- Have your furnace and gas appliances serviced annually by a qualified professional. If they don’t work properly, they could be wasting energy or cause a safety hazard.
- If you’re looking into gas ranges for cooking, consider an electronic ignition system. They use up to 40 percent less energy than a standing pilot system.
- When it comes to burners, look for blue. A blue, cone-shaped flame is a sign of a properly working burner. A yellow flame is a sign of malfunction. It could mean the air inlets are clogged or the burners need adjustment. If you don’t see a blue flame, contact your Gas service provider immediately
- Only use an appropriate burner which is almost similar to the cooking appliance circumference as energy will be concentrated to the focal point, for example Use the right ring for the right thing, if your cooker has a small ring, use a small pan. You might only be heating up a small meal, and doing so in a big pan wastes a lot of energy. Conversely, if you try and heat a large pan on the small ring you’re more likely to end up heating for longer than saving any money or energy
- Switch off at the wall when your appliances and devices aren’t in use. Don’t just leave it on standby, it may be easier but it’s also a guaranteed way to waste energy compared to turning things off at the socket.
- Change your light bulbs to LEDs.
- Play energy-saving games with your kids to teach them the importance of switching off to save energy.
- Get smarter Investing in a smart thermostat, or at the very least, a programmable one — can make you much more efficient about when and how long you’re heating your home.
- Save yourself ironing time, take your clothes out of the dryer before they’re completely dry – they’ll iron much quicker and you’ll use less energy on your drier.
- Make things easy for your fridge and freezer, by keeping them full means they don’t have to work as hard and therefore they use less energy. Empty space in your fridge or freezer wastes not only space but energy too.
- Heat your home with cooking in winter, leave the oven door open after cooking to let the heat warm your kitchen. The oven might give off enough heat for you to adjust your thermostat, a far more efficient use of that stored heat than throwing it out of your home with an extractor fan.
- In winter, the use of blankets saves a lot of energy and costs related with the use of heaters that consume lots of electric power and
- Avoid Long Idling
The worst mileage a vehicle can get is zero mpg, which occurs when it idles. Idling for long periods of time, whether at a railroad crossing or pulling off the road to make a cell phone call, consumes gas that could be saved by simply turning off the engine. Restarting an engine uses about the same amount of gas as idling for 30 seconds. When idling for longer periods of time, shut off the engine.
However, turning off the engine may disable vehicle functions, including safety features like airbags. Drivers should be certain to only utilize this strategy in situations where there is no possibility of collision.
- Clean Out the Trunk and Eliminate Unnecessary Weight
Vehicles get much better mileage when they’re not loaded with unnecessary weight. Every 200kg of additional weight trims one mile off fuel efficiency. Most drivers accumulate material in their vehicle trunks, some of it unnecessary. Instruct drivers to remove all non-required items from the vehicle, such as unneeded tools or materials.
- Keep Tires Inflated to the Correct Pressure
Buy tire gauges for your drivers so they can ensure tires are inflated to the manufacturer’s recommended level. One underinflated tire can cut fuel economy by 2% per pound of pressure below the proper inflation level. One out of four drivers, on average, drives vehicles with one or more underinflated tires. When a tire is underinflated by 4-5 psi below the manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure, for example, vehicle fuel consumption increases by 10% and, over the long haul, causes a 15% reduction in tire tread life. Check the vehicle’s doorpost sticker for minimum tire inflation pressure.
- Don’t Buy Premium Fuel
Resist the urge to buy higher-octane gas for “premium” performance, unless the vehicle requires it. Octane has nothing to do with gasoline performance; it merely indicates the volatility factor in the combustion chamber. Unless your vehicle owner’s manual specifically requires it, don’t use premium fuel. Fuel costs could be cut as much as 10 cents per gallon by using regular fuel instead of premium.
- Encourage Drivers to Observe Posted Speed Limits
This tip may save a life as well as fuel. It is estimated that a 10% to 15% improvement in fuel economy by driving 55km instead of 65km.
- Shop Around for Best Fuel Prices
Check the Web for the best fuel deals. ZERA website shows a network of petrol stations and their respective pump price in real time.
- Use Air Conditioning Sparingly
Use the air conditioner only when needed. The air conditioner puts extra load on the engine, forcing more fuel to be used. An air conditioner is one of the biggest drains on engine power and fuel economy. It can reduce gas consumption 5 to 20 percent, depending on the type of vehicle and the way it is driven. Don’t use it as a fan to simply circulate air. If it’s just too hot to bear without A/C, keep it set around 72 degrees. Use the vent setting as much as possible.
In addition, parking in the shade increases fuel economy since not as much gas will evaporate when the car is out of the sun. Air conditioning won’t need to work as hard to cool down the interior.
- Make Your Vehicle More Aerodynamic
Wind drag is a key source of reduced fuel mileage, causing an engine to work harder, thereby reducing fuel economy.
Minimize wind drag by keeping the windows rolled up. This allows air to flow over the body, rather than drawing it inside the cabin and slowing down the vehicle. A wide-open window, especially at highway speeds, increases aerodynamic drag, which could result in a 10-percent decrease in fuel economy. If you want fresh air, run the climate system on “outside air” and “vent,” and crack the window for additional ventilation.
- Avoid Uphill Speed Increases
When climbing a hill, the engine is already working hard to overcome gravity. Pushing it harder by stepping on the gas is simply a waste of fuel.
- Use Cruise Control During Highway Driving
Unnecessary changes in speed are wasteful. The use of cruise control helps improve fuel economy.
- Avoid Aggressive Driving
Time studies show that fast starts, weaving in and out of traffic, and accelerating to and from a stop light don’t save much time and wear out components such as brakes and tires faster. Simply limiting quick acceleration and fast braking can increase fuel economy. By not driving aggressively, drivers can save up to 20% in fuel economy