OK, so not all of us can afford a new, or even used, hybrid although we would like to lessen our carbon footprint in the vehicular world and have our cars run more efficiently. Here are five easy tips to be more Green with your car.

Keep your tires inflated. Many people know that if your tires are inflated to the top pressurized number as recommended by the manufacturer, you will gain fuel efficiency. The ride may be a little stiffer, but you won’t mind for all of the Green you’ll be saving! A tire pressure gauge costs about $10.

Replace your air filter every 15,000 miles or as recommended by your car manufacturer. In between replacements, you can take them out and vacuum them as long as you don’t damage or bend the fins. This is so easy on most cars, even a 10-year-old could do it! A clean air filter will help you get 7 percent more per gallon. Most air filters are under $50; an air filter for my car is about $15.

Replace the spark plugs with eco-friendly spark plugs, something like Halo. These spark plugs claim to increase fuel efficiency up to 10 percent, and reduce toxic emissions by up to 20 percent. They call themselves ‘The Green Spark Plug’ and are about $9 each for my car.

Keep your car clean, both inside and out. Washing the exterior of your car and engine periodically keeps dirt and debris from creeping into parts that may affect the overall efficiency of your engine and other mechanical parts. If you cart a lot of extra stuff around inside your car, you’re adding weight to the load your vehicle has to carry, decreasing fuel efficiency. Clean it out! Get all of that extra stuff out of the trunk, back end and under the seats. You won’t believe how good it will feel, and how it may affect your pocketbook, too! Best of all, it’s free!

Insulate your car battery. A car battery is full of awful acids and chemicals. Insulating the battery will help it last longer, thereby keeping it out of the landfill longer. With our Missouri weather, this insulation will help the battery stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. They range from $25 to $40.

If you’re not quite able to buy a hybrid, not to worry! There are a lot of other ways you can increase the fuel efficiency of any car for just a few dollars. The important thing to remember is that you’re trying! If we all tried a little, the world would certainly be more Green!

Battery Blanket

I found some battery blankets at this website: www.Calibex.com

Halo Spark Plugs

You can find these Green spark plugs for your car’s make and model here: