Is it ‘a best eco-intention’ or a step backward?—part one

By Jan Herbert
Rockford Park District

Whether you were “green” before the color was fashionable or whether you’re just ready to find the “shade” that works best for you, here’s information about doing just “one green thing.”

GREEN is definitely the color of this decade (and, it is hoped, for two or three decades—or forever). In this world of green, however, it is easy to make mistakes.

It is wrong…and yet I do it…it is darn difficult to stop it…MY HYBRID gets driven like a regular car. Yup, I look down and realize the car is going faster than it should be or that I accelerated “off the line” too quickly. The gas mileage goes way up when the car is driven properly, including using slow and steady starts to help regenerate the battery. This means more time driving using the battery and less gas used. But boy, the other drivers make it tough on you. Much of the time when driving the speed limit, I am being passed. It does not take long to realize other drivers are doing the same things…driving too fast…stopping and starting too quickly. But back to me…why the heck did I buy a hybrid if I don’t drive it like one?

Big savings on gasoline is my incentive…and fewer air emissions and a cut in carbon dioxide emissions is a big plus.

Concentration is needed…use of the cruise control is required…just keep thinking…35 miles per gallon.

From the Dec. 29-Jan. 4, 2011 issue

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