Fuel Conservation Measures

As you are aware, fuel costs are continuing to increase. These increases continue to place a financial burden on the City of Winston-Salem’s fuel budget as well as your own personal budgets.

Since the summer of 2004, the measures listed on this page were made mandatory for operating City vehicles and highly recommended for your personal vehicles. Consider this Memo Regarding Fuel Conservation Measures (PDF) as a reminder that these measures are mandatory, and by implementing these conservation steps, it is hoped that enough fuel can be saved to eliminate more drastic measures for City vehicular operation.

If you have questions or other conservation suggestions, please call Sandy Barfoot at 747-7366 or email Sandy.

List of Fuel Conservation Measures

  • Be energy conscious. Commit to conserve and pay attention to how your actions effect fuel consumption.
  • Keep the vehicle maintained. Follow preventive maintenance schedules for replacing filters, etc. Check the gas cap.
  • Keep proper tire pressure. One under-inflated tire can cut fuel economy by 2%. Plus, under-inflation causes premature tire wear and creates a safety hazard.
  • Remove unnecessary weight from your vehicle. Every 200 pounds of unnecessary weight is said to reduce fuel efficiency by 1 mile per gallon.
  • Avoid long idling. Idling gets 0 miles per gallon. Restarting a gasoline engine uses the same amount of gas as idling for 30 seconds.
  • Drive at moderate speeds and use cruise control.
  • Plan your trips. Develop an efficient routing plan and eliminate unnecessary trips.
  • Carpool. Reduce the number of vehicles going to a work site if feasible
  • Obey the speed limit and anticipate traffic flow. The Environmental Protection Agency states that you can save up to 20% by not driving aggressively. Driving at 65 miles per hour also uses 15% more fuel than 55 miles per hour.