Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Mid sized solutions

So we're in a bit of a pickle, hmm? We've backed ourselves into a corner where we live in the middle of nowhere and drive 10 miles to the nearest grocery store. We didn't think about gas when it was cheap, and now we think about it way too much.

What are some possible solutions to the "high" (cheap in relation to what we get from it) price of gas?

  1. Increase the efficiency of your car's gas mileage. Inflate your tires to the proper pressure, don't rapidly accelerate or slam on the brakes.
  2. Car-pool.
  3. Get a used, higher efficiency car. Consumer Reports just came out with a great list of cars under $20K and under $10K. Cars under $10K included the 2000 Honda Insight (51 mpg) and the 2000 - 05 Toyota Echo (38 mpg)
  4. Move closer to work and services.
  5. Walk and bike more.
  6. Take public transport.
  7. Downsize to one car.
  8. Consolidate several errands into one trip.
  9. Work from home 1 or 2 days a week (or more).
  10. Get a job closer to home.
  11. Get your entertainment at home or in your neighborhood instead of going out.
  12. Bag a lunch instead of going out to eat at work.
  13. Ask your work to sponsor a car-pooling service.
  14. Ask your local church to offer "Park n' Ride" car lot for car-poolers.
  15. Ask your city to improve their public transport.

1 comment:

Lewru said...

16. Bulk order food to cut down on trips to the grocery store.

17. Garden more food to achieve same!