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Can you really lower your CO2 emissions? Well, the obvious answer is yes, of course. But do you really know what will lower your emissions? For example, will you produce less CO2 emissions by idling your car or by turning it off and on? If your tires are under-inflated will that cause your car to produce more harmful emissions?
Well, I checked it out and here are a few tips I found that can help you lower your CO2 emissions. Some of them are obvious, some not as much, but all are helpful if followed:
- Idling your car: A gallon of gasoline can produce about 20lbs of CO2 and if you leave your car idling for let’s say 10 minutes, you are producing about 10lbs of CO2. That doesn’t even factor in the half gallon or more of gas you just used up. We all do it, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t, but it all adds up. So when you go to drop off your kids at school or wait for that friend you are picking up, turn your car off. Just 10 seconds of idling can use more fuel than turning off your engine and restarting it again.
- Fuel additive: One of the problems with fuel these days is it doesn’t always burn completely. As a result you can experience lowered performance and higher levels of CO2 exhaust. By using an effective fuel additive, such as Green Plus®, you are working at the molecular level (without altering the chemistry of the fuel itself) to provide a more complete burn. The result of a more complete burn is better performance, increased fuel economy and fewer harmful CO2 emissions.
- Proper tire pressure: You’ve probably been told that having under-inflated tires will drive down your fuel economy. Yes, that is true, a driver with under-inflated tires could potentially spend an additional $500-800 per year on fuel than if their tires were properly inflated. Additionally, properly-inflated tires could help cut CO2 emissions by up to 84 lbs per car. Probably not all cars will cut their emissions by that much, but every little bit helps. Plus just think how much longer your tires will last if they are properly inflated and rotated regularly.
- Car-pooling: Now this one is pretty much a matter of basic math. If you car-pool twice a week, then you cut your car’s CO2 emissions by 2/5th, unless you work a 4-day week in which case you are cutting your CO2 emissions in half. It’s that simple. You also save money from gas, oil, parking, etc.
So, if you are seriously looking to lower your CO2 emissions try some of all of these tips and see the difference. It will be good for you (both in car performance and money saved) and for the environment – a winner all around.