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Green Tips

Green Tip #6
Improve Your Fuel Economy

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and offer the following ideas.

See the entire list of Fuel Saving Suggestions.

Drive More Efficiently

  • Stay within posted speed limits: each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.20 per gallon for gas.
  • Don’t drive aggressively: you can improve your gas mileage up to 5% in town and up to 33% on the highway by avoiding speeding, rapid acceleration and sudden braking.
  • Avoid idling: Turn off your engine if you are going to have to wait.
  • Remove excess weight from the trunk.
  • Avoid packing items on top of your car: this creates wind resistance and can decrease fuel economy by 5%.

Maintain Your Car

  • Keep your tires properly inflated and aligned.
  • Change your oil regularly.
  • Check and replace air filters regularly.
  • Keep your engine properly tuned.

Here are some alternative transportation ideas to help reduce fuel emissions when transportation is necessary.

  • Move closer to your place of employment – if you live closer you may be able to walk or ride a bicycle.
  • Ride the bus - according to the American Public Transportation Association, public transit saves an estimated 1.4 billion gallons of gas annually, which is equal to 1.5 million tons of carbon dioxide!
  • Carpooling - by riding with other people, either co - workers or others just going in the same direction, you can cut your weekly fuel costs in half and reduce the wear and tear on your vehicle. You also cut emissions by taking one more vehicle off the road.
  • When traveling – Do not load cargo on the roof of your car.
  • Avoid carrying unneeded, heavy items.
  • If you are renting a car, check to see if the rental company has any hybrid cars.


Today's Sunrise Sunset in Decatur, IL:
    Sunrise is at: 5:27 AM
    Sunset is at: 8:27 PM

What can you do at the Nature Center?

Visit Our Conservation Areas

Rock Springs Conservation Area
Friends Creek Conservation Area
Sand Creek Conservation Area
Griswold Conservation Area
Fort Daniel Conservation Area



The Macon County Conservation District invites you to visit the many natural areas in Macon County, Illinois, including Rock Springs Nature Center, which offers nature programs, special activities, nature hikes, summer camps, music programs, conference rooms for all ages throughout the year in Decatur, Illinois.
Macon County Conservation District
3939 Nearing Lane
Decatur, IL 62521
(217) 423-7708

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