Tips to improve gas mileage and save a bunch of green!

April 30, 2009 at 9:19 am Leave a comment

prius2010The Issue
Poor gas mileage!

The Larger Issue

•    Oil is a non-renewable resource, and while there is debate as to how long it will last, we will eventually have to find new ways to fuel vehicles.
•    Poor fuel economy increases our dependence on foreign oil.
•    Burning gasoline and diesel contributes to air pollution.
•    You will pay an extra $200 to $1500 each year by driving inefficient vehicles. This can cost many thousands of dollars over a vehicle’s lifetime.
•    Oil spills from oil refining, transporting and use damage ecosystems and pollute water.

Be Part of the Solution

Follow these simple steps to save a bunch of green (pun intended):
•    Don’t drive aggressively! Speeding, rapid acceleration and braking wastes gas by lowering highway mileage up to 33% and 5% around town.  It’s also much safer.
•    Don’t Speed!  Gas mileage rapidly decreases above 60 mph.  Assume that each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is equal to paying an additional $0.24 per gallon.  It too is much safer.
•    Replace your air filter!  Doing so can improve your car’s gas mileage by 10%.
•    Give your car a tune up!  Fixing a car that is out of tune or can improve gas mileage by about 4%.
•    Keep your tires properly inflated!  This can improve mileage by more than 3%.
•    If possible, carpool!  You can cut your weekly fuel costs in half if you take turns driving (or even better, use PSTA or ride a bike).
•    Don’t idle!  It wastes fuel and pollutes the air. Turn off the engine when waiting.
•    When shopping for a new car, buy the most efficient option possible!  Go to for a complete listing of fuel economies for all 2009 automobiles or visit for information on hybrid technology.
•    If you must buy an SUV, consider a hybrid!  The highest efficiency hybrid SUV’s include the Mazda Tribute, Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner.



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Early in 2008, St. Petersburg College recognized its responsibility to model to our students, employees and community ways to minimize global warming emissions and provide the knowledge to our graduates to help achieve a more environmentally friendly future. Because of this, the College made sustainability (defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs) a top priority. As a result, the Office for Sustainability was established.

what we do:

Working alongside internal and external partners, the Office for Sustainability focuses on the following areas of environmental stewardship: educational programs and corporate training, energy and natural resource conservation, green buildings and facilities, carbon emissions, recycling and student activities.

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