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St. Patrick’s Day Gas Tips: Go "Green" And Save Some "Green" At The Pumps

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 By Lori Abbott/Chris Thomas, Contact
March 17, 2008

Oakland, CA - California motorists are probably seeing more red than green on this St. Patrick's Day. At $3.62, the average price for a gallon of gas here has reached another all-time high, as the most expensive in the nation.

It's worth thinking about "going green" to save some "green." Bob Schildgen, a.k.a. "Mr. Green," author of "Hey Mr. Green: Sierra Magazine's Answer Guy Tackles Your Toughest Green Living Questions," has some answers for folks who want to conserve fuel, while reducing pollution at the same time.

"Drive as little as possible and as slowly as possible. Watch your tires; keep them inflated. Make sure your car is well tuned, and don't let the engine sit idling. These are serious conservation measures that can not only save you a lot of money, but greatly reduce the amount of fuel consumption."

"Mr. Green" says the public has been too eager to embrace technological advances, while largely ignoring the simplest and most effective method: conservation.

"Conserve, conserve, conserve. We sometimes put too much faith in a new gadget or a new engine, thinking that's gonna save us, but the very first thing we should turn to is just simply using less."

He says drivers should avoid rapid acceleration and braking, and clear out excess weight from trunks. Also, since 40 percent of most short trips are within two miles of home, he suggests that in those cases, people ride a bike, take a bus -- or simply walk.

More green living tips are available at www.sierraclub.org.

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