Going Green While on Vacation
It’s time to starting thinking about a vacation. Whether you’re traveling with or without your car, consider some of these energy saving tips. They can save you money, but also save the environment as well.
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. In addition, consider how much you really need to take with you. There are lots of tutorials on youtube or pinterest on how to pack light. Consider that the less you pack, the less you have to carry around for the duration of your vacation.
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. Therefore, if you are hailing a taxi, or calling an uber or lyft look for a hybrid vehicle.
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. Don’t purchase (or pick up free) maps if at all possible.It's time to starting thinking about a vacation. If you're traveling without your car, consider some of these energy saving tips. Click To Tweet