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September 21, 2016

Car Factories Go Green to Save Green

Easy_going_greenIt just makes sense: car companies that want to be known for producing eco-friendly cars build them at eco-friendly factories.

Kia has planted five million trees and initiated other green initiatives at its manufacturing plants around the world. Trees soak up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and the five million trees Kia has planted promise to soak up the equivalent of 107.5 million tons of CO2 a year.

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August 31, 2016

Low Gas Prices Are Driving Deals on Electric Cars

2__gw_2016_nissan_leafSales of electric vehicles have pretty much stalled recently because of low gas prices, so good EV deals are popping up everywhere.

One of the best deals right now is for the 2016 Nissan Leaf EV.  Nissan is offering new buyers two years of free public charging under its "No Charge to Charge" program. And, it's not the only manufacturer offering free mileage as a purchase incentive.

Hyundai offers unlimited complimentary refueling for its Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle, and Toyota gives buyers three years of free refueling for its hydrogen-powered Mirai. Those vehicles are available for sale and lease primarily in California, in areas where hydrogen refueling networks already exist.

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May 22, 2016

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April 29, 2016

AskPatty’s Tips to #Green Your Car and Save Gas: Telecommute

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Working from home just one day a week could lower your fuel costs by as much as 20%.

Working from home is easier than ever, thanks to the broad assortment of instant messaging, video chat, teleconferencing, and other world-flattening technologies. Avoiding the rush-hour trek to work and back just one day a week could extend your tank of gas by as much as 20%.

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April 28, 2016

AskPatty’s Tips to #Green Your Car and Save Gas: Monitor Your Fuel Economy

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Check your miles per gallon when you fill up to stay aware of your car’s fuel consumption.

Most cars these days have trip computers that will show you the average fuel economy of each tank of gas. Just press the button to reset the calculation at every fillup and track your numbers using a notebook, or use a handy smartphone app like Road Trip Lite, or Fuel Buddy or any of the other multitudes of fuel economy tracking apps that are available for the iPhone and Android users.

And if you don't have a trip computer or a smart phone, it's still an easy calculation, even for someone who's not good at arithmetic: simply divide the (miles driven between fillups) by (the number of gallons used) to identify your (average mpg for each tank.

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April 27, 2016

AskPatty’s Tips to #Green Your Car and Save Gas: Go Waterless

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Whether you drive a shiny new hybrid or a dependable old clunker, consider #DrivingDirty.

This is important, especially if you live in drought-ridden California: Between the gallons of water you use to soap up your sponges and the fresh water flowing unrestricted from your garden hose, washing your car at home can use between 80 and 140 gallons of water.

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April 25, 2016

AskPatty’s Tips to #Green Your Car and Save Gas: Park Green

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Park in the shade or a garage whenever you can.

The cooler you can keep your car while it's parked, the less fuel you need to use to run the air conditioning to cool it off when you start driving again. Parking in a garage also decreases the energy needed to warm up on cold winter mornings. If you can't park in the shade, consider using an electric or solar car fan, or a reflective windshield shade to help keep your car's interior more comfortable.

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April 22, 2016

AskPatty’s Tips to #Green Your Car and Save Gas: Properly Recycle and Dispose of Car Parts and Fluids

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Motor oil, batteries, and tires should all be recycled.

Most repair shops engage in proper recycling and disposal of toxic fluids and products such as used oil, car tires, and batteries. If you take the DIY approach, be sure you do, too! Check out the Environmental Protection Agency recycling website for helpful information about disposing of car waste -- like used oil, batteries, and tires -- properly.

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April 20, 2016

AskPatty’s Tips to #Green Your Car and Save Gas: Reduce Air Conditioner Use / Close Windows

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Cranking up the air conditioning can increase fuel consumption by as much as 13% to 21%.

If the weather’s nice, you might be tempted to roll down the windows instead, but this can decrease your vehicle’s aerodynamic efficiency when traveling at highway speeds. If you're toodling through town, roll them down; if you're flying on the freeway, the Consumer Energy Center recommends you use the flow-through ventilation instead of rolling down the windows.

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April 18, 2016

AskPatty’s Tips to #Green Your Car and Save Gas: Keep Your Car Properly Tuned

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A well-tuned car can run 4% more efficiently than one that is out or tune or has failed its emissions test.

According to the Car Care Council, regular tune-ups, maintenance, and having clean air filters will help your car pollute less and burn less gas. Getting a tune-up can improve gas mileage by an average of 4 percent. Simply changing the car’s air filter can improve efficiency by 10 percent. Fixing a serious maintenance problem, such as a faulty oxygen sensor, can improve gas mileage by as much as 40 percent.

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