You can’t go very far these days without hearing about the plummeting price of one of our nation’s signature resources. The cost of oil is the lowest we’ve seen in more than five years and is dragging retail gas prices down with it.
While the Government is predicting budget deficits, and those producing are trimming back expenses, consumers are high fiving at the pumps. On average, we will be saving about $60 a month on fuel if the price for a barrel of oil remains low.. What to do with the extra cash? Buying a bigger vehicle is not the answer!
We’ve been in the energy saving business for some time. Though our specialty is LED light bulbs, we are passionate about solutions that make our world a greener place. And being savvier with our vehicle use is a great place to start.
Okay, it’s cold…we get it. The middle of winter is probably not the best time to convince you to ditch your car and hop on your bike. So here are a few ways to reduce your carbon footprint year round.
Drive Environmental Change With or Without Your Car
Save Up – Your errands, that is! Combine your shopping trips so you don’t need to head out as many times during the week. By leaving your car at home more often, you’ll be reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving air quality and helping to limit the wear and tear on city streets.
Double Up – Carpooling is a great option. It’s not only good for the environment; it’s good for the wallet too. You get to share the cost of gas and parking and you’ll have less vehicle maintenance expenses to worry about. But possibly best of all, you won’t be the only one responsible for scraping that frosty windshield in the freezing cold!
Smarten Up – Bad driving habits aren’t just annoying, they can impact your vehicle’s fuel efficiency and that leads to more CO2 emissions. Each time you head out, be sure to:
- obey the speed limit;
- accelerate slowly and smoothly;
- maintain a steady speed; and
- anticipate your stops and starts.
Tune Up – Regular maintenance will help ensure your vehicle runs efficiently. Replace filters according to schedule and keep an eye on your tire pressure. Properly inflated tires won’t just improve mileage; they may save your life. Studies have shown that under-inflated tires can affect a vehicle’s ability to stop quickly and perform in wet conditions. Correct tire pressure also helps to ensure your tires wear more evenly, meaning they will last longer.
Clean Up – Do you have enough stuff in your vehicle to survive for days on end? If so, it may be time to tidy up your ride. This one is simple – additional weight decreases gas mileage. Take the junk out of your trunk and if you aren’t using your skis, store them in the garage, not on the roof of your car.
By following these tips, you will have a positive impact on both your wallet and the environment.
About The Author
Serial Entrepreneur, Technologist and Inventor.
My objective is to develop useful products that have a net positive effect in the lives of those that use them and the environment that we live in.
CEO of Mission LED Lighting Company Ltd.
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