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There are many things you can do to reduce carbon dioxide when you travel.
- Replace Car Use with walking or biking or public transportation one day per week. You can credit 1 pound of CO2 reduction per 1 mile of walking or biking. In addition, maintaining an active, fulfilling lifestyle can help lower blood pressure and blood-sugar levels.
- Consider bicycling for some trips. There are zero carbon emissions, it's good for your health, it saves money, and
it may get you there faster than a car in rush hour traffic. See the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition for more tips.
- Take public transit. There are fewer carbon emissions than individual cars and riding on the T, train, or bus can
given you time for reading or catching up on work.
- When you need to drive, take these steps:
- Drive more slowly.
- Combine car trips for shopping and errands.
- Carpool whenever possible.
- Turn off your car's engine if idling for more than 10 seconds. Did you know it's the law in Massachusetts to turn
off your engine if you idle for 5 minutes or longer (with some exceptions for "necessary" idling)?
- Rid your car of unnecessary pounds you are carrying.
- Have your car serviced regularly.
- Inflate your tires to the pressure that is printed on them.
- If you are in the market to buy a new car, consider a hybrid.
- If you need to fly, consider purchasing carbon offsets for the miles you will travel.