Be Green on a Budget
Make your car greener
In a perfect world, environmentally-conscious commuters would drive to their nearest dealership and trade their traditional gas car for an all-electric car or a hybrid. Unfortunately, there can be several reasons why this isn’t achievable. In those cases, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has several tips to help make your car greener.
Drivers should look at their owner’s manuals to make sure that their car is running as efficiently as possible. Unloading the trunk of a car can go a long way toward improving efficiency, because the lighter a vehicle is, the less effort it takes to move it forward. Tires should be kept properly inflated, and some cars can wear special “low rolling resistance” tires to maximize fuel efficiency.
Lastly, any and all cars should be up-to-date on any maintenance and repairs needed. An unmaintained car uses more gasoline and could be releasing more pollutants into the atmosphere, not to mention that any unaddressed car repairs can make a vehicle dangerous before its environmental impact is even considered.
If you cannot afford to own a hybrid or EV, consider renting one when embarking on a long road trip. According to MotherEarthLiving.com, select locations of car rental companies Enterprise, Hertz and Budget carry EVs. Some, like Enterprise, routinely carry both large and small hybrids to suit any type of road trip.
Kick plastic water bottles to the curb
Disposable plastic water bottles might seem like a really convenient way to stay hydrated, but they actually place an incredible strain on our planet. According to Treehugger.com, 50 billion plastic bottles of water are purchased every year, and only about 20 percent end up being recycled. It takes millions of barrels of oil to make the plastic drinking vessels, and the plastic could actually be contaminating the water inside the bottle.
To make your life safer and greener, consider purchasing a reusable water bottle that fits your lifestyle. There are several BPA-free plastic bottles for sale that are fun and safe hydration options (and do not break the bank). Consumers who are worried about the effects of plastic can try the new wave of glass water bottles or traditional stainless steel.
Recycling is so much more than just sorting paper, plastic and glass to be sent to a processing center. Online blogs like WiseBread.com are great resources to see if something you are about to get rid of can be given a new life.
Dish soap bottles can be turned into watering cans for plants or convenient pancake batter bottles, and dryer lint partnered with egg cartons can become fire starters for a big camping trip. Old T-shirts with sentimental value can be turned into pillows and quilts, or the more raggedy ones can have a new life as dusting rags or packing material. Old shower curtains that aren’t too dirty can help protect carpeting when painting the walls, or can be crafted into a windshield cover for the winter. Since money has already been spent on the original products, any additional uses they can be put to is cash saved for a rainy day.
Go Concentrated and Organic
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Going green does not have to mean going broke or breaking your budget. Consider these ideas when next evaluating your lifestyle for additional ways to help the planet.