Fill Up Your Tank!!

Not sure about you but gas here in Raleigh, NC is anywhere from $3.42 to $3.79 depending on the day of the week, time of day, and location. Over the past week I’ve paid $3.42 to $3.55 near my house.  If you’re looking for the cheapest gas prices, check out Gas Buddy for your local city. The link here shows the current prices for Raleigh.

Gas Buddy currently lists the following 10 tips for conserving gas:

1 Avoid High Speeds As your speed increases, your aerodynamic drag increases in an exponential fashion. Driving 62 mph (100 km/h) vs 75 mph (120 km/h) will reduce fuel consumption by about 15%.
2 Do Not Accelerate or Brake Hard By anticipating the traffic and applying slow steady acceleration and braking, fuel economy may increase by as much as 20%.
3 Keep Tires Properly Inflated Keep tire air pressure at the level recommended by your vehicle manufacturer. A single tire under inflated by 2 PSI, increases fuel consumption by 1%.
4 Use A/C Sparingly When the air conditioner is on it puts extra load on the engine forcing more fuel to be used (by about 20%). The defrost position on most vehicles also uses the air conditioner.
5 Keep Windows Closed Windows open, especially at highway speeds, increase drag and result in decreased fuel economy of up to 10%.
6 Service Vehicle Regularly Proper maintenance avoids poor fuel economy related to dirty air filters, old spark plugs or low fluid levels.
7 Use Cruise Control Maintaining a constant speed over long distances often saves gas.
8 Avoid Heavy Loads Remove the sand bags from your trunk in the spring and pack lightly for long trips.
9 Avoid Long Idles If you anticipate being stopped for more than 1 minute, shut off the car. Restarting the car uses less fuel than letting it idle for this time.
10 Purchase a Fuel Efficient Vehicle When buying a new vehicle examine the vehicle’s rated fuel efficiency. Usually choosing a small vehicle with a manual transmission will provide you with great fuel economy.

You can find other gas saving tips at Opentravelinfo here: http://www.opentravelinfo.com/travel-guide/uncategorized/how-to-save-money-on-gas-29-tips.html.

Unfortunately hubby and I have gas guzzlers (’04 AWD Ford Explorer and ’96 4×4 GMC Sierra Extended Cab) and try our best to conserve as much as possible.  Thank goodness I live in a subdivision with plenty of kids (although we ARE hoping for a little girl soon for my oldest to play with) as well as local girlfriends for me to hang out with as we end our evenings and the kids play.  We live in an area that is growing like crazy with different stores and such nearby.  I believe the nearest grocery store as well as the Super Wal-mart is about a mile up the street so if I REALLY wanted to (and ONLY if I buy a small thing…)  I COULD walk.  There is a public bustop a block from my house BUT I’m thinking it might not be as safe for the kids (don’t believe there are restraints and you can’t always gaurantee a seat) so I’ve never ridden it with them.  My neighbor and I do occassionally go to the grocery store together to save gas.  And there even this one particular discount grocery store (Aldi) we bring our own bags as they do not supply any which helps us be more green!

Since I am a SAHM and the older kids are back in school, I’m home more with the little one.  Mainly I think because there isn’t as much demand for outside stimulation away from home (gee…I make my kids sound like demanding brats! LOL).  The little one and I can find stimulation playing in our flower garden (we’re trying to save from our previous heat waves), dancing to music, coloring, and dress up so it’s fairly easy to entertain her without having to leave our driveway. 

So how are gas prices in your area compared to us?