For Immediate Release
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FSEC Updates Online Consumer Publication on Energy Efficient Transportation
As Hurricane Rita bears down on Texas and the Gulf Coast, drivers around the
country are wondering what effect this latest storm will have on already high gas
prices. The projected path of the storm takes it toward oil rigs, pipelines and
refineries along the Gulf of Mexico, where about a fourth of the U.S. refining
capacity is located.
It was just a few weeks ago when Hurricane Katrina's devastating blow to Louisiana
and nearby states sent gas prices above $3 in most of the country. While these
prices have come down somewhat, we're all still feeling "sticker shock" at the
In response to the effects of these storms, the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC)
has just revised its popular energy note on "Energy Efficient Transportation for
Florida." It offers many tips to help conserve gas and drive more efficiently,
including suggestions for maintaining your car, efficient driving strategies, wise
use of air conditioning and a look at future hybrid and alternative-fuel
vehicles. The information will be useful to drivers in all parts of the country.
Danny Parker, a principal research scientist at FSEC, has updated his original
article this week in preparation for the possibility of another significant
increase in gas prices from the latest storm. His new information includes data
on the effects of gas mileage from air conditioner use, shedding extra weight in
the trunk, the effects of unnecessary engine idling, and even how aggressive
driving can waste gas.
The updated publication is available at
Parker notes that "in the worst case scenario, Hurricane Rita's effects could lead
to petroleum supply disruption on an unprecedented scale. But even at best,
refined oil products -- gasoline -- could be in temporary short supply and at high
cost. Consumers can make their fuel -- and money -- go a lot further by driving as
efficiently as possible."
The Florida Solar Energy Center, a research institute of the University of Central
Florida, is the largest and most active state-supported energy research center in
the country. Current research activities include solar water and pool heating,
solar electric and distributed generation systems, energy-efficiency buildings,
alternative transportation systems, hydrogen fuel, fuel cells and other energy
areas. For more information about the center, visit www.fsec.ucf.edu or
call the FSEC Public Affairs Office at (321) 638-1015.