In addition to your home, you can also green your commute. Check out these green transportation facts, and learn what you can do to become more environmentally responsible in the way you get around town and beyond. Some of these facts may surprise you
FACT: Not all hybrids are “green.” For example, some hybrid SUV models get as few as 20 miles per gallon. In many cases, a smaller, non-hybrid vehicle, such as a Honda Civic, provides a greener ride and better MPG than an oversized hybrid model.
FACT: Modern cars do not require idling to “warm up.” Idling a car wastes fuel and releases needless exhaust fumes into the environment. Contrary to what many people believe, idling a car in cold weather is not necessary for the well-functioning of your vehicle, as simply driving it warms up the engine just as well. For warming up the car’s interior on a cold morning, electric cars such as the Nissan Leaf have a handy feature allowing you to turn on the heat in your car remotely (without idling).
FACT: We could save approximately 2 billion gallons of gas per year if every American’s tires were properly inflated. Tire inflation and other maintenance tasks can make a big difference in your car’s fuel efficiency – as much as 25 percent! Make sure your tires are always inflated to optimal pressure, de-clutter your car’s interior and trunk, and get regular tune-ups for significant benefits to your fuel economy.
FACT: Approximately 4 tons of carbon and 700 pounds of other various pollutants are generated to produce a single car. Consider sticking with your current car, buying a used car with good gas mileage, or using public transportation or another mode of transport instead of buying a brand-new car.
Interested in going green in other areas of your life as well as transportation? Be sure to choose a Green Screened certified contractor for your home plumbing, electrical and HVAC work.
Written and published by Thompson Electric, Plumbing, Heating & Cooling.
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