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Word of the Year: Hypermiling

Word of the Year: Hypermiling

Hypermiling has officially been chosen as the Word of the Year by the good people at the New Oxford American Dictionary.

We thought it was Change, but whatever.

Anyway, hypermiling, for those who may not know, is "an attempt to maximize gas mileage by making fuel-conserving adjustments to one’s car and one’s driving techniques. Rather than aiming for good mileage or even great mileage, hypermilers  seek to push their gas tanks to the limit and achieve hypermileage, exceeding EPA ratings for miles per gallon."

Hypermilers will do almost anything to cut down gas usage, from always making sure tires are properly inflated to driving without shoes to increase foot sensitivity to pedals. Talk about extreme green!

Have you gone to extremes with creating a green home and lifestyle? We'd love to hear what you think of hypermiling...and what you're doing to conserve!

Posted: 11/11/08
aliciak

Wow that's news to me!

  • By aliciak
  • on 12/26/08 11:34 AM EST
LauraLee311

Hypermiling sounds a little OCD to me, but I see nothing wrong with trying to be smart about gas mileage these days! It's only when it becomes an obsession that it's unhealthy. I try to consolidate my errands so I'm not making dozens of trips, but I've always done that. It's not so much out of an effort to "go green" as it is to conserve my time--either way the Earth and I both win!