Living a greener life doesn’t stop when you leave the house. Whether you’re going around the block or around the world, you can travel smart.
Getting Around Town:
Make your next auto purchase an energy-efficient natural gas vehicle, electric hybrid, or other alternative fuel vehicle.
Encourage your local public transit authorities to convert their fleets to cleaner fuels. Replacing one diesel transit bus or other heavy duty vehicle with a natural gas vehicle has the same emissions benefit as taking 325 cars off the road.
Take public transportation or carpool whenever possible.
If you’re not going far, try walking or biking.
See if your job will let you telecommute, even if it’s just one day per week
Make your next auto purchase an energy-efficient electric hybrid, alternative fuel, or fuel cell vehicle.
Fly in airplanes as little as possible.
Keep your car tuned up and in top performing shape for maximum efficiency:
Keep tires properly inflated
Be regular about changing the oil and oil filter – recycle your used oil
Replace a clogged air filter
Drive the speed limit and avoid unnecessary acceleration
Empty your trunk and backseat – lighter cars get better mileage
Don’t travel as far.
Look for hotels that have environmentally-friendly policies.
Use the same hotel towel for several days rather than replacing your towel every day.
Take the train—it has lower carbon emissions per traveler than any other form of mass transit.
Buy locally-made souvenirs.
Turn your heating and cooling at home down, or off if posible, while you’re gone.