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City Actions Help Reduce Fuel Use by More Than 129,000 Gallons

With gas prices flirting with the $4 mark, the city of Glendale’s three-year move to reduce gas consumption will help blunt the pain at the pump for the city’s fleet of just over 1,200 vehicles.

Over the past three years, the city has reduced the number of vehicles it operates by 106. It has also downsized 200 vehicles from V-8 to more fuel efficient 4 cylinder models, and has 300 vehicles that can operate on E85, a fuel mixture of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent unleaded gas. E85 currently costs $2.71 per gallon, significantly less than unleaded gas.

The fleet vehicle reduction, along with other city moves, has resulted in 1,245,000 fewer miles driven and a 129,300 gallon reduction in fuel used. That could calculate to a half million dollar savings.

Other moves by the city include piloting the use of hybrid vehicles and creating a motor pool of 21 vehicles taken out of regular service. The motor pool gives city departments access to vehicles on an as-needed basis without having to maintain the full operation costs of having a dedicated vehicle. The motor pool was a large factor in the city’s ability to reduce its fleet of vehicles from 1,414 in 2009 to 1,209 currently.
Another factor in the city’s efforts to reduce fuel consumption is its rigorous maintenance schedule. Factors like proper tire inflation and clean air filters affect a vehicles gas mileage.

Tips to Reduce Your Gas Consumption:

  • Refuel when it’s cool. Refueling during cooler periods of the day or in the evening can prevent gas fumes from heating and creating smog or “ozone”. That helps to reduce unhealthy air
    days, especially in the summer.
  • Don’t top off your gas tank. It releases gas fumes into the air, which cancels the benefits of the pumps anti-pollution devices. So stopping at the click reduces pollution.
  • Use less gas. Not idling, maintaining your car, keeping your tires properly inflated and buying or renting low-emission fuel efficient cars will help you use less gas, save money, and reduce air pollution.
  • Don't drive if you don't have to. Walk, bike, bus, carpool - if there's an alternative way to travel, consider it.
  • Combine trips. Heading out to the store? Need to stop at the post office? Dropping the kids off at school? Link the trips together so you'll only be spending the gas once.
  • Use aerodynamics. Keep your car free of wind resistance. That means if you don't need to haul the trailer or the bikes, don't.
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