2008-05-23 / Community

Smith Offers Tips On Saving Money On Gas

Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith urges New Yorkers to prepare for summer by looking for ways to conserve energy and use less gas. To help constituents understand the many small steps that can lead to big savings, Senator Smith has put together a collection of tips on how every driver can get away with spending less at the pump.

"Americans are consuming six times more energy than the average person anywhere else in the world," explained Senator Smith. "Unfortunately, we don't often realize what that actually means until we fill up our gas tanks or open our electric bill. Even though driving less is not always an option, there are many steps that every car owner can take to save on gas this summer."

Smith offers several tips, including buying the lowest grade octane recommended for your vehicle; slowing down - every five miles per hour over 60 could cost as much as 10 cents a gallon; reducing stops - "stop and go" driving can cost two to three miles per gallon; fill the tank when it's half full - the more air that is allowed in the tank, the more gas will evaporate; parking in the shade - hot cars cause gas to evaporate more quickly; and using the air conditioner at higher speeds and opening the windows at lower speeds.

According to the United States Department of Energy, Americans are spending $1 million per minute on energy - 60 minutes an hour, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with the average New Yorkers spending $183 on gas and $99.83 on their household electric bill - more if they use an air conditioner.

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