ECO FRIENDLY BY STEVE’S IMPORTS

There are plenty of reasons to be environmentally conscious, and there are what we believe are the right reasons.Eco Friendly Auto Shop Portland Shops now days are adopting ecological ways to run their business, though many do it for marketing purposes, it is still good no matter the reason. Steve had environment in mind nearly 40 years ago when he was dealing with greasy old VW engine. “I like to have em clean!” Steve would say. The only dilemma was all of the bi-product from a formally greasy gross VW engine and undercarriage. This was not ok with Steve. Spending the time and money to install a massive waist catch within a degreasing pit, with grease and oil separating ability was done. With designated degreasing catches, and berming to avoid contamination of soil. This was just a beginning. We are in continual pursuit of  efficiency, we strive to take control of every area possible to take care of the planet God has entrusted us with. From paper recycling to heavy metal recycling and repurposing, we have multiplied our recycling habits many times over. We also encourage our customers to be aware of tire condition, and runnability issues that may cause misfires or lean running, ultimately leading to high fuel consumption and lots of raw fuel evaporation/polution.

10 Things you can do to cut fuel costs

  1. Tire pressure. Proper tire pressure will create sufficient surface contact between the tires on your vehicle and the road, and will help improve your gas mileage.
  2. Drive sensibly. Aggressive driving (rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gas. It can lower your fuel costs by 33 percent on highway driving and 5 percent around town.
  3. Remove excess weight. Avoid keeping unnecessary heavy items in your vehicle. 100 hundred pounds of excess weight could decrease your miles per gallon by 2 percent.
  4. Avoid excessive idling. Your car gets 0 mpg when idling. So avoid leaving your car running when possible.
  5. Scheduled maintenance. Service intervals are not just required to keep you vehicle from braking down. Staying up to par on basic maintenance will also improve you gas mileage. For example, worn spark plugs will cause misfires which then wastes unburned fuel, which is unhealthy for your vehicle and the environment. Tune-ups and other maintenance very on type of vehicle and engine.
  6. Over drive gears and cruise control. A great way to maintain low fuel costs at higher speeds.
  7. A/C off. If at all possible, and if temperature permits, leave you’re A/C off, an engine works harder thus burning more gas when the air conditioning is on.
  8. Re-routing. Plan out your trips so that you drive as little as possible and avoid taking long routes to your destination.
  9. Motor Vac. Today’s automotive technology uses such devices as the “Motor Vac” that will clean the intake system on your vehicle which will result in efficient engine performance and better gas mileage. Motor Vac’s usually run around $140 to $180.
  10. Up hill down hill driving. Avoid heavy or fluctuating acceleration when driving up hill. And practice safely coasting when going down hills. This is very valuable especially with driving here in the Northwest were there is many hills.
Today’s resourceful energy alternatives
– Biodiesel Conversions – Solar
– Ethanol – Electric
– Hybrids – Hydrogen Powered Vehicles