On many occasions on this site I’ve stated that just slightly decreasing the amount of gasoline you use will add up over time and really make a difference. While it certainly is pretty cliche, it’s definitely nothing but the truth.
Let me explain:
On average, Americans consume about 386 million gallons of gasoline each day. Over the course of a year, that adds up to just under 141 billion gallons of gas.
If people were able to reduce their fuel consumption by just 5% – whether it was by simply not driving, purchasing a more fuel efficient vehicle, or getting more of their current car’s gas mileage – we would save 7.05 billion gallons of gas each year.
With the current national average price for a gallon of gas sitting at $3.20, this reduction in gasoline usage would equal a total dollar savings of over $22 billion.
In addition to the massive amounts of money we would save, there would also be a significant reduction in the amount of damage we do to the environment.
Each gallon of gasoline that we burn releases roughly 20 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide, as I’m sure you’re well aware, is believed to be one of the main contributors to global warming and the “greenhouse effect.”
By reducing fuel consumption by just 5%, we would keep 1.4 billion tons of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.Â While I have no idea whether or not this would make a significant dent in global warming, it certainly can’t hurt.
So, if Americans were able to reduce their gasoline usage by only 5%, we would save billions of dollars and help save the environment.Â Sounds like a pretty good deal to me!