• Cutting the Cost of Your Commute

    Posted by   |  October 2, 2015
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    3679897527_db0519cc7b_bFor New Yorkers, the daily commute can be a source of hassle and stress. For the environment, it’s a strain. Luckily, there are many ways you can keep the impact from your commute low, protect the environment, and maybe even save money in the process.

    Public Transportation

    According to the Brookings Institution, 90% of American workers drive to work each day. Each of these commuters adds to air pollution with the greenhouse gases coming from their cars. On top of that, the average American spends $2,000 annually just to fill up the tank – the cost of 889 subway rides in New York City!

    Taking public transportation might change your daily schedule, but it can help lessen your impact on the environment for relatively little cost.

    Carpool

    If you live in New York, chances are you drive alone. Data shows that most New Yorkers get to work with a solitary commute. Cutting down on the number of drivers on the road will lessen the impact of gas emissions, so filling the seats in your car can help keep the air clean. And, like public transportation, it keeps the cost of gasoline down if everyone chips in.

    Fuel-Efficient Cars

    If fitting your schedule to mass transit or a carpool doesn’t fit your needs, you might want to look into improving your fuel efficiency when you get your next car. Brands like Tesla have made waves recently with their models of electric cars, which cut out gasoline altogether. Though they can run a high cost, there are still other cars that keep gas emissions low. Newer cars with high miles per gallon ratings can get you from place to place using less than older models.

    Don’t know where to look? The US Department of Energy has a database of car models to help you compare both costs and fuel efficiency ratings.

    Work Close To Home (And Ride A Bike)

    Working closer to home can cut out a number of costs associated with the commute. Shorter distances mean less driving, or, if you live close enough to your job, skipping cars or mass transit altogether. Walking or riding a bike to work will not only help the environment, but keep you active, healthy, and awake for work.

    Riding a bike to work has plenty of benefits. Now, with New York City’s bike share program, Citi Bike, commuters don’t even need a bike of their own!

    By Brendan Szendro

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