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  • How to save when you drive
    The Oregon Department of Energy is partnering with Oregon Department of Transportation, Columbia Willamette Clean Cities Coalition and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality on Drive Smart. This eco-friendly campaign offers consumers tips on how to save on gasoline. With the rising cost of gas, incorporating these simple ideas into your daily routine will save you money and more.
  • Cost of Oregonians' transportation fuels nearly doubles since 2000
    The average household in Oregon now spends about 6.64 percent of its annual income on transportation fuel. That's a dramatic increase from 2000, when households spent just 3.61 percent on fuel. Those statistics highlighted a recent presentation by Rick Wallace at the second Green Transportation Conference on October 24 in Portland. The Oregon Department of Energy's Wallace is also the co-coordinator of the Columbia-Willamette Clean Cities Coalition. To view his PowerPoint presentation, please go here.
  • Top 15 ways to save gasoline
    Getting the most out of your fill-up at the service station takes a little thought, ingenuity and planning. There are four basic areas of cost-cutting at the pump:
    1. how you maintain the your vehicle
    2. how you drive your vehicle
    3. what purpose you use the vehicle for, and
    4. ways that your vehicle doesn't have to be used at all (or very little).
    See if you can apply these ideas, even on a small scale. Every little bit helps!
Transportation Options How to Save When You Drive
Transportation Options to Save on Costs 
Oregonians drive almost 39 billion miles a year. More than 70 percent of these miles are from single occupant vehicles. Changing travel habits and reducing commuter and business driving are cost-saving alternatives to building ever-increasing highway and public transit capacity. Reduced driving also lessens air and water pollution, energy consumption and highway maintenance costs.

Solutions include increased use of public transit, commuter pool vehicles (shuttle services, vanpools and carpools ), bicycles, carsharing, ride share matching services and telework (telecommuting). Employers can also provide financial incentives or work with a transportation management association to encourage employees to change their travel mode