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  • Alternative Transportation

    • If you have to drive to work each day, consider taking advantage of carpools and rideshare programs. You could cut your weekly fuel costs in half and save wear on your car if you take turns driving with other commuters. Many urban areas allow vehicles with multiple passengers to use high-occupancy vehicle lanes, which are typically less congested, further improving your fuel economy. Visit 511NYRideshare.orgLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. and explore your transportation options.
    • Explore work-from-home options with your employer to significantly reduce transportation-related costs.
    • Consider walking and biking to reduce pollution and traffic from vehicles.

    Buying a Vehicle

    • Purchase an electric vehicle. Not only are electric vehicles cleaner, but they offer a cutting-edge driving experience, save money on fuel, and need less maintenance than gas or diesel cars. New York offers a Drive Clean Rebate to individuals who purchase electric vehicles—up to $2,000 for new car purchases or leases. This can be combined with a $7,500 federal tax credit.

    Driving

    • Install low-rolling-resistance tires, which improve the fuel economy of your vehicle.
    • Keep your vehicle engine properly tuned to avoid repair costs, improve fuel efficiency, and reduce pollution. 
    • Have your car regularly serviced in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.
    • When traveling longer distances, use cruise control at the designated travel speed to save fuel.
    • Leave vehicle rooftop luggage racks, kayak holders, and ski racks on your car only when necessary, as they add weight, reduce aerodynamics, and decrease fuel efficiency.
    • Keep your tires inflated to the proper pressure to improve your gas mileage by up to 3 percent. Properly inflated tires are also safer and last longer. The proper tire pressure for your vehicle is usually found on a sticker on the driver’s side door frame, in the glove box, or in your owner’s manual. Do not use the maximum pressure printed on the tire’s sidewall; maximum pressure may not mean proper pressure.
    • For gas vehicles, use the grade and type of motor oil identified in the owner’s manual and change at the recommended interval. Doing so can improve your gas mileage by 1 to 2 percent. Remember that electric cars don’t require oil changes.
    • Avoid idling, which gets 0 miles per gallon. Cars with larger engines typically waste more gas idling than do cars with smaller engines. Idling for just five minutes increases fuel consumption by seven to 14 percent. Turn off your engine when your vehicle is parked to save fuel and reduce unnecessary emissions.
    • Avoid aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration, and sudden braking), which wastes fuel. It can lower your fuel mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds and by 5 percent around town. 
    • Combine errands into one trip to save time and money. Several short trips taken from a cold start can use twice as much fuel as a longer multipurpose trip covering the same distance when the engine is warm. Trip planning ensures that traveling is done when the engine is warmed up and efficient, and it can reduce the distance you travel.
    • Avoid keeping unnecessary items in your vehicle, especially heavy ones. An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could reduce your gas mileage by about 1.5 percent.

    www.nyserda.ny.gov/Residents-and-Homeowners/At-Home/Energy-Saving-Tips/Tips/Personal-Transportation
    Last Modified: 12/10/2018

  • Alternative Transportation

    • If you drive to work each day, consider taking advantage of carpools and rideshare programs. You could cut your weekly fuel costs in half and save wear on your car if you take turns driving with other commuters. Many urban areas allow vehicles with multiple passengers to use high-occupancy vehicle lanes, which are typically less congested, further improving your fuel economy. Visit 511NYRideshare.orgLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. and explore your transportation options.
    • Explore work-from-home options with your employer to significantly reduce transportation-related costs.
    • Consider using public transportation, walking, and biking to reduce pollution and traffic from vehicles.

    Buying a Vehicle

    • If you are in the market for a new car, purchase an electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle. Not only are they cleaner, but they offer a cutting-edge driving experience, save money on fuel, and need less maintenance than gas or diesel cars. NYSERDA offers a Drive Clean Rebate to individuals who purchase electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles that can be combined with available federal tax credits to help offset the higher initial cost.

    Driving

    • Install low rolling resistance tires, which improve the fuel economy of your vehicle.
    • Keep your vehicle engine properly tuned to avoid repair costs, improve fuel efficiency, and reduce pollution.
    • Have your car regularly serviced in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.
    • Leave vehicle rooftop luggage racks, kayak holders, and ski racks on your car only when necessary, as they add weight, reduce aerodynamics, and decrease fuel efficiency.
    • Keep your tires inflated to the proper pressure to improve your gas mileage by up to 3 percent. Properly inflated tires are also safer and last longer. The proper tire pressure for your vehicle is usually found on a sticker on the driver’s side door frame, in the glove box, or in your owner’s manual. Do not use the maximum pressure printed on the tire’s sidewall; maximum pressure may not mean proper pressure.
    • For gas vehicles, use the grade and type of motor oil identified in the owner’s manual and change at the recommended interval. Doing so can improve your gas mileage by 1 to 2 percent. Remember that electric cars don’t require oil changes.
    • Avoid idling, which gets 0 miles per gallon. Cars with larger engines typically waste more gas idling than do cars with smaller engines. Idling for just five minutes increases fuel consumption by 7 to 14 percent. Turn off your engine when your vehicle is parked to save fuel and reduce unnecessary emissions.
    • Avoid aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration, and sudden braking), which wastes fuel. It can lower your fuel mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds and by 5 percent around town.
    • Combine errands into one trip to save time and money. Several short trips taken from a cold start can use twice as much fuel as a longer multipurpose trip covering the same distance when the engine is warm. Trip planning ensures that traveling is done when the engine is warmed up and efficient, and it can reduce the distance you travel.
    • Avoid keeping unnecessary items in your vehicle, especially heavy ones. An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could reduce your gas mileage by about 1.5 percent.

    www.nyserda.ny.gov/Residents-and-Homeowners/Save-Energy-in-Your-Apartment/Renter-Energy-Saving-Tips/Tips/Personal-Transportation
    Last Modified: 12/10/2018

  • Plug-In Electric Vehicles

    What is it? A rebate for new, plug-in electric vehicle car purchases or leases. This can be combined with a federal tax credit.

    Who qualifies? All New York State residents

    Learn more.


    www.nyserda.ny.gov/Residents-and-Homeowners/Find-Contractors-and-Incentives/Home-Energy-Performance-Programs/Programs-and-incentives/Personal-Transportation
    Last Modified: 12/10/2018

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