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How Can I Improve My Gas Mileage With My Tires?

Tire Pressure

Proper tire inflation is an important part of optimizing your vehicle for good gas mileage. Under inflated tires can cut your mileage by as much as 6 percent, according to some studies. Add to that 6 percent the one mile per gallon you lose when you operate your air conditioner and it's clear that you really want to check your tire pressure to increase gas mileage. Other ways to use your tires to increase mileage include driving steadily, with no jackrabbit starts or sudden braking. Fuel efficient tires are also an excellent way to improve gas mileage even more.

Some believe that gas mileage and tire size seem to be related in terms of how you measure the mileage factor. Your odometer may reflect better mileage with bigger tires. Some experts refute this by pointing out that larger tires will make the odometer read a greater distance traveled-unless the odometer is recalibrated for the larger tires.

Informed drivers know that you can improve gas mileage by about 3.3 percent with properly inflated tires. Those in the know understand that in the summer, tire pressure goes up when a tire gets hot, and you should never trust a tire gauge reading after you have been driving around. Let the tires cool for a few hours before getting a reading. In the winter, of course, the inverse goes into effect. Cold weather will lower your pressure. Just letting your tires sit unused you will see a reduction in pressure month to month. This will affect your gas mileage in the end, unless you check your tire pressure regularly and keep tires inflated to their proper psi.



References and Sources used in this issue of SustainAbility Newsletter Include:

Audubon Lifestyles

The International Sustainability Council

The Daily Green

The Paramus Post

Sustainability Campaign

Energy Star


California State university


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The Sustainable Demonstration Project at Scotland Yards takes Next Big Step

Fertigation InstallOn Saturday June 30th, 2012 Michael Chaplinsky of Turf Feeding Systems, Eric Dodson from Audubon Lifestyles, Dori Bon, and JB Williams each from Green World Path, and David Rinaldo the club owner met to take the next big step in their combined efforts to demonstrate how embedding and embracing the tenets of sustainability regardless of the size and budget of the golf course will provide economic viability and  provide a foundation upon which to deliver environmental and social benefits.

The fertigation system is one of the more important pieces in the sustainability puzzle at Scotland Yards. Not only will it provide fertilizer and nutrients, it will also greatly reduce the man power needed to apply the fertilizer and it will eliminate emissions from equipment that would have been needed to conventionally apply it. 

Mr. Chaplinsky completed the installation process of the new fertigation system in a matter of only a few hours and with the relative ease that only a pioneer in his industry could achieve.   Michael and Turf Feeding Systems have been developing and installing fertigation systems for over 25 years, and have perfected systems for every kind of turf and condition.

The objective of fertilizing is to provide nutrients to the plant. Fertigation does that by proportioning low doses of fertilizer into the irrigation water stream.

Supplying grass and other plants with small amounts of fertilizer on a frequent basis through an irrigation system allows plants to thrive in a constantly nutrient-rich environment. Plants use nitrogen and other necessary nutrients quickly. Fertigation keeps the nutrients readily available to the plant resulting in strong root growth and better plant health. This is what slow-release fertilizers try to mimic, but what fertigation actually delivers.

The course will be using a prescribed program of liquid organic fertilizers produced by the folks at Green World Path. The hope is that by using their prescribed plan of organic fertilizers, Scotland Yards will save money by paying only for nutrients that the plants actually need and require.

When you view soil as a living organism, (and you should because it is), you start to see the real benefits of using organic fertilizers.  Most commercial fertilizers are chemically based, adding uniform quantities of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium to boost plant growth. Organic fertilizers also contain nutrients, but have the added benefit of providing additional health and environmental benefits to the turf and plants that use them, but more importantly directly into the soil.

We have created an blog website where project team members will be able to continually post updates on the ongoing effort of the Sustainable Demonstration Project at Scotland Yards.
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References and Sources used in this issue of SustainAbility Newsletter Include:

Audubon Lifestyles 
The International Sustainability Council 

Sustainable Demonstration Project Blog

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games

Scotland Yards Golf Club

Audubon Outdoors

Love and Dodson

Green World Parth

Turf Feeding Systems

The Dodson Group      

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