Change Your Travels
With the holiday season coming up we find ourselves thinking about our next travel destination. But how to travel in a time we all know travelling, most of the times, comes with a big footprint on our planet? Because not travelling is too hard for most of us we like to help you with saving money and the environment when travelling. For a thicker wallet and a happier planet we can change the way we travel right?
It starts with using e-tickets for everything. Why print your train or flight tickets? No need to waste that paper. Use a digital ticket instead. We all have a phone to keep the tickets with us all the time. E-tickets are sometimes cheaper than paper tickets and e-tickets are hard to lose as well!
Many of us have to drive towards our holiday destination. Especially on these long drives there is a lot of money and a huge footprint to save. To begin with, before you leave, make sure your tires are properly inflated. Your gas mileage will improve when your tires have to right amount of air in them.
Second, make sure your car is as light as possible. Leave the things you don’t need at home and try to prevent hauling cargo on your roof. The heavier your car is, the harder your engine has to work to keep you going and hauling cargo on your roof increases wind resistance. A large cargo box can reduce your fuel economy by around 6% to 17% on the highway.
And did you ever think about turning off the air conditioning when it’s not that hot outside? Your air conditioning is using extra gas and it’s more than you think! Studies show that air conditioning can use about 10% extra fuel when operating. If it is hotter inside your car than outside when you start a trip, drive with the windows down for a few minutes to help cool the car before starting the air conditioning.
Another huge saver is using your cruise control! Especially when driving long distances this can save you a lot of money and gas. Your cruise control adjusts the speed of your car by controlling the throttle position. It’s the consistent provision of fuel what improves your fuel economy. Your vehicle could get up to 15% better mileage studies show.
Are you getting a rental car? Make sure to have a look at the ‘green’ cars. The big rental companies offer a ‘green’ fleet. While paying a bit more for an electric car, in the end it can save you a lot of money because you don’t have to spend money on gas. Of Course we have many more ideas about how to save money and the environment when driving. Find them here: Driving Tips
Besides driving yourself you could also consider to use public transport towards your holiday destination. Taking the train has a way smaller footprint than taking your own car or an airplane. And in public transport you have plenty of time to look at the landscape, meet the locals or do some readings. O, and when you really have to fly, choose an airliner with new planes. These planes use less gas and have less emissions than older planes. Want an example? Check out the new Boeing Dreamliner 787.
When being on a citytrip it might be a good idea to take a rental bike. Many large cities offer excellent bike lanes and on a bike you see so much more of a city! Make sure you also bring a reusable water bottle wherever you go. Forget buying a plastic bottle of water at the street corner. Many cities offer free and clean drinking water in museums and other tourist hotspots. And don’t forget you can also fill up your bottle at the public toilet sink. And hungry after your explorations? Choose a restaurant that serves local food. It’s cheaper and it saves the emissions of transportation of food from far away.
We could go on and on with these ideas. Make sure to visit our tips page to discover more ideas about how to save money and the environment in your daily life activities. Remember that when we all do something small, we actually all do something very big!
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This article was brought you by Martijn Droger, founder of changemyfootprint.com
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