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Published Feb 2nd 2008, 12:26am by Jody DeVere in


At, we recognize our responsibility to the world around us and are continually striving to reduce our environmental impact, both through the products we promote and through our own on-site processes.

The vehicles we promote:

  • Utilize hybrid gasoline/electric powerplants, or
  • Are powered by clean-burning natural gas, or
  • Produce the lowest emissions possible, thanks to PZEV and ULEV engines, or
  • Use sustainable flex-fuel options such as biodiesel or ethanol blends, or
  • Promise more than 28 miles per gallon.

What we recommend our AskPatty Certified Female Friendly dealers do:

  • Use in-store bottle and can recycling bins for guests and employees;
  • Recycle scrap metal, car batteries, tires, and paper;
  • Reduce paper use: store reports on networks instead of printing, make two-sided copies, run fewer daily reports;
  • Turn off lights and electrical items in unused offices;
  • Use compact fluorescent and energy smart bulbs in fixtures wherever possible;
  • Encourage and incentivize ridesharing, mass-transit use, or bicycling/walking to work;
  • More initiatives are in-progress!

What can you do?
In the car:

  • Keep your tires properly inflated. Driving with your tires at the proper inflation can improve your efficiency by up to 3%. That's a savings of $30 to $70 depending on how much you drive, and can reduce greenhouse gasses by 1.42% to 0.69 percent. Underinflated tires alone cost the country more than $3.5 million gallons of gasoline each day.
  • Observe the speed limit. As a general rule, assume that each On average, every one mph increase over 50 mph reduces your fuel mileage by .1 miles per gallon. That's one mile per gallon less for every 10 mph over the speed limit you drive. Depending on your driving style and how fast you drive, you could waste 20 to 70 cents per gallon.
  • Relax. Avoid hard or "jackrabbit" starts and stops. Aggressive driving can reduce your gas mileage by 33 percent on the highway and 5 percent in the city.
  • Reduce excess vehicle weight. Avoid keeping unnecessary items in your trunk. Each 100 pounds can reduce your economy by 2%
  • Keep your car properly tuned. A well-tuned car can run 4% more efficiently than one that is out or tune or has failed its emissions test.
  • Check and replace air filters regularly. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve your fuel economy by as much as 10%
  • Don't idle. Idling for just 10 minutes per day can waste as much as 22 gallons per year. At $3.00 a gallon, that's $66 in your pocket.

Around the House:

  • Re-use a plastic bottle instead of reaching for a new one. 1.5 million tons of plastic are used to make bottles every year -- a waste that could provide electricity to 250,000 homes instead.
  • Plant trees around your home. You can reduce home cooling costs as much as 50% and grow yourself a little shade for those warm summer days.
  • Adjust your thermostat. Just one degree can reduce your cooling and heating costs by 3%
  • Wash your clothes in cold water and save up to $400 a year in heating costs.
  • Consider planting bamboo. Bamboo stores more C02 and generates 35% more oxygen than an equivalent stand of trees.
  • Re-use grocery bags. Globally, we use as many as 1 million new plastic bags every minute at a cost of 2.2 billion gallons of oil each year.
  • Replace your incandescent lightbulb with compact fluorescents (CFLs). If a million households each replaced four traditional bulbs with CFLs, we could eliminate 900,000 tons of greenhouse gases.
  • Turn off your computer. Computers use up to 70% less electricity when you put them to sleep instead of using a screensaver.
  • Consider solar power. If just 1 million homes switched to solar power, we could cut yearly CO2 emissions by 7 million tons.

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