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Can You Help?
HOW CAN YOU
There is now plenty of evidence to support
global warming. The more recent information
suggests that warming has intensified
causing glaciers to retreat at an alarming
rate. This retreat appears to be much more
significant than it has been at anytime in
the last 15 or 20 centuries!
that if a person only believes in the
possibility of global warming that the
prudent course of action would be to take a
proactive stance on the matter until all the
facts are in. A proactive approach is always
superior to a reactive one. So, whether or
not you believe, or you only suspect that
global warming is an issue, now would be the
time to begin fighting climate change.
People might argue that an individual cannot
do much and only big government and
corporations can make a difference. But in
contrast to that line of thought, one could
argue that if an individual starts small,
with just a few changes in life style, this
leads to a mindset of environmental
friendliness, which in turn leads to
political awareness, which in turn leads you
to exert pressure on these big organizations
to enact change.
individual can make a difference. For
example, if 10% of the cars in Los Angeles
are being driven with low tire pressure
(which creates drag), gas consumption is
increased by approximately 315,000 gallons
per week. This is based on the assumption
that properly inflated tires saves 5% in
fuel consumption. You can do the math;
12,000,000 people in L.A. drive 4,500,000
cars using 1 gallon of gas per day, per car.
10% of those cars are being driven with
under-inflated tires. Inflate these tires to
the recommended pressure, from the owner’s
manual, and the savings is 45,000 gallons
per day. 45,000 X 365 days per year =
16,425,000 gallons of gas saved per year in
one U.S. city, from doing one simple thing.
That would reduce carbon emissions by about
330,000,000 pounds per year. The question
is; what % of cars in LA are being driven
with under inflated tires? Even if it is
far less than the estimated 10% stated
above, the reduction in carbon released to
the atmosphere and the savings in gallons of
gasoline are still going to be very
significant. All figures in this example
are estimates of the author.
HERE ARE TEN
THINGS YOU CAN DO TO REDUCE GASOLINE
- Get your foot out of it. Accelerate
slowly and decelerate slowly.
- Travel at the recommended speed
- Have regular tune-ups performed on
your car’s engine.
- Do not warm your car up for more
than one minute, and then travel at low
speeds (under 40 MPH) until the
temperature gauge moves into the
acceptable zone. Use common sense, and
do not do this at the risk of your own
well-being (travel at a low speed if on
a freeway for example).
- Take unnecessary stuff out of your
car. Reducing the weight in your car
- Only place racks on your roof when
you are going to use them. They tumble
the air over your vehicle and cause it
to pass through the air less efficiently
- Use your air conditioning only when
absolutely necessary. Engaged air
conditioners decrease gas mileage by
- Keep your air filter free of dirt,
bugs, and dust by changing it regularly.
- Avoid congested traffic, travel at
the less busy times of day when ever
- Finally, take the bus once a week or
more complete lists: Gas saving
tip are found posted on the internet
and, in many cases, right in your own
state on the Department of
fueleconomy.gov and epa.gov
LET’S TALK GREEN:
Ways you can help
Live in a “green”
house, or make the one you’re in more
environmentally conscious. To begin your
journey toward creating a greener living
environment, browse the internet using
the following tag line; “building an
environmentally sensitive house”. The
search will yield about 1,900,000
million bits of information on this
subject, which is plenty to get you
going. However, before you search,
consider this tidbit. The most
environmentally sensitive approach to
building and living in a green home is
to design and build a
smaller house. Think 1500
square feet or less. Unbelievably, a
good architect can design it in such a
way that it feels much larger than it
really is. Think about all the materials
(trees) you save, the transportation and
manufacturing costs that are eliminated,
and finally, all the energy conserved.
One design I like is the pyramid house.
It has R-39 walls, hydronic heat, and
its windows act as very effective
passive solar energy transmitters. They
pass the solar energy into the house at
a very high rate because the windows
slant at 52%. Eleven windows, in 1500
square foot pyramid home, can probably
provide the same energy as 25 windows
placed on vertical walls. Pyramid houses
are less likely to blow away in a big
windstorm because the wind bounces over
them instead of slamming into the
vertical walls of a traditional American
CONNECTED BY A-FRAME
TEN WAYS TO BE MORE GREEN IN AND
AROUND THE HOUSE
- Water your lawn less. Even in semi-arid hot
zones, lawns can survive and thrive with a
two or three-times-a-week deep watering schedule. If this
does not keep your lawn green, take a sample to your
local garden center to determine the real problem.
- Use a mulching mower. This creates no grass
waste to haul away, and the cut grass acts as a
nutrient base for the lawn. Cut only the third top
of the blade height each time you mow. If you are
able, use a non-motorized push mower.
- Get a smaller lawn. Design some natural
vegetation into the lawn, use more bark areas, more
recycled decking, and walking paths to reduce lawn
size. Then water all your new plants with a can or
drip lines and do away with some of your sprinklers.
- Begin to replace expired light bulbs with
- Recycle fiberboard, cardboard, glass, plastic
bottles, paper, coat hangers, and other metal.
- Drive a car with a smaller engine, take public
transportation once a week, ride your bike to the
store, and/or run errands on a motorcycle or
scooter. Here is how one person’s gasoline
consumption breaks down.
- Drives Car w/ no passengers 40% of the total
miles traveled, averaging 20.5 miles to the
- Drives Car w/ one passenger 25% of total
miles traveled, averaging 41 miles to the gallon
(assumes passenger would otherwise be driving
their own car and would average 20.5 miles to
- Rides Motorcycle 34% of total miles
traveled, averaging 46.3 miles to the gallon.
- Rides a bicycle 1% of the total miles
traveled, using no gasoline.
- For every 100 miles traveled, this person
averages 30.35 miles per gallon of gasoline
- To calculate your miles per gallon, convert
the percentage for a through d above, to a
mileage figure so that a through d adds up to
100. For example, 40% equals 40 miles driven.
Then, for each category divide the miles driven
by the miles per gallon achieved by each type of
vehicle. Add up all the gasoline usage and
divide this number into 100 to see your overall
miles per gallon usage.
Example from bulleted list above:
40+25+34+1=100. 40 divided by 20.5=1.95, 25 divided
by 41=.61, 34 divided by 46.3=.734, and 1 divided by
0=0, then add 1 mile to total. Add
1.95+.61+.734+0=3.294. Divide 3.294 into 101=30.66
miles per gallon of gasoline consumed.
Riding a bicycle 5%
of your total miles traveled, will increase mileage,
in the example above, to almost 32 MPG.
7. Capture the sun’s
natural solar energy and hold it in your house.
Do this by opening your curtains in the morning
and closing them at dusk. Depending on where you
live, you may want to close your curtains during
the very hot part of the day. You pay less for
8. Turn your thermostat down several
degrees at night.
9. Eliminate dry cleaning your clothes.
Buy wrinkle-free items that can be washed and
hung to dry.
10. Change your furnace filters on a regular
basis. Do it at least three times per year.
We are not experts in the
field of environmental savings, but just like
you, we want to help make others aware of things
that can help slow the onset of global warming,
while keeping the air and water clean. Please
use our suggestions as information only, and
consult an environmental, energy, automotive,
construction or conservation professional before
you choose to implement any of our suggestions.