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Monday, May 08, 2006

HOW CAN I SAVE ENERGY?

Save Energy @ Home

1. Getting lost wastes energy. Use a mapping web site like www.mapquest.com to find the best directions.
2. Know which TV stations, radio stations or Internet sites provide the best traffic information and road conditions.
3. Give yourself plenty of time to get where you are going.
4. Most cars built today do not need to be warmed up.
5. Clean the ice off all your windows with an ice scraper before you start the car.

_____Conserve On The Road_______

6. Leave early and drive patiently.
7. Do not do jackrabbit starts.
8. Use the cruise control feature often if your car has it.
9. Drive close to or at the speed limit on all highways and city streets.
10. Slow down below the speed limit when driving in heavy rain, on snow or ice.
11. Listen to the radio stations that broadcast traffic information before you leave home, before you get stuck in traffic.
12. Do not drive with your fog lights on all the time.
13. Drive in the right lanes unless you need to pass.
14. Use your turn signals to change lanes or exiting and entering highways so other people do not waste energy braking to avoid you!
15. If you absolutely must use the cell phone, use a hands-free earpiece.
16. Do not tailgate!
17. Look far ahead to see if traffic is stopped.
18. Look far ahead to see if traffic lights are about to change red.
19. Why race up fast and slam on the brakes at red lights?
20. If there are no cars behind you, just let off the gas when you see a traffic light turn red up ahead.
21. Over 35 mph, use the flow through vent system instead of driving with your windows open.
22. Use the recirculate feature when you need to use air conditioning.
23. Turn the air conditioning off temporarily when driving up long hills.
24. Know when your exit is approaching. Be in the correct lane for that exit far in advance of the exit.
25. Drive the posted speed limit for the exit ramp.
26. When you enter a parking lot, park in the first open parking spot.
27. Shut off your lights and car engine immediately when you have reached your destination or when the toll bridge starts to open.
28. Flick the headlight switch to make your car lights go off when you want them to, not when the car manufacturer decides they should go off.
29. Teach the other members of your family these energy saving tips.

*Do Regular Maintenance*

30. Make sure your tires are properly inflated.
31. Make sure your oil is changed at the intervals the car manufacturer recommends.
32. Keep your car clean inside and out.

Use Public Transportation...

33. Public transportation is now a clean, fast way to save energy and avoid traffic or parking issues. Try it when flying into Washington National, Newark, Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Miami, and other cities with major traffic issues. It saves time, stress, and energy, especially around rush hour!

Flying uses fuel too!

34. Plan several client visits when flying to another city on business.
35. Plan trips far enough ahead to book a non-stop flight, if possible.

Save @ The Office

36. During the initial client visit, ask if you can use web conferencing or conference calls to replace the follow-up visit.
37. Try to schedule client visits on your drive between home and office.
38. Leave early and drive slower to appointments. If you arrive early, use the extra time to go over your presentation one more time. You will increase the chance of a sale!
39. Try not to plan client visits during rush hour traffic. You will arrive stressed out.
40. Quickly check an Internet traffic/road conditions web site before leaving the office.
41. Ask your manager if you can telecommute at least one day a week.
42. Check with coworkers and neighbors to see if anyone can carpool, even two days a week helps.

Why save energy???

43. Energy costs are not expect to go down in the years ahead. The more energy you waste the less money your company has to give pay raises, bonus payments or even simply to stay in business.
44. When sales teams at large corporations save energy, the savings really add up!
45. Customers like vendors that make an active effort to reduce business costs.
46. Driving the speed limit is less stressful, try it, you will quickly learn to enjoy it.
47. Driving the speed limit is less expensive.
48. Do you know how much speeding tickets cost?
49. Do you know how much higher your insurance rates will be if you get tickets?
50. Driving slower is safer, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.
51. Do you know how much a visit to a hospital emergency room costs?
52. American troops are dying in combat overseas to secure world energy sources while we waste that energy here at home. Around the world the United States has a really bad reputation for wasting energy. Do your part to change this situation!

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