Each year on April 22nd, Earth Day is celebrated across the nation and sparks a reminder to protect our Earth from the harm that we may put it through on a daily basis.
According to the Earth Day Network, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement, which started in 1970 with the idea for a national day to focus on the environment. Gaylord Nelson, former U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, helped build momentum for the day and was a social influencer for the protest.
Here are ways and ideas that can be incorporated into in every day situations with the hope of becoming more “green” and saving the environment for the next generations to enjoy.
- Cut back on water waste by taking shorter showers and waiting to run the dishwasher until it is completely full. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by running only full loads, you can reduce your carbon dioxide emission by 100 pounds per year.
- Purchase and use a reusable water bottle. The United States, on average, consumes 50 billion bottles of water each year and if not properly recycled, they end up in landfills were it takes 450 years for the plastic to decompose. If you do not wish to drink tap water, a filtered water bottle is an excellent alternative.
- Clean out your car often since the extra clutter can weigh the vehicle down making less fuel efficient. That extra weight causes your car to emit more fuel than it needs to and according to the US Department of Energy, by adding100 pounds of unnecessary weight could reduce your Miles Per Gallon by 1 percent. That might not sound like a lot, but over time, it adds up and can end up costing you more at the pump.
- Keep track of when you are due for a vehicle servicing. Routine maintenance helps reduce emissions and fuel consumption and in return saves money at the pump. By following a vehicle service schedule and having your trusted garage and mechanics check the engine performance regularly and replace the air filters and oil, you can benefit from the perks of saving the environment by saving money.
- Recycle or properly dispose motor oil, tires, batteries, fluids and other vehicle components to help protect the planet when performing vehicle maintenance or repairs. According to Earth 911, old motor oil can be refined, reconditioned or reprocessed to become usable again. An oil filter is made of three basic items: paper, steel and plastic. All of these items are recyclable when sent to the proper recycling outlet. Fortunately, if you need to recycle motor oil or oil filters most auto shops and supply stores will accept them for recycling.
- How you drive has a lot to do with fuel economy and can impact how much and how often you need to stop and refuel at a gas station. The practice of avoiding sudden starts and stops and going the speed limit can lessen how often you need to stop for gas. Plus, by minimizing unnecessary miles by combining errands in one trip or by car pulling, you can see a difference in how much you drive and spend less time in a car and more of it living life.
If you are looking to make your automobile “green,” our expert mechanics at CNM Auto Repair are passionate about making that a reality. For all of your Lancaster PA auto care needs, contact our family owned and operated car repair shop today – make an appointment by calling us at (717) 397-1497.