DO YOU PRACTICE “HYPERMILING”?

No, it’s not an extreme sport (yet) but hypermiling can help you lower your vehicle’s fuel consumption. With more people traveling for summer vacation, a little attention on how you drive can go a long way towards cutting back on fuel usage. Hypermiling means improving fuel mileage in a motor vehicle by adopting certain driving techniques. Let’s explore some here.

Car Maintenance:

  • performing regular vehicle services
  • properly inflating your vehicle’s tires
  • using the proper grade motor oil
  • replacing your car’s air filter

All of the above will help your vehicle perform more efficiently.

Planning:

  • carpooling
  • grouping your trips together and visiting the furthest destination first (a warm engine performs more efficiently),
  • avoiding ethanol gasoline
  • driving during off hours if possible to avoid traffic
  • removing excess weight, roof racks, etc. when not in use
  • parking the car for easy departure rather than driving around for the closest spot

The above are all simple ways to get better gas mileage.

Driving Techniques:

  • use cruise control
  • drive with the windows down when traveling below 55 mph and using air conditioning when traveling above 55 mph (this varies with the type of vehicle you drive)
  • don’t let the vehicle idle when stationary more than 60 seconds
  • anticipate coming to a stop by taking your foot off the gas to slow the vehicle before needing to brake

The above are driving techniques to lower fuel consumption. A technique that is a little trickier to use is the “coasting” method. Similar to anticipating breaking, when traveling down hills, just let the car coast when going down hills (build up enough momentum getting up the hill).

Methods NOT recommended for lower gas consumption:

  • putting the car in neutral while coasting,
  • driving too slowly for traffic conditions
  • “drafting” (when driving, this is also known as “tailgating” – driving too close to the vehicle ahead, especially tractor trailers)

The last three are all potentially dangerous practices and not worth the potential fuel savings.

You can click HERE for more general information, or use Google to find recommendations for your type of vehicle.

Do you have another hypermiling tip? Send it along to us at info@seedsgroup.org and we’ll pass it along. Safe travels!

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Interested in sustainability? Want to know what is happening here in northeastern PA?

Everyone is welcome to the SEEDS Annual Membership Meeting

Tues. night SEPT 26 –

SEEDS Salutes SUSTAINABILITY 

SEEDS annual general membership meeting will be held Tues. Sept 26th at 6 pm at The Cooperage (1st floor) – 1030 Main Street in Honesdale. SEEDS members are encouraged to attend, but the meeting is also open to the general public to learn more about what SEEDS does, and what encouraging projects are happening in our community. Food is available for purchase. Kitchen opens at 5:30 pm.

SEEDS has invited guests to share initiatives that we wanted you to know more about:

  • Wayne Pike Trails and Waterways Alliance representatives will present an update about their grassroots efforts to sustainably develop walking trails along the historic railroad and Lackawaxen River between Honesdale and Hawley. Conceptual designs, including a revitalized Honesdale riverfront, will be shown and any feedback is welcome!” Visit honesdaleriverproject.com for more info.
  • Delaware Highlands Conservancy (DHC)– whose mission includes conserving farms, forests and waters of the Upper Delaware Region. DHC provides educational events and opportunities to engage the community, and promote a sustainable local economy. Speaker Susan LaCroix, a land protection coordinator will share details on some of their events and initiatives.

Doors and Ant Hill Farms Kitchen open at 5:30. Monique will have vegetarian and gluten free options available in addition to her usual fare.

The meeting starts at 6:00 pm.

Chair, Treasurer, and Executive Director reports and elections will be conducted. In addition we will present our year in review. Invited guest speakers will begin at approximately 6:45. The meeting is expected to end before 8 pm. Last year’s minutes can be reviewed HERE

If you are planning on attending, please click HERE to RSVP so we have a headcount, and can prepare ample food.

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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

SEEDS will conduct Cycle Two elections at our annual meeting on Tues. Sept. 26th. Open board positions include: Treasurer, Corresponding Secretary and a board member-at-large position. Each position is for a two year term, with 2 term limits in each position. Please let us know if you, or someone you know, would like to be considered, and submit a short bio by Sept 22nd.

Duties, as defined in our bylaws:

  • The Treasurer shall have the care and custody of all monies belonging to the organization. The Treasurer shall render, at stated periods as determined by the Board, a written account of the finances of the organization which will be included with the minutes of the Board at such meeting. Checks or drafts of the organization must be co-signed by two of three board members so designated by the Board.
  • The Corresponding Secretary shall maintain a list of members of the organization, send out meeting notices to members, and send any correspondence as deemed appropriate by the Board.
  • Board Members at large shall lend their knowledge, energies, and wisdom to the effective management of the organization.

Thank you for considering! If you need any further info about these duties, or SEEDS, please contact Jocelyn Cramer at jocelyn@seedsgroup.net or call (570) 245 – 1256.

If you haven’t already, please click HERE to RSVP for our SEEDS Annual Meeting so we have a headcount, and can prepare ample food.

 

 

Space is limited for FREE assessment this summer… 

click HERE to sign up

SEEDS provides FREE energy assessments for homeowners in Wayne, Lackawanna, and Pike Counties, thanks to continued support from PA’s Department of Environmental Protection, Overlook Foundation and our members and donors.

Home owners will walk the exterior and entire interior with our team of assessors. Home owners are asked to share energy bills to help document the energy savings this program produces. Northeastern PA families are saving tens of thousands of dollars as a result of this program.

 

 

 

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SEEDS Presents Scholarship to Ms. Zoe CykoskySEEDS Chairperson, David Ford, presented the scholarship check to Zoe Cykosky (center). Also pictured l to r: Nancy DeYoung, Jenna Mauder, Emily Rinaldi, Jocelyn Cramer, Kathy Dodge, Mary Anne Carletta and Jack Barnett.

SEEDS Presents Scholarship to Ms. Zoe Cykosky

 

Click HERE to read Essay

 

SEEDS volunteers met with Zoe Cykosky, a recent graduate of Wallenpaupack High School at their board meeting this week, to present her the $1000 Scholarship she won in the SEEDS sustainability essay competition this spring. In a meeting dedicated to getting to know her and her family a bit, Zoe proved to be a deserving winner, with a bright future ahead of her. The SEEDS scholarship was issued in memory of Michael “Jake” Burkhardt who was a student intern with SEEDS two summers ago. Jake was a young, though dedicated, environmentalist who gave much to our community in his short 19 years.

Zoe and others entered their essays on the following: How can the United States promote economic growth and clean energy at the same time?  How can rural communities like northeast Pennsylvania do the same?

Zoe, her mother, father and sister, were invited guests at the SEEDS board meeting, where she was able to learn more about SEEDS and their community work, and where the folks from SEEDS could also meet them, and share input on why her essay was selected. Although Zoe’s essay was thoughtful and well informed, she admitted the question prompted her to research the topic, and she learned a great deal more in the process, thus planting the “SEEDS” for a envisioning a cleaner, greener economy.

Ms. Cykosky will be attending Penn State’s Main Campus this fall, and will be a marketing major.

 

 

 

Martin attended a SEEDS DIY Solar Workshop, then installed it himself

SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education & Development Support) is sponsoring our annual FREE Do-it-Yourself two-night Solar Workshop from 7 to 9 PM on Tuesday June 20th and Wednesday June 21st at the Wayne Conservation District in the Park Street Complex; 648 Park Street in Honesdale, near the Wayne Memorial Hospital. This is the fifth year that SEEDS has offered this workshop, one of our most popular, helping to increase the number of solar systems in our region.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Click HERE to register, or call 570-245-1256.

This hands-on workshop is for anyone interested in learning more about solar energy, especially if you may wish to install your own solar photovoltaic (PV)—electric generating—array.   No experience is necessary attend this workshop, nor is there any obligation to make a solar purchase.

Just come, listen, ask questions and learn why so many people are producing their own electricity!

Manufacturing costs of solar panels have dropped over 50% in the past few years, and installing them yourself makes generating your own power even more affordable. There are still federal tax incentive available and this information will be shared.  Several owners of these systems will be present to talk about their experiences.

NIGHT 1

The first session will include an overview of PV installation, along with the economics, including the cost, payback, and return on investment. Other topics will include evaluation of sites, the mechanics of ordering the equipment, the support available to those who choose to do an installation, and permits and inspection.  A panel, inverter, and racking will be there for demonstration and “hands on” training.

NIGHT 2

The second night’s session will include installation of racking, attaching inverters to panels, installing panels on racking, and interconnecting wiring. Additionally, utility inspections, monitoring systems and renewable energy credits will be discussed.

Presenters include:

  • Blair Buselli – a PA and NY licensed electrician and a NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) solar installer. Blair also serves on the SEEDS Advisory Committee.
  • Jack Barnett – a principal consultant in sustainability, solar, zero net-energy buildings, and telecommunications technologies and strategy; a past chair of a chapter of the American Solar Society, and President of The Clean Energy Co-Op. Jack is also a SEEDS Board Member.

“SEEDS is strongly committed to education about renewable energy, how it can save you money and improve the quality of life in our community,” says Jack Barnett.  “If you want to attend this workshop just to learn more about solar, the economics, or how it works, without investing in a system, that’s fine. And, if you want to take the step to invest in solar, this is definitely a valuable workshop for you.”

 REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Click HERE to register, or call 570-245-1256.

SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) is a non-profit organization that promotes energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable living in our region. Visit www.seedsgroup.net to join the SEEDS e-newsletter list to be notified of all upcoming free forums.