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Tips & Tools

Tips & Tools for Traveling Greener and Saving Money

Personal Vehicles

Digital Tire Pressure Gauge

At least once a month, use a tire pressure gauge to make sure that your vehicle's tires are properly inflated, which can increase gas mileage by up to 3-4%

Avoid aggressive driving (speeding, abrupt starts & stops), as a no-cost way to increase your highway gas mileage by up to 50% and city mileage by 5%, as well as reduce wear and tear on your vehicle

Avoid carrying unneeded items, especially heavy ones. An extra 100 lbs in the trunk reduces a typical car's fuel economy by 1-2 percent

Although replacing your vehicle’s air filter when clogged, as recommended by the manufacturer, can increase your vehicle's acceleration performance by up to 6 -11 %, it will not really improve your gas mileage

About Town

Combining errands into one trip saves you time and money. Several short trips taken from a cold start can use twice as much fuel as a longer multipurpose trip covering the same distance when the engine is warm. Trip planning ensures that traveling is done when the engine is warmed-up and efficient, and it can reduce the distance you travel

When starting your vehicle in cold weather, avoid letting your vehicle idle for more than a minute

Commuting to Work

Arrange your work schedule, when possible, to avoid commuting during peak rush hours, which will save you gas and reduce travel time, and hopefully make commuting less stressful as well

Bicycling to Work

Take public transit at least once per week

Start carpooling to work, which can save you money and reduce your carbon footprint, but also do the same for your co-workers

Telecommute at least once a week, if your employer agrees to it, which can save you time otherwise spend commuting to work, while reducing green house gases

Ask your employer whether they would consider a 4 day (10 hr/day) work week at your company, which can save up to 1,500 gallons of gasoline per year per person

Long Distance Travel

long distance train

Take a train or bus, rather than an airplane, for longer trips. These days, many long distance buses and trains offer Internet access, which can help you keep connected while traveling

Consider video conferencing for work-related meetings rather than physically traveling to a meeting location. With today's broadband internet speeds and newer video compression technologies, the quality of video conferences has improved substantially compared to just a few years ago