In honor of Earth Day we are sharing with you ways to make your car more eco-friendly. Not all of us can afford a new hybrid or all electric vehicle, but want to make our gas powered vehicles a bit more eco-friendly.
There are plenty of ways to get more miles per gallon out of your conventional vehicle, thus reducing carbon emissions without the cost or commitment of a new vehicle. The bonus benefit is that many of these tweaks will save you lots of money while costing you very little, relative to the price of a new green car.
Ways to Make Your Vehicle More Eco-Friendly
Reduce Air Conditioning – It may feel great, but riding around with the air conditioning cranked up increases fuel cost from 13% up to 21%. If it’s cool enough, use the flow-through ventilation instead of rolling down the windows or using the AC.
Reduce Car Weight – Got a roof rack? Take it off unless you need it because you can improve your fuel economy by 5%. Also, avoid your car as storage, because 100 pounds of gear in the rear of the vehicle can increase fuel consumption by 2%.
Get A Tune Up – You can boost your mileage by 4% when getting your car a tune up.
Purchase Low-Rolling Resistance Tires – Waste less energy and have the potential to save 100 gallons of gas when compared to other tires. If you aren’t in the market for new tires, keep your current tires properly inflated. Running on under-inflated tires can reduce your fuel consumption by 3%.
Change Motor Oil – Switch to synthetic motor oil and it will help your vehicle run more efficiently under extreme conditions, and it can last up to three times longer than pure petroleum based oil. This can save you 15-24 quarts of oil per year.
Choose the Right Type of Gasoline – If you’ve been paying extra for high grade stuff, chances are you’re wasting money without any increased performance. With today’s technology vehicles can run just as well on regular gas without damaging your vehicle and it will save you lots of money yearly.
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