There are several things you can do to make your commute more green. Jill Cordes explains. (Courtesy: Brighter Living)



It seems like commute times are getting longer and longer these days, with some extreme commuters logging 90 minutes door to door. But regardless of your commute, here are some simple ways to reduce your environmental impact on the road to work. Many of us need our coffee when hitting the road. So consider using reusable metal containers that are commute-safe and that will reduce your waste, both in and out of your car. You might even get a discount at your favorite coffee shop by bringing your own mug. Driving smarter is also important in reducing the amount of gas you use. Plan your route ahead of time to avoid getting stuck in traffic or having to rush, both of which can hurt your gas mileage. When possible, avoid engine idling for extended periods of time and use your air conditioning and heat moderately. Or, to have an even greater impact, try using alternative transportation like carpooling, public transportation like the bus stop here, or biking. By mixing up your commute, you’ll literally change your outlook and you may even find it makes the trip go by faster. I’m Jill Cordes.


BRIGHTER LIVING: Improve your commute
Brighter Living with Jill Cordes: Make your drive to work a little more green.