Driving is becoming more expensive as prices for Gasoline/Diesel fuels continue to increase. Learning to be a "green" driver will improve your vehicle's fuel efficiency, saves fuel cost and improves the environment at the same time.
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Please follow these simple tips to improve your gas mileage:
Avoid Aggressive Driving
Speeding, rapid acceleration and braking wastes gas. It can lower your gas mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds and by 5 percent around town. You can assume that each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.24 per gallon for gas. By driving sensibility you can save the equivalent of $0.18 – $1.16/gallon.
Keep Vehicle Well Maintained
By keeping your vehicle maintained such as regular oil chages with manufacturer's recommended grade of motor oil and keeping tires properly inflated can imrove your mileage by as much as 10%. This is the same as saving over $0.35/gallon.
Drive a More Efficient Vehicle
The difference between a car that gets 20 MPG and one that gets 30 MPG amounts to over $900 per year (assuming 15,000 miles of driving annually and a fuel cost of $3.70/gal). Over five years that's over $4,500 in extra fuel cost! Selecting which vehicle to purchase is the most important fuel economy decision you'll make.
Installing a solar electricity system at a residential and commercial building will offset electricity that otherwise has to be purchased from an utility company. NYSERDA will help pay for $1.75 per watt ($1,750 per KW) of the solar system.
Reduce Material Waste
in Westchester County
Everyone is required to source separate plastics coded 1 through 7, in commingled recycling bins. Learn more by downloading the:
Bring items including household chemicals, rechargeable batteries, electronics, and plastic bags for recycling and old or expired medications for disposal at Household Material Recovery Days:
Recycling Starts with You!
For Teachers - here is a dynamic educational program to help students build core skills as well as teach them important basics about paper recycling
Recycle Ziploc Bags and Containers
Schools can get paid for collecting Ziploc bags and containers for recycling. Plastic bag and container maker Ziploc has teamed with TerraCycle to increase recycling of its products
Green Communities in Northern Westchester
Northern Westchester is a national leader in efforts to conserve energy, switch to renewable sources, and adopt a green life style. Please visit NWEAC.org to Learn more.