Go green and save up to £1,000 Go green: motoring tips
Save money and cut your carbon footprint by switching to greener fuel and driving your car more efficiently.
1. Greener driving
Follow our guide to greener motoring for easy ways to conserve petrol, reduce fuel bills and cut carbon emissions. Our green tips include:
- Cut your speed At 70mph, a car consumes 30% more fuel than at 50mph
- Be window-wise Open the windows instead of using gas-guzzling air conditioning, closing them altogether when driving at high speed
- Don’t brake suddenly Let the engine slow the car by lifting your foot off the accelerator early
- Lower revs The higher the revs, the more fuel you use, so aim for below 2,500 rpm (petrol) or below 2,000 (diesel)
- Steady speed The more consistent your speed, the lower your fuel consumption
- Accelerate gently Quick getaways from the lights uses up more fuel, so accelerate gradually
2. Consider a greener car
If you're looking for a new car, consider investing in a : a hybrid like the Toyota Prius (pictured) or Honda Civic Hybrid, a diesel such as Volkswagen's Blue Motion range, or even an electric car. You'll spend less on fuel, pay less for car tax and reduce your impact on the environment.
- Cost From £18,000 (new)
- Payback More than 10 years
3. Convert to LPG
If you're a heavy car user and keen to cut your petrol costs, you could consider converting your vehicle to LPG (liquid petroleum gas). This will cut your fuel costs by around 40% and you'll qualify for cheaper road tax – but expect to pay around £1,500-£2,000 to convert your car. Visit the Drive LPG website for more information and to find your nearest LPG filling station.
- Cost £1,500-£2,000
- Payback Two to three years
4. Join a car club
If you drive less than 8,000 miles a year, joining a car club could save you up to £3,500 a year. You pay to join a club then hire a car on a pay-as-you-go basis. Car club schemes include Streetcar and City Car Club.
- Cost Annual fee £50-£60; each journey calculated on a pay-as-you-go basis
5. Use alternative transport
Ask yourself whether it's necessary to use your car on every occasion. For short journeys, walking is a free, green and healthy way of getting from A to B. And for longer journeys, coach companies National Express and Megabus offer one-way intercity fares from £1. Cheaper train tickets are also available through websites such as The Trainline if you plan your journey in advance.