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The Green Life: Give Summer Gas Prices the Slip

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June 18, 2010

Give Summer Gas Prices the Slip

Pumping gas Summer officially starts on Monday, bringing with it longer days (and more time to get outside), but also higher gas prices.

To keep air pollution to a minimum, the EPA sets more stringent regulations for the composition of gasoline during summer. This translates to higher costs for gas stations; they very graciously pass the buck to consumers in the form of increased gas prices.

Avoid paying too much at the pump by choosing alternative modes of transportation during your summer travels. Take a train or bus to your destination – not only is mass transit more efficient, it also eliminates the stress of sitting in traffic. Once you arrive, consider low-carbon transport like walking or biking.

If you must drive, up your fuel efficiency by not idling, observing the speed limit, and coasting to a stop instead of slamming on the brakes – your passengers will thank you for that last one.

--Sophie Matson

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