Posted in Escape How to Be an Eco-Conscious Holiday Traveler Posted Date: November 2017 Before you hit the road this festive season, plan to pack away some of your carbon footprint. Here's how: Turn it down: If you plan to spend time on an extended holiday, be sure to turn down your thermostat, electric, and water heaters to conserve energy. Go paperless: Ditch the old-fashioned printouts. Use your smartphone to download apps for boarding passes and driving directions. Pump it up. Driving? Check the air in your tires first to ensure optimal gas mileage. According to the US Department of Energy, every 1-psi drop in tire pressure can lower gas mileage by 0.2 percent! Get creative in the car. Carpooling to minimize carbon emission is a great way to maximize bonding time with family and friends. Better yet, consider mass transportation (think buses and trains) if traveling more than 500 miles. Not only will you be helping the environment, but you can sit back, relax and enjoy the ride!