Sunday, 17 September 2006

Free Offset Packages

Here’s a secret trick to getting your Carbon Clear offset packages for free. And get a free lunch thrown into the deal. Just promise not to tell too many people. Are you ready?

Drive 10 miles per hour slower on the highway. Seriously, that’s it. Free offsets and a free lunch. Here’s how it works.

Last year, the Edmunds automotive team took a bunch of cars out on an extended test drive, fitted with computerized mileage readouts. They found that driving the cars at 65 mph instead of 75 mph resulted in a 12% savings on fuel. Since most people do a lot of city driving as well, let’s cut that number in half and assume you’ll reduce fuel use by 6% over the next year. What's more, you'll reduce your driving-related CO2 emissions by the same amount!

Suppose you drive 12,000 miles per year in a car with moderately good mileage, say 36 miles per gallon. Reducing your speed a little would mean 90 litres (24 US gallons) less fuel that you have to buy. In the US where gas costs $2.50 per gallon, you’d save $60, enough to cover the cost of your medium car offset with cash to spare.

At today's average petrol price in the UK, you’d save £81. That means you could buy a medium car driving offset and offset your emissions from household gas and electricity. This would bring you deliciously close to a carbon-free lifestyle.

What’s more, you’d still have plenty of money left over for that free lunch.

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