What You Can Do to Help the Environment

Tips To Conserve Energy And Protect The Environment

With Your Car

How you can conserve energy and protect the environment

  • Choose energy-efficient, hybrid, flex fuel, or alternative fuel vehicles. Research these vehicles online before you buy.
  • Plan and consolidate your trips.
  • Consider alternate transportation: walk, bicycle, car pool, bus, subway or train.
  • Keep your car tuned and serviced regularly. Your vehicle will run better while both increasing efficiency and reducing pollution.
  • Check and replace the air filter as needed for greater efficiency.
  • Keep tires inflated to manufacturer's specifications. Check your owner's manual or driver's side door jam for the proper inflation pressure. Proper inflation reduces friction and increases mileage.
  • Accelerate slowly to save fuel.
  • Do not exceed the speed limit. Gas mileage generally decreases above 60 mph. Observing the speed limit may help you arrive alive too!
  • Remove unnecessary weight from your car. Extra weight reduces your gas mileage. Are you hauling items in your trunk that you don't need? Have those golf clubs been riding around unused for months?
  • Reduce your idling time. If you are stationary for an extended period time, shut off the engine and save gas.
  • Use Cruise Control to help maintain a steady speed.
  • Use overdrive or higher gears for highway driving to reduce the workload of your engine and save gas.

Around the House

  • Check your home for proper insulation in the walls and especially the attic. The addition of an attic fan may also save cooling costs in the summer.
  • Ceiling fans can be used to reduce energy consumption. Reversing the direction of the fan, you can re-direct the rising warm air or falling cool air.
  • Consider replacing old, drafty windows and doors with energy-saving, insulated, windows and doors.
  • Caulk around window and door frames where air leakage can occur.
  • Have your heating and cooling system inspected and serviced prior to the change of season.
  • Change the filter in your furnace or air conditioner several times a year.
  • Install a programmable thermostat and learn how to use it to save energy.
  • Install aerators on sink spigots and water-saving shower heads in the bathroom.
  • Install a low-flow toilet. If you have a standard toilet, consider placing a container of liquid in the toilet tank to displace some of the volume.
  • Choose Energy Star appliances to reduce energy consumption.
  • Reduce the wattage of light bulbs or select compact fluorescent bulbs.
  • Do not dispose of hazardous waste (paint, solvents, antifreeze, etc.) in the trash.

In The Yard And Driveway

  • Minimize the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides on lawns and gardens. Try natural alternatives.
  • Do not place grass clipping in the trash where they will take up space in the landfill. Use the clippings as natural mulch.
  • Do not mow the grass on poor air quality days; consider an electric mower where feasible.
  • Properly dispose of automotive waste. Ask your local car dealer or service station about oil recycling. Investigate hazardous waste disposal facilities with your local government. Do not drain antifreeze onto the ground or into a storm sewer.

During Business Transactions

  • Enroll in Paperless to help preserve our forests and save fuel too. GEICO, as well as many other companies, offers paperless billing as an option and even sends you email notices when a new bill is ready to view online.
  • Save a tree, conserve fuel, and reduce emissions by enrolling in electronic documents when possible. Many companies, like GEICO, offer this option that allows policies and other documents to always be available online for viewing and/or modification.
  • Online and automatic payments are not only convenient, but they save paper and trips to the post office. Many companies allow you to pay your bill online using your checking account or credit card. Review your payment options online.