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The pinch at the pump feels more like a punch these days. The average price for gas in the Midstate is $3.35 a gallon. Maybe we are too numb to notice. The pump continues to drain a larger slice of people's income.
"Consumers really haven't realized the full magnitude," says Economist Daraius Irani. "Oh my God, I'm spending 4% of my household income on gas."
According to the Energy Information Agency, the average American household in 2012 shelled out nearly $3000 for gasoline. Call it insult on top of downsizing. The cost to drive is rising even as Americans' appetite for fuel consumption decreases.
"We got rid of an SUV, we got rid of a big Volvo," says driver Bob Creamer. "You know, one of those super wagons. So we trimmed down."
Irani says one day the decision will go beyond smaller, more fuel efficient cars. Roxanne Bowman had no idea how much of her budget is truly in the tank.
'I'd rather be going to the Bahamas, rather be going to the Bahamas," says Bowman.
You can find the lowest gas prices in the area by going to Fox17.com and click on FUEL GAUGE.
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Earth Day 2012 Living Green & Healthy
The Nashville community will celebrate the eleventh annual Nashville Earth Day Festival onSaturday, April 21, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Centennial Park.This years theme, Living Green & Healthy will help the community take another step toward Mayor Karl Deans goal of making Nashville the greenest city in the Southeast.The event is free and open to all ages.
The Nashville Earth Day Festivalhas been held in Centennial Park for the past 11 years and has grown to over 10,000 people in attendance.
The event will feature many exhibits and activities aimed at educating Middle Tennesseans about protecting our environment. With nearly a hundred family-friendly booths, hosted bycommunity groups, environmental organizations and government agencies, will offer fun and exciting hands-on activities for all ages.