If you’re a driver, hopefully you know not to pass on the right, sail through red lights or talk/text on your cell phone.  But when it comes to driving for maximum fuel efficiency, it’s back to driving school for most of us.

At cleanmpg.com, you can pick up tips from a community of driving geek extraordinaires who have honed the art of “hypermiling”–techniques for squeezing the most out of every drop of fuel in any make of vehicle.  The savings are far from trivial–these guys (yeah, they’re all guys) have been able to double their gas mileage.

Beyond the obvious strategy of slowing the heck down, hypermiling involves new and improved methods of braking (including the controversial “no-brakes” method) and, for barrels of fun for the whole family, the “rabbit timing” approach to traffic lights.  There’s a good overview of many hypermiling techniques here.

So hang up that cell phone and start hypermiling your way toward fuel efficiency nirvana.  With the money you save on gas, you can get yourself a solar water heater or some LED lights.  And with the money you save from those items, maybe there’s a Tesla Roadster in your future after all.

–Erica Etelson

Posted by Danny Kennedy

Danny Kennedy co-founded Sungevity and now serves as strategic advisor. He is an internationally recognized opinion leader on climate and energy issues. He is the author of Rooftop Revolution: How Solar Power Can Save Our Economy - and Planet - from Dirty Energy (2012), a book that has been described as the clean energy manifesto for the next greatest generation.