Going Green While on Vacation
It’s Spring Break time! If you’re vacationing without your car, consider some of these energy saving tips.
Pack lightly. Every additional ten pounds of baggage per traveler requires an additional 350 million gallons of jet fuel per year, which is enough to keep a 747 flying continuously for ten years.
Car rentals. Try a hybrid car or a more fuel-efficient vehicle. A hybrid rental can go three times as far as a standard sedan on the same amount of gas. There are 1.7 million rental cars in the United States. If every one were a hybrid, more than nine million gallons of gasoline would be saved – per fill-up.
Try a hybrid taxi. If the entire New York City taxi fleet were converted to hybrids, the result in terms of reduced exhaust emissions would be the equivalent of taking twenty-four thousand cars off the road.
Use online maps or a GPS system instead of paper maps. Map paper is particularly difficult, sometimes impossible, to recycle because of all the ink used. If you’ve got old maps, reuse them as gift wrapping instead of just throwing them out.