Raise Your AQ
Over the past year, gasoline prices in the south-central states have risen by about 82 cents per gallon, and diesel fuel prices have risen by almost two dollars. Reducing your driving time not only saves fuel and money, but it also reduces vehicle emissions. Nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released from cars react with heat and sunlight to create ground-level ozone air pollution, which is of particular concern during the summer months. This “bad” ozone can irritate our airways, and worsen conditions such as bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma.
Viewer Tip: Give one or more of these tips a try to reduce your fuel use and protect air quality:
- Combine trips. Use less gas and drive fewer miles by combining errands into one trip.
- Don’t idle. An idling cars gets zero miles per gallon – go into stores instead of using drive-throughs, and shut off the engine when you?re sitting still for long periods of time.
- Carpool. Share a ride with two other people twice per week and save up to 260 dollars per year.
- Try-out a new transportation option. Walk, bike, take the bus, or hop the train!
- Check it Out: The Alliance to Save Energy has launched the Drive Smarter Challenge to help Americans save fuel and money. Visit drivesmarterchallenge.org/ to find more helpful tips!
(Source: Energy Information Administration. Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Update: 6/02/08. http://tonto.eia.doe.gov/oog/info/gdu/gasdiesel.asp; U.S. EPA AIRNow Program. “Good Up High, Bad Nearby.” http://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=gooduphigh.ozone#6; The Alliance to Save Energy. “Drive Smarter Challenge: Money-Saving Tips.” http://drivesmarterchallenge.org/money-saving-tips/Default.aspx.)