Getting from Point A to Point B: Go Green

Getting from Point A to Point B isn’t quite as cheap as it used to be, eh? Consider these transportation and maintenance tips for commuting and general travel:

1. Get some excercise. Add a basket (or two) to your bike and head for the grocery store. Try walking to your dinner destination…bonus, you’re earning that dessert!

2. Public transportation is the new Prius. Learn to love the bus, subway, train or BART. If taking the bus increases your travel time, look at it as that opportunity for “extra time” you’ve been pining for. Read War and Peace. Being driven around is a wonderful way to start the day. It reminds you of what it was like to be a kid.

3. Map out your destinations, wisely. Plan your outings so as to optimize your gas dollars spent. If you know you are going to drive past the drycleaners and the post office on your way to the movies, leave a bit early so you can accommodate those errands.

4. WAH-it! For those of you who have yet to discover the joys of the WAH lifestyle (that’s Work At Home, to you!) see if your company has an official policy. If they do not, be so bold as to suggest one. Remind your boss about the rising cost of gas, as well as your concern for the environment. If your boss isn’t hip to the idea, ask if they would consider purchasing monthly bus or train passes for employees, then go back to #2 above!

5. Pump it up! Your tires, that is. Properly inflated tires can raise fuel efficiency by as much as 3.3 percent and save an average of 250 pounds of CO2 per year.

6. Flying the friendly skies. Sometimes it will be necessary to fly…tho with all those rising fuel costs and subsequently, airline costs, we have a feeling it won’t be necessary for us to fly anytime soon. When you book a flight be sure to get as direct a flight as possible. Direct routing cuts down on fuel needed.

7. Stay aligned. Good tire alignment and rotation will increase fuel efficiency and save money.

8. Cleaner filters mean cleaner air. Is it time to check and replace your air filter? A clean air filter in your car can increase fuel economy by up to 10 percent and save an average of 800 pounds of CO2 annually.

9. Don’t be so vain. There was a time when Jessica Simpson and Paris Hilton worked it at the car wash. But wasting water is so passe. So your car gets a little dirty…it’s a machine. It’s not your hair. Conserve that water and prevent chemicals from entering our storm drains.

10. Don’t be in such a hurry. One way to get better gas mileage is to observe the speed limit. Gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph (100 kmh), plus, rapid acceleration and braking wastes gas.