When looking for ways to improve your bottom line, why not consider “going green”? There’s two obvious benefits to green logistics:
- Save your green – Save on fuel, resources and money
- Save our environment – Green logistics can significantly reduce emissions
Whether you’re a fleet manager or an owner/operator, you can have a significant impact on reducing your costs and improving your bottom line by following these tips for running a green logistics and transportation business:
Maintain proper tire inflation
By keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure, you can improve your gas mileage by around 3.3%. Under-inflated tires can lower gas mileage by 0.4 percent for every 1 psi drop in pressure of all four tires.
Idling wastes fuel, creates pollution and increases the wear and tear on your engine. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, idling can cost up to $6000 in fuel per truck each year. Reducing your idling time and using alternative technologies to stay comfortable during long hauls can save you money.
Maintain vehicle filters
Replacing a clogged air filter can improve your fuel mileage by as much as 10 percent. Your vehicle’s air filter keeps impurities from damaging the inside of your engine. Not only will replacing a dirty air filter save gas, it will protect your engine.
Install air restriction gauges
Filters do not clog based on time or mileage; they clog based on the air quality in your vehicle’s operating environment. If you’re driving your truck in a high-pollution area, you may need to replace your filters more frequently than stated in the manufacturer’s schedule. An air restriction gauge can prevent replacing an air filter too soon yet ensure that it is replaced before efficiency is affected.
Use Long Life lamp bulbs
Long Life and Fleet Service lamp bulbs can offer up to double or triple the life of a standard bulb. This prevents the waste of discarded units and many hours of labor changing lamp bulbs, too.
Keep your engine properly tuned
Fixing a vehicle that is noticeably out of tune can improve its gas mileage by an average of 4 percent, though results vary based on the kind of repair and how well it is done. Fixing a serious maintenance problem, such as a faulty oxygen sensor, can improve your mileage by as much as 40 percent.