Saving Greenbacks on Gas by Going Green

April 21, 2011 Updated Apr 21, 2011 at 8:40 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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April 21, 2011 Updated Apr 21, 2011 at 8:40 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY
(WKBW)

A gallon of gas is $1 more now than the same time last year. But AAA has some tips for you to save money at the pump and drive "greener" at the same time!

First off, change your driving style. Imagine there are eggs under the pedals and avoid making quick starts and sudden stops.

Second, slow down! Driving a few miles under the speed limit reduces your fuel consumption by almost 25 percent.

Next, keep up with the manufacturer's recommended maintenance for your vehicle. That cuts exhaust emissions and can reduce your gas mileage by 40 percent.

And, consider driving a hybrid or electric car that is "green" and gets great gas mileage.

Finally, consolidate your trips and errands by planning ahead.

"This morning we are at $3.98 per gallon. That's up $0.97 cents from last year so it's a good idea to employ these tips," said Shaun Seufert, the Public Affairs Specialist for AAA Western and Central New York.

These tips were released by AAA in advance of Earth Day which is Friday, April 22, 2011.