Going Green – From Your Car to the Grocery Store

September 19, 2013

There are so many ways to live a greener lifestyle, from bringing reusable bags to the grocery store to changing showerheads in the bathroom. In fact, as everyone becomes wild about electric vehicles, it’s interesting to note you don’t have to swap out a gas engine car for a Nissan Leaf or Tesla to use less fuel. The same as toting eco-friendly reusable shopping bags to the store, some small adjustments in the way you drive can have a big impact on your car’s emissions.

Here are a few ways to save gas and cut down on pollution:
  • Stop hauling equipment you don’t use. The more weight you have in your car, the more gas you’ll use. Removing heavy objects you aren’t using will help cut down on your car’s emissions.
  • Cut out premium gasoline. Nearly every car has a performance engine these days, so you don’t have to spend more for premium gasoline even if your car manufacturer recommends it. The only tradeoff is in the acceleration.
  • Drive slower. Cars are most economical in the middle range of highway driving, between 50 and 60 mph. Driving faster than that can lead to significantly higher fuel consumption. Going slower is safer and greener.

Of course, there are so many simple ways to cut down on waste and live a greener life without making drastic changes. While bringing reusable grocery bags to the store allows you to eliminate all the unnecessary waste you’d create by using disposable bags.

So many different cities and states across the country are adopting measures to make the United States a greener place. You can still get tax credits for buying an electric vehicle for example, meanwhile New York City is following 100 different towns and cities to control or ban plastic bags in stores. Being green can be so easy, from carrying eco-friendly reusable shopping bags to changing the way you hit the gas pedal. Every effort adds up. When more people start using eco-friendly solutions, the effect is highly contagious. For more information and /or to view our inventory of reusable shopping bags please visit www.holdenbangs.com .