We all know that most personal carbon emissions come from driving a car, but most of us can’t afford to drive a Hybrid, and cycling just isn’t always practical. The NRMA recently looked at some simple ways we can easily reduce our emissions (and save money on petrol). You don’t have to change what you drive, just how you drive.
The Squeeze: There are 16.4 million motor vehicles registered in Australia.
Simply avoid hard acceleration and breaking - flow with the traffic. Testing showed that the difference between aggressive driving and smooth driving was a whopping 35% in fuel consumption. Taking heavy gear such as golf clubs, prams or scuba gear out of the car when you don’t need them can save a further 24%. Take off roof racks and bull bars when they’re not needed and you can reduce petrol consumption by a further 5%.
For more information on cutting emissions from your car click here.
Living Lime: Formula One is on track to reduce their carbon footprint. They are on track to reduce their carbon footprint by 12% from 2009-2012, and from 2013 onwards all entrants will have to fit their Formula One cars with fuel efficiency technologies.
To squeeze some more green out of your day: Think of one instance per week when you could possibly walk, instead of taking the car.
By Sean Macken