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If you live in a city that you need to drive to work, here are a few tips to lessen your impact on the environment. Even though walking, biking, carpooling and public transportation are the best ways to reduce your impact each day, sometimes these just aren’t possibilities. Follow these tips and feel a little better about your drive to work…
1. Wash and Clean Your Car the Eco-friendly Way.
Use eco-friendly soaps, sprays and sponges (or recycled materials) to make your car shine. Some of my favorite eco cleaners are Seventh Generation products. If you already have some eco cleaners laying around the house, don’t go out and buy ones specifically for your car, make your own eco, biodegradable car washing soap. Mix 1 cup of eco-friendly liquid dish soap, 3/4 cup eco-friendly powder laundry detergent, and 3 gallons of water. Also you can scent your car with a Natural Car Air Freshner.
2. Keep Your Car Tires Inflated
Properly inflated tires can help out the environment and yourself. Driving with soft tires wastes energy and pollutes. You can get better mileage with properly inflated tires, whereas poorly inflated tires increases fuel costs and emissions. For the full article…
3. Use Motor Oil Grade Appropriate For Your Car
Using the right motor oil grade can up efficiency by 2%, and by using the incorrect type of motor oil grade in your car can lower gas mileage by 2%. What kind of motor oil grade does your car take? Also, look for ones that say “Energy Conserving” on the label.
4. Change Air Filters Often
Replacing your car’s air filter often helps maintain your engine’s life and performance. Get rid of your air filter once it has become used and clogged. Replacing the air filter will improve your car’s mileage up to 10%. The air filter keeps away impurities from your engine and limits damage. Never replaced your air filter before? Watch this video.
5. Restart Over Idle
Idling uses more gas than turning off the engine and restarting your car. If you are stopping for more than a minute, it is better to turn off your car than leave it running. Even though it may seem like a short amount of time and a waste to turn off and restart, it makes a significant difference. Avoiding excess idling can save up to 19%!