Save Green

Owning, maintaining, fueling, and operating a vehicle is hard on the pocket. The average cost of owning a vehicle is $8,849 a year (AAA, 2018). Automobiles are also hard on the environment. Transportation, especially by gas or diesel powered car, is the number one contributor to climate change. The good news is there are many ways to reduce your carbon footprint and save money by making different transportation choices.

Tips to Save Green

  • Bike & walk for your body, budget, and the environment. Don’t have your own bike? Check in with Bike Walk Tompkins or RIBS for a loaner or refurbished bike. 
  • E-bikes & E-Scooters are one way to go up and down the Ithaca hills or for reaching further distances. Learn where you can legally use e-bikes and e-scooters on the NYS DMV Website.
  • Take the bus to save money, reduce your impact, and take the stress out of your commute. Utilize the free TCAT bus app to plan your route and track the next available bus on your phone.
  • Park & Ride to access the bus or to meet up for ride sharing in rural areas. Explore parking options at TCAT Park & Rides
  • Share a ride or carpool with coworkers, friends, or neighbors to save money and reduce the number of cars on the road.Sign up for Finger Lakes Rideshare to post or share a ride.
  • Improve gas mileage and save money on insurance by keeping current on car maintenance and driving efficiently. Learn more with AAA Auto Maintainance.
  • Try Carshare as an alternative to owning your own car and reduce your expenses. Follow the link to learn more about our local options with Ithaca Carshare.
  • Switch to an Electric or Hybrid Vehicle. A used hybrid vehicle is more affordable than you might expect. New electric vehicles are becoming more affordable and tax deductions are available. Learn more with the comparison guide  available on CCETC's Energy Program.
  • Talk to your employer about flexible work arrangements that will allow you to take the bus, rideshare, or work from home more often. Learn how by calling Way2Go.
  • Consider the personal and cost benefits of moving closer to work. Calculate the cost and benefits of living closer to work at True Cost Tompkins.


The Way2Go Team

Last updated October 5, 2020