How to make your home and vehicle more environmentally friendly

Earth Day - Green carsWith Earth Day in our thoughts, we at Suburban Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Troy would like to share a few tips on how to make your home and vehicle more environmentally friendly.

Even though most of us don’t have the opportunity to give up driving or move into extremely earth-friendly homes, there are plenty of affordable ways to make your daily choices in transportation and home more eco-friendly.

Let’s start with your home. The best way to make your home more environmentally friendly is to reduce the amount of energy you use for heating and cooling. Here are some tips:

  • Lower the thermostat in the winter, and keep your air conditioning use in the summer at a minimum.  A few degrees difference could save you hundreds, and reduce your oil or gas consumption in the winter and electricity consumption in the summer.
  • Keep shades drawn in the summer during the day, as it will act to insulate from the sun and outdoor heat.
  • Use a humidifier in the winter, as some humidity will help your furnace operate more efficiently and keep your family more comfortable. In the winter, close your shades at night to reduce cold coming in off the windows.
  • Try a fan instead of an air conditioner. Sometimes a breeze will keep you cool so you don’t need to use an energy-hogging appliance like an air conditioner.
  • Keep your air conditioner and furnace in top shape by having them inspected and cleaned annually. They’ll last longer and operate more efficiently.
  • Use weather stripping and caulking to seal drafts.

Other tips for your home are using low environmental-impact cleaning products, using a clothesline instead of a dryer, being an eco-conscious shopper, and recycling wherever you can.

To make your vehicle use more environmentally friendly, minimize trips by carpooling and combining errands, and use alternate modes of transportation where you can. A bicycle is a great way of getting around, is good exercise and a lot of fun.

Come see us to find out if your vehicle is in top shape. Is the air filter clean? Are the spark plugs within their service life? Is the oxygen sensor doing what it is supposed to? How about your tires? Under-inflated tires alone can reduce your fuel economy by 3 to 10%.

From all of us at Suburban Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Troy, happy Earth Day to you and your family!

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