Of course, the best way to reduce driving costs is to walk or cycle and doing this for short journeys is good for health and fitness but not always possible and not relevant when it comes to longer journeys.
Many drivers can use less petrol or diesel when they drive by changing their habits. For example reducing your speed on the motorway from 80mph to 70mph will reduce consumption by around 25%. Most cars optimum fuel consumption is between 50 and 60 mph……..
For smarter driving advice and tips visit the Centre for Sustainable Energy’s website http://www.cse.org.uk/advice/advice-and-support/smarter-driving
Public Transport – it is estimated that the advent of the Portishead Rail line and the Showcase Bus route could remove around 1500 cars each day from the local roads saving around 7% of transport fuel and nearly £1.9m in fuel costs.
Car Sharing – if the occupancy of cars could be raised from an average of 1.6 to 3 this could save around 6% of transport fuel and nearly £1.6m in fuel costs.
Electric Cars – the government target is for 1.7m electric cars by 2020 around 6% of the total. For our area this would mean nearly 800 electric cars. This number of vehicles would save around 3.4% of transport fuel and £900,000 in fuel costs. Each car would need around 2000 units of electricity a year which could be supplied from 2kWp of roof mounted solar panels.