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Los Angeles, March 12, 2004
"Demand for gasoline outstrips supply in California
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which helps push prices upward," said Carol Sam Leon
Thorp, spokesperson for the Automobile Club of
Southern California. "Reducing consumption could Claremont McKenna College
eventually result in lower prices. It's a way for Norene Black
consumers to exercise some control as prices
Californians currently use 45 million gallons of
gasoline a day, but the state's refiners only Harvey Mudd College
produce 43 million gallons, according to State Darryl Yong
Energy Commission figures. The remaining
gasoline has to be imported at a higher cost.
"Saving two gallons a week won't solve all of
California's pricing problems," she said, "But it's a
good start to more energy self-sufficiency." Pomona College
Using an average of 22 miles to the gallon, Alfred Yeck
motorists need to cut 44 miles from their driving
each week. The Auto Club suggests the following
ways to save two gallons a week:
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1. Car pool or use public transit. Leaving your Susan Castagnetto
vehicle at home one or two days a week is a quick
way to meet the two-gallon goal.
2. Slow down. Research shows that speeding
uses more gasoline if your commute include more
than 20 miles of freeway driving.
3. Combine errands so you can do most of your
shopping in one place.
4. Shop online. Save trips to the store by Your ETC
shopping, banking, buying stamps and paying bills
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5. Drive the smaller car. If you have an SUV and a
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fuel efficient sedan, use the smaller car for daily
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commutes and even for longer trips.
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6. Take a hike or ride a bike. Get some exercise
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and save gas.
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