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Fuel for Thought

Fuel for Thought: Pay less at the pump & save gas

South Jersey Gas is dedicated to helping you save money and conserve gas at home, at work – and in your car.

As fuel prices continue to rise, we’re all looking to pay less at the pump and cut down on fuel consumption. Check out these tips below:
  • Slow down. Driving above 50 mph shrinks your gas mileage. For every 5 mph above 50 mph, it's like paying an additional $0.22 per gallon of gasoline. 
  • Drive sensibly. Avoid rapid acceleration, speeding and hard braking, as well as aggressive driving (which can reduce highway gas mileage by 15% to 30% and city mileage by 10% to 40%).
  • Avoid idling your car. If parked for more than 10 seconds, turn off your engine. Idling can use up to a half gallon of fuel per hour, depending on engine size and air conditioner use.
  • Decrease drag. Place items inside the car or trunk, not on roof racks, which can lower your fuel economy.
  • Lighten your load. Don’t store heavy items in your vehicle; carrying an extra 100 pounds may increase your gas costs.
  • Combine errands. Driving from a cold start can use twice as much fuel as one trip covering the same distance when the engine is warm.
  • Keep your tires properly inflated. Find the correct tire pressure in the car owner's manual or on a sticker located in the glove box or driver's side door jamb. Note: this number may differ from the maximum pressure shown on your tire's sidewall.
  • Maintain your vehicle. Improve your fuel economy by solving problems – worn spark plugs, dragging brakes, sagging belts – that can be identified through routine maintenance. Repairing serious problems, such as a faulty oxygen sensor, can improve mileage by as much as 40%. 
  • Drive less. Look into telecommuting, carpooling, public transit and active transportation like bicycling or walking to save on fuel and car maintenance costs.
Fun Fact
In 2020, Americans drove 2.83 trillion miles—the equivalent of 6 million roundtrips to the moon!
 
Source: Energy.gov; all cost estimates assume an average price of $3.15 per gallon.
 
Save energy and money -- check out SJG Energy Efficiency programs available exclusively for SJG customers.

 

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