Frugal Transportation

According to the American Automobile Association, the average price for a gallon of gas in the US today is $2.86, and a recent article in the New York Times reported that carbon dioxide emissions from the use of coal, oil and natural gas increased 1.4% globally in 2017 after remaining steady since 2014. That’s like putting 170 million new cars on the road worldwide! But here’s the thing: making a few changes can save you money and help the environment. So let’s get started…

Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained. Replacing your fuel filter at least every 50,000 miles improves your gas mileage and helps protect your car’s engine.

Experts recommend replacing your vehicle’s air filter every 15,000 – 30,000 miles but you may want to change it more often if you drive on dirt roads or notice sluggish acceleration or rough idling.

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I don’t know who first came up with the term eco-thrift, but it is a perfect description of a lifestyle based on frugal living and treating the planet kindly. Being eco-thrifty means managing your money and living within your means, while at the same time considering the environmental impact of each and every item you buy or bring into your home. It is about reducing, re-purposing, recycling, and repairing, and understanding that even small steps can make a real difference in our lives, now and in the future.

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