Something I do:

I turn off my car.

In the carpool lane at school, at the drive-thru, in traffic jams, I turn off my car. There is some popular wisdom that says that turning your car off and back on again uses up more gas than leaving it on to idle. Consumer Energy says ten seconds of idling can use more fuel than turning off the engine and restarting it. I’ve always heard fifteen seconds is the rule.

Count to fifteen.

Can you make a hamburger that fast? Neither can Burger King.

 

Something I don’t do:

Get out of my car.

If I truly want to save gas, but I need to pick up my child or grab a bite of fast food, I should get out of my car. Besides saving gas, I actually burn a few calories.  I’ve been trying to park and walk up to the school to pick up George on nice days, but I often opt for the convenience of keeping Mabel contained in the carpool lane. Car off, of course.

Any other gas saving tips out there?

“Something I Do, Something I Don’t” are short Saturday posts about creation and waste, about making small steps to refuse, reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Something I do:

I wash cloth napkins and rags instead of using paper napkins and paper towels. We haven’t bought paper towels or napkins in at least five years. It is easy and fun! The kids can use as many rags as they want to clean up spills and there’s no stress about it.

Something I don’t do:

I don’t line-dry laundry. Sometimes I dry my diapers outside, but that is as far as I’ve gotten toward not using and abusing my dryer. I have no outdoor laundry line and in the winter it would be impractical anyway. Any encouragement or suggestions about drying laundry inside during the winter?

“Something I Do, Something I Don’t” are short Saturday posts about creation and waste, about making small steps to refuse, reduce, reuse, and recycle.