gas saving tips

Gas is expensive! Here are five gas saving tips for you:

The holiday season is one week away, where we will be spending more time driving to visit family and friends, to do our Christmas shopping, or maybe to take a vacation. With all that going on, are there ways to do it all while reducing our gas consumption and saving a little money? Turns out there are, and here are five things that you can do to save gas, to save money, and get all your holiday things done at the same time.

  1. Avoid carrying unneeded items in the trunk. An extra 100 pounds can reduce a car’s fuel economy by one to two percent. Plus, you might want to make room for those gifts you need to buy, and hide until Christmas morning.
  2. Consider consolidating your trips, as it can save you time as well as gas and money. Going to both the mall and the grocery store can not only save on all those things, but would also make a good cover for your Christmas shopping. If anyone asks, you spent a lot of time in line waiting for that perfect, delicious Christmas ham.
  3. Don’t idle, even if it’s just for a short period. Idling for one minute uses up more fuel than shutting off the car and restarting it. Understandably, with winter coming, it would be warmer to keep the car on. However, if you’re going to be stopped or parked, even for just a few minutes, consider turning off the car and going somewhere warm for those few minutes.
  4. Choose a less congested route. Those routes with heavy traffic and lots of traffic lights aren’t the best on fuel efficiency. Finding a less congested route might be harder to find as everyone gears up to head to the malls and to spend the holidays with families and friends, but consider the possibility that the shortest route to your destination might not be the most fuel efficient.
  5. Make sure your tires are the proper tire pressure. A single tire underinflated by 2 PSI increases fuel consumption by one percent. Now, imagine that  you have two, three, or four wheels that are underinflated. That’s a lot of unnecessary fuel consumption! If you need to get your tires to the right pressure, consider doing so with nitrogen tire inflation. The practice of putting nitrogen in your tires has been proven to improve fuel efficiency and to maintain tire pressure for a longer period of time.

reducing your carbon footprintWhether your business is driven by a consciousness to preserve the environment, a way to highly corporate sustainability or accountability, or are just looking for things that could improve your bottom line, reducing your carbon footprint is the thing to do that will meet each of those three needs.

Before you can reduce your carbon footprint, you need to figure out what the current carbon footprint is for your company. To do that use a carbon footprint calculator, and this one is specifically for businesses. Here’s a carbon footprint calculator for you household or for yourself, if you’re interested.

Once you have your carbon footprint, now you can take steps or set a goal of when and how you will reduce that carbon footprint. The best way to reduce your footprint is to offset your carbon emissions. There are a number of ways you could do this. Depending on your company and where all the carbon is coming from, you could consider increasing energy efficiency in buildings, factories, or transportation. You could try and generate electricity from renewables such as wind or solar, or perhaps capture carbon dioxide in forests and agricultural soils. The right way to go about is, is to do what’s right for your business.

There are many different ways that you could reduce your carbon footprint through these offsets, but one way that we suggest is to use nitrogen tire inflation. This is when a fleet chooses to use nitrogen instead of regular air in the tires, and many fleets have seen the benefits of this change. Studies have shown that nitrogen tire inflation will boost fuel efficiency between three and six percent, as well as extend the life of your tire. Three to six percent may not seem like much, but when you have a fleet of 100 or 1000 vehicles, that adds to thousands, maybe even millions, in savings. Those are numbers that are worth bragging about, both to your executives and your customers. Plus, nitrogen tire inflation is something that applies to almost every company. Whether that fleet is of one vehicle, or one million vehicles, improving fuel efficiency and tire life are good things to do.

Overall, even businesses can do something to reduce the carbon footprint. If businesses don’t want regulations on how to do this, then more need to step up to the plate and show they can do it themselves. One of the easiest ways to do this, is through nitrogen tire inflation.

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