Fuel Conservation Suggestions
- Whenever possible use the most
fuel efficient vehicle or piece
of equipment for the required trip
- Reduce the amount of weight carried
and if possible eliminate items
that create drag or wind resistance.
- Avoid extended idling and warm-up
periods. Idling consumes up to
one gallon of fuel per hour.
- Start-up the vehicle and proceed
to your work assignment as soon
as your vehicle is driveable.
- Always drive at a moderate speed
and accelerate as though an egg
is between your foot and the fuel
- Do not increase engine speed
or "rev up" prior to shutting an
engine off. It wastes fuel and
increases engine wear.
- Anticipate traffic conditions,
signals and slowdowns. Driving
at a consistent speed will provide
improved fuel economy.
- Have the tire pressure checked
regularly; at least once a month.
A low tire can increase fuel consumption
by as much as 10 percent.
- Brake early and slowly decelerate
to maximize fuel economy.
- Use air conditioning sparingly
in stop-and-go traffic. At steady
freeway speeds, however, it may
be better to use the air conditioner
than to drive with your windows
down, which increases wind resistance.
- Rideshare to meetings or walk
whenever possible. (With summer
approaching, we will work to obtain
bicycles for short trips if we
receive requests for them.)
- If you have several stops to
make, plan carefully. It's best
to start the engine while it's
- Starting the engine more than
one hour after it has stopped running,
increases fuel consumption and