16 Green Vehicle Tips to Save Money and the Environment

Brad and I are headed to Victoria at the end of the month, and it had me thinking about travel. With spring break coming up, I’m sure many of you will be travelling soon as well. There is a lot to plan for when going on a trip, and fuel efficiency is not often at the forefront of concern. However, getting good gas mileage can save money and the environment. Here are 16 green vehicle tips to do just that. Plus, I’ve created a pre-trip checklist and included it at the end of the post for free to ensure you’re getting the best fuel efficiency every time you travel.

16 Green Vehicle Tips to Save Money and the Environment + FREE Pre-Trip Checklist


  • a properly tuned engine gets 4% better gas mileage
  • clogged air filters can cut fuel efficiency by 10%
  • properly inflated tires increase fuel efficiency by 3%
  • fixing a faulty oxygen sensor can improve fuel economy by up to 40%


  • a car’s fuel efficiency typically peaks at about 80 km/h (50 mph)
  • rapid acceleration and hard breaking will decrease fuel efficiency by up to 1/3 at highway speeds
  • 10 seconds of idling uses more energy than restarting the vehicle
  • avoid rush hour – crawling along creates 8 times the greenhouse gases and air pollution as normal highway speeds
  • slowing down from 120 km/h (75 mpg) to 90 km/h (55 mph) will increase fuel efficiency by 25%
  • if you’re driving a manual, shift up as soon as possible – driving in a higher gear decreases the rpm and fuel usage
  • every 100 lbs of stuff in your car costs 1-2% in fuel economy
  • roll down the windows – air conditioning increases fuel consumption and uses environmentally damaging fluids


  • low-rolling resistance (LRR) tires increase fuel efficiency
  • diesel engines are more efficient, longer lasting, and get 40% better mileage
  • hybrids cost more, but you save on fuel and some local governments offer an energy tax credit


  • consider taking the bus, carpooling with friends, or using a ridesharing service

To make sure you’re ready for your next road trip, download my free Pre-Trip Fuel Efficiency Checklist and get the best gas mileage possible.

FREE Pre-Trip Fuel Efficiency Checklist

How do you keep a green vehicle?

You Might Also Like

Previous Story
Next Story

5 Comment

  1. Reply
    February 25, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    I had no idea that idling wastes that much fuel!! Wow. I need to be more careful. Thanks for sharing with us on Thursday Favorite Things! Your post has been pinned.


    1. Reply
      February 28, 2016 at 8:42 pm

      Awesome, thank you. 🙂 I was surprised by some of the stats too! Idling for sure and also the oxygen sensor.

  2. Reply
    Jenn Peters
    February 28, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Hi Grace, I love your tips AND the free printable. I’m featuring your post on this week’s Sunday Blog Hop. Thank you so much for sharing it!

    1. Reply
      February 28, 2016 at 8:42 pm

      Aw, thank you so much! I’m glad it was helpful and informative.

  3. Reply
    Money Saving Guides For Beginners
    February 28, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    […] 16 Green Vehicle Tips To Save Money And The Environment by Heartful Habits. More than just fuel rewards and electric cars, Grace shares practical tricks anyone can do. […]

Leave a Reply