Tagged: cars/driving

INFOGRAPHIC: What is Peak Oil, Who Uses the Most And What Happens Next

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Here’s an infographic via carsort.com about peak oil. You’ve heard of it and if you don’t know what it is here’s some info laid out for you about it. I think treehugger.com’s notes about it are important so here they are below although I don’t think we have anything else to compare peak oil to. Continue reading

INFOGRAPHIC: Are You Working Paycheck To Paycheck?

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…Cause you needed an infographic to tell you you’re broke! At least that’s what i thought when I first saw this Careerbuilder.com infographic and while I disagree with the part where it says the recession is over it’s interesting to have a look at some of their stats.

In times when money is scarce many do forgo being green in their daily lives. The part where it says 46% workers refuse to give up driving despite their financial woes was a bit disheartening. Surely, it goes back to the issue of the neighborhoods we’ve built discouraging walking as at least one of the causes for that stat. Careerbuilder was nice enough to throw in some recession tips for you at the end too. Continue reading

Obama Oks Smog And Thousands Of Asthma And Heart Attacks Per Year

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Photo Credit: Smog over Skyline from São Paulo city in Brazil by Gaf.arq

Ever so quietly this Labor Day Weekend President Obama announced he is directing the EPA to withdraw smog standards that would have cut smog pollution from power plants, refineries and even cars. The smog limits would have prevented 2,200 heart attacks and 23,000 asthma attacks annually. A little more smog might not seem like such a big deal but air pollution was recently found to be worse for you than cocaine. Considering the alarming asthma rates in African-American communities (every 1 in 6 has asthma) President Obama is putting his black supporters and environmentalists in a tough position when it comes to re-election. Continue reading

Why Bottled Water Shouldn’t Be Popular With Minorities

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According to a recent study in the Archives of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine minority parents consume bottled water more often than white Americans and this has become a topic of discussion now. I wondered about these claims when I saw the post Why Minorities Love Bottled Water on theroot.com. Do minorities love bottled water? Who are we considering minorities? Continue reading

Want To Work From Home? How To Sell Your Boss On Letting You Telecommute

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Working from home is not only a great deal if you can get it but it’s good for the environment. Think about it: If more people worked from home there would be less cars on the road, companies could save money on things like electricity and often productivity goes up when one telecommutes. Also, leaving your car at home just two days a week will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 1,600 pounds per year. If you can work from home, you’ll reduce air pollution and traffic congestion – and save money.

So if you’re one of the fortunate ones that’s still working, you’ve got the type of job where you can work from home and you want to work from home…in your pajamas, there’s a few tips to sell your boss on the idea in Work from Home: 7 Tips for Telecommuting Success via bnet.com

5 Ways to Save Gas Money and Drive Greener

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With gas prices above $3.50 per gallon, it’s important to know ways that not only save gas money, but save our natural environment as well. According to a study conducted at the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research, 15% of man-made carbon dioxide, a major driver in climate change, is from transportation. Specifically, road transportation contributes the most greenhouse gases within the transportation industry. Therefore, there is a large opportunity for individuals to not only save money, but to curb their carbon footprint and become better stewards of the natural environment by driving greener.

Don’t Drive!

It may seem obvious, but the best way to save gas money and drive greener is to not drive at all. Instead, ride your bike and enjoy the scenery of your neighborhood while getting some exercise.

Carpool

Instead of driving to work or school by yourself, find a group of people with whom you can drive with. By doing this, each person doesn’t have to worry about spending gas money driving to work or school each day. Furthermore, everyone in your group is reducing their carbon footprint by decreasing the amount of cars on the road. Also, many places offer carpooling lanes which tend to run faster and save time.

Combine Errands Into One Trip

While many people go out right when they think of something, save those trips for when you can get multiple tasks done at the same time. When you park your car at the first destination, keep it there and walk to your next locations.

Slow Down

Although it may be fun to drive like a manic, just chill out a bit. By driving 55 mph instead of 65 mph, you can improve your gas milage by 15%. Also, accelerate gradually and use your brakes less by anticipating when you have to stop.

Keep Tires Inflated

By keeping your tires filled to the maximum recommended amount you can increase you gas milage. Not only are you risking a flat by driving on deflated tires, but you’re wasting money, gas, and negatively effecting the natural environment. Keep them full.

Sources: fuelgaugereport.aaa.com, usatoday.com, epa.gov

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