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Be a "Green" Driver

Driving is becoming more expensive as prices for Gasoline/Diesel fuels continues to increase. Learning to be a "green" driver will improve your vehicle's fuel efficiency, saves fuel cost and improves the environment at the same time.

Avoid Aggressive Driving

   Speeding, rapid acceleration and braking wastes gas. It can lower your gas mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds and by 5 percent around town. You can assume that each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.24 per gallon for gas. By driving sensibility you can save the equivalent of $0.18 – $1.16/gallon.

Keep Vehicle Well Maintained

   By keeping your vehicle maintained such as regular oil changes with manufacturer's recommended grade of motor oil and keeping tires properly inflated can improve your mileage by as much as 10%. This is the same as saving over $0.35/gallon.

Drive a More Efficient Vehicle
   The difference between a car that gets 20 MPG and one that gets 30 MPG amounts to over $900 per year (assuming 15,000 miles of driving annually and a fuel cost of $3.70/gal). Over five years that's over $4,500 in extra fuel cost! Selecting which vehicle to purchase is the most important fuel economy decision you'll make.


Onsite Solar Electric for Homes/Businesses

   Installing a solar electricity system at a residential and commercial building will offset electricity that otherwise has to be purchased from an utility company. NYSERDA will help pay for $1.75 per watt ($1,750 per KW) of the solar system.


Reduce Material Waste

Bring the following items to a Transfer Station:
office paper (in a clear plastic bag)
used clothing
scrap metal
yard waste and compost
household batteries
used motor oil
electronics (computers, monitors, terminals, TVs, cell phones, etc.)

No automotive batteries, fluorescent bulbs, kitchen or personal appliances.


Recycling Starts with You!

Albany County ExecutiveDaniel P. McCoy