Practical Ways to Go Green and Improve Your Bottom Line

Fleet Products, Maintenance, Safety & Environment
February 14, 2012

In these tough economic times when you’re looking for ways to save your “green”, why not consider “Going Green”? Going Green not only saves our environment, but can save you fuel, resources and money.  Whether you’re a fleet manager or an owner/operator, you can have a significant impact on reducing your costs and improving your company’s bottom line by following these practical tips for running a Green-friendly (and cost-saving) transportation business:

Maintain proper tire inflation. You can improve your gas mileage by around 3.3 percent by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure. Under-inflated tires can lower gas mileage by 0.4 percent for every 1 psi drop in pressure of all four tires.

Minimize idling. Idling wastes fuel, creates pollution and increases the wear and tear on your engine. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, idling can cost up to $6000 in fuel per truck each year.  Reducing your idling time and using alternative technologies to stay comfortable during long hauls can save you money.

Maintain vehicle filters. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve your fuel mileage by as much as 10 percent. Your vehicle’s air filter keeps impurities from damaging the inside of your engine. Not only will replacing a dirty air filter save gas, it will protect your engine.

Install air restriction gauges.  Filters do not clog based on time or mileage; they clog based on the air quality in your vehicle’s operating environment. If you’re driving your truck in a high-pollution area, you may need to replace your filters more frequently than stated in the manufacturer’s schedule. An air restriction gauge can prevent replacing an air filter too soon yet ensure that it is replaced before efficiency is affected.

Use Long Life lamp bulbs. Long Life and Fleet Service lamp bulbs can offer up to double or triple the life of a standard bulb. This prevents the waste of discarded units and many hours of labor changing lamp bulbs, too.

Keep your engine properly tuned.  Fixing a vehicle that is noticeably out of tune can improve its gas mileage by an average of 4 percent, though results vary based on the kind of repair and how well it is done.  Fixing a serious maintenance problem, such as a faulty oxygen sensor, can improve your mileage by as much as 40 percent.

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