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Tips from the US

Driving

  • Aggressive driving, speeding, accelerating and braking can reduce fuel mileage by 5% around town or 33% on the highway.
    Sensible driving saves you ............ 5%-33%.
  • Driving within the speed limit saves. Speeding costs you ............ 7%-23%.
  • Remove excess weight. An extra 45kg (100lbs) costs you ............ 1%-2%.
  • Excessive idling wastes fuel.
  • Cruise Control helps you save fuel.
  • Using overdrive also saves fuel.

Maintenance

  • An engine tune-up averages fuel savings of ............ 4%.
  • Clogged filters can cost you up to........... 10%
  • Under inflated tires cost you up to ............ 3%.
  • Not using the manufacturers recommended grade of lubricating oil is not advised. Using a heavier grade of oil costs you ............ 1%-2%.

In total, sensibly driving a well maintained vehicle could save you over 30% more fuel than aggressively driving a poorly maintained vehicle.

When choosing another vehicle, do compare the efficiency of different makes and models.

Do consider buying a hybrid car or commercial vehicle.

Energy Saving Tips from Australia

Five Easy Ways to Save Water - from Sydney Water

Select plants most suitable for the climate and soil in your area. Talk to your local nursery.
Apply a layer of mulch 7cm-10cm deep around plants. This reduces evaporation by up to 70%.
Add water crystals to soil to enhance water retention by up to 40%. Keep container of water in the fridge. That way you won't waste water by running taps until it's cool enough to drink.
Spend one minute less in the shower.

Five No Cost Electricity Saving Tips from Sustainable Energy Ireland

Toasters and Kettles

  • The toaster is more energy efficient than the grill for toasting bread.
  • When making tea or coffee, boil only the amount of water required, but make sure the heating elements of electric kettles are covered!

Tumble Dryers

  • When drying clothes in a dryer, dry heavy articles separately from light articles
  • Turn off the dryer as soon as the clothes are dry - don't over dry the clothes!

Washing Machines

  • The washing cycle selected on a washing machine should have the lowest water temperature required for the items being washed.
  • A full load of washing is more energy efficient than two half loads. Use a cold rinse for your clothes.

Dishwashers

  • Stop the dishwasher before the drying cycle and open the door to let the dishes air dry.
  • Always use the economy button where possible.

Electric Blankets

  • Switch on electric blankets no more than half an hour before you go to bed.

Five More No-Cost Electricity Saving Ideas from Sustainable Energy, Ireland

Electric Shower

  • Take a shower rather than a bath and save water. A typical shower uses only one fifth of the energy of a full bath.

Computer

  • Configure your computer to the 'energy saving' mode in which it will automatically change to the state of low consumption.
  • Switching off the screen can save even more than just letting the screen saver run.
  • Turning your computer off at night instead of leaving it on will save on average 25% of it's annual energy bill. Remember you should turn off your computer whenever you are not going to use for more than an hour.

Television

  • A television in standby mode can use up to as much as half the electricity as when it is switched on.

Fridge/Freezers

  • Don't let frost build up in the freezer compartment as this increases energy consumption. Remember to defrost and clean the inside of your refrigerator and freezer at least every six months.
  • Check that the door seals on the refrigerator and freezer are tight fitting. The seals should hold a E5 note in place when the door is closed.
  • Don't put warm or hot food straight into the freezer. Let it cool down first.

Cooking

  • Put lids on pots and turn down the heat when the water starts to boil. The lids not only keep heat in the pot but also reduce condensation in the kitchen.
  • At a certain point in cooking, turn off the electric rings and use their residual heat.
Top Ten Fuel Saving Tips from Ford Motors

Below are a few tips from Ford Motors to help drivers conserve fuel and save money at the pump whilst at the same time helping the environment and improving traffic safety.

  1. Slow Down and Watch Speed - and enjoy a 10%-15% improvement in fuel economy. Pumping the accelerator wastes fuel. Using cruise control on the highway conserves fuel.
  2. Accelerate and Brake Smoothly - fast starts, weaving in and out of traffic and hard braking wastes fuel and wears out brakes and tires more quickly. Maintain a safe distance between vehicles and anticipate traffic conditions.
  3. No Idling - today's engines don't need a warm up. Start the car immediately and gently drive away. Don't leave your car idling. Prolonged idling increases emissions and wastes fuel. Turn the engine off in non-traffic situations such as fast food drive-up windows.
  4. Check Your Tires - keep tires properly inflated to the recommended tire pressure. This alone can reduce the average amount of fuel use by 3% - 4%.
  5. Be Kind to Your Vehicle - maintain proper engine tune-up. Keep the wheels aligned. Wheels that are fighting each other waste fuel. Replace air filters as recommended. Use a fuel with good detergent additives to keep the vehicle engine clean.
  6. Travel Light - a lot of luggage on the roof rack will hurt fuel economy by as much as 5%. Remove excess weight from the vehicle. Unnecessary weight makes the engine work harder and consumes more fuel.
  7. Minimize Use of Heater and Air Conditioning - use heating and air conditioning selectively. This can help you save 10%-15% of fuel. Park in the shade to keep the car cool.
  8. Close Windows at High Speeds - Driving with the windows open at highways speeds increases aerodynamic drag on the vehicle and lowers fuel economy.
  9. Choose the Right Oil - use good quality, energy conserving EC oils with the viscosity grade recommended in the Owner's Manual.
  10. Consolidate Trips - plan ahead. This will enable you to bypass congested routes, lead to less idling, fewer start-ups and less stop-and-go traffic. Whenever feasible, share a ride and/or carpool.

10 Top Actions You Can Take to Save Energy & Reduce Your Carbon Footprint.

  1. Switch off lights and appliances not being used.
  2. Change to energy efficient lighting.
  3. Save water.
  4. Insulate and seal.
  5. Adjust your thermostatic setting on heaters and coolers.
  6. Use efficient showerheads.
  7. The 2nd fridge goes.
  8. Bike, phone, email rather than drive.
  9. Minimise waste.
  10. Use solar power.
 
 
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