Natural Bug Spray
Use a nontoxic, natural bug spray instead of a chemical sprays to
help protect you and wildlife from the harmful effects of toxic
insecticides. There are many nontoxic, natural bug sprays available
for sale. Products containing either a soap solution or a citrus-oil
based solution are good choices. For a list of natural bug spray
More than 850 million gallons of indoor and outdoor paint was
sold for use on residential, commercial, institutional and
industrial buildings in 2005. The main environmental issue with
paint is that much of it contains volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Buying low- or no-VOC paint will release fewer or no VOCs into the
air when you paint. VOCs create ground-level ozone pollution and
carry potential health risks. For more information on painting green
Use Green Credit Cards
Turn your regular purchases into small donations by choosing a
green credit card. You get a stylish, green-designed card, and every
purchase triggers a donation to an environmental nonprofit, too. You
can offset your carbon footprint or donate to the World Wildlife
Fund all while earning other rewards and perks. For more information
on green credit cards visit
Make a Green New Year’s Resolution
DEP is encouraging Floridians to make a "green" resolution for the
New Year. "Even small things like changing one incandescent light bulb
to an ENERGY STAR® qualified bulb can have a big impact," said DEP
Secretary Sole. "For example, if all the households in Florida changed
just one light bulb to a compact fluorescent bulb, the combined effort
would save enough energy to light all the households in Tallahassee for
more than two and a half years." For more information on Green Tips for
the New Year visit
Use Recycled Gift Wrap
Wrap gifts in recycled or reused wrapping paper or funny papers.
Also remember to save or recycle used wrapping paper. Try giving
gifts that don't require much packaging, such as concert tickets or
Have a create-your-own-decorations party!
Invite family and friends to create and use holiday decorations
such as ornaments made from old greeting cards or cookie dough,
garlands made from strung popcorn or cranberries, wreaths made from
artificial greens and flowers, and potpourri made from kitchen
spices such as cinnamon and cloves.
Buy Rechargeable Batteries
About 40 percent of all battery sales occur during the holiday
season. Buy rechargeable batteries to accompany your electronic
gifts, and consider giving a battery charger as well. Rechargeable
batteries reduce the amount of potentially harmful materials thrown
away, and can save money in the long run.
Have a Green Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is loaded with tradition, so why not start a new
tradition by making your Thanksgiving holiday celebration green?
Reducing impact on the environment is something for which everyone
can be thankful. Here are a few tips on giving thanks to the
- Use homemade decorations. Construction paper can be cut or
folded into simple Pilgrim, turkey and harvest decorations and
after the paper can be recycled.
- Carry reusable bags when you go grocery shopping.
- At dinner use cloth napkins that can be washed and used
- Make use of the beautiful weather outside and open up
windows to help cool down the house instead of turning on the
- Share leftovers with guests. Don’t keep all the leftovers in
your fridge to get moldy and go to waste, send your guests home
with a doggie bag so no food goes to waste.
- Purchase fewer processed foods and seek out locally grown
goods and organic foods.
- Shop online on Black Friday in the comfort of your home.
You’ll save on emissions as well as hassle.
Recycling, Did You Know?
- One recycled aluminum can saves enough energy to power a
television or computer for 3 hours or a 100-watt light bulb for
- A six-pack of recycled aluminum cans saves enough energy to
drive a car 5 miles.
- Recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to light a
100-watt light bulb for 4 hours.
- Recycling a one-gallon plastic milk jug will save enough
energy to keep a 100-watt bulb burning for 11 hours.
- Recycling a one-foot high stack of newspapers saves enough
electricity to heat a home for 17 hours.
Have a Green Halloween
Halloween can be scary - but it needn't be scary for the earth.
Here are some tips on how to keep environmental hobgoblins away:
- Use pillow cases or cloth bags instead of paper bags for
- Buy candy that uses the least amount of packaging.
- Check the labels on Halloween-related items and buy ones
that use recycled content.
- If you plan a Halloween party, buy or use reusable utensils,
plates, napkins, and tablecloths, or buy disposable items that
have recycled content.
- After the festivities are over, start a compost pile with
your old jack-o-lantern. If you do not have space, check with
your town officials or local garbage collectors about whether
there is a community compost pile in your area.
- As you clean up after the holiday, don't throw away your
Halloween decorations. Use them again next year to save money as
well as landfill space.
- Urge children to dispose of their candy wrappers in their
bags or in trash cans rather than on the street.
Cellular Phone Recycle and Reuse
Cellular phone use is on the rise. Currently, close to half of
the U.S. population uses cellular phones. Since these devices often
contain lead and mercury, it is important to properly dispose of
them. There are resources available to help people recycle or donate
them to worthwhile causes. For example, the
"CALL TO PROTECT"
campaign collects cellular phones to benefit survivors of domestic
violence. For more information on cellular phone donation and
Paper or Plastic…neither.
Only 12 percent of plastic bags and 37 percent of
paper bags are reused or recycled. Instead choose a
reusable shopping bag which needs only to be used 11
times to have a lower environmental impact than 11
disposable plastic bags. Read DEP’s
Retail Bags Report to learn more about how
disposable bags impact on the environment and ways
this can be changed.
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Installing compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs in place
of standard incandescent bulbs can save you as much as $40
a year in energy costs by changing out just one 60-watt
incandescent with a 14-watt fluorescent lamp. CFL bulbs
will also last up to 13 times longer. If you need more light,
a long-lasting 27-watt CFL provides as much light as a 100-watt
standard incandescent, at about one-fourth the operating
cost and one-fourth the heat output. Unlike a few years
ago, you can now find CFL bulbs in many different shapes
Make Your Fridge More Efficient
Refrigerators are responsible for approximately 14 percent of a home's energy
use, more than any other kitchen or cleaning appliance. The average refrigerator in
2002 consumed 1,281 kilowatt hours (kWh) per year in electricity.
Choose an ENERGY STAR refrigerator
A new ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerator uses about 40 percent less energy than
refrigerators sold in 2001.
Set your refrigerator temperature to 37-40 degrees
Don't keep your fridge too frigid. To prevent wasting energy and your food from
spoiling, it is important to set your refrigerator’s temperature properly. If your
refrigerator is set below 37 degrees, it will use more electricity than necessary.
In fact, a refrigerator set 10 degrees colder, will use 25 percent more energy.
Clean a refrigerator’s coils
Dust off the coils on the back of your fridge every six months. Dirty coils cause
the refrigerator to use more energy to keep food cold.
Keep a full refrigerator
A full fridge retains cold better after the door has been opened so your appliance
doesn’t have to work as hard to keep the food cold.
Maintain Your A/C
Ninety percent of residential energy consumed in America is due to household appliances, such as
heating and cooling systems like air conditioners, which can make up as much as half of a household
energy bill. Be sure to clean and maintain your air filters. Keeping air filters clean can increase
air conditioner efficiency by 5 to 15 percent. At the very least, they should be checked every three
months during the cooling season.
Green Your Swimming Pool
Use natural alternatives to pool chemicals.
Using natural alternatives to chemicals to clean the water in your pool aids
in removing damaging chlorine from the air and the groundwater. It also keeps
it away from your body, where it can also cause harm.
Cover your pool.
Simply covering your pool with a pool cover (otherwise known as a solar cover or
thermal blanket) helps the environment in the following ways: it keeps both water
and heat from evaporating at dramatic rates and it helps keep pool chemicals, if
you use them, from polluting the air.
Landscape close to your pool.
Simply landscaping more closely to the pool allows you to water plants from water
that splashes out and runs off from the pool, saving significantly on water use.
You can also add trees and shrubs close to the pool, which will create a wind break
that decreases water evaporation for when the pool is in use; just make sure they’re
not blocking the sun on the pool, which creates natural solar energy.
For more tips visit
Be a fan-atic
Instead of reaching for the A/C as the temperature outside rises, consider the much underrated ceiling fan.
It uses dramatically less energy than an air conditioner, costs less to buy, is a breeze to install and cools
like a charm. For the Do-It-Yourself types, there’s always the classic hand fan, made out of the nearest
newspaper, magazine, or outdoor concert brochure. For more information visit
Purchase food from local areas and help to cut back on gas emissions created by long transportation routes out-of-area
fruits and vegetables take to get to your local grocery store. Your food will be fresher, taste better and the air will
be cleaner. Not only does shopping locally reduce food miles, it also keeps resources circulating in the community.
Plus, it’s a great way to get to know your neighbors. When did you last chat with the person who grew your tomatoes?
Sites like Local Harvest can help you locate suppliers, and farmers markets are increasing in number all the time.
There may even be a city farm or community garden in your neighborhood. If there isn’t, you might consider starting
April is Water Conservation Month
Consider the following tips to help conserve water in your home.
Repair leaky fixtures. One drop per second from a leaky faucet can waste as much as 10 gallons of water each week.
Install low-flow showerheads, faucets and toilets. Low-flow faucets reduce water consumption and the cost of heating water by as much as 50 percent; using a low-flow toilet can save Americans 2.1 trillion gallons of water and $11.3 million nationwide every day.
Turn the water off. Don’t allow the water to run when brushing your teeth. This can waste two gallons of water per brushing! Instead, wet your toothbrush, brush your teeth, and then turn the water on again to rinse.
Green Spring Cleaning
Do your spring cleaning safely. Did you know cleaning your home can be harmful to your health? Many common household
cleaners contain toxic solvents, fragrances, disinfectants, and other ingredients that can pollute the air and cause
respiratory, skin, and other reactions. Find tips on green cleaning at
Use a Reel or Electric Mower
Savor the smell of fresh-cut grass without the smell of gasoline by using a reel or electric
mower, rather than a high-polluting gas-powered one. You can save gas, save money and reduce
noise and air pollution.
Each weekend, 54 million Americans mow their lawns, using an estimated 800 million
gallons of gas per year. More fuel is spilled while refueling lawn equipment each year
than was spilled by the Exxon Valdez.
Using an electric mower, you’ll pay about $5 per year for the electricity costs. Using a
gas-powered mower, you’ll pay that much in just two mows.
According to the EPA, gas-powered lawnmowers account for up to 5% of US air pollution.
Bothered by noise pollution? It’s not a problem with reel mowers and electric mowers which
make just a tenth of the amount of noise as gas-powered ones.
Buy Recycled Paper Towels
Did you know if every household in the U.S. replaced
just one roll of 180-sheet virgin-fiber paper towels
with 100-percent recycled paper towels, we could save:
1.4 million trees, 3.7 million cubic feet of landfill
space, and 526 million gallons of water, and prevent
89,400 pounds of pollution? Several companies make paper
towels from 100-percent recycled paper, with a minimum
of 90-percent post-consumer materials. You can find
these products at many grocery stores, particularly
those that specialize in natural foods. Better yet, make
do without paper towels. Use dish towels instead. For
more information visit the
Smithsonian National Zoo’s Green Team Tips.
Pack a Waste-free Lunch
Did you know that one child’s average school lunch generates 67 pounds of
waste in one year? Reuse containers and reduce waste.
When you go to the grocery store buy chips, cookies, crackers, applesauce,
carrots, yogurt, cheese, soup, and other food in bulk, not single-serving
packages. Buy juice in large bottles, not small boxes or pouches and don't
buy plastic sandwich bags, plastic water bottles, disposable utensils, paper
napkins, or paper lunch bags.
When you pack your child’s lunch put sandwiches, small fruit, snacks, and
other food in reusable containers and put juice or water in a reusable bottle.
Send your child off to school with their eco-friendly lunch in a long-lasting
reusable bag or box with reusable utensils and a cloth napkin.
Just Say No To Bottled Water
Your New Year's resolution may involve more trips to the gym, but instead
of buying pre-packaged bottled water consider other options.
Americans buy more than 8 billion gallons of bottled water a year and toss
22 billion empty plastic bottles in the trash according to National Geographic
magazine. Many people find grabbing a bottle of water to go a necessary
convenience and a hard habit to break and some think that tap water simply
isn’t as good.
There are a few simple ways to ease out of the water bottle habit. Invest
in a filter for your faucet or a filtered pitcher to go in the refrigerator.
Use this tasty filtered water to fill up a reusable neoprene or stainless
steel bottle, made in a variety of styles and colors. Think about the money
you will save and the benefit to the environment of keeping your water bottle
consumption out of the landfill. If you do find yourself grabbing a bottle of
water here and there, be sure to recycle.
Donate or Sell Your Old Electronics
Electronics are one of the fastest growing portions of America's trash.
Donating or selling your old electronics is not only smart, but also good for
- Donate your old computer to a school. Many schools are in need of computers and
will be able to make good use of your old machine. Even if the computer isn't
working, schools can often get the machine refurbished by in-house technicians.
- No matter how old, video games and video game equipment can be sold to many
electronics dealers. Another option is to donate old video games to youth charities.
- Before throwing away an old cell phone, call your local county or city services
to see if they accept donations, or if they recycle cell phones.
Now You’re Cookin'
They say a watched pot never boils, but a covered one
boils extra quickly, saving cooking time--and energy.
Using smaller appliances, like a microwave, toaster
oven, rice cooker, or crock pot when appropriate to the
task; choosing the right size pan and burner for meals
prepared on the stove; and keeping the oven door closed
while baking are other great ways to conserve energy in
the kitchen. It also doesn't take as much energy to
reheat food as it does to cook it in the first place, so
make enough for leftovers.
Change your mind-set and think twice before throwing
anything out. Resealable plastic bags that held carrots
today can hold crayons tomorrow. Coffee-cup cardboard sleeves
from this morning’s brew can be tucked in a purse pocket
to be used again at 4 p.m. Mom might just like that cashmere
sweater you’re sick of wearing and Fido doesn’t know the
difference between a new chew toy and the one you make yourself
out of old dish towels. (To learn how to make one and to
find other new uses for old linens, visit
“Green” Pet Owning
According to the United States Humane Society, 73 million
dogs and 90 million cats currently inhabit U.S. homes, meaning
household pets are important consumers of valuable resources
in many families. Here are tips on making your pet owning
experience a “green” one.
Find a Local Vet. If you live more than
10 miles away, consider finding a veterinarian in your community.
Investigate Healthy Food Alternatives.
Organic pet food is made with renewable resources and no
pesticides or environmentally unfriendly fertilizers.
Recycle Food Containers. Chances are
your pet’s food containers can be recycled.
Make Waste Disposal Environmentally Friendly.
Biodegradable bags provide an alternative to plastic bags
that are nearly impossible to decompose.
Buy Your Pet Sustainable Toys. Try eco-friendly
beds, hemp collars, or toys made from recycled soda bottles.
Grasscycling is the natural practice of leaving clippings
on the lawn when mowing. The clippings quickly decompose
returning nutrients to the soil. Grasscycling can reduce
water and fertilizer requirements, mowing time and disposal
costs. The average lawn can generate as much as eight tons
of yard waste per acre each year. To learn more about Grasscycling,
Doing the laundry can create a lot of unnecessary waste
but there are many ways to conserve energy including:
- Wash clothes in cold water and use cold-water detergents
- Dry towels and heavier cottons in a separate load
from lighter-weight clothes.
- Clean the lint filter in the dryer after every load
to improve air circulation.
- Look for the ENERGY STAR® and EnergyGuide labels.
ENERGY STAR qualified clothes washers use 50 percent
less energy than standard washers.
- Use environmentally-friendly or “green” cleaners
to replace traditional products, which can contain hazardous
Household Hazardous Waste
Americans generate 1.6 million tons of household hazardous
waste per year. The average home can accumulate as much
as 100 pounds of household hazardous waste in the basement
or garage and in storage closets. When improperly disposed
of, household hazardous waste can create a potential risk
to people and the environment. For steps on how to properly
dispose of household hazardous waste, visit DEP’s
Division of Waste Management.
Slow the Flow
Did you know that only one percent of water on our planet
is readily available for drinking? That’s because only three
percent of the world’s water is fresh water rather than
salt water; and of that amount, icecaps and glaciers account
for two thirds. In a typical household, four people use
approximately 9,000 gallons per month or 108,000 gallons
per year. That’s enough water to fill a bathtub more than
2,500 times! More than half of this usage occurs in the
bathroom--from toilets (24 percent), baths (9 percent) and
showers (21 percent). Leaks in bathroom faucets add another
five percent, so the total amounts to much more than just
a drop in the bucket.
When organic wastes, such as leaves, grass clippings, food
waste, and paper are recycled, we reduce the generation
of methane gas in landfills. Almost 60 percent of the municipal
solid waste produced in the United States (including paper)
is compostable material. Second only to fossil-fuel combustion,
landfills are a leading source of greenhouse gases. In 2005,
79 million tons of waste material was diverted away from
disposal through recycling and composting.
Everyday Energy Saver
Programmable thermostats automatically adjust your home's
temperature settings, allowing you to save energy while
you're away or sleeping. Through proper use of pre-programmed
settings, a programmable thermostat can save you about $150
every year in energy costs. The thermostats are more convenient
and accurate than manual thermostats and improve your home’s
comfort, contain no mercury and are better for the environment,
since using less energy helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions
associated with energy production.
Fix a Leak!
Leaky toilet flappers, faucets, and other valves are
easy to fix and usually require only a few tools and
hardware. Over 1 trillion gallons of water leaks from US
homes each year. March 16 to 20 is "Fix a Leak" week.
Learn more at EPA WaterSense
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The average U.S. office worker goes through 10,000 sheets of copy paper a year. Make it a habit to print on both sides or use the back side of old documents for faxes, scrap paper, or drafts. Avoid color printing and print in draft mode whenever feasible. Make it a policy to buy chlorine-free paper with a higher percentage of post-consumer recycled content. Also consider switching to a lighter stock of paper or alternatives made from bamboo, hemp, organic cotton, or kenaf.
Recycle Toner and Ink
Recycle toner and ink cartridges and buy remanufactured ones. According to Office Depot, each remanufactured toner cartridge "keeps approximately 2.5 pounds of metal and plastic out of landfills...and conserves about a half gallon of oil."
Turn off your screen saver
Did you know the EPA has estimated that using a computer's
"sleep mode" reduces its energy consumption by 60 to 70
percent and, on a large scale, ultimately could save enough
electricity each year to power Vermont, New Hampshire and
Maine, cut electric bills by $2 billion and reduce carbon
dioxide emissions by the equivalent of five million cars?
A screen saver that displays moving images causes your monitor
to consume as much electricity as it does in active use.
A blank screen saver is only slightly better but that reduces
energy consumption by a small amount. The best screen saver
is also the best energy saver: turn off your monitor when
you're not using it. The next best idea is to use your computer's
power management feature to automatically shut the monitor
down when it is not in use. Turning off your computer will
decrease the amount of energy it uses, reduces its mechanical
stress, prolong its life.
Did you know that every year enough paper is thrown away
to make a 12 foot wall from New York to California? Recycling
of each ton of paper saves 17 trees and 7000 gallons of
water. Recycled paper also saves 60 percent energy in comparison
to new paper and generates 95 percent less air pollution.
Since one-fifth of all wood harvested in the world ends
up in paper it just makes sense to recycle and conserve
this valuable resource.
Make it a habit to think before you print: could this be read or stored online instead? When you receive unwanted catalogs, newsletters, magazines or junk mail, request to be removed from the mailing list before you recycle the item. Make it a policy to post employee manuals and similar materials online, rather than distribute print copies. They're easier to update that way too.
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Attend a National Marina Day Event
National Marina Day is dedicated to the education of the boating public,
civic leaders and politicians emphasizing the importance of the marine
industry as a link to water access through local marinas and stewardship of
View a list of events where you can learn more about clean boating.
Have you ever left your car running while picking up
your children or grandchildren from school? A single
vehicle dropping off and picking up kids at one school
puts three pounds of pollution into the air per month.
This pollution contains a nasty mix of small particles
and chemicals that are considered "hazardous." Exposure
to car exhaust increases the risk of heart and lung
problems. If you think you’ll be sitting in the same
spot for more than 30-seconds, it helps to turn off your
car. Contrary to popular belief, it really isn't bad for
- Idling consumes ½ to 1 gallon of gas per
- Excessive idling causes your engine’s
components, including cylinders and spark plugs, to wear
- Children’s asthma symptoms increase as a
result of car exhaust.
Leave No Trace
Leave No Trace is a national and international program designed to assist outdoor
enthusiasts with their decisions about how to reduce their impacts when they hike, camp,
picnic, snowshoe, run, bike, hunt, paddle, ride horses, fish, ski or climb. The program
strives to educate all those who enjoy the outdoors about the nature of their recreational
impacts as well as techniques to prevent and minimize such impacts. The Seven Principles
of Leave No Trace are 1- Plan Ahead and Prepare; 2-Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces;
3-Dispose of Waste Properly; 4-Leave What You Find; 5-Minimize Campfire Impacts; 6-Respect
Wildlife; and 7-Be Considerate of Other Visitors.
Visit http://www.lnt.org/programs/principles.php for more information
on how to reduce environmental impact on the outdoors this summer.
Florida is defined by water. With more than 1,350 miles of coastline, 50,000 miles
of inland and coastal rivers and streams, 700 freshwater springs and countless lakes,
Floridians depend on water more than any other natural resource. The pollution of
Florida’s waterways from a number of sources can spoil boating and other aquatic
recreation. Boaters add to the pollution problem when they fail to dispose of
boat sewage properly. It is important that boaters use the nearly 400 pumpout
stations throughout the state installed by the
Clean Vessel Act Program that have kept more than 10,000,000 gallons of boater sewage out of
The Great Green Get Away
Even with high gas prices, you can take a vacation that doesn’t deplete your wallet or the environment by
traveling “green”. DEP’s new Green Travel Web site features an interactive map to locate Green Lodging
properties and Florida state parks close to home and
lists dozens of tips on being green while enjoying the
With the peak boating season approaching, it is important for boaters to be conscious of the environment
they enjoy. The Florida Clean Boater Program encourages boaters to use Florida’s
Clean Marinas, Boatyards
& Marine Retailers. Boaters are also encouraged
to safeguard the state’s waterways by adopting
environmentally friendly practices such as proper trash
management, using bilge socks and fueling collars as
well as practicing recycling habits. Visit http://www.dep.state.fl.us/cleanmarina/resources.htm
for an extensive list of environmentally conscious boating tips.
You don't have to sacrifice creature comforts to be a green traveler. Book your next hotel stay
with a designated member of the Florida Green Lodging Program. Properties are located throughout
the state and range from local bed and breakfast’s to five star resorts with more than 1,000 rooms
to suit any traveler’s needs. Designated properties have implemented a variety of environmentally
friendly practices, such as: installation of low flow plumbing fixtures, linen and towel reuse
programs, installation of ENERGY STAR® appliances and programmable thermostats, recycling in guest
and staff areas, bulk and recycled content purchasing, use of green cleaners and use of high
efficiency air filters. Visit
http://www.dep.state.fl.us/greenlodging/lodges.htm to find the ideal
property for your next trip.
Check Traffic - Dial 511
Crawling traffic can contribute eight times as much air
pollution as traffic moving at regular highway speeds,
according to the Green Guide from National Geographic.
Before you get in your car for your morning commute,
check the Florida Department of Transportation’s 511
traffic information hotline or Web site,
learn about traffic, road closures and construction for
locations and roadways throughout the state.
Gas Saving Tips
With gas prices consistently on the rise, here are a few tips for lowering gas
Keep tires properly inflated. This reduces tread wear and conserves fuel.
When tire pressure is low it creates more rolling resistance for the car and
requires more gas to push the car along.
Don't idle. It is estimated one minute of sitting in neutral or park uses
the same amount of gas consumed as when you start your engine. When possible
turn off your engine.
Don't overfill. Most new cars have an automatic 'stop' when the tank is
full. Adding a few extra squirts to reach an even amount on the price readout or
to ‘top it off’ is just wasting fuel.
Recycle Motor Oil
Each year over 180 million gallons of motor oil are disposed
of illegally. Never put motor oil in the trash or pour it
on the ground or into a storm drain. Motor oil can be 100
percent recycled. Many oil change centers and auto part
stores will take your oil hassle free. Visit
to locate a recycling center near you.
Drive Less, Drive Smart
One of the biggest contributors to air pollution is vehicle
exhaust. As part of Clean Air Month consider participating
in Bike-to-Work Week from May 14 – 18, 2007. Bicycling cuts
back on traffic congestion, reduces pollution and is good
for your health. If biking to work is not feasible, try
cycling to other nearby places that you would normally drive
to. It is estimated that one billion gallons of gasoline
could be prevented from entering our air if everyone biked
to work or the store just once every two weeks.
Do you have a need for speed? So nobody's perfect out there on the open road. We've all let the needle slip past the speed limit at one time or another. But in so many ways, it just isn't worth it. If the long (and expensive!) arm of the law isn't enough to deter your lead foot, consider this: engines are designed to operate most efficiently at the speed limit. Driving the car 75mph instead of 65mph increases your fuel consumption by 20%. Slow down to enjoy the ride and the cost savings.
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