As refineries switch to cleaner burning fuels to meet environmental standards, gas prices soar and budgets get crunched every summer. Until we can find a cheaper energy alternative, we have to learn how to live without using so much gas.
With Earth Week and Santa Ana College’s Sustain-A-Palooza last week, here are several eco-friendly ways to get around your daily commute without spending ridiculous amounts of dough in the process.
Americans spend about $40 a week on gas, according to H&R Block. But if a student purchased an about $100 bicycle to pedal to class, it would take less than three weeks to make back that money.
If a morning workout isn’t appealing, carpooling is always an option. This could potentially cut fuel costs in half for two students on a Monday to Thursday grind, in addition to freeing up parking spaces every morning. Two birds, one stone.
Finally, there is public transportation. Week passes are only $25 for OCTA, making the bus a viable alternative to get to school with a slight adjustment to scheduling.
Summer is only a couple months away, but California has some of the highest annual gas prices. Using these methods all four seasons will no doubt keep bank accounts happy no matter the weather.