Stephen Dent Green Living Advice

Stephen Dent Green Living Advice
Published: November 19th, 2015
Category: Dent Planet Defender News and Tips
Uploaded by: Stephen Dent

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Are you looking to be more eco-friendly with your vehicle? Follow Stephen Dent’s suggestions below to make your vehicle more “green” and help the environment.

  • Stay On Schedule. Check engine performance, replace filters, and change the oil on a regular schedule. Routine maintenance helps reduce emissions and fuel consumption, saving money at the pump.
  • Don’t Rush. Hard accelerations and going over the speed limit use more gasoline than when you drive slower and accelerate slowly. Every 5 miles per hour over 55 can cost you an additional 20-24 cents per gallon. Use cruise-control on highways to maintain a steady pace whenever possible. Anticipate traffic patterns so you aren’t accelerating rapidly and then having to brake suddenly as this also wastes fuel and causes brakes to wear more quickly.
  • Plan in Advance. If you plan your route in advance, consolidate your errands and try to drive during lighter traffic times you will save gas.
  • Lighten Up. Remove unnecessary items from the vehicle to reduce weight. The drag from roof-racks or bike racks can waste the equivalent of two full tanks per year. If you must have it, consider adding a shield that deflects wind over the rack. Also, keep any junk out of your trunk. All that extra weight is affecting your fuel efficiency.
  • Don’t Pollute. Recycle or properly dispose of motor oil, tires, batteries, fluids and other components when performing vehicle maintenance or repairs. Some repair facilities will accept these items, or you can call your local government to find other proper disposal facilities.
  • Pump It Up. Properly inflated tires (Check your manual for optimal pressure) can increase gas mileage by 3 percent, increase safety, and extend the life of your tires, so keep the tires properly inflated and aligned. Under-inflated tires just waste fuel. Properly inflated tires last longer, saving you money and reducing the burden at landfills.
  • Don’t be Idle. Idling for five minutes less per day will save 20 gallons of gas per year. So if you are waiting for someone, just shut off the engine and don’t worry about restarting your car later because it does not waste gas turning your car on.
  • Stay Tuned. Getting regular tune-ups, maintenance, and having clean air filters will help you burn less gas, pollute less, and prevent car trouble down the line. Poorly tuned engines waste 4-40 percent more fuel than those kept running optimally.
    Take Car of the Air. Your car’s air conditioner should only be serviced by a technician that is certified to handle and recycle refrigerants. Air conditioners in older vehicles contain harsh chemicals that cause ozone-depletion. These toxic poisons can be released into the atmosphere through improper service by an improperly trained technician. Use your air conditioning only when needed. Also, parking in the shade and using a reflective windshield shade can help your car stay cooler when parked and will take less time to cool when you get in.
  • Consider a Hybrid. Hybrids get better mileage than conventional vehicles, have cleaner emissions, and save you money on gas. If you plan to buy another car in the near future, consider a hybrid, alternative-fuel vehicle or a practical electric car. But, if don’t care for the hybrid, try to find a car with the best MPG listed.
  • Don’t Drive. If you can walk, bike, bus or carpool to work it will contribute to the well-being of the environment. If you can work from home, that’s much better and will help reduce the need for a car.

In addition to being eco-friendly, routine maintenance of your vehicle will help you get better gas mileage, and make your vehicle last longer which will get you a higher price when you are ready to sell it.