Following the four R’s—recycle, repair, re-use and resource-friendly—AutoMD.com hopes to keep both the environment and car owner wallets green with a list of handy tips for DIYers from recycling oil to reusing parts.
According to the EPA, used oil from one oil change can contaminate 1 million gallons of fresh water which is equivalent to one year’s supply of water for 50 people. Additionally, using reconditioned parts not only benefits the environment but also monetarily saves car owners 50% or more compared to the cost of purchasing new parts.
"While many auto repair shops have instituted green practices in their shops and have been recycling parts and oil for years, there is little information available to help the average DIY car owner keep his/her maintenance and repair work environmentally friendly," said AutoMD.com President Shane Evangelist. "At AutoMD.com we want to empower car owners with information to help them 'green' their auto repair, not only to help save valuable environmental resources and prevent a polluted water supply but, importantly in this economic climate, to help them save significant dollars."
AutoMD.com put together the following list to make DIYers next car repair and maintenance more eco-friendly:
1. RECYCLE OIL, ANTIFREEZE AND PARTS
If all the oil from American do-it-yourself oil changers were recycled, it would be enough to supply more than 50 million cars a year.(2) Oil, antifreeze and parts can usually be recycled at your local repair shop.
2. REPAIR, DON'T REPLACE
Extending the life of your vehicle and its body parts through proper repair and maintenance can help save environmental resources, prevent costly repairs and conserve consumer dollars.
3. RE-USE PARTS AND SUPPLIES
Rebuilt/remanufactured and used parts are easily available and can cost 50% less than buying new parts, while also reducing the amount of raw materials consumed and harmful emissions generated.
4. BE RESOURCE-FRIENDLY WHEN YOU CLEAN
Chances are that whatever you clean your vehicle with could end up in the storm drain and our streams, rivers, or oceans, so be conscious of the products you are using, or better still, use a commercial car wash, which generally uses much less water.
5. USE RESOURCE-FRIENDLY PARTS AND PRODUCTS
Look at options for greener or longer-life products, such as extended life antifreeze and organic brake pads.
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