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Tips for Pennsylvanians to Take the Punch out of Gas Prices

March 24, 2008

Pittsburgh, PA – Gas prices in Pennsylvania keep rising, and it's time to fight back. Bob Schildgen, also known as "Mr. Green," says families can noticeably stretch their gasoline budget and reduce pollution with a little planning, so that fewer trips are needed. And, he adds, "slow down." Driving more slowly is something some big trucking companies are already advising their drivers to do.

"Watch your tires, keep them inflated, make sure you car is well-tuned, and don't sit around idling. Those are the serious conservation measures."

He notes it also pays to chuck the junk in your trunk; removing excess weight improves gas mileage. And families don't have to invest in devices that are supposed to boost gas mileage, he adds. Little changes in driving habits can save real cash.

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

Average gas prices in Pennsylvania are about a dollar more now than they were a year ago.

More green tips are available at www.sierraclub.org/mrgreen.

Deborah Smith/Don Mathisen, Public News Service - PA