Ways to Drive Less

Carpooling, vanpooling, and public transit are excellent ways to cut down on driving and save money. Even better are no-fuel options like walking and biking, which are also good for your health. A growing Complete Streets movement is making Vermont roads safer and more accessible to all users, including bicyclists and pedestrians. With a growing number of options, some Vermonters are saying goodbye to their cars altogether.

  • Reclaim your commute, save money, and reduce single-occupancy driving. Plan a trip using the Go! Vermont Trip Planner. 
  • Reduce maintenance and insurance costs with public transit, vanpools, and carpooling
  • Use a car sharing service to cut car expenses in half if you drive less than 10,000 miles per year (Source: CarShare VT)

Ways to Drive More Efficiently

Investing in a plug-in electric vehicle (EV) is another good option. With an electric vehicle (EV), about 60% of the energy embedded in its power source goes toward power at the wheels. This is about three times more efficient than conventional gasoline vehicles, which convert only about 20% of the energy stored in gasoline to power at the wheels. An EV also produces lower emissions, for cleaner and healthier air. And charging one is like paying $1.25 per gallon at the pump—a significant fuel savings.

  • Charge at home and pay the equivalent of $1.25 per gallon in fuel
  • Less maintenance than a traditional vehicle
  • Performs well in Vermont conditions

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The Housing-Transportation Link

When you shop for a home or apartment, consider how its location could affect your transportation costs (typically a household’s second-largest expense). Lower housing costs may be less attractive if you are located far from town centers and transit, necessitating more driving. Learn more about combined housing and transportation costs.

Business Transportation

For a business, transportation costs come from moving goods and people. Adding EVs to your fleet is an excellent way to save money, and there are many other strategies to help foster a more energy-conscious culture. Consider implementing “smart commute” policies like flex scheduling, telecommuting, or a bus subsidy. You can also designate carpool parking spots, install charging stations, promote employee carpooling and vanpooling, or add CarShare VT vehicles.

  • Reduce your carbon footprint, promote a sustainable company culture and brand
  • Low-cost, quality-of-life benefits help you recruit and retain employees
  • Save money on your business transportation with more-efficient fleet operations

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