5 Surprising Ways to Save Energy

Drive the Speed Limit

Remember when you tried to convince that cop that you were speeding to save fuel? There’s a reason he didn’t buy it: Hypermiling, a driving style that gives you the maximum fuel efficiency, means keeping your pace consistent – and not too fast. According to How Stuff Works, “A test carried out by Wayne Gerdes, the man credited with coining the term hypermiling, found that using cruise control at speeds of 30 to 40 mph (40 to 64 km/g) can increase fuel economy by double-digit percentages.” Even if you can’t slow down that much, more moderate acceleration, smoother deceleration, and limiting the amount of cargo you’re carrying can all make a difference.