- We ride the bus whenever possible (a monthly bus pass is much cheaper than filling your car up every week).
- We walk or ride our bikes to do local errands.
- We try to buy locally-produced food (this saves the cost of all things related to food from the cost of fertilizer to the cost of transporting the food to the grocery store. Plus it is usually more nutritious as well!).
- We car pool whenever possible. Now the hubby and I are pretty much together most of the time but before, when I was working, we could sometimes get four or five people who were going to the same meetings to car pool together--that saved a lot of gas!
- We simply stay home. Depending on your situation, this may or may not be an option, but for many people, especially on weekends, their first inclination is to get up and get out of the house, driving somewhere to shop, eat, or otherwise entertain themselves. If you stay home, you don't use gas. Simple.
- Our vacations will be much closer to home in order to beat the high cost of fuel (I think the term 'staycation' was coined during the last gas price increase).
- We throw on an extra sweater instead of jacking up the thermostat when it is cold (our house was heated with natural gas).
- We try to use all resources minimally because almost everything we do uses power generated by fuel (ie: shorter showers, heating the room we are in instead of the whole house, using a small counter-top oven for baking instead of the large oven, etc).
I think that as prices continue to rise, everyone will start looking at ways to conserve fuel which really isn't a bad thing. In fact it is something that we should have been doing a long time ago. Most countries have already learned this. In Japan, a country where natural resources are scarce, it is second nature to the people there to not be wasteful of anything--water, fuel, food, etc. This is how we all should be.