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Why Is Fuel Economy Important?

Saves You Money

Save as much as $1,700 in fuel costs each year by choosing the most efficient vehicle that meets your needs. See how much you can save!

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Reduces Climate Change

Carbon dioxide (CO2) from burning gasoline and diesel contributes to global climate change. You can do your part to reduce climate change by reducing your carbon footprint!

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Reduces Oil Dependence Costs

Our dependence on oil makes us vulnerable to oil market manipulation and price shocks. Find out how oil dependence hurts our economy!

Chart showing annual cost of oil imports increasing from $21 billion per year in 1975 to approximately $330 billion in 2011

Increases Energy Sustainability

Oil is a non-renewable resource, and we cannot sustain our current rate of use indefinitely. Using it wisely now allows us time to find alternative technologies and fuels that will be more sustainable.

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Data Sources

Annual cost of oil imports, 1970 to 2011: EIA. 2012. Annual Energy Review. Table 3.9.Adobe Acrobat Icon

Annual cost of oil imports, 2012: EIA. 2013. Monthly Energy Review. Table 1.5.Adobe Acrobat Icon