Sometimes there is no alternative to a car trip – but there are ways to reduce the amount of money you spend on driving, and you’ll help reduce your environmental impact too!
To drive smarter you need to think about the type of car you own, the way you drive, the loads your carry and type of fuel the car uses. All these factors contribute towards the carrying emission levels caused by cars.
Smarter driving or ‘eco-driving’ could save you up to £220 per year in fuel costs, as well as helping the environment. That’s because smarter driving means moving more efficiently and producing less CO2 – the main contributor to climate change. So clean out your boot, accelerate more gently, and drive more steadily to help you save cash and the climate
(Advice courtesy of the Energy Saving Trust).
If you’re looking to buy a new car, then car showrooms have fuel economy labels that show you how efficient each car is. It’s helpful to use this site when researching new cars. It will tell you the car’s fuel consumption as well as the exhaust emission figures.
As well as traditional petrol and diesel engines, there are a range of vehicles that run on greener fuels.
Electric cars are charged up at home overnight. They do not produce any emissions when they drive, but emissions are produced from electricity generation. On the other hand, if you get your home electricity from an exclusively ‘green energy’ electricity supplier, then you can bask in the green glow of a completely emissions-free car!
Hybrid cars use a petrol engine combined with a battery. Hybrids are very fuel efficient and stand the test of great performance.
Liquid petroleum gas fuelled cars are not yet available in the UK, but petrol cars can be converted to bring local air quality pollutant emissions in line with modern cars, but the engine needs to be well maintained in order to do this.