June 5th is World Environment Day, and in honor of a day that reminds us we are all responsible for the world we live in, we thought we’d encourage our readers to do their part by going green. Although buying a brand-new hybrid or electric vehicle would be great, we know that’s not an option for everyone–that’s why we’ve come up with five simple steps to a greener car.
Before we get started, it’s important to point out that regular maintenance (like oil changes, filter replacements, and tire balancing) are important to keeping your car running at its most efficient levels. We’ll go ahead and assume you’re awesome and already doing this.
Opt for reusable filters. Though filters that are reusable cost a little bit more, they reduce waste associated with packaging and the filter itself.
Lighten your load. If your car doubles as a mobile home, packed with half your wardrobe and last year’s winter gear, clean it out. The less weight your car carries, the more efficient it is.
Be strategic about your outings. Plan your week in advance, and plan to make all your stops in one area at the same time. Find routes that are efficient, and plan your travel around rush hour the best you can (even better, carpool).
Leave your car at home, or drive half way. Kill two birds with one stone and get your exercise for the day by walking, riding a bike, or skateboarding where you need to go. If it’s too far, consider driving part of the way and getting on your feet the during second half.
Offset your carbon emissions. Sometimes, it’s hard to avoid emitting your unfair share of pollutants into the environment. Offset them by buying carbon credits, volunteering for a variety of environmental initiatives, or planting trees.
Here at Pfeiffer Used, we’ll be doing our part for World Environment Day by getting you in an eco-friendly car.