Something that has the largest impact on the environment and the air your breathe every day are all of the methods of transportation that exist today that make use of various fuels, spewing pollution into the air, making it harder to breathe in and more unclean and damaging the atmosphere around you. While society slowly is finding ways to help reduce the overall emissions that are going into the air and causing problems by enacting new and tougher laws and restrictions to benefit the environment, there are steps you can take on your own that can help reduce your own carbon footprint by changing your driving and car habits.
Cut back and Change Your Driving Habits
One of the best ways you can make a change in your footprint is to drive less all of the time. This means that if you can find ways to eliminate the use of your car just twice a week you can have a big impact on the amount of fumes going into the air and cut back on greenhouse gas emissions that can cause all kinds of problems. If you can, try finding ways that you can car pool back and forth to work each day so someone different is driving each day, allowing you, your neighbors and co-workers all the chance to help cut back. You should also see if alternative methods of transportation are available to you, such as the bus or train, to eliminate your drive. If you live close by to your office, consider riding a bike or walking back and forth to the office. Not only will this save the environment, but it will improve your overall health as well. You can even see if it is possible for you to work from home a couple of times a week to help out.
Don’t Stand By and Idle!
A large problem that exists all over when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions comes from people who are simply idling their cars before they start their drive. Whether it is because they want the car to be warmer before they head out for the day or they are trying to do other things while the car warms up, this is a big waste of energy and lets out emissions that are completely preventable. Idling is not only wasting fuel for you as the car sits, costing you extra money, but it is releasing pollution into the air as your car is just sitting there. Try to avoid idling at all costs if you can and you can make a big impact just by doing that.
Breaking habits that you have when it comes to car use can be difficult, but if you make just a few tweaks and changes you can begin to see that it can have a large impact on the air around you and your environment, which in turn has a big effect on the world as a whole. If everyone took these steps to heart and tried to take just two days a week to avoid driving, it could make a big difference in the air your breathe and save you energy and money along the way.