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Avoid short car trips
Fuel consumption and carbon emissions are disproportionately higher when the engine is still cold. However 50% of car trips in the city are for less than three kilometres (1.8 miles)!  This distance can be easily covered with public transport, by bike, or on foot.

Avoid short-haul flights
Flying is the world's fastest-growing source of carbon emissions.

For distances below 500 km (300 miles), flying is not much faster than taking a train or a bus. The flight time might be shorter but one should also consider the time involved in commuting to and from the airport, checking in, boarding, and waiting when flights are delayed!

Use the elevator less
An elevator ride of only 15 seconds consumes as much energy as a 60 W lamp in an hour.

Public transport instead of driving
A person produces 3 times more carbon emissions per kilometre travelling alone in a car than if this person were travelling by train.

Monitor tire pressure
If the pressure is down by only 0.5 bars, the car consumes 2.5% more fuel and produces 2.5% more carbon.

Use low-viscosity motor oil
It lubricates the moving parts of the engine better than ordinary oils and can reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions by more than 2.5%.

Do not speed
Driving faster than 120km (75 miles) per hour increases fuel consumption by 30% compared to driving at 80km (50 miles) per hour.

Less air conditioning in the car
Air conditioning increases fuel consumption and carbon emissions by 5%.


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