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The Crow Creek Road Conserver Energy Project By Janice Crawford Educational Technology 360 University of Alaska, Southeast Dr. Jason Ohler 11/1/2007
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The final leg of my journey home each day begins in Girdwood and continues 5 miles up a gravel road to my humble abode. I wondered: Once I arrive home and then wanted to venture down to Girdwood to have dinner or check the mail or go to the store or visit a friend, etc… What if I didn’t drive my car? The scenario: But, instead of driving my car… What if I road my bike or cross-country skied? What if I got a ride from someone else?
How much fuel energy do I use and money do I spend driving 5 miles of my road each time?
I use .25 gallons of fuel each time I drive 5 miles of my road.
That .25 gallons of fuel costs .75 dollars
How much fuel energy and money would I save if I didn’t drive 5 miles of my road?
I would save .25 gallons of fuel and .75 dollars
What if I drove my car down the road and then road my bike or cross country skied back home? -or- What if I road my bike or cross country skied down the road and drove my car back up?
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How much fuel and money would I save if I didn’t drive the 10 miles of my road for… 10 days: 5 gallons of fuel and $14.50 100 days: 50 gallons of fuel and $145.00 1000 days 500 gallons of fuel and $1, 450.00
How many gallons of fuel and money would be saved if 10 people, 100 people or 1000 people didn’t drive 5 miles ?
10 people: 2.5 gallons and $7.25
100 people: 25 gallons and $72.50
1,000 people: 250 gallons and $725
How many gallons of fuel and money would be saved if 10 people, 100 people or 1000 people didn’t drive 10 miles ?
10 people: 5 gallons and $14.50
100 people: 50 gallons and $145
1000 people: 500 gallons and $1,450
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What if 10 people didn’t drive 5 miles for… 10 days: 25 gallons of fuel and $72.50 100 days: 250 gallons of fuel and $725 1000 days: 2500 gallons of fuel and $7,250 What if 100 people didn’t drive 5 miles for… 10 days: 250 gallons of fuel and $725 100 days: 2500 gallons of fuel and $7,250 1000 days: 25,000 gallons and $72,500 What if 1000 people didn’t drive 5 miles for… 10 days: 2500 gallons of fuel and $7,250 100 days: 25,000 gallons of fuel and $72,500 1000 days: 250,000 gallons of fuel and $725,000
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What if 10 people didn’t drive 10 miles for… 10 days: 50 gallons of fuel and $145 100 days: 500 gallons of fuel and $1,450 1000 days: 5000 gallons of fuel and $14,500 What if 100 people didn’t drive 10 miles for… 10 days: 500 gallons of fuel and $1,450 100 days: 5000 gallons of fuel and $14,500 1000 days: 50,000 gallons and $145,000 What if 1000 people didn’t drive 10 miles for… 10 days: 5000 gallons of fuel and $14,500 100 days: 50,000 gallons of fuel and $145,000 1000 days: 500,000 gallons of fuel and $1,450,000
What if 1 million people found alternative means to travel 5 miles, 1 day/week for a year?
52 weeks in year X 5 miles = 260 miles
260 mi./20 mi. per gallon = 13 gallons of gas
13 gallons X $3.00 per gallon = $39.00
Multiply all this by 1 million people:
13 million gallons of gas
$39,000,000
So much is saved!
What a difference we could make
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Questions for further exploration… Is it better for the environment and my wallet to live closer to the town centers that I travel to and support me? Should I move closer to the town center? Should I drive a more fuel efficient car or one that runs on alternative energy sources? Should I car pool more?
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