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5 Simple Changes That Can Save Money and the Environment


Green Lifestyle  (tags: environment, eco-friendly, conservation, protection, greenliving )

Cher
- 677 days ago - greenerideal.com
Let's face it, the days of petrol and diesel powered cars are numbered with electricity and alternate fuels becoming more and more popular. The bad thing about these new types of cars is exactly that, they are new. New technology is notoriously expensive



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Karen R. (87)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 5:34 am
thanks for the info
 

Donna Hamilton (144)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 8:20 am
Noted. Thanks, Cher.
 

Christeen Anderson (512)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 12:24 pm
Great tips. Thank you.
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 2:21 pm
Thanks Cher. These tips should be publicised more.
 

Allan Yorkowita (445)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 2:37 pm
Good , sensible tips.
 

Ruth R. (219)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 4:12 pm
Noted. It would be a good thing if they would lower the prices on these vehicles, and make them our of wood, and put a helicopter wing one each as a roof rack -- then people could fly when there is a mud slide or a flood.
Where is the petition to get these electric vehicles to cost less, and to not hurt the earth with the batteries that they use?
 

Ruth R. (219)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 4:14 pm
"Letís face it, the days of petrol and diesel powered cars are numbered with electricity and alternate fuels becoming more and more popular. The bad thing about these new types of cars is exactly that, they are new. New technology is notoriously expensive, which is proven by the price of entry-level electric cars on the market at the moment.

A lot of us cannot yet afford an expensive new electric or hybrid car. Even leasing a car could be too expensive. We are stuck with a petrol car and quickly running out of money for it too. Itís a catch 22 situation. Petrol is becoming too expensive and electric and alternate vehicles are not falling in price quickly enough.

For the foreseeable future we will have to make do with what we have. This means driving from A to B using fuel. The trick is to attempt to make your car burn fuel as efficiently as possible by attempting to drive closer to your carís higher miles per gallon (mpg) limit.

that could have a very noticeable impact on the cost of driving and the carbon footprint of your car, making it more environmentally friendly.

1. Drive with your windows up
Driving with your windows down unnecessarily make the carís fuel efficiency drop. This is because the car is no longer streamlined to cut through the air and will require more work from the engine to maintain the same speed as if the windows were up.

A lot of work goes into the design of a car with regard to aero-dynamics and all cars are designed for optimum dynamic when the windows are up.

2. Air-conditioning and rear window heater
Features and gadgets such as window heaters and air-conditioning require a large amount of power in order to function. These features should only be used if completely necessary as they cause the car to use up energy and fuel by operating them. Obviously, on a long journey on a hot day you are going to want to use your air conditioning. However, it will work just as effectively if you periodically turn it on an off again instead of leaving it on.

3. Excess weight
Now, were not saying youíre overweight, that would just be rude. What we are saying is that carrying around things in your car when you donít have to [it is not necessary or vital?] can save you money. Take a quick look in the rear of your car, we bet there is some stuff in there that doesnít need to be sitting in there. So, take out your shovel in the middle of summer, or clear out all the beach equipment in the middle of winter. The lighter your car the easier it will be on your wallet at the fuel station.

4. Regular servicing
Getting your car regularly checked over is essential for both you and the environment. Having clean fresh oil, fresh coolant and all the consumables changed will ensure that your car will run at its optimum best at all times. A full service will usually include a quick check of parts that can cause environmental damage such as the exhaust.

5. There is no need to race
We understand the frustration when you are stuck in traffic or stopped at a red light, but there is no need to put your foot down to get to the traffic quicker. If youíre in a traffic jam and know youíre going to stop, just settle down and ease off the accelerator. You will save a lot of fuel over time that would otherwise be wasted. Learning to drive economically is one of the most useful things an experienced driver can do."

Widows are may air-conditioning for this vehicle.
 

Monica D. (580)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 5:13 pm
Go car-free if you can ...

We can also support groups that promote cycling and appropriate public transport. Cycling can be a very good way to commute. I would like to see more cycle paths being constructed.
 

Susan Allen (218)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 5:25 pm
Some very good ideas. Shared.
 

Tal H. (8)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 5:29 pm
Thanks for the share!
 

Aaron Bouchard (129)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 5:49 pm
Noted, thanks for sharing
 

Debra B. (24)
Friday December 14, 2012, 4:02 am
Great
 

Birgitta S. (230)
Friday December 14, 2012, 8:25 am
saved the article. Great this really is!-)) Merci, Cher.
 

Heather Rasm (5)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 10:30 am
All great tips. Thanks for the post!
 

Carol H. (229)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 3:45 am
noted, thank you Cher
 
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