Just because you don’t own an electric vehicle does not mean that you can’t do your part for the planet! Small changes can greatly impact reducing your carbon footprint when those become a part of your daily practices. Here are some easy ways to go green year-round and be eco-friendly this Earth Day.
Keep Your System up to Date
Monitor your car and schedule the necessary tune-ups. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that fixing major maintenance problems can improve your gas mileage by as much as 40%. Not only does this save your gas mileage, but it saves your wallet and your drive. A well-maintained engine leads to fewer emissions, saving the planet too. Check under the hood for your oil, spark plugs, air filters, engine, and ignition system to maintain your car.
Ditch the Extra Weight
Your car runs better when it only holds what it needs to. If you have junk in your trunk, it’s time to lose it. Get rid of any golf clubs, beach chairs, or items that need donating. Clear out your seats and create a better fuel economy. The U.S. Department of Energy found that your fuel economy improves with every pound you ditch. Even getting rid of your empty bike racks can decrease fuel consumption by 20%.
There are eco-friendly solutions to get your car to shine. Have you ever thought about how much water is wasted when you wash your car? Consider waterless car wash products like this one from Aero Cosmetics to get the grime off your ride. These products are easy to use- spray, finish, buff, and you are good to go! Another great solution is to avoid harsh chemicals and choose natural cleaning products found right in your kitchen. For example, vinegar can polish glass well, and baking soda mixed with water and dishwashing liquid can clean your car well.
One of the best ways to keep your ride green is to drive defensively. Keep your feet light on the gas and the brake. Choose routes that won’t take you through traffic. Stick to the speed limit. Prepare to stop when the lights turn yellow. All of these efforts work to slow your gas consumption while keeping you safe. If you want to brush up on your defensive driving and keep our world in mind, check out our past article with the best techniques.