If you enjoy living an environmentally friendly lifestyle, then you and your family likely take steps every day to limit the toll your daily habits take on the environment. However, since you don’t move every day (the average American moves about once every five years) you may not have learned how to limit the impact on the environment that the moving process can take.
Read on to learn three tips for limiting the impact your move has on the environment.
- Don’t Rent a Truck That is Larger Than You Need
You may be tempted to rent a moving truck that is much larger than you need to ensure you have a lot of spare room in the truck instead of carefully calculating the truck size you need. However, realize that the larger the rental truck you use to transport your belongings, the more gasoline you will automatically burn while driving the truck — smaller trucks tend to have higher MPG ratings than larger ones.
Instead, use an online moving truck calculator that helps you determine the truck size you need based on the number of specific belongings you will be moving. You can then be sure you are renting a truck that is just the size you need and not burning more gasoline than necessary.
When a vehicle burns more gasoline, it causes more environmental pollution. Every gallon of gasoline you burn while driving produces over 18 pounds of carbon dioxide that contributes to global warming.
- Follow These Additional Tips to Reduce Truck Gasoline Consumption
Along with choosing a moving truck that is just the right size for your belongings, there are many other ways to limit the amount of gasoline you burn while driving your moving truck.
Additional ways you can limit moving truck fuel consumption include:
- Limit use of the air conditioner. Running the air conditioner in a vehicle can increase fuel consumption by 10 to 20 percent.
- Accelerate and brake slowly. Accelerating and braking quickly instead of in a slow and steady fashion can increase vehicle fuel consumption by up to 40 percent.
- Drive with windows shut when possible. Driving with your windows open can increase fuel consumption by up to 10 percent.
- Drive at about 50 mph or the posted speed limit. Driving too fast can cause your vehicle to use more gasoline than necessary. When traveling over 50 mph, air resistance increases exponentially, leading to your vehicle needing to burn much more gasoline to power through the added air resistance.
Also, remember to donate unwanted items to charity before moving to keep your truck load as light as possible to reduce fuel consumption.
- Rent Reusable Packing Crates
Along with choosing the right rental truck size and using good driving practices, you can also limit the toll your move takes on the environment by choosing how you pack your items wisely. If you decide to purchase moving boxes to pack your items in, be sure to recycle them after you unpack them to keep them from entering already overfilled landfills. These landfills also produce toxic gasses that contribute to global warming.
However, if you would like to skip the cardboard boxes altogether, realize that there are many companies today that rent recycled plastic moving crates. You can pack your household items in these crates, just as you would pack them in traditional cardboard boxes.
They are not disposed of after you return them to the rental company but instead are sanitized and rented to the next customer. These crates are reused indefinitely to keep waste out of landfills.
Although plastic moving box/crate rental companies all vary, many will even drop the crates you rent off at your home before you pack and then pick them up at your new home after you have unpacked.
Be sure to pad the fragile items you pack in either cardboard boxes or plastic crates with environmentally friendly packing materials, such as your own towels and sheets or biodegradable packing peanuts.
Follow these tips to help keep your next move as eco-friendly as possible. Contact Elite Truck Rental for all of your rental truck needs.