Everything that we do affects the environment in some way, even though it’s not always apparent what the impact might be. You might call these “hidden costs.” In any case, there are several things you can do to reduce your oil consumption, whether directly or indirectly.
The easiest change, but perhaps the most inconvenient, is to drive less. Biking, carpooling, and public transportation are some viable alternatives. If you simply can’t make this change, you can focus on the little things like making sure your tires stay inflated and turning off your engine while you’re waiting for something rather than letting your car idle. You could also consider purchasing a more fuel-efficient vehicle.
As for some indirect methods of reducing your oil consumption, you could buy locally grown foods, stop using plastic bags, and stop buying bottled water. The transportation of food and production of plastic products all consume oil, so being conscious of what products you consume could help you reduce oil consumption as well. You can find out more about the numbers here.
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There are many small behavioral changes you can make to lower your oil consumption. Simple things like changing light bulbs from incandescent bulbs to fluorescent or L.E.D. lights saves energy. Also, when cooking snacks, a microwave will use less energy than it takes for an electric stove to heat up. Even unplugging chargers or appliances when they are not in use can save energy and lower oil use.
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