NEW YORK (MainStreet): American consumers are by and large on board with the notion that green living is better for themselves and for Planet Earth.
Whether you have built your home out of hemp (and good luck with that) or just keep a close eye on your household thermostat and water usage, most consumers want to pitch in, do their part and make the world a little shinier in the process.
A 2011 study from the Brookings Institution reports that 70% of U.S. adults are concerned about the environment and believe the earth is growing warmer.
One way consumers can contribute to the environmental cause and save a few bucks in the process is to steer their driving habits into greener territories. Even better, you don’t need to drive a hybrid vehicle to get the job done.
Royal Purple, a Porter, Tex.-based synthetic oil producer, has the goods, with a series of tips U.S. drivers can embrace to make the world a cleaner place. “You don’t have to buy a brand-new electric car or dramatically change your driving habits to drive green. Vehicle owners can save money, pollute less and increase the performance and safety of their cars, trucks and SUVs by following a few simple tips,” Royal Purple says.
Let’s take a look at five key tips from the company:
Apply for a lube job: Royal Purple advises upgrading lubricants on a regular basis (and benefits if you lubricate your vehicle engine with their brand of synthetic oil). Applying lubricants regularly can increase fuel economy by up to 5%, the company says, and boost engine performance too. A vehicle owner who drives 20,000 miles per year can save $170 annually by adding lubricants to their engines, the company.