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Reducing Your Car’s Carbon Footprint

Last updated on May 16th, 2017 at 02:41 pm

Reducing your carbon car’s carbon footprint is important. Sixty percent of US transportation emissions come from light-duty trucks and cars. With nearly thirty percent of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions coming from transportation alone, our cars are a leading source of ozone damage.

The five primary pollutants emitted by your engine that adversely affect human, animal, and plant welfare (via howmuchtofixit.com) are hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, sulphur oxides, and particulates.

Many of these pollutants are the result of unburned or partially burned fuel passing through the combustion system of an engine, while others are simply naturally occurring chemical reactions that occur from the temperatures and air mixtures in vehicular operation.

The good news is we can do something about it that is not just good for the environment, but good for us too. Here are five tips to help save the planet and yourself:

  1. There are 5 pounds of CO2 generated every 10 minutes it takes to find another parking space. So give up searching and enjoy a walk.
  2. According to the EPA, the breaking point where idling time uses less gas than restarting your vehicle is around one minute. Next time you are waiting in your car for more than a minute, shut off the engine and save yourself some gas money.
  3. Driving moderately, we can reduce our vehicle’s carbon footprint by up to 20 percent. This means accelerating lightly and braking minimally when driving. You’ll also help extend the life of your brakes, tires, and engine.
  4. Maintenance is key. Keeping your car in good shape is a win-win for you and the planet. It keeps emissions down and your car running smoothly without any surprise repairs.
  5. Go green by considering a hybrid or electric car for your next purchase.

If we all followed these tips, it would go a long way to helping the battle against harmful emissions in the ozone. Have some more ways we can reduce emissions? Tell Plymouth Rock in the comments below.

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