Earth Day 2020 has arrived! With COVID-19, we’re seeing decreases in pollution and traffic across the globe. Let’s use this trend as a starting point for all of us to decrease our footprint for this year’s 50th anniversary of Earth Day.
1. Don’t Use Your Car On Short Trips
Reducing the number of cars on the road lessens traffic and helps reduce fuel emissions. If it’s an option for you, walking or biking to your destination is a great way to stay in touch with the world around you and it’s good for you too!
2. Lay Off The Gas
Believe it or not, changing the way you drive can help reduce your mileage by up to 33 percent. Carbon Offsets to Alleviate Poverty reports that speeding and unnecessary acceleration wastes gas and money, and increases your carbon footprint.
3. Tuning and Proper Tire Inflation
Properly inflated tires improve your gas mileage by up to three percent. It also helps to use the correct grade of motor oil and to keep your engine tuned, because some maintenance fixes, like fixing faulty oxygen sensors, can increase fuel efficiency by up to 40%.
4. Traffic Avoidance
Being stuck in traffic wastes gas and unnecessarily creates CO2. Use traffic websites and apps and go a different way or wait.
5. Be Efficient
Be conscientious of ways to reduce waste. Combine errands to make fewer trips, Removing excess weight from your car, and using cruise control are all little things you can do to be more efficient.
Yet again, Happy Earth Day! We hope you enjoyed the 5 things you can start doing today to reduce your carbon footprint. Take care and stay healthy and green.