Whether you are headed to the office or the grocery store, walking doesn’t always cut it. Some modes of transportation are better than others, especially when it comes to keeping your carbon footprint low.
Scooters – Not as Environmentally Friendly as You Thought
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Many people today are getting scooters because they think they are ‘greener’ than almost any other option. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
If you travel 12,000 miles in a year, and get 80 miles per gallon, it emits about 2943 lbs of CO2 per year. It would use 150 gallons of gas.
If you use 1 quart of oil per oil change, and change the oil every 3,000 miles, you will use 1 gallon of oil per year.
VOCs (PM10, NOx, and SOx) are about 2,500 milligrams/mile.
Motorcycles – Smog is in the Air
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It has been shown that motorcycles are more fuel-efficient than cars. However, this does not necessarily mean that they are better for the environment.
- If you travel 12,000 miles in a year, and get 40 miles per gallon, this emits about 5887 lbs of CO2. It uses about 300 gallons of gas.
- If you use 1 quart of oil per oil change, and change the oil every 3,000 miles, you will use 1 gallon of oil per year.
- VOCs created by this motorcycle would be about 6,800 milligrams/mile.
Cars – Lower Fuel Efficiency but Fewer Pollutants
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Car manufacturers are taking emissions and fuel efficiency into account more. The older the car is, the worse emissions it will have.
- An average car that travels 12,000 miles in a year, and gets 25 miles per gallon emits about 9,420 lbs of CO2 per year. This car would use 480 gallons of gas.
- If you use 2 quarts of oil per oil change, and change the oil every 3,000 miles, you will use 2 gallons of oil per year.
- Volatile Organic Compound (VOCs) created by this car would be about 1,200 milligrams/mile.
Bicycles – Zero Smog, Zero Gas
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This mode of transportation is the best on the environment, and the best for your body.
- If you ride your bike 12,000 miles in a year, that’s great. There will be 0 CO2 emissions from the bike. It will use no gas.
- There are no required oils, but it’s possible that tires will have to be replaced after a prolonged period of time.
- VOCs created by this bike would be about 0 milligrams/mile
Cut Down Your Carbon Footprint With a Carpool
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Do you work a long distance from your home? Get a carpool going; this will help create less carbon emissions, due to fewer cars on the road. Insurance is important when you have a carpool, check AutoInsurance.us rates by state for the best deals.
Cutting down your carbon footprint is important. Making sure that your mode of transportation is ‘green’ is one of the many ways you can do your part to help improve our environment.
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