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Simple Actions To Beat Oil Price Increases

20 August 2002

Simple Actions To Beat Oil Price Increases

The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) is advising New Zealand motorists to take efficiency measures to avoid getting hit in the pocket by surging oil prices.

Oil prices on the New York market have reached a post-September 11 high and, based on past events, it is probably only a matter of time before these increases flow onto New Zealand motorists.

EECA Chief Executive Heather Staley says simple energy wise measures can reduce fuel consumption by ten percent - not only eliminating the impact of rising oil prices on a motorist's wallet but potentially saving money as well.

"A ten percent saving in fuel consumption is the equivalent of one month's free motoring.

"The most obvious way to save fuel is to avoid unnecessary driving. One third of all car trips in New Zealand are for less than two kilometres. Walking children to school (perhaps using the walking school bus) can cut ten percent off the family fuel bill. Walking a few blocks to the dairy instead of driving the car can also make a difference to the fuel gauge at the end of the week. These short trips are made worse because a cold engine increases fuel consumption by up to 40 percent.

"For getting to work and home each day there are practical alternatives. Ridesharing with a neighbour or a work colleague or using public transport just one day a week could save ten percent of the fuel bill.

"When using a car, efficient driving can improve fuel economy by up to 30 percent. Checking tyre pressure before starting out, avoiding idling for more than 30 seconds and going easy on the pedal can easily achieve a ten percent improvement in fuel economy.

"At this time of the year many New Zealanders are heading to the ski fields at the weekend. Leaving the roof rack on the car during the week could increase fuel consumption by up to ten percent. If you're not using it, take it off!," Ms Staley said.

ENDS

Information on the walking school bus and Ridesharing are available on EECA's website: www.eeca.govt.nz or by phoning 0800 358 676

For further information contact John Boyd, EECA Communications Manager, 04 470 2216 or 027 445 7785


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