Green Tips for Earth Week – Green Your Car

April 20, 2011

Every year in the United States, 147 million gallons of gasoline evaporate due to loose, damaged or missing caps. That’s enough to fill the tanks of almost eight million sedans, according to the National Resources Defense Council. For what you’re paying for gas these days, it’s worth it to make sure you’re not letting it disappear into thin air. While you’re at it, save on gasoline and the environmental impact it has when combusted into our atmosphere by picking up a few of these efficiency tips:

  • Maintenance – Keep your car tuned up and running efficiently.
  • More Maintenance – Replace your air, oil and fuel filters according to schedule.
  • Tires – Keep your tires properly inflated (just this can save 400-700 pounds of CO2 per year).
  • Drive better – Studies have shown up to 30% of the difference in miles per gallon (MPG) is due to driving habits alone.  You could save more than a ton of CO2 per year by: – Accelerating slowly and smoothly – Driving the speed limit – Maintaining a steady speed – Anticipating your stops and starts
  • Make your next vehicle a fuel-efficient one – Check out EPA’s Green Vehicle Guide for info on miles per gallon as well as EPA SmartWay® certified vehicles, meeting rigorous air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions standards.
  • Household fuel efficiency – If your household has two cars and one is used mostly for commuting, make the commuting car a real gas sipper if you can’t for both.