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Service your vehicles frequently.
Getting your car serviced regularly will increase your fuel efficiency and add to the car's life. Get your oil changed on time and have your car checked for problems regularly. By ensuring your car is running well you can increase your mileage AND you can save up to $200 a year by increasing your mileage by just 10%.
Because wind resistance builds up so much with higher speeds, every mile per hour you drive over 55 decreases your fuel economy by 2%. In other words, if you're driving 80 mph you'll cut your fuel economy by half. Accelerating and decelerating abruptly also reduces fuel efficiency and wears down your vehicle.
Report smoking vehicles.
The next time you see a vehicle anywhere in Texas with dirty smoke coming from its exhaust for more than 10 seconds, write down the license number, date, time, and location and report the smoking vehicle, within 30 days, by calling 1-800-453-SMOG (7664). You do not have to give your name, and the report is free.
Check your tires.
Under-inflated tires increase the friction between the rubber and the road, and that friction accounts for poor gas mileage as well as increased carbon emissions. Maintaining proper tire pressure is like saving 10 cents per gallon! Tire health not only saves you up to 3% on fuel but also reduces your car’s tailpipe emissions.
Go in instead of using the drive-thru.
The drive-thru has become a staple of many people’s lives but it also makes us contributors to ground-level ozone. If you spend just 5 minutes in a drive-thru each weekday, that's 1300 minutes or more than 21 hours per year. By skipping the drive-thru and walking into businesses, we can all take the first steps to cleaner air.
Turn to renewable energy.
Renewable energy is energy that is generated from resources like sunlight, wind, rain, tides, wave and geothermal heat which are continually replenished. Most forms of energy require an energy source that pollutes the air. When renewable energy such as solar power is used, burning does not take place.
Reducing the amount of waste you produce and reusing products are best because there is no reproduction process involved. Recycling is good, but it does require energy to break down and reproduce useful products, it still reduces the amount of waste send to break down in landfills.
Plant a tree.
A healthy tree stores about 13 pounds of carbon annually -- or 2.6 tons per acre each year. An acre of trees absorbs enough CO 2 over one year to equal the amount produced by driving a car 26,000 miles. Shade from trees also helps reduce air conditioning needs up to 30%, thereby reducing the amount of electricity needed.
Look for eco-friendly items when shopping.
Buying recycled and local projects can help save energy by reducing the amount of energy needed to make and/or transport the product. You can also look for the Energy Star label when buying appliances, electronics, lighting, heating and cooling equipment. Finally, when replacing your car, buy a fuel-efficient vehicle.