“5 things you can do about climate change” – CNN, 6 May 2014

We here at Phinix are huge proponents of doing what you can at home to prevent any further impacts of climate change. The disastrous effects of global warming are stacking up, leading to higher temperatures and rising sea levels. More flooding, wildfires, and droughts are to be expected. Here are five things you can do to lend a helping hand to the environment.

Become Informed

Staying informed about what policy makers are doing and saying is paramount. If you stay educated on climate change, then you can make knowledgeable decisions when voting and electing politicians into office. It also wouldn’t hurt to know what the policy makers are discussing:

  • Lowering carbon dioxide levels—for example, establishing carbon taxes and carbon caps;
  • Changing the Earth’s response to the effects of climate change—for example, building seawalls to combat the rising sea levels; and
  • Adapting the Earth to counteract climate change—for example, changing our oceans to absorb more CO2.

Make Changes at Home

The EPA suggests you do the following to curb your greenhouse gas emissions, which will also save you money:

  • Change your five most-used light bulbs to products that have the EPA’s Energy Star label;
  • Heat and cool more efficiently, such as by using a programmable thermostat, changing air filters, and replacing old equipment with Energy Star products;
  • Seal and insulate your home;
  • Make use of recycling programs, and compost food and yard waste;
  • Reduce water waste;
  • Use green power, such as solar panels; and
  • Estimate how much greenhouse gas you emit with the EPA’s calculator.

Be Greener at the Office

You can also help out at the office. Here’s how:

  • Set computers and other office equipment to power down during periods when you’re not using them;
  • Use Energy Star equipment; and
  • Recycle and reuse whenever possible.

Reduce Emissions in Transit

You can reduce your emissions both in your daily and cross-country commutes:

  • Rely on public transportation, biking, walking, carpooling, or telecommuting instead of driving;
  • Use the EPA’s Green Vehicle Guide to help you make an informed choice about buying a car;
  • While driving, try to avoid hard accelerations, don’t spend more than 30 seconds idling, and go easy on the gas pedal and brakes; and
  • Make sure to regularly check your tire pressure.

When you’re traveling by plane, try these tricks:

  • Consider packing lighter because less fuel is consumed with less weight on the plane;
  • Fly during the day because night flights have a bigger impact on the climate; and
  • Buy carbon credits to compensate for the emissions on your flight.

Get Involved and Educate Others About the Bigger Picture

Though one person’s efforts might only have a small influence, involving and educating others will allow our impact to grow. Together, we can help to prevent any further damaging effects of climate change.

Developed and Written by Dr. Subodh Das and Tara Mahadevan

May 13, 2014

Phinix LLC

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U.S. Post Office “Go Green” Initiative: Tip #15: Maintain Tire Pressure

US Post Office, Go Green Stamps

Last week we blogged on Tip #14: Insulate the Home. As part of our ongoing 15-week blog series promoting the United States Post Office “Go Green” Stamp Collection, this week we are blogging Tip #15: Maintain Tire Pressure.

Checking Tire Pressure

Adequate Tire Pressure: More Than Just Hot Air.

Properly inflated tires can put you on the road to a greener lifestyle. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “You can improve your gas mileage by up to 3.3 percent by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure. Under-inflated tires can lower gas mileage by 0.3 percent for every 1 psi drop in pressure of all four tires. Properly inflated tires are safer and last longer.”

By properly inflating your tires, you can not only improve your fuel economy and save yourself some cash, but it may also save your life. CBS News reports, “The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 44 million people in the United States are driving with under-inflated tires. They can have a serious impact on a vehicle’s handling, its braking abilities, and its performance in wet weather.” Save your tires and your life—maintain proper tire pressure!

How Often Should You Check Your Pressure?

As a general rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to monitor and adjust your time pressure (as needed) every month. Monthly tire checks may seem like overkill, but consider this tip from Pepboys.com, “Seasonal temperatures change the air pressure in tires. Cold winter weather will cause the air pressure to drop. Warm summer temperatures will cause the air pressure to increase. Rule of thumb is a swing in temperature by 10 degrees will cause a 1 lb. change in a tires air pressure.”

How to Check Your Tire Pressure

 Not sure how to check your tire pressure? Watch this step-by-step tutorial video from Edmunds.com:

Conclusion

This blog marks the final blog in our U.S. Post Office “Go Green” Stamp Series. We hope you’ve found these blogs to both informative and entertaining. Did you miss any blogs in the series? Scroll back through our archives to read them all.

Thanks for reading. Stay Tuned.

Conceived, Developed and Written by Dr. Subodh Das and Austin McKinney on March 7, 2012

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