Bigfoot: Reduce Your Carbon Footprint with Smart Driving

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daniel shea / flickr

Are You a Bigfoot?

We love our cars. We love to take road trips, go shopping, spend the day at the beach, and take in the sights, all from the comfort of our cars. It seems a safe, reliable and friendly way to get around, but in fact automobiles are the single largest contributor to carbon emissions.

The amount of global warming pollution coming from U.S. Cars is mind-boggling. According to the Environmental Defense Fund, our 2004 “carbon dioxide emissions from personal vehicles totaled 314 metric tons. That's equal to the amount of carbon in a coal train 55,000 miles long, enough to circle the world twice.” An average household with two mid-sized vehicles emits 20,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide per year, or 10 tons of pollution added to the layer of greenhouse gases forming a thick blanket around the earth and leading to climate change.

Putting the Brakes on Auto Emissions

Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to greatly reduce your personal carbon emissions by simply adjusting your driving and vehicle maintenance habits. By instituting these simple changes, you can increase the fuel efficiency of your car by as much as 30%, cut greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants, and in the process, save hundreds of dollars per year in fuel costs. Furthermore, a link and details are provided at the bottom of this article to purchase carbon credits from carbonadvicegroup.com, increasing your dedication to the reduction of greenhouse gases.

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K2D2vaca / flickr

Drive Smoothly at Posted Speed Limits

When we press down on the gas pedal and let up, over and over, we burn more fuel. Instead, gradually increase your speed and maintain it at a steady level. Try to keep the vehicle moving at a consistent speed. Obeying the speed limit is also crucial. Increasing highway cruising speed from 55mph (90km/h) to 75mph (104km/h) can raise fuel use as much as 20%. Improve your gas mileage by driving at 55mph rather than 65mph. In addition, traffic lights are calibrated according to posted speed limits, so by driving at the limit rather than over it, you will hit fewer red lights. On the highway, use your “cruise control” if your car is equipped with one. This maintains a steady speed.

Avoid Idling

Idling wastes fuel and increases carbon emissions. If you are going to be stopped for more than 30 seconds, unless you are in traffic, cut your engine off. It is a common misconception that a car needs to idle for a long period during cold weather before driving. In truth, although some older vehicles may require additional “warming up,” most cars should not idle more than 30 seconds before driving.

How to Check Tire Pressure and Inflate a Tire

Properly Inflate Your Tires

Under-inflated tires can increase fuel consumption by 6%. Check the tire pressure at least once per month. First check them in the driveway noting any under-inflated tires, then drive to the gas station and check them again. Inflate the under-inflated tires to match the others, which will now be higher because the tires are warm. Consult your owners manual for the proper tire pressure and remember that radial tires can be under-inflated without appearing so. Also, never inflate your tires to the “maximum pressure allowed” stated on the side of your tire.

Choose the Octane Fuel Right for Your Car

Premium, high-octane fuels aren't necessarily the best for your car, and they don't provide any better fuel efficiency. Most vehicles are designed for low-octane fuels. Check your owner's manual to see which is best for your car.

Use the Air Conditioner Sparingly

Using your air conditioner on a hot summer day can cost you 10% in fuel consumption. Use the flow-through air vents if possible instead. At low speeds, open widows may reduce fuel consumption, but at high speeds, using the air conditioning may be more efficient, as open windows and a sunroof increase wind resistance.

Plan Your Trip

Can you get to your destination without using your car? Can you walk or ride a bike instead? Does public transportation go to where you need to go? Any of these methods will not only reduce carbon emissions, but are good for your health as well. In addition, plan your shopping trips to combine many errands on a logical route, which saves gas and time.

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Teosaurio / flickr

Service Your Vehicle Regularly

A well-tuned engine can increase fuel efficiency by a whopping 50% and decrease carbon emissions by 50%. Regularly change your air filter and your oil, using the oil with the correct viscosity according to your owners manual. If you change your own oil, dispose of your old oil properly, by dropping it off at a service station that changes oil or an oil change business. Call first to ensure they accept used oil for disposal. Most do.

Quick Trips

Power Accessories: Turn off all accessories such as the radio when turning off you car. If they are on when you start your car, they put extra demands on your alternator which then requires more fuel.

Tighten Your Gas Cap: According to the Car Care Council, loose, damaged, or missing gas caps cause 147 millions gallons of gas to evaporate every year. Tighten yours past the second click, or buy a new one.

Park in Shady Areas: This not only reduces the need for air conditioning, but minimizes gas evaporation as well.

Don't Carry Unnecessary Cargo: Carting around lots of items adds weight to your load and requires more fuel to move the car.  Empty the vehicle of all extranious items. 

Use a Block Heater: When temperatures drop to -20°C, use a block heater which keeps your engine oil and coolant warm, making it easier to start. Use a timer to start the heater 1 or 2 hours before you plan to drive.

Start With a More Efficient Car: The next time you are in the market for a new car, make the smart choice by choosing a vehicle with better fuel consumption. Look for the “EnerGuide” label posted on all new cars, or ask the dealer for the fuel consumption rating.

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kimberlyfaye / flickr

Buying Carbon Credits

By implementing these minor changes in your driving habits, you can significantly impact your cars' carbon emissions for the positive, resulting in fewer greenhouse gases which cause global warming.

To further influence your effect on the environment, consider purchasing carbon credits from Carbon Advice Group. What is a carbon credit? You can compensate for your unavoidable emissions by paying someone to make an equivalent greenhouse gas saving. This is called ‘carbon offsetting’. The first step is to determine your carbon footprint, and then purchase the necessary carbon credits to offset your footprint. The money used to purchase credits is invested in carbon reducing projects throughout the world. It may be simply planting trees or building a new recycling center in South America.

Carbon Advice Group ensures that you receive recognized and reputable credits, verified by the UN and meeting the requirements of the Kyoto Protocol. You can calculate your carbon footprint and purchase carbon credits for the project of your choice. What are you waiting for? Don't be a Bigfoot. Get started saving the environment by clicking on the link below.

 

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For more information on the important topic of carbon footprints and carbon credits, please visit these articles: 

Ways To Improve Your Carbon Footprint in 2009 

Green Houses Gases Emissions

What's Your Carbon Footprint? 

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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

I think you're a shoe-in (or is it shoo-in) to win the prize. Good hub. Very useful information. Can we joke around now?


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ajcor 7 years ago from NSW. Australia

Great advice Chris, I find because I need to go into town a couple of times a week and town is a good hour and a quarter away , that I can save on petrol useage by using both the cruise control and the fifth gear - these actions save me about a fifth of a tank..so that is all good..but I was unaware of the traffic lights being calibrated to reflect the legal speed limits - wonder if it is the same in Australia...need to find out - all great food for thought - thanks...

what prize mm?...


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ilovehubbing 7 years ago

thank you :)


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eovery 7 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

These are good logical advice, even to save you money.

The US does not do carbon credits, yet as much as I know of it.

As for inflating tires. I wonder in the future, if we will start seeing the standard inflation of cars go from 35 psi to 45 psi. Most tires are rated at 45 psi or higher. Plus, it would be very easy to raise the tire rating of tire up higher. At 45 psi, you can get mare than 10% better gas mileage. Make sure your tires are rated for it, before you start raising the pressure up.

Keep on Hubbing


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Mighty Mom: Well, thanks for the vote of confidence, but that remains to be seen. By all means, let's joke around! I've been serious all darn day!

Ajcor: I think that here in the states they are not always calibrated, but often are. I don't know about Australia. Thanks for the visit, at it is always good to see you!

Ilovehubbing: No...Thank YOU. Hope it's to your liking.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

eovery: What you mean is, the US does not adhere to the Kyoto protocol because the Bush Administration didn't want anyone else telling us we couldn't construct as many carbon-spewing factories as we damn well please, never mind that the US is by far the worst environmental polluter in the world.

However, an individual may STILL purchase carbon credits for their personal satisfaction and that money WILL be used in earth saving investments. Many well known people purchase carbon credits, including nobel prize winner Al Gore.

Thanks for the comment and bringing that up so I could respond to it. I would never expect to get something for my investment in the environment except the knowledge I am doing what I can.


Jennifer Bhala Hansen 7 years ago

We only have the option to buy what the government will allow to be sold and what the automakers have selfishly decided to make.

My grandfather designed and built a car engine that ran on water in the 1960's, 70's 80's. Many others have also designed and built pollution free alternatives. The oil and car conglomerates would buy the designs and shelve them so the creator could no longer work on it, and they did nothing with all these wonderful inventions.

We should force the big 3 to make pollution free vehicles. It is possible. They just have refused to do it because they are owned by the oil companies.

Don't make the American population feel guilty when we are subject to only what they will allow us to use.

We should all refuse to use and force the issue so they will now only make pollution free vehicles. The problem is the oil companies have all the money and all the power unless we as a nation and people come up with a way of outsmarting them so we get them to make what we want, pollution free cars.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Jennifer: I agree with what you say, at least in theory. I don't have the knowledge neccessary to say whether pollution-free vehicles exist, but I do think that the oil companies thwart plans that would negatively effect their profits, regardless of the negative effects on the environment or people. The movie Tucker--which I believe 100%--documents this well.

When you say, "Don't make the American People feel guilty..." I can only assume you are not insinuating that I am making the people feel guilty. Nothing could be further from the truth. The fact is, things are what they are and talk of forcing change is well and good, but this is the current situation and we should deal with it as best we can while we try to effect these major changes of which you speak. They will not come easily or any time soon.

Thank you for stopping by and your heartfelt comment.


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funride 7 years ago from Portugal

Very well done Christoph, you made a wonderful hub on this subject. Even though I have to drive to work almost every day (I work more than 60 miles away from home :() at least I got a Honda Civic Hybrid so that my BigFoot could be a little smaller :D

And I can not forget I ride my bicycles every time I can ;)

I must be what they call a SmallFoot LOL.


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Pam Roberson 7 years ago from Virginia

Your technical writing voice is shining like the brightest star. I can't help but be envious of the incredible job you've done with this. It's organized, detailed, clear, and interesting.

I normally nod off with topics like this. In fact, to be perfectly honest, when I first realized what the subject of this hub was going to be about, I was thinking, "Oh no, I'm going to have to think of some very simple general comment or not say anything at all." Well, you proved me wrong. :) I'm now convinced that you could write about any subject at all, and I'd love it.

You've given some great tips. I wondered about the cruise control thing, and I'm glad to know it's the right thing to do. I use my cruise all the time.

Great job Christoph! :)


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

Very nice tips for optimum maintenance of vehicles. In winter I find that it is easier for me to walk to my office which is like 4 blocks from my house rather than the usual whole procedure. I also check for cheapest gas prices in my area at gasbuddy.com (and more ever my Civic is really great on gas mileage). I will sign up for that link you posted. Great timely hub for environment conscious folks.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Funride: Thanks. I read your article too, with the bicycles. Nice site! Does that brand of Bike sponsor you? It certainly looks like you have a lot of fun and adventure on your two-wheeled wonder. I used to ride quite a bit when I lived in New York, but no longer. My wife and I have talked about it though. Does that count? Thanks for stopping by!

Pam Roberson: That's the first I've ever heard of a "Technical Voice shining like a rising star." Should I have a doctor look at that? But really...such compliments. Pam Roberson envious of me? "No way," say I.

I know what you mean about thinking ahead to wondering what I am going to say. So what I usually do is talk about how I was thinking ahead trying to figure out what I was goi...hey...wait a minute....that's what YOU did!

Yea, I know what you mean about the cruise control. Back when they first came out with them--on my Dad's Model T, I think it was--it really wasn't very good. It fluctuated a lot and seemed to me to be a waste of gas. They've come a long way of course, so it's nice to know it is now good to use them. I use mine too whenever I get the opportunity.

Thank you so much for your comments. Your kind words went very well with my coffee!

Countrywomen: Thanks for honoring me with a visit. I really miss my N.Y. days sometimes, particularly walking everywhere I went, in conjunction with the subway. In fact, it's making me feel a little--something, I don't know--nostalgic? Thank you for your comment!


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mistyhorizon2003 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

Wonderful educational hub Christoph, and made an often dull topic truly fascinating. I always tell people to make sure they only carry around essentials in their boot (trunk), as carrying heavy loads that aren't necessary increase fuel consumption considerably, so ditch the junk such as old newspapers, tools that you may be carting around with you day to day etc.


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anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York

I read a similar article from Funride a couple of days ago. Good of you guys to spread awareness about 'carbon footprint'. We need such informative hubs more often; constant hammering gives results. Thx


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Misty: Thanks for pointing that out. I mean't to include it, but guess I forgot. I'll put it in. Thank you for visiting and the comment. I'm chuffed!

anjelicchugh: Thanks for stopping in. Yea, it's part of a contest, and both funride and I are in it. Thank you for your comment!


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mistyhorizon2003 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

LOL, glad you are "Chuffed" Christoph :) :) :)


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BDazzler 7 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

Your suggestions make good economic sense without the need for the radical environmentalist rehotoric.

The carbon footprint and global warming argument holds little water with many of us. In short, I think the relationship between carbon emissions and global warming is essentially a myth, as there is ample evidence that the earth goes through natural long-term warming and cooling cycles, and I simply don't believe we have enough reliable data to convince me of the causal relationship between the current warming cycle (which may be stalling) and carbon emissions.

That having been said, your suggestions are still highly intelligent and will save money and fuel. Always a good thing, whether the global warming myth is true or not.

All in all, a good hub with good suggestions that make a lot of sense.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Misty:  I'm Huffy-Puff, Chuffed!

BDazzler:  Thank you for coming by and your comments.  Although I believe that we are responsible for global warming, I can respect your opinion and your manner of presenting it.  Yes, the earth goes through cycles, but it has never happened this fast before, which to me, is cause for alarm. I think it is the naysayers who are full of capitalist rhetoric. I duly note that you feel the opposite. Since you have kindly not "gone there" (too much) as it were, I will not either.

There is a great deal of money to be saved on fuel and on wear and tear of your car, resulting in a car that lasts longer, stays in better shape, and retains a higher resale value.  Not to mention, personal safety, so--as you so kindly point out--there are many reasons to adopt these principles that have nothing to do with carbon emissions and global warming.  It wouldn't hurt to cut down on smog either, just for breathing and stuff.

Thanks for your thoughts.


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Melissa G 7 years ago from Tempe, AZ

Great hub, Christoph! Thanks for doing the research and compilling so many easy and practical ways to cut down on our emissions. As someone who buys into the theory of emissions-related climate change, I think now is the time to educate ourselves about how we can be part of the solution.


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Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

Good job Chris :)

A couple of points made me wandering though where did you get them from :)

Modern cars have sealed gas vapor system, they don't let vapors out no matter how hot it is. It still nice though to get into a cooler car on a hot day, and less strain on A/C will save some gas, no question - this just has nothing to do with gas vapors :)

Warming up your car before moving when it is extremely cold outside while definitely consumes more gas makes sense from the safety standpoint. You just can't drive safely when it is -20F inside the car, period :)

And 55mph is not the most economical speed for the most cars, this is a government lie used to support countrywide 55 speed limit.

Ed, raising tire pressure to what is marked on the tire wall definitely will increase gas mileage, but it comes with a comfort and safety cost. You will feel on your butt every dust spec on the road, and traction between tires and road will get significantly decreased. It also will affect handling characteristics and suspension ability to keep a tire in a contact with the road.

While comfort is definitely just a matter of choice, seriously sacrificing safety to marginal gas savings do not make much sense to me. I would suggest to go with what is in your owners manual, this is the right number for your car :)


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Pam Roberson 7 years ago from Virginia

Hey, what I said was "shining star." If you prefer to be a rising star, I certainly won't object, but from where I sit, you've already risen to astronomical heights quite nicely. :)

LOL, I stopped worrying about what I was going to say or not say after the first paragraph. You got me interested right away. :)


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Misha:  I assume the gas evaporation is through a poorly fitting or damaged gas cap.  

The article states NEVER fill your tires to the maximum air pressure listed on your tires and that you should do what your manual says.  Isn't that what you're saying? 

By all means, make yourself comfortable, but "period?"  I think an eskimo might be alright. This is more dependent on the individual.

As for 55 mph, I understand you like to go fast, and you may be right.  I don't know enough about cars to say, but I do know that most people will have no idea what kind of gas mileage they get under any circumstances, except by taking the word of the manufacturer (and they are so truthful its inspiring.)  Maybe it's best then, that the majority of drivers who don't know diddly squat about cars or how to find out what mileage their cars really get, should stick to slower speeds.  I just don't know.

Thanks for the comment.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Melissa G: Thank you so much for visiting and your comment. I, too, buy into the theory, but at the very least, these changes are good things and can't hurt (of course "they" will argue that we would be putting people out of work, closing factories, raising prices, etc., etc.) This stuff will create jobs in other sectors, and it is ridiculous to preserve the status quo even if it is wrong, to save particular jobs when more will be created. Hey, I lose my jobs all the time!

Thanks!


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B.T. Evilpants 7 years ago from Hell, MI

Hey! I came here looking for a big hairy beast, what I got was a lecture about tire pressure and octane ratings! A fat lot of good this does me! I can't even see over the steering wheel, to drive. Now how about you break out the nekkid bigfoot pics?


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Pam: Did I misquote? I don't even have to go look, because it doesn't even matter as both are very nice and generous things to say. Besides, the muse employer is always right, whether its rising star, shining star, throwing star, star search, Star Jones, A Star is Born, shooting star, sheriff's star, starfish, starkist, gold star, as they are all starring me.

Thank you, Benevolent One!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Evilpants: Well...it's like this here. I am on probation for possessing pornographic Bigfoot pictures, and I am not allowed to spindle, fold, or mutilate any of said pictures. (But for a small fee...I can send you a delightful photo set with Bigfoot in pink panties.)


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Pam Roberson 7 years ago from Virginia

ROFL @ B.T! And ROFL @ bigfoot in pink panties!

OMG I forgot what I was gonna say.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Speak, Queen of all Musees


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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

Cheech and I go lowriding in his '64 Impala, and one day, we went around screaming Viva La Raza, then the cops got us, and made us walk the rest of the way because they found out we we're letting off some illegal emissions and they didn't appreciate that. So we end up ruining our "zapato-mobiles" but Grandma had some rice and beans for us when we got home, then we let off some legal emissions. But that made Grandma mad.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

You're killin' me! I think that was the day Chong and I saw you guys...at least I think it was you guys...low riding...or were we at the beach watching surfers...ah...can't remember, but I think we saw you guys. You were wearing your pachuco clothes, which I always thought were the coolest things ever.


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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

It might have been, we don't take off our pachuco clothes when we go swimming, so that's how you'd know it was us. Also, a good sign it was us, you would have seen smoke without seeing a fire. Keep cool ese'.


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Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

LOL Chris, my comment about tire pressure was targeted on Eovery, his name is Ed :)

As for the eskimo - you probably never tried to drive a car under such circumstances, or you would have understood what I was saying :)


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Golden Toad: Viva la Raza!

Misha: Oh, I see, and I get what you were saying about the cold car too. Just being silly. But it's OK for mushing dogs. I personally need my car warmed up a least a little bit. Can't drive while I'm shivering. The point is, it doesn't need to be overdone. As for human needs, thats up to the individual. The point of this whole thing is to do what you can and what is comfortable. You may choose not to do some of them, but there is a variety of choices so that people can find some that they are willing to do, and it will save money regardless of your beliefs in global warming. Even one is better than nothing.

Thanks for the comment.


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Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

Yeah, sure, I am fully with you on that :)


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Christoph what a well done hub. Thanks for also sharing those tips. The worlds eco-well-being is really the most important issue we as planet inhabitants have to resolve.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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eovery 7 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

Hey Chris.

I am glad I could be of service to fuel you comments.  Let's light her up if it doesn't make too much CO2 emissions, (sorry, for the punn.)

Is the carbon credits working in the other countries, or is it just another tax for that country to make money?  I haven't been able to find much on the internet about their effectiveness. The environmental engineers where I work, which some of them are from Germany and Bruessels, say the tax credits are a joke.  They are paying pennies on the dollars for them.

As for Al Core, he needs the carbon credits make up for emisions of his jet he flies around in.  My best friend met Al Core, and he says that he is the coolest, funniest guy and a alright guy.  But he does have a very, very large CO2 footprint. Or its okay, for him to pollute because he is rich from all of his speech appearances on reducing CO2 and he can buy credits.  What is this, do as I say or do as I do?  As for me, I have planted many trees and bushes on my property, does that make up for my surburban? I'm green! ???  

Hey Misha, Thanks for the point on the tire pressure, I wouldn't want any of my hubbies to kill themselves messing around with their tire pressures. But I did say future standards -- which would mean standard changes, design changes, etc, not just Joe the car owner pumping his tire full of more air.

I probably should have explained more that future designs of cars and tires could easily implement this, and make the adjustment for safety, roughness and handling.  My big "polluting surbarban" has 45-55 written as the recommended tire pressure. Different designs such as wider tires and adjustment in the suspension can easily adjust for it.  And we would get a boost in higher fuel economy rated cars.  

Anyway, I thought you guys that like to go fast liked to "feel the road."  I come from a family of car jocks, auto-tech engineers, and old time hot rodders.  They like to play with their cars before they drive them. 

Here, I was waiting for your response on the car that ran on water, which I assumed to be the electric hydrolysis of water to hydrogen trick.

what eskimo???? Did I miss something???  Where'd the eskimo go??? 


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Zsuzsy: Thanks so much for stopping in and your kind words. Like you, I too am very interested the protection of the environment, though I confess, not very active about it. I do what I can. Thermostat down, that sort of thing.

eovery: Well, I say lets light her up regardless of the emissions. As for Al Gore, he has done more to bring awareness of the situation to a wide audience than anyone else, and that counts. He is aware of his big footprint, and engages in offsetting his impact. I don't know if your trees completely off-set your Suburban or not. Plant more trees to be on the safe side. And lastly, I haven't a clue how carbon credits work in foreign countries, since it is of little help to me. As I said, to me it is simply a matter of donating money to "green" projects which helps to make up for my environmental transgressions. Thanks for stopping in.


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Anna Marie Bowman 7 years ago from Florida

Excellent Hub!!!! So much useful information!!! Thank you for writing this!! It is really important, and I hope more people read it!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

I was just wondering where you have been! No kidding! Goldentoad wrote a hub on missing hubbers, and I thought of you, so its great to see you. Nice new look, too! Just look at that beautiful red hair! Yow! How have you been? Oh yeah, thanks for the comment etc, etc. So how have you been? You have been away, right? I havn't been around much lately either.


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trish1048 7 years ago

Hi Chris,

Great hub!  I always use my cruise control when I go to work, about a 30 mile trip one way, and also, when I go visit Sally's, approximately 70 or so miles, one way.  Currently, I am still home recuperating from my surgery in December.  Other than one trip to Sally's, I haven't driven more than 30 miles.  By the time I have to go back to work, I'll have to first remember how, and bring a map since I've enjoyed forgetting where the darn place is :)

Thumbs up!


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Sally's Trove 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Thanks for a thorough look at how we can do something positive about decreasing carbon footprint size by taking simple steps with an object most of us rely on: the car.

I was amazed last summer when I set up a little car air conditioning experiment. On a familiar 100-mile round trip that I take now and again, I turned on the AC for one round trip and turned it off for another. The difference was dramatic. The AC used almost 25 percent more fuel, much in excess of the estimated 10 percent. I think 10 percent may be low, especially for black cars with too many cylinders traveling due east in the morning and due west in the afternoon on a hot summer day.

Good luck with the contest!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Trish & Sally:  I hope you two had a pleasant visit recently.  I didn't realize you guys were that close--70 miles--which isn't that far at all.  I'm confused though (not that it is any of business) because I though that you, Trish, live in OK, right?  I thought for some reason--not sure why--that you, Sally, lived in the Northeast.  Obviously, I am wrong somewhere.  Oh, well, not that it matters or anything.

Thanks for coming by.  It's always good to see you both!

I'll be coming around soon to see what you've each been up to.  Thanks again!


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trish1048 7 years ago

Hi Chris,

I'm in NJ and Sally is in PA.  You might have read in a either a comment I left somewhere or one of my hubs that my Dad was from OK, and I've made several trips there in my childhood.  Not a big deal, and where did you say you're from? :)

Yes, we had a wonderful visit and I'll be making one more before I have to go back to my godawful job.


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Sally's Trove 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Christoph, with all the gallant attention that you pay to the LOHP (ladies of HubPages), it does not surprise me that you would think Trish is 1,200 miles away from me, or that Cindy is in my backyard.  Perhaps you need a GPS configured precisely for the LOHP you admire, so that you are not confused.  We can all send you our coordinates, if it will do some good.  You are so charming.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Trish: Yes, it's all coming back to me. You have mentioned OK to me (I think because I have mentioned that I have lived there) and then NJ is also very familiar because I lived in NYC which is practically in Jersey. So I had a temporary mental lapse, but I remember now. Thanks for clearing that up for me.

Sally: Is it that obvious? Or maybe you're just uber observant? No? Yes, by all means, get all the LOHP to send me their coordinates and a GPS while you're at it, so I can keep track of all of you.

Ok, I give up. Who is Cindy? I feel I should probably know what you are talking about, but the mind is the first thing to go.


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Sally's Trove 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Cindy is mistyhorizon2003. You need a vacation and a massage. Tell your adoring wife that the LOHP will contribute to arresting the deterioration of your mind, if necessary, and if she asks.

As for getting all the GPS coordinates, I'm afraid you are on your own. You would have to initiate that.

:)


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

I know that Misty's name is Cindy, but why do you say I think she lives in your back yard? That's what I'm asking. And the GPS thing was your idea...not mine. I'd rather be confused.

Did you and Trish have a nice visit?


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Sally's Trove 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Dear Chris,

I am often confused about a number of issues.  So you and I are in the same ballpark about that.  Sometimes confusion is just the better game.

But there's nothing confusing about where the LOHP are, at least in virtual space.  Where they are in physical space is another matter.  So Cindy is across the big pond from me, and Trish is only a few land miles away from my home.

Geeze, wish we could have a face to face conversation about this, maybe with blues in the background and the ambiance of a coffee house.

And Trish and I had a wonderful meeting, something we will do again at the end of this month.

Rest well.

S.


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Anna Marie Bowman 7 years ago from Florida

Yes, I have been away for a few months. I saw that hub about missing hubbers, as well, and felt bad about being gone for so long. It is great to be back, and writing again. Thanks for the comment on the new pic! It's a happier time in my life, and I wanted my avatar to reflect that.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Glad you are back too. It's great that you are happy (didn't know you weren't) and are writing and enjoying it. I'll make it a point to get over there and read some more of your good work.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Sally: That blues and coffee sound great. It's nice that you and Trish are able to visit with each other. Most of my friends live far, far away. Very rarely do I get to see them, and sometime you need some face to face, as you say.

Thanks for stopping by.


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cgull8m 7 years ago from North Carolina

Great post, we all should use more public transportation, car pool and force politicians and manufacturers to provide more green cars.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

cgull8m: Thanks for reading! I agree 100%. Thanks for the Comment too! It is appreciated!


issues veritas 7 years ago

CR

The art is nice and some of tips are good .

Carbon credits don't make sense at all.

This is a global issue and China and Asia is the place where all the action and future action is taking place. They are on the way up for carbon generation. They already have the bulk of the world's manufacturing and their processes are illegal here and in most developed countries.

You can't live without carbon dioxide.

The electric engine and hybrids don't have an engine idle problem.

They are the perfect solution for traffic congestion.

Traffic congestion is forcing idling with the illusion of movement.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Issues veritas: Thanks for writing. Investing in green projects does make sense, ergo carbon credits make sense.

China and Asia are big environmental offenders it is true, but so is the United States, against the law or not.

Nor can you live on carbon dioxide alone. Wait till you have to live in 200+ degree temperature and under water.

So buy everone an electric or hybrid car. I'd like mine in a blue, please.

As for traffic congestion, you can help by never driving anywhere. From now on, you walk.


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gr82bme 6 years ago from USA

Great hub! Thank you for writting it. We should all do what we can to preserve the earth. Hats off to you.


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

Thanks gr82bu! I appreciate your reading and the comment!


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lindsays5624 5 years ago

Cars are certanily big offenders!! I like the tips on driving smoothly and making the most of the vehicle you have. I worrked out that driving 300 miles creates the same amount of CO2 as using a traditional light bulb for 1 year, 4 hours a day. Food for thought!!


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Christoph Reilly 5 years ago from St. Louis Author

lindsays: Thanks for stopping in. Appreciate your comment. Nice to meet you!

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