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Tip of the Month August 2010

It’s August and Summer is coming to a close…..There is still time for a weekend getaway or a quick trip to the coast! As we plan our last summer road trip, I thought I would share some of our gas saving tips!   NO you don’t have to navigate with left turns to save gas……

Mind your maintenance. A well-tuned car burns less gasoline, so get your oil and air filters changed regularly.

* Not sure if your filter needs changing? Take it out and hold it up. If you can’t see any light coming through, it’s too dirty.

* Check your tire pressure monthly (you’ll get the most consistent results by using your own gauge when the car is cold). Americans driving on under-inflated tires waste 4 million gallons of gas each day and reduce their tires’ lifespans.

* Oil-change shops urge us to change the oil in our vehicles every 3,000 miles, but most cars nowadays don’t need oil changes that often. In fact, most manufacturers say you can go 7,000 miles without a problem. Change less often and it really can save your engine and the planet – not to mention your wallet.

Clear the clutter. Every 100 pounds you carry inside your car lowers its fuel economy by 1 to 2 percent. So if you don’t need it, don’t have it in your trunk.

Mind your Manners. Fast, aggressive driving is a big fuel waster. Try to maintain a constant speed – most cars reach peak efficiency while cruising between 55 and 60 miles per hour – and avoid rapid acceleration and braking, which can increase fuel consumption by as much as 40 percent (and make everyone else on the road hate you).

Keep your cool. Need relief from the heat? Use the air conditioner if you’re going faster than 40 miles per hour, since a lot of engine power at high speeds goes to reducing drag. When you’re cruising around town, it’s more efficient to roll down your windows.

Think different. Could some of your short trips be made on public transportation or by walking or riding a bike? Combining trips helps, as does carpooling with friends. Courtesy of


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10 Days of Climate Tips!

For the next 10 days I would like to share some tips on how individuals can reduce their Greenhouse gas emissions.

Check back every day for a new tip!

  • Cutting down on the amount you and your family fly will make a huge difference to your carbon “footprint” (11/1)
  • Avoid short car journeys. A cold engine uses almost twice as much fuel as a warmer one.  Take a walk or bike ride and enjoy the fresh air. (11/2)
  • Buy local and seasonal where possible. Getting produce out of season usually means importing it (11/3)
  • Switching from traditional light bulbs to CFLs simple change everyone can make. (11/4)
  • Only use a washing machine on full-load.  (11/5)
  • Switch off the engine if you think you will be stationary for more than two minutes. Idling for this long burns more fuel than it takes to restart the engine. (11/6)
  • Think twice before buying clothes. Take your clothes to a second-hand store or charity collection bin. When buying clothes, try to avoid cheap imports. Try to buy well-made and durable clothes made of natural materials if possible, buy from an eco-company (11/7)
  • Keep your car tires properly inflated. It’s estimated that up to 80 per cent of car tires are under-inflated, which can increase fuel consumption, and therefore emissions – as well as increasing wear and tear. (11/8)
  • Improve your consumption efficiency. Don’t buy impulsively only to enjoy something for a short time.   The longer we use a product, the better use we make of embodied energy.   Our consumption preferences and the way we treat our goods can make a major difference in this. So let’s go to the second-hand store instead of the furniture warehouse or the refuse incineration plant. (11/9)
  • Unplug equipment once fully charged. Mobile phones, shavers and electric toothbrushes keep drawing electricity even when the battery is full. (11/10)

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350 is the most important number in the world. This number is the safe line for our global climate and a start line for a global movement.

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