bag reduction

photo by silvie tittel

If you can’t go cold turkey and never use another plastic bag, reduce when you can. Keep a couple of reusable shopping bags in the car so you’re always ready.

Think you’re the only one packing your stuff? Look around at the checkout counter- you could be pleasantly surprised. Or be the trailblazer in your community. If others see you doing it, they might too!

borrow or rent

Photo by Alexandru G. Stavrica

Why buy and store that chainsaw/steam cleaner/rototiller you use once a year? I know, it is nice to be prepared. That’s what I tell myself when I look at the 15-year old generator that’s still wrapped in plastic in my garage. On the other hand, if you borrow a neighbor’s power washer and accidentally set it on fire, you should replace it. Just saying.

And if you’re the one with the garage full of tools and stuff, thanks for sharing with the rest of us!

tires are like coffee

tire with bright yellow hubcap
Photo by Thomas Millot

Tire pressure is like drinking caffeine. Too little and your car is sluggish- using about 0.4 % more gas for every psi (pounds per square inch) under the recommended number. Too high and the over-inflated tires will make the car rattle and shake.

So maintain the correct air pressure in your tires. You can find the psi number on the driver’s door jamb or user’s manual. It’s usually around 32-34.I check my tires at home with a little pressure checker thingy. Gas stations do have machines, usually in a corner somewhere, and either broken or with a line of people waiting. See, you’re not alone! Take a couple of minutes to save gas– and have a safer ride too!

https://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/a940/4199963/

https://www.cars.com/articles/2013/06/how-to-check-and-fill-tires/