Don't Let Your Vehicle Idle While You Wait
When a vehicle is idling, it is getting 0 mpg! It uses less fuel to turn the engine off while you wait and then restart the car, than to let it idle for 10 seconds. When you leave your car running while you are waiting in line at the drive-thru, or as you wait for another employee at work or outside your kids' school, you are wasting fuel and adding to our Valley Smog. On cold days, only let your car idle for 30 seconds to warm up before starting to drive. The best way to warm up your car is to drive gently for a few minutes; this warms up all the parts of the car and is recommended by all major vehicle manufacturers and mechanics.
Tune up your lawn mower
Spring is just around the corner. Tune up your lawn mower and you'll reduce emissions up to 50 percent! The local hardware shop can do it for you or visit www.mowertuneup.com for do-it-yourself information.
A good rule of thumb, set your thermostat to 68 degrees in the winter and to 78 degrees in the summer. It can save you nearly 5% - 15% on your heating and cooling bill.
Install a programmable thermostat
Replace your old thermostat with a programmable thermostat with multiple settings. Multiple settings allow you to turn the heat up before you get out of bed, lower it when you leave for the day, warm it up before you get home and lower it again before bed.
Move your thermostat down 2° in winter (and up 2° in summer)
Almost half of the energy we use in our homes goes to heating and cooling. You could save about 907 kilograms of carbon dioxide a year with this simple adjustment.
Install a carbon monoxide detector
Carbon monoxide detectors are important year-round, but become essential in fall and winter with windows closed and furnaces on. If you already have one, be sure to conduct a system check.
Caulk and weather strip
Weatherize your home by sealing air leaks, caulking around windows and doors, applying weather stripping, and insulating pipes and ducts.
Properly inflating your tires reduces the harmful gases emitted from your car resulting in cleaner air. If all drivers in the United States kept their tires at the recommended pressure, we could save nearly four million gallons of gas per day. Plus, your tires would last longer.
Save fuel and pollute less by keeping your tires properly inflated
Low tire pressure causes your car to work harder. Correctly inflating tires improves gas mileage by about 3 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. You can save gas and pollute less in many other ways -- combining errands into one trip, turning down the air conditioning, getting a tune-up, avoiding idling, and changing air filters - to name just a few.
Check your tire pressure
Under-inflated tires are one of the most commonly ignored causes of poor fuel economy. Tires lose air due to time (about 1 psi per month) and temperature (1 psi for every 10 degree drop); under-inflated tires have more rolling resistance, which means you need to burn more gas to keep your car moving. Get a reliable tire gauge and check your tires at least 1 time per month. Be sure to check when the tires are cold since driving the car warms up the tires and increases tire pressure. Proper tire pressure for your vehicle should be shown in the driver's side door jamb.