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How to Green the Car You Have

How to Green the Car You Have

By the Care2 Staff.

We can’t all afford to buy a hybrid, but we can still make a positive difference to the environment. How you drive and how well you maintain your vehicle can all help.

Read these three great tips for reducing emissions from your car and increasing fuel economy and efficiency.

1. Obey the speed limit. Your fuel economy is lowered by about 10 percent when you drive 75 mph instead of 65 mph. Driving over the speed limit can also increase tailpipe pollution in many vehicles.

2. Unload. Even 100 pounds of extra weight in your car can reduce fuel economy by 1 percent. Take a minute to unload your trunk or back seat.

3. Combine trips. Once your engine and catalysts are warmed up, they create much less pollution.

Or you could check out converting your car to biodiesel or hydrogen:

Convert your car to hydrogen.

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on anniebbond.com, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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12:32PM PDT on Aug 9, 2011

How green is it when you junk the damned thing?
I have never seen a green auto plant. But I have worked at an auto paint company. Nothing green there, even the neighborhood trees had to be replaced every two or three years. And the retiree health records are locked away from public scrutiny. I no longer work there, too many body rashes and scalp lesions. It's scary.
Bio fuels starve 3rd world countries.
Google the environmental cost of making hydrogen.
Green transportation is best done with feet.
We want a green revolution? Oh boy!

2:11AM PDT on Jul 30, 2011

:~)

1:18AM PDT on Jul 30, 2011

Thank you for these helpful tips. We can all help reduce oil use and the need for drilling and pipelines.

1:28AM PDT on Aug 30, 2010

wow

11:06AM PDT on Aug 2, 2010

Thank you

5:49PM PDT on Jul 30, 2010

I have a hard time driving the speed limit...and keeping my car clean and unloaded. This was a great reminder! Thanks!

1:21PM PDT on Jun 30, 2010

i have to admit that i don't really drive all too fuel efficiently, cause i don't want to have the whole fun taken out of driving.

10:48AM PDT on Jun 9, 2010

Thank you for reminding me to combine trips to the bank and store.

11:16AM PDT on Apr 30, 2010

Having windows open can reduce gas mileage, too. Other items to keep in mind are having your tires properly filled with air, maintaining an even speed while driving, and keeping your engine clean. Also, accelerating slowly instead of gunning it. I believe stick shifts also do better, but I could be wrong.

7:39AM PDT on Apr 30, 2010

I have complained about this idling but they will not listen. The fumes give me a headache.

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Angela B. says it all. Thanks for sharing.

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