Huck goes green | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Huck goes green

Posted By on Wed, Aug 23, 2006 at 5:12 PM

A mailing from the governor offers energy-saving tips to cope with the high price of gas. Not a word mentioned about drilling in the Arctic. Full column on the jump.

With gas prices at an all time high, nearing or above three dollars a
gallon, we should all think about ways to conserve our gas - and our money.

Most of us don't have a choice on how we get to work - we have to drive. If
you don't have a friend or colleague who lives close enough to carpool to
work - then there are a number of things you can do to help conserve your

Here are a few tips to think about:

1. If you own more than one car, especially if one of your vehicles is a
less fuel-efficient truck, SUV or van, use the more energy-conserving
vehicle as often as possible.

2. Consolidate trips and errands to cut down on driving time and keep
needless miles off the odometer. Find one location where you can take care
of all banking, grocery shopping and other chores.

3. Comparison shop by phone, online or through newspaper advertisements.

4. Slow down. The faster a vehicle travels - the more gas it burns. Driving
faster than posted speed limits is dangerous and increases stress. Leave
enough time to reach your destination at a proper speed.

5. Avoid quick starts and sudden stops. This wastes fuel, is harder on
vehicle components and increases the odds of a traffic crash.

6. Routinely maintain your vehicle. Keeping moving components properly
lubricated and ignition and emission systems operating properly will help
your vehicle achieve maximum fuel economy and extend its useful life.
Poorly maintained spark plugs, or malfunctioning fuel sensors, can cause
your vehicle to burn too much gasoline.

7. Maintain proper tire inflation. A third of all vehicles have one
improperly inflated tire. For every pound per square inch (PSI) that your
tires are under-inflated, you're lowering your fuel economy by 1 to 2
percent per tire. Multiply that by four, and that's a big problem. It's
like riding a bicycle with a tire that is low on air: How difficult it is
to push along when the tire is low? Under-inflated tires can decrease fuel
economy by up to 1 mile per gallon.

8. Lighten the load. Don't haul extra weight in the passenger compartment,
trunk or cargo area of your vehicle. A heavier vehicle uses more gasoline.

9. Use the lowest grade of gas your car can take. Unless your owner's
manual calls for premium gas, there's no reason to use it.

10. Shop for low gasoline prices locally, but don't waste gas driving to a
distant filling station to save a few cents.

11. Ditch your car's luggage rack, roof rack and related outdoorsy gear and
put it away until you actually need to use it. The drag created from this
gear can reduce your mileage per gallon by up to 5 percent.

12. Use your air conditioning sparingly; it can save as much as two miles
per gallon.

13. Ask for directions. There's nothing unmanly about it. If you're not
sure how to get where you are going - stop and ask for directions instead
of driving aimlessly around. Your wallet, and your wife, will thank you.

14. Fuel prices are part of the total cost of vehicle ownership, so
consider whether the car, truck or SUV you're thinking of buying is bigger
and heavier than needed.

As the summer comes to an end and we all try to fit in one more family
vacation before school starts again, remember these suggestions. Not only
will these tips help you get more out of every tank, they may even extend
the life of your car.

From the ArkTimes store


Comments (6)

Showing 1-6 of 6

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-6 of 6

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Death penalty foes object to execution of Jack Greene

    The Arkansas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty is urging Gov. Asa Hutchinson not to set an execution date for Jack Greene,  sentenced to die for a 1991 slaying in Johnson County
    • Aug 18, 2017
  • What those Confederate monuments are about: Slavery

    The Democratic Party has likely chosen a political loser in a call for removal of Confederate memorials from public grounds, but it doesn't mean the sentiment is wrong. They are tributes to the fight to preserve slavery, no more or less.
    • Aug 18, 2017
  • Arkansas unemployment rate remains at record low

    The unemployment rate in Arkansas in July was again 3.4 percent, a record low level in place since May. The labor force added more than 9,000 jobs.
    • Aug 18, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Auditor Lea caught not telling the truth

    State Auditor Andrea Lea, who began her tenure in statewide office with a degree of competence unseen in some other Republican counterparts (think Treasurer Dennis Milligan particularly), is becoming more deeply mired in a political scandal.
    • Mar 4, 2016
  • Is Arkansas in or out on Kobach voter data effort?

    The Washington Post has published a map that counts Arkansas as among states that will "partially comply" with a sweeping request for voter data by the so-called election integrity commission set up by Donald Trump in an effort to cast doubt on Hillary Clinton's 3 million-vote popular defeat of him in 2016.
    • Jul 2, 2017
  • Another Republican miracle-working governor

    Great piece in Washington Post on the budget crisis in Louisiana. Big tax cuts and corporate welfare will do that to a state, particularly to a state whose previous governor, Republican Bobby Jindal, refused to join the Obamacare-funded Medicaid expansion. There's a lesson there for Arkansas.
    • Mar 4, 2016

Most Shared

  • Take yourself there: Mavis Staples coming to LR for Central High performance

    Gospel and R&B singer and civil rights activist Mavis Staples, who has been inspiring fans with gospel-inflected freedom songs like "I'll Take You There" and "March Up Freedom's Highway" and the poignant "Oh What a Feeling" will come to Little Rock for the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the desegregation of Central High.
  • Klan's president

    Everything that Donald Trump does — make that everything that he says — is calculated to thrill his lustiest disciples. But he is discovering that what was brilliant for a politician is a miscalculation for a president, because it deepens the chasm between him and most Americans.
  • On Charlottesville

    Watching the Charlottesville spectacle from halfway across the country, I confess that my first instinct was to raillery. Vanilla ISIS, somebody called this mob of would-be Nazis. A parade of love-deprived nerds marching bravely out of their parents' basements carrying tiki torches from Home Depot.

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments



© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation