How To Save On Fuel Costs

Whether you use fuel to heat your home, power your car, or anything in between, you probably know all too well how pricey it can get. The good news is that fuel costs are consistently dropping. Further good news is that, if you're careful and thoughtful, there are things you can do to save money on fuel.

Get a Tune-Up

One of the best things you can do is to keep your car and your engine in tip-top shape. Improperly maintained vehicles tend to use up more fuel than those that are well-cared for. Any good mechanic can provide you with a tune-up and put you on a good schedule for future tune-ups. As long as you keep getting these tune-ups as needed, your vehicle should continue to use the minimum amount of fuel possible.

Keep Your Car Clutter-Free

Are you the type of person who stores a lot of clutter in your car? You might be surprised to learn that not only does clutter make your car look junky, it also reduces fuel efficiency. A car that's carrying a lot of excess junk is weighed down and has to use more fuel in order to run and function. To use up less fuel and get more for your gas buck, clean out your car and keep it that way!

Find Ways to Drive Less

Most Americans drive far too much. Whenever possible, choose walking or taking public transportation over driving your car. If you absolutely have to drive somewhere, try organizing a carpool or, at the very least, use an online mapping program to find the shortest route. Also, consider all the gas you use up doing things like waiting in fast food drive-through lines or finding the best possible parking spot. Be conscious of and limit these types of behaviors. Go inside the restaurant, for example, or just grab the first parking spot you see.

Go On a "Cheap Gas" Hunt

Go on a hunt for the cheapest gas prices in town. Try to find the most affordable gas prices in areas that you frequent. That way, no matter where you happen to be when that needle reaches "E," you'll know where to go to get affordable gas. There are even some apps that can help you find the cheapest gas in your area.

If you can follow these tips, you can save a lot on fuel costs, which will make your wallet and Mother Nature happy.