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With gas prices going up, here's how to find the best prices

April 24, 2017 06:19 PM

As a consumer investigator, Deanna Dewberry is always looking for ways to help you save money. She analyzed gas prices, and the prices at the pump offer some good news and some bad news.

Gas prices here in Rochester went up again last week to an average of $2.46 per gallon. That’s according to Gasbuddy.com, a website that tracks gas prices across the country. In Rochester, prices have jumped 13 cents per gallon, just in time for the summer driving season. And as refiners switch to the more expensive summer blends, prices will continue to creep up in the coming weeks.

But here's the good news: In January analysts predicted gas would could reach $2.80. Now they concede that likely will not happen. And here’s more good news: Deanna’s Do List is chock full of ways to help you save money on gas. 

  • Pump up when you fill up.  Under-inflated tires can cost you in fuel efficiency.
     
  • Check your air filter. A clean air filter can improve your gas mileage by 10 percent.
     
  • Use your air conditioner sparingly.  Cranking the AC can use 20 percent more gas.  And remember in most cars, running the defroster is also using AC.
     
  • Got junk in your trunk?  Get rid of it.  More weight uses more fuel.
     
  • Slow down.  Reducing your speed from 75 mph to 55 mph will improve your fuel efficiency by as much as 20 percent.
     
  • Download a gas app on your smart phone like.  It tracks the best gas prices near you.  Here are a few:
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