April 28, 2008
Re: Reducing Municipal Fuel Costs
We have received calls from concerned municipal officials asking for advice on reducing the use of gasoline and its attendant cost during this time of spiraling fuel prices and severely limited municipal budgets. Though it is impossible to present an all encompassing list that would be universally applicable in all municipalities, we would like to share with you the following steps that have been suggested to us for municipal officials to consider. Please consider these as you develop and modify your own fuel conservation strategies.
1) Eliminate unnecessary municipal vehicle trips and carpool whenever possible.
2) Instead of performing a drive around the municipality each day checking such items as manholes, installing sign posts, etc., consider doing inspections every other day if possible.
3) Instead of answering non-emergency calls from homeowners on an as needed basis, make appointments for these calls and group them together to save vehicle trips.
4) Send inspectors to the same job site in one car, not two or three cars.
5) Eliminate the use of SUVs except where essential.
6) Consider entering into cooperatives for gasoline purchases.
These and other relatively small, common sense changes in procedure can add up to substantial savings when fuel prices are so high. Of course, each step may not be appropriate for every municipality, but there may be other similar things that your municipality can do instead to reduce fuel consumption and costs.
Here are a few websites that contain some good general fuel saving tips.
In addition, here are other websites you may want to review:
Finally, the National League of Cities has provided this information: Alternative Fuel Vehicles.rtf
Very truly yours,
William G. Dressel, Jr.