We can’t all be driving electric, hybrid, or biofuel-powered cars, yet, but there are things we can do to reduce the amount of energy that our conventional vehicles use, starting with driving slower. I know it’s hard, but you can get used to driving at 50 or 55 mph, and taking an extra few minutes to get somewhere won’t kill you, either.
One point of automobile contention is the open-window-versus-air-conditioning debate and the effect of each on fuel consumption. It’s one of those things that everyone has an opinion on, but not everyone has any facts to back them up.
According to Brendan Koerner, writing for “The Green Lantern” on slate.com, the best rule of thumb is to breathe in the fresh air while in local traffic and switch on the A/C when you take to the highway.