Environment – Make Sound Decisions

Environment – Make Sound Decisions – WE JUST BOUGHT A NEW CAR!

Environment - Making Sound DecisionsMaking Sound Decisions for the environment was not even thought of when this truck was built. No, this is not our new car. Actually I would love this old truck to fix up and apply the new technologies that are available today. This old truck did not have a computer, fuel injection, disc breaks, probably no automatic transmission, no locking rear end, no alternator, no radial tires, no seat belts and no synthetic oils. All of these technologies were developed well after this truck existed.

The old truck probably got around 12 mpg. By applying even one of the technologies I listed the fuel mileage would go up. By using environmental sound decisions and applying all of them would drastically change the ride, stopping ability and overall performance of the truck. This would double the fuel mileage and provide much improved safety to the individuals riding in the vehicle.

Environment – Make Sound Decisions

My wife and I came to the conclusion that we needed a new car for traveling when we retire. Being we try to live our lives to lesson our impact on the environment, we of course were looking at environmentally friendly options. We believe that you do not have to go overboard going green. We just make reasonable, common sense decisions that makes sense for us financially and within our means. So make sound decisions with the environment. They are in play all the time for us.

Environment – Make Sound Decisions – New Car Technology

We were pleasantly surprised to find that even compared to 2 years ago that there are many more affordable options available. That, of course means you need to shop around for what fits into your life. This makes it increasingly easier to apply environmentally sound decisions.

In 2009 my wife purchases a car specifically for her 120 mile round trip to and from work. She ended up buying a little red Honda Fit. It has been a great little car, but really too small for long distant travel and for my larger size. We took it back and forth across the country on our vacations and got extremely good fuel mileage. The car was rated at 33 highway and I don’t think we ever got less than 37 mpg the whole time we owned it. On trips through the mountains and everywhere driving we always got over 40 mpg.

Using Sound Decisions for the Environment

So figuring in when we  were going to retire, how many miles we ran up on the fit, what we were going to do in retirement (traveling), wanting more room, and not wanting to break the bank we began the investigation. After several days on the internet and then checking out our local dealers we finally came up with a few we wanted to test drive.

Last week we went down to purchase our choice vehicle. We wanted a hybrid if we could afford it (check), within our budget (check), room to be comfortable and not get stiff and sore from riding (check) and got even better mileage than the Fit (check).

We bought a brand new Honda, Civic 4 door Sedan Hybrid with ECO control. It has a bunch of bells and whistles but was very affordable for $24,500. Rides like a dream. Estimated 44 mpg City and 44 mpg Highway, we now have right at one thousand miles and for the entire miles since we have owned it (36,000 Miles) we are averaging 49.5 mpg.

We plan to keep this car for a while, so we matched the 100,000 mile ECO/MIS warranty for the entire car bumper to bumper. Keeping the car on the road for as long as it meets all environmental standards is also in the Environment Sound Decisions area.

We are looking forward to taking a cross country trip to see if we can break the 50 mpg threshold. We are pretty sure that will be a reality.

If you are needing a new car in the near future, start investigating your choices out there and find the perfect fit for your lifestyle use Environmentally Sound Decisions to help your pocket book.

Jay Mueller | JayLynne Enterprises | Renewable Energy Explained

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2 thoughts on “Environment – Make Sound Decisions

  1. That’s a really interesting post, Jay. In particular that it seemed you expect to get so much less per gallon from your cars than us, but then your ‘gallon’ is smaller than ours. Funny how they are both called a gallon! I get between 52 and 55 mpg from my VW Polo, which probably equates to much the same based on the gallon size difference.

    Enjoy the journey.

    Mandy

    • Hi Mandy,

      I have not found a VW that gets better than around 35 MPG. But I suspect that the difference in the calculation is Miles vice Kilometers and not gallons.

      I’m curious, being when I was stationed in Germany they used liters for measurement vice gallons, so England uses gallons?

      Jay

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