Thursday, March 26, 2009

Day 338 of our Green Year: Planning Routes

There is no denying that driving creates greenhouse gases. Living at the ranch, we go into town once, and sometimes twice, a week for groceries and any errands that may have to be completed. While I know the area that we live, there are often times that the route is not always planned in advance, and that creates waste.

Waste creates carbon dioxide emissions that do not need to exist because we can avoid them. When we go into town, we have a list that shows exactly where we need to go during the day. By planning out that list, we try and make sure we go to the places we need to in the proper order so there is no waste. However, there is even a better way to do this. We can plan out the complete routes.

By looking at the streets to take, planning out the routes for the most efficiency, we can ensure that no fuel is wasted and no extra carbon dioxide emissions are created. This can be done a variety of ways, either with a map or with GPS (which we don't have).

Planning routes can save energy and time, so it is a win-win situation.