Conservation Resolutions for the New Year

Updated: Apr 22, 2020

Hello all, since January is the time for resolutions to make ourselves better, what about our environment??? Here are a few tips to think about to start our New Years off right!!!

Become a Better Steward of the Environment

The routine decisions that shape our days - what to have for dinner, where to shop, how to get to work - may seem small, but collectively they have a big effect on global warming.

Americans’ per capita emissions of heat-trapping gases is 21 tons - four times the global average and twice that of other countries with a similar standard of living. Reducing your heat-trapping emissions does not mean forgoing modern conveniences; it means making smart choices, using energy-efficient products and understanding which areas of your life generate the most carbon emissions. What’s more, making climate-friendly choices will often save you money at the same time.

The car you drive: Your most important personal climate decision.

When you buy your next car, look for the one with the best fuel economy in its class. Each gallon of gas you use is responsible for 25 pounds of heat trapping gases in the atmosphere. Better gas mileage not only reduces global warming, but will also save you thousands of dollars at the pump over the life of the vehicle. Upgrading from a 20-miles-per-gallon car to a 40-mpg car can save you 4,500 gallons of gasoline over the car’s life span. At today’s gas prices, that’s a total savings of more than $18,000. You can increase your fuel efficiency.

Driving over the speed limit and excessive acceleration wastes gas, reducing mileage by up to 33 percent. And, properly inflated tires improve your gas mileage by up to 3 percent. It also helps to keep your engine tuned; some maintenance fixes, like fixing faulty oxygen sensors, can increase your vehicle’s fuel efficiency by up to 40 percent.

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