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US Motorists Expected to Use Less Fuel in Coming Years

Transportation energy needs declining overall, but automobiles show sharpest fall-off.

by on Jul.21, 2014

Americans are now expected to trim their energy consumption notably over the next quarter century.

A combination of changing demographics, greater fuel efficiency and wider use of alternative energy sources is expected to reduce the amount of energy Americans consume for transportation over the next quarter century.

A new survey by the U.S. Energy Information Administration indicates the long-term fuel needs for cars, trucks, airplanes, boats, and rail will steadily decline through 2040.

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Transportation energy, including energy demand from light-duty vehicles, heavy-duty vehicles, aircraft, marine vessels, rail and other sources, reached 13.8 million barrels per day in 2012 or 28% of all energy consumption in the United States. But that was down from a peak of 14.6 million barrels per day in 2007.


Simple Ways to Reduce Fuel Consumption

Report reveals ways to improve fuel economy by up to 45%

by on Sep.20, 2011

Some simple tricks can help improve your mileage by as much as 45%.

With gas prices on the rise again, motorists are frantically searching for ways to improve their fuel economy.  That’s convinced many drivers to downsize, whether switching from a big truck to a small car or simply shifting from a V-8 to a V-6.

But a new report suggests that you don’t have to trade in to save fuel.  In fact, “decisions a driver makes beyond vehicle selection can improve vehicle fuel economy by up to 45%,” according to the study by the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute.

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The study is divided into three categories that consider the decisions a driver might make:

  • Strategic, which covers the type of vehicle a driver purchases and how that vehicle is maintained;
  • Tactical, which involves the routes a driver selects and how they load up the vehicle; and
  • Operation, which covers driver behavior.


Demand for Gasoline Falling as Prices Rise

But does that signal a new recession?

by on May.05, 2011

Americans appear to be cutting back fuel consumption as prices approach record levels.

With fuel prices nearing the politically significant $4 a gallon level, industry watchers report that gasoline consumption has begun to slow.

The question is whether motorists are simply reining in their time behind the wheel through careful route planning – or whether the decline signals the start of a new recession, as fuel consumption is often linked to spending in other areas of the economy.

Gas consumption has dropped by more than 1.2%, year-over-year, during the last four weeks, according to data tracked by MasterCard SpendingPulse.

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The nation is using 13% less gasoline – about 1.2 million barrels a day – than it did in 2007, when consumption peaked.

Analysts say much of that was due to the recession, the jobless no longer needing to commute, but studies have shown that U.S. drivers are also taking steps to reduce driving by such things as route planning before running errands.