In today’s economy, people are looking for ways to save on expenses. One area you can explore for possible savings is in your vehicle’s gas consumption. New cars are more efficient now than ever before. But if you have an existing vehicle, you can still find ways to make it more fuel efficient.
The amount of fuel automobiles consume per distance can be measured in miles per gallon or mpg. In the US, it is vital to know which type of gallon is used, the imperial gallon or the US gallon. The imperial gallon is approximately 20% bigger than the US gallon. If your car’s mpg is high, it means that you can travel a greater distance on the same amount of fuel. This is better fuel economy.
Regular cars register between 15 – 40 miles per gallon. Governments all over the globe are hoping to increase this figure. The US Government is aiming for a value of 35.5 mpg by 2016. At present, the fuel economy standard is only 27 mpg. The European Union is demanding that car manufacturers produce cars with a mileage of at least 47 mpg by the year 2012.
Your choice of car is the biggest factor that impacts car fuel mileage. Smaller cars’ mileage is better compared to the gas guzzling SUVs. In the US, statistics have shown that American households spend around $5,000 a year on gas. Using a car with better fuel mileage will definitely be a source of household savings. Do you know your car’s fuel average consumption?
If you have an existing car and want to find out its mileage ratings, you can visit the site of fueleconomy.gov. This website helps consumers make informed choices when purchasing new vehicles or in achieving the best fuel economy for their existing cars. Fueleconomy.gov is a joint venture between the US Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and the US Environmental Protection Agency.
To find your car’s fuel mileage rating:
- Go to fueleconomy.gov.
- Click the ‘Find and Compare Cars’ tab.
- Select the model year of your vehicle.
- Select the vehicle’s make or manufacturer.
- Select the vehicle’s model.
You will see the vehicle’s mileage in the city and on the highway, annual fuel cost, carbon footprint and air pollution score. You can personalize the values by providing the price of gas in your area or use liters per 100 kilometers instead of miles per gallon.
The side-by-side comparison feature lets you compare up to four vehicles at one time. In fueleconomy.gov, you can search by class, make, or mpg. This site also has the Best and Worst MPG rating. According to this ranking, the Toyota Prius gives you the best fuel savings among all the cars.
With the threat of global warming, individuals must find ways of being part of the solution rather than adding to the problems of the planet. One way for you to lower your carbon footprint (and increase your savings) is to have a vehicle with a better fuel mileage rating. When buying a new vehicle, opt for one that gives you more miles per gallon. Otherwise, find ways to lower your existing car’s gas consumption. You can find fuel consumption tips on fueleconomy.gov and in other Internet sites. Remember, fuel economy saves money, reduces climate change, reduces oil dependence cost and increases energy sustainability. Don’t be part of the problem, be part of the solution!