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Simple tips to make your commute energy and eco friendly

Problem

Although much headway has been made by companies setting up green office environments by adapting buildings and supplies, the problem of employees transport duplication does remain. The vehicles used by employees are using too much gas/petrol, which is a limited petrochemical resource. Excessive gas/petrol emissions worsen air pollution and contribute to the greenhouse effect, leading in turn to global warming and climate change.

Solution

Green Living Tips

To help commuters go green you need to join up with other employees and change your habits. You can encourage each other to develop sustainable and environmentally friendly behavior.

Walk or cycle to work.

It is better – and healthier – to make use of alternative green transport. Instead of using your car for short journeys go green by using a cycle or your legs. Remember that cycling for just 15 minutes a day can reduce the risk of heart attack. This reduces fumes and emissions from vehicles, which are bad for the air quality, causing smog, acid rain and contributing to climate change. On average each car produces 4.5 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per annum and for every car made, approximately 25 tons of waste is created.

Share your car

This reduces pollution and congestion. Especially if you commute to work on your own you should consider this option. Ask a colleague or friend to join you. Encourage your company to start a car pool scheme.

Travel to work by bus or train

This way you save money and help the environment. Alternatively, you can travel part way to work by car, then park and ride public transport.

Cycle to the public transport depot

Cycling to the railway station and leaving your bike in a secure locker is now another alternative available to those who wish to leave the car at home for longer commutes. 

Super Green Tips

Close to home

Next time you move to a new house, or a new job, make sure you live as close to work as you can! Living within close proximity to work has many lifestyle advantages. Not only will it make your life more convenient, you will also save time, money, energy and the environment!

Work from home (telecommute)

Or enter a hot desking arrangement with you employee i.e. go to the office only periodically and share a desk with others on this basis

Spend money on keeping your vehicle efficient

A fuel-efficient car can save money and cut pollution. This is essential to green living.  Furthermore poor maintenance and inefficient driving add to the environmental problems. Drive within the speed limit. Cars traveling at or above 70 mph can use up to 30% more fuel to cover the distance than going at 50 mph.

Hybrid cars

Consider replacing your gas vehicle with a gas/electric hybrid. Company fleet managers should consider greening the fleet

Water/gas cars

Investigate the possibility of greening your car by adapting it to make use of hydrogen gas from water in addition to petroleum.

Effectiveness / Result

These measures will cut costs and diminish the amount of harmful emissions your car produces. Experts say that roughly 50% of the emissions that cause the planet’s ozone problem result from ordinary people doing ordinary things. The cumulative effect of the change in the behavior of individuals will have a beneficial impact on the air quality on our planet.

References

  • http://www.greencarcongress.com/2008/07/us-senator-broa.html

Notes

In July 2008 US Senator Richard Warner has asked the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to consider imposing a 55 mph speed limit in the US as was done in 1974, in response to the oil crisis triggered by the OPEC oil embargo. He cited the numerous go green benefits that would result from such a restriction, as well as the saving of the finite petrochemical resource. The law, which was signed by President Richard Nixon in 1973, established inducements for states to reduce speed limits to 55 mph on all major highways. It was made a permanent law in 1974 but was repealed in 1995.
Submitted by Justine on Sep 2, 2008