Maintain Your Vehicle
- Improve your fuel efficiency by making car maintenance a priority. Make sure to take your car in for inspections and oil changes on a regular basis. Check with the manufacturer to determine what type of oil is best for your model to keep your car running efficiently.
Take it easy
- Slamming on the breaks or accelerating too fast is a waste of gas and can also be unsafe. To improve your gas mileage, be gentle on the gas pedal and breaks. Avoid high speeds because gas mileage drops rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. Also, turn your car off rather than idling whenever possible and remove excess items from your trunk.
Pump Up Your Tires
- Make sure your tires are filled to the appropriate pressure. Driving with under-inflated tires will hurt your fuel economy and may increase the wear and tear of the rubber. Invest in a tire pressure gauge and use it regularly.
Carpool/Take Public Transportation Weekly
- Fewer cars on the road means less carbon emissions, cleaner air, and a reduced dependence on oil. Doing this just once or twice a week can make a big difference.
Limit Your Air Travel
- Airplanes create more waste and emit more CO2 than automobiles typically do. If you travel frequently for business, propose the idea of conducting meetings over the Internet using a Webcam. For air travel that is unavoidable, offset the trip with Green Mountain carbon offsets.
Choose non-stop flights
- When you book air travel, choose a nonstop flight instead of one with layovers. Taking off and landing burns the most fuel, so cutting down on the stops also cuts down on CO2 emissions.
Walk or Ride Your Bike
- Instead of taking the car to the corner store to pick up a few items, ride your bike or walk. It can sometimes get you there faster and it will help you burn some extra calories along the way.