By Tim Mandese, Cowboy State Daily
Wyoming’s gasoline prices were up a fraction of a cent per gallon Monday over the previous 24 hours to average $4.08.
The website GasBuddy.com, which tracks national gas prices, reported Wyoming’s average gas price is up 7.3 cents per gallon over one week ago, and up $1.19 per gallon from one year ago.
Wyoming’s average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline remained below the national average of $4.228 for a gallon of regular.
*The average price per gallon of regular in each Wyoming county:
Albany $3.90; Big Horn $4.08; Campbell $4.12; Carbon $4.22; Converse $3.89; Crook $4.08; Fremont $4.13; Goshen $3.96; Hot Springs $4.20; Johnson $4.02; Laramie $4.00; Lincoln $4.08; Natrona $3.98; Niobrara $4.10; Park $4.12; Platte, $4.08; Sheridan $4.00; Sublette $4.08; Sweetwater $4.05; Teton $4.08; Uinta $4.08; Washakie $4.08; and Weston $4.10
*The lowest price per gallon, reported in major Wyoming cities:
Basin $4.15; Buffalo $3.95; Casper $3.89; Cheyenne $3.93; Cody $4.10; Douglas $3.78; Evanston $4.23; Gillette $4.01; Jackson $4.39; Kemmerer $4.28; Laramie $3.84; Lusk $3.99; New Castle $3.92; Pinedale $4.09 Rawlins $3.99; Riverton $3.99; Rock Springs $3.99; Sheridan $3.99; Sundance $3.99; Thermopolis $4.17; Wheatland $3.88; Worland $4.08.
Jackson was the biggest mover today with an increase of 40 cents, and Lincoln County, with a decline of 31 cents per gallon of regular.
The lowest reported average price continues to be $3.78 in Douglas, while the highest was in Jackson at $4.69 per gallon of regular gas.
Saving a buck is on the minds of a lot of us today. Everything is up, and gas prices are in the forefront of everyone’s attention. There are a few things you can do, to get down the road, to squeeze more miles out of the gas in your tank. A lot of these you know, but unless you use them, they won’t do you any good.
1) Check the air in your tires. Properly inflated tires reduce rolling resistance. Check tire pressure at least once a month. You can find your tire’s recommended inflation pressure on the sidewall of the tire. An added benefit of proper inflation is less tire wear.
2) If it’s been a while, think about a tune-up. An engine that runs at its best uses less fuel. Although tune-ups can be expensive, they can pay off in the long run.
3) Reduce your speed. I know that’s hard to do on the long stretches of roads here in Wyoming, but in town, you can save a lot. Passing someone to beat them to the light might save you a few seconds of travel time, but if you do that enough, you’ll pay for it at the pump.
4) Smooth acceleration is one of the biggest wasters in our daily driving. It’s not a drag race out there, and gunning it off the light just drains your tank faster. Also, smooth and gradual acceleration on the highway, save’s more as well. You’ll get to 80 mph just a few seconds slower.