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Gree DrivingThe Pierce County Sustainability 2020 Plan calls for Pierce County fleets to reduce fossil fuel use by 20% by 2020. Some of this goal can be met by cleaner/electric vehicles but drivers play a major role in how much fuel gas vehicles use. Even if you don't drive at work these lessons can save you money at home and limit air and water pollution. 

AAA says the average car spends $1,681 annually on gas but by driving carefully you can save between 5% and 30% (up to $500 annually) on fuel costs. In May of 2011 Pierce County implemented a Fuel Reduction Policy to limit idling and reduce the use of expensive gasoline. Since 2010 Pierce County employees have reduced fuel use by 14.39% saving over 136,000 gallons annually by driving more efficiently. Here are some quick tips to getting better fuel efficiency in your vehicle.

  Learn the Truth about Idling a Vehicle
How turning the car off can save money and improve air quality.


15 Gas Savings Tips
1Don't idle your vehicle, for every 2 minutes of idling you waste enough gas to travel up to 1 mile
9Don't top-off gasoline, it can spill and it causes air quality problems
2Modern gasoline engines don't need to be warmed up for more than 30 seconds so turn it on and go 10Park in the shade in the summer to avoid fuel evaporation
3Remove unnecessary bags and equipment that weigh down your car 11Fill up in the early morning or late evening to minimize fuel loss
4Avoid quick starts and quick stops and try to coast to red lights and stop signs when possible 12Tighten the gas cap to keep fuel and fumes from leaking
5Properly inflate your tires to avoid fuel loss 13Use regular gas unless vehicle manual calls for a higher grade
6Use air conditioning on the highway to minimize drag and open your windows in slower traffic 14Keep your vehicle maintained according to vehicle guidelines 
7Use GPS, or traffic apps (like Waze) to plan your trip and avoid traffic jams 15Each 5 mph over 50 mph can lower gas mileage by 7% or more 
8Combine trips when possible and try to avoid rush hour Did You Know? Electric vehicles use no gas, don't pollute and can save you thousands of dollars annually on lower fuel and maintenance costs


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