Save money and the environment
CARS: According to the EU, driving accounts for around 12% of CO₂ emissions. Cutting down on car journeys can help slow climate change - but when you do need to drive you can do it in a more eco-friendly and green way. This is called hypermiling and is a way to squeeze the maximum mpg (miles per gallon) out of a tank of petrol. We've tried it, and it is possible to radically increase the mpg of your car, saving a small fortune in petrol and emissions in the process.
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A nifty tool to find the lowest cost fuel near you is petrolprices.com. The differences can be huge!
Driving at 70mph uses up to 10% more fuel than at 60mph, and up to 15% more than at 50mph. If you are a complete rev head and drive at 85mph your car will consume 40% more fuel than if you travel at 55mph.
You can reduce fuel consumption by 20% if you accelerate / decelerate gently.
Anticipate traffic and red lights and brake gently. This will reduce wear on brake pads and prolong their life, saving you money.
Change gear as soon as possible without labouring the engine – try changing up at an engine speed of around 2000 rpm in a diesel car, or around 2500 rpm in a petrol car.
If you think you're going to be stopped in traffic for more than about 10-15 seconds, reduce fuel consumption by switching off your engine. It also helps reduce air pollution.
Save 1% of fuel by making sure your tyres are at the correct pressure. Under inflated tyres create more rolling resistance and so use more fuel.
A vehicle travelling at 37mph in third gear uses 25% more fuel than it would at the same speed in fifth gear!
Take that rubbish out of the boot! Losing 45 kg could improve economy by around 2%.
When going down hills and approaching red lights, put the gears in neutral and let the engine revs drop.
This reduces wind resistance and can save 2% on fuel.
This reduces wind resistance, makes your car is as aerodynamic as possible, and therefore saves on fuel costs.
You could save 50% on fuel costs compared to driving a big gas guzzling 4x4!
It can improve mpg by up to 4%, and on top of that using the correct oil is good for an extra 2%.
At low speeds it can reduce fuel economy by more than 10% if on a high setting.
It may be boring, but it matters in two ways. Firstly, check over multiple tanks of fuel or for consistent trips (like commuting to work). Measuring fuel economy helps you to see if making changes to your driving has an effect on your mpg. Secondly, if you have instantaneous estimate of fuel economy on your dash-board you can use it to help you optimize your driving style for mpg. This is particularly useful for improving the way you accelerate and finding the speed at which your car is most economical.
But remember that the energy to build and power it must still come from somewhere!
parking, MOT’s and insurance
Rent someone’s drive, savings can be up to 50% on normal parking fees, check out Your Parking Space.
Find hidden 'fewer fails' centres. Council MOT centres are mainly to look after buses and ambulances, but they're also open to the public. As they don't do repairs, there's no vested interest to fail you, just to keep you safe. Find your nearest council MOT centre here.
Don’t just leave it to your current insurer, they will probably charge you way over the odds. Check the comparison sites such as www.confused.com www.gocompare.com or www.moneysupermarket.com. Don't forget to check companies not on comparison sites, such as Aviva or Direct Line, they can also offer great deals.
You could consider eco-friendly car insurance. The Co-Op car insurance offsets 20% of your car's CO₂ emissions and have an ethical engagement policy - you can even save 10% when you apply on line.
If you do, you'll pay way over the odds. When the big two renew, they can cost £££s. Yet breakdown firms are among the easiest to haggle with - in a recent poll, 88% of AA and 86% of RAC members who tried to haggle were successful and paid less. Give it a go!
Adding mum, dad or auntie Dot to your car insurance can CUT not ADD to costs. You'd think having more drivers on a policy means a higher price. Yet adding a responsible driver can lower your risk average and reduce your car insurance costs by ££’s
Don't believe their 'fines', they're just invoices. Yet many will try to make you think they're council tickets. If you do get a private ticket and you think it's unfair, you can fight it. See the Martin Lewis fight unfair private parking tickets guide.
It's actually a hidden loan. Firms call it monthly insurance, but in fact they pay it upfront and you pay back a loan. The rates can be as high as 101% APR. Avoid if possible and pay annually.
OTHER MOTORING Savings and Environmental Facts
7% of car journeys in the UK are less than 1 mile. If you walked or cycled you would keep fitter and save £60 per year in fuel costs, equivalent to 10kg CO₂.
Peter Kay had it right in the recent comedy ‘Car Share’. More people travelling together reduces costs for everyone in the car and reduces individual CO₂ imprint. If you share a 20 mile round trip to work 5 times a week with a friend, it will save each person in the car around £6 a week.
Looking after your car can help improve fuel economy a little, but is also important for safety and the longevity of your vehicle.
A study in USA found the vast majority of CO₂ emissions - 86% - came from the car’s fuel use. Just 4% of emissions came from making and assembling the car.
This option is becoming increasingly viable for many office-based jobs, and if your workplace offers it, look into the potential of using it for at least some of your working week.
Watch out! Over 2million of us risk a £1,000 fine for out-of-date photos on our driving licence. You must renew every 10 years.
When we burn diesel and petrol in a vehicle, some greenhouse gases are emitted - carbon dioxide (CO₂) we know about, but there are other harmful greenhouse gases called nitrogen oxides (NOx). These are particularly harmful to us and thought to be responsible for up to 40,000 deaths in the UK every year.
An average driver travelling 12,000 miles in a medium sized car will emit 5.16 tonnes of CO₂ in one year. Ramp that up to the 31 million cars in UK = 160 million tonnes of CO₂ a year...
The production of an average car before it is driven away by the new proud owner creates around 15 tons of waste and 75 million cubic metres of polluted air.
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The data we use to work out energy and water costs come from a range of reliable international sources to give an average figure. Figures are rounded up or down to the nearest whole number.
* Total amounts potentially saved do not include lighting in individual rooms, or use of secondary heating.