption. Public transport and car pooling reduces individual transportation costs and the ecological footprint by transporting a number of individuals in the same vehicle, instead of transporting each individual in separate vehicles. Walking and biking are of course the most eco-friendly, affordable and healthy transport option however, especially for shorter trips with less to carry.
Unnecessary WeightThe more weight a vehicle has to carry, the more fuel it will use, so reduce any unnecessary weight to help increase gas mileage.
Speed RegulationThe faster you drive, the more fuel you use. You may save a few minutes by going faster, but it will cost you more in the end. Just ten miles over 50-60mph for example, consumes up to 17% more fuel! Cruise control can also help increase gas mileage by maintaining a constant speed, so if your vehicle is equipped with cruise control, use it when prudent, especially at highway speeds.
Air ConditioningUse air conditioning less to reduce fuel and energy consumption. Not using air conditioning at all can reduce fuel and energy consumption by at least 10-15%. Rolling windows down while driving can help cool things off without air conditioning, as can rolling windows down at least an inch or two at night when cool, and rolling them back up in the morning before it begins heating up inside.
Vehicle MaintenanceUsing the recommended grade of synthetic or standard oil with friction reducing additives can increase gas mileage by as much as 12%. Cleaning air filters and catalytic converters regularly can help save money on gas and reduce fuel consumption by at least another 10%. Checking tires often to ensure they are not under or over inflated can also increase gas mileage by up to 4%.
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