August 16, 2019
Think Green, Drive Clean
We’re into the 3rd month of our Green Pledge. Our first month saw us all consider how we can save on single-use plastic which then lead to our 2nd pledge where we saw the removal of our desk bins, encouraging everyone to recycle more. It’s amazing what a difference such a small change has made…we are all so much more conscious of what we are putting in the general waste bin.
August has seen us launch our latest pledge which is probably our most challenging due to where our offices are located.
It’s wonderful working in beautiful countryside, next to waterfalls and streams and sheep. But it does mean we all need to drive here. And we can’t just take a stroll to the shops at lunchtime – its a 5 mile round trip. So at our latest brainstorm we thought about how we could come up with a simple and realistic way to get everyone to think about how they can reduce their impact on the environment whilst driving.
We can’t force people to chance their habits and we can’t implement initiatives that just cause an inconvenience – the team will only end up resenting it. However after 3 months of our Green Pledge initiative, we have realised we underestimated what an impact we can have by simply raising awareness of HOW people can help save our planet.
And that’s what we have focussed on for August.
We carried out some research and came up with 10 eco-driving tips that we’ve made into a sign to go next to our exit doors. These remind everyone to think green and drive clean. Take a look and see what things you might be able to change.
10 ECO-DRIVING TIPS
CHECK TYRE PRESSURES…
…once a month and keep them properly inflated.
Under-0inflated tyres use more fuel
REDUCE EXCESS WEIGHT
Extra weight means extra fuel so if you don’t need it, take it out
REDUCE YOUR SPEED
The faster you go, the greater the fuel consumption and pollution
CUT-DOWN ON AIR CONDITIONING
Air conditioning increases your fuel consumption at low speeds (its less noticeable at higher speeds). Opening the windows at low speed is kinder on our planet.
Get your car serviced regularly to maintain engine efficiency.
A well serviced car is more economical.
SWITCH OFF YOUR ENGINE…
…when you have stopped for more than a minute as this saves fuel consumption.
Drive smoothly, accelerate gently and read the road ahead to avoid braking unnecessarily. Decelerate smoothly by releasing the accelerator in time, leaving the car in gear.
DON’T HANG AROUND
Idling wastes fuel and your engine warms up more quickly when you’re moving so don’t start the engine until you’re ready to go.
PLAN YOUR JOURNEY
Getting lost wastes fuel. Check traffic news before you go too.
COMBINE OR SHARE SHORT TRIPS
Cold starts use more fuel so it pays to combine or share trips if you can.