THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2015
As a result of our depressed or depressing economy, some drivers are having to get creative about how to reduce their gas bills. Here are some of the best tips collected from around the internet on how to reduce your gas bill: Comparison shop. It works as well with gas as it does with shoes. On websites including GasBuddy.com and GasPriceWatch.com, you can look up stations nearby and find the one offering the cheapest fuel. You can also download free apps on your smart phone like Smartfuel and CheapGas! Lighten the load. Experts point out that driving around a 40-pound bag of soil for three weeks is the equivalent of shuttling an extra (little) passenger, which requires more fuel. According to the Energy Department, carrying an extra 100 pounds reduces a vehicle's fuel economy by up to 2 percent. The percentage is higher with smaller cars. Cut the cost. If you're forced to pay big bucks at the pump, at least collect any available rebates. Gas rewards cards give users cash back and other incentives. Wal-Mart offers a 15 cents off a gallon just for using a Wal-Mart credit card or gift card.
Carpool. The benefits of carpooling are many. If you are currently driving every day, you’re going to save money on your commute costs by carpooling. In some cases, depending on the length of your commute and the number of days you don’t drive, the savings can be significant. You’ll also enjoy less wear and tear on your vehicle because you’ll be driving it less. You’ll endure less stress on your commute. Finally, by driving less you’ll be helping to keep the air clean. Websites such as RideSearch.com and eRideShare.com can get you started. Get sleeker. Roll up your windows and remove that luggage rack, and you'll improve your aerodynamics, suggests a blogger at Open Travel Info. The Farmer's Almanac estimates that removing a roof rack can improve fuel economy by 5 percent. Keep Tires Properly Inflated. Keep tire air pressure at the level recommended by your vehicle manufacturer. A single tire under inflated by 2 PSI, increases fuel consumption by 1%. Visit the mechanic. Replacing a clogged air filter for about $20 increases fuel efficiency by up to 10 percent, or about 37 cents per gallon at current gas prices. That means it would pay for itself after you've driven enough to burn about 54 gallons of gas. An engine tune-up can increase a car's mileage by up to 4 percent, or about 15 cents a gallon.