Green Tip: Three Green Vehicle Changes

By October 23, 2012Keeping It Green

Driving and maintaining a vehicle uses an enormous amount of energy. At the current prices, fuel can be hard on the environment and your wallet. Making a few simple adjustments can help you reduce your environmental impact. It is not practical for every person in America to purchase a fuel efficient hybrid, so it is important to make other minor adjustments to compensate for the cost. Many people know the basic green tips such as carpooling and making fewer trips, but there are more ways to go green on the road.

Use Cruise Control

Cruise control is a modern convenience that can help reduce your fuel use by up to 15%. Setting your vehicle to cruise on the highways will help you remain at the most efficient speed and limit changes in friction that require more fuel.

Check Tire Pressure

Many people are unaware that ignoring basic vehicle details such as proper tire inflation could be decreasing their fuel efficiency.  To find out how much air should be in your tires, check your owners’ manual, or the inside of the driver’s door. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that properly inflating your tires can increase fuel efficiency by 3%. Properly inflated tires reduce the amount of friction between the tires and the road, which reduces the amount of work the engine must do to move the vehicle.

Visit A Car Wash

You may think it is more environmentally friendly to wash your vehicle at home, but in reality car washes use much less water. If every American who washes his or her vehicle at home switched just one trip to the car wash, it would save nearly 8.7 billion gallons of water.

As a company that values the environment, CLEAN encourages incorporating daily green tips.