Do these five simple things to save gas and money as you develop and greener lifestyle.1: Drive the vehicle with the best gas mileage.Do you own more than one car? When possible, drive the vehicle that gets the best gas mileage to save gas and get the most out of what you spend on transportation fuel.2: Empty your trunk and lighten your loadFor every-day errands, like visiting the grocery store, back-to-school shopping, and trips to the home improvement store, it is convenient to put your purchases in the trunk. But don’t leave stuff in the trunk while you drive to carry out other errands. For every 100 extra pounds in your car, you reduce your gas mileage by as much as 2 percent.Simply unloading the trunk can save you $0.07 per gallon of gas, or $40-50 each year. Or perhaps you are driving a car with a roof rack? Putting cargo on top of your car can be a huge help when taking gear on a vacation. But remember that leaving anything on top of you car will create wind resistance and decrease your gas mileage.3: Keep your tires inflatedPresident Obama took some criticism when he suggested this as an energy saving measure, but he had a point. You should keep all tires inflated to the maximum recommended limit. Check manufacturer’s specifications for maximum tire pressures.This will reduce rolling resistance and save you on gas. Radial tires are the recognized fuel-savers and some newer models are available that promise better fuel economy. The expected improvement ingas mileage form this simple step is about 3%, leading to savings of about $0.11 a gallon. For an average driver, this is worth about $55 to $75 per year.4: Drive steadilyEliminate jack-rabbit starts. Instead, accelerate slowly and smoothly when starting from dead stop. Every time you slow down or speed up unnecessarily it wastes fuel. Also avoid tailgating – the driver in front of you is unpredictable. Not only is it unsafe, but if affects your economy, if he slows down unexpectedly.(The potential drafting effect is just not worth it.) In addition, think ahead when approaching hills. If you accelerate, do it before you reach the hill, not while you’re on it.5: Drive less. It seems obvious, but many people don’t give jumping in the car to go somewhere on a notion a second thought. A great way to save gas and lessen the wear and tear on your vehicle is to combine errands into the fewest number of trips.Turn several shorter trips into one longer, multipurpose trip covering the same distance. You can save time by cutting the overall miles driven, and reduce wear on your car by traveling while your car is warmed-up and operating more efficiently.Bonus tip: Although it may not feel that way, winter is on the way as I write this. During cold weather watch for icicles frozen to car frame. Up to 100 lbs. can be quickly accumulated! Snow and ice left on your car can also cause tremendous wind resistance. Scrape it off before getting on the road this winter.
The penchant toward living a green life has long been touted as being one which is more liberal–more–Democratic in nature. The reality is–that’s not the reality. It’s the liberal who talks about it more, it’s the liberal who will approach you on the street to ask you to donate your dimes for saving the earth, but who is in the trenches, fighting the day to day battle for a better environment and a more safe way of growing our food and meat?The answers just may surprise you. The conservatives that we’ve long proclaimed to be the polluters of an unsuspecting environment may in fact have a few faults we can point out, but the simple truth is that the conservatives aren’t new to green living. They can probably teach us a thing or two about it, if we’re willing to pay attention and learn.They haven’t just jumped on the bandwagon and tried to emulate the more liberal desire to keep the world clean and free of pollutants. In fact, they probably beat us on that bandwagon.The very unpleasant truth is that we who are proponents of green lifestyles need to take a lesson from these folks, many of whom have been living a green life for a hundred years longer than we have.If you grew up in the city you probably aren’t aware that in states like Nebraska, or Iowa, or Arizona, or even Texas, very traditional strongholds of the conservative voters, you’re going to find a great deal more small vehicles, a great deal more clean air, and a vast array of organic farming going on.Typically, those organic farmers, those small bakery owners using only natural ingredients, and composting in the back yard are not the city or suburb dwelling liberals that we’d like to think they are. They are solidly conservative voters who’ve been making their own pesticides out of organic materials for a hundred years.The best compost piles you’re ever going to see, the most organic food you’re every going to eat, the best and most fresh air you will ever breathe, quite typically comes from states that are largely conservative in nature and maybe that’s not an accident. Maybe we’ve all got something to learn from them if we set aside our partisan politics and really get back to nature with these conservative old farmers that we think can’t teach us a thing.The very core of our green living is reduce, reuse, and recycle. Who can teach you more about that than the older folks, conservative folks in your neighborhood who grew their own vegetables and reused their own clothing to produce quilts to warm them or recycled their furniture to a child who didn’t have enough for that first apartment.Older people, farmers, solid rural conservatives, living conservative and frugal lifestyles such as those that Obama declared as bitter and gun toting, are also our first and best way to learn more about reducing and reusing and organic farming.They are the professors in a lifestyle that we all need to learn more about.