(EMAILWIRE.COM, May 21, 2008 ) WASHINGTON - The Wal-Mart
Foundation today joined the Alliance to Save Energy and more than a dozen
other partners to launch the "Drive $marter Challenge." Earlier this year the
foundation donated $675,000 to the campaign, which offers tips to help
consumers lower their gasoline usage and increase their cars' fuel efficiency
through vehicle upkeep and smart driving. Helpful online resources in both
English and Spanish provide consumers with suggestions on coping with high
"Wal-Mart understands the impact that rising energy costs have on
consumers who are struggling to stretch their dollars during these tough
economic times," said Matt Kistler, senior vice president for sustainability
at Wal-Mart. "By working with the Alliance to Save Energy we hope to help
Americans across the country save money at the pump so they can live better."
The campaign Web site, http://www.drivesmarterchallenge.org, features a
calculator that drivers can use to determine how much money, gas, and CO2
emissions they can save by driving smarter. Drivers can also find
recommendations for increasing their fuel efficiency. The "Drive $marter
Challenge" money and gas saving tips include:
-- Slow down to save gas. Drivers can save approximately 80 gallons of
gasoline each year by driving sensibly on the highway. Speeding, rapid
acceleration and rapid braking can lower gas mileage by 33 percent at
-- Keep tires inflated. Keeping tires properly inflated is simple and
improves gas mileage by approximately three percent, saving as much as
$65 per year.
-- Combine errands/trips. By combining multiple errands into one trip,
consumers can drive fewer miles and use less fuel. Several short trips
taken from a cold start uses twice as much fuel as a longer,
multipurpose trip when the engine is warmed-up and efficient.
-- Check and replace air filters regularly. Replacing a clogged or dirty
air filter can improve a car's gas mileage, and a clean filter keeps
impurities from damaging the inside of the engine.
-- Select the correct oil. Using the manufacturer's recommended grade of
motor oil, including re-refined motor oil, improves gas mileage by one
to two percent, resulting in annual savings of up to $40. Changing a
car's oil regularly can extend the life of the vehicle.
The Web site also shows how each visitor plays an important role in
curbing energy use and CO2 emissions by displaying a running tally of the
cumulative savings of everyone who has taken the "Drive $marter Challenge"
"The Alliance to Save Energy commends the Wal-Mart Foundation and our
other campaign partners for reaching out to American families who are reeling
from high gasoline and oil prices with tools for cutting their vehicle fuel
costs," said Alliance President Kateri Callahan. "The Alliance has calculated
that the average U.S. household will spend $3,400 on fuel costs in 2008, but
the 'Drive $marter Challenge' tips and resources are designed to lower these
costs and put real money back in consumers' pockets."
About Philanthropy at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) and its foundation are proud to support
the charitable causes that are important to customers and associates in their
own neighborhoods. Through its philanthropic programs and partnerships, the
company supports initiatives focused on enhancing opportunities in education,
job skills training, sustainability, and health and human services. In 2007,
Wal-Mart, Sam's Club and the Wal-Mart Foundation gave $296 million to
communities across the United States. To learn more, visit
About the Drive $marter Challenge
The Drive $marter Challenge campaign partners are the Alliance to Save
Energy, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, American Association of Motor
Vehicle Administrators, American Driver and Traffic Safety Education
Association, American Petroleum Institute, AutoZone, Inc., Car Care Council,
ExxonMobil, League of American Bicyclists, National Association of Counties,
National Association of State Energy Officials, National Independent Auto
Dealers Association, National Low Income Energy Consortium, Natural Resources
Defense Council, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Safety-Kleen, U.S. EPA's
SmartWay(R) and The Wal-Mart Foundation. More information on the campaign can
be found at http://www.drivesmarterchallenge.org.
SOURCE Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
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