Advantages to alternative fuel cars

Advantages to Alternative Fuel Cars

If you are concerned about your carbon footprint and are looking for a way to go eco friendly, one of the things that you may want to consider is an alternative fuel car.  Whether you are planning on buying a hybrid car or convert your old one, alternative energy can help you to be more eco friendly and cut down on the cost of fuel.  Here is a look at just five of the benefits that going green can provide you.

  1. Cost

Buying a car is a huge investment, but switching to clean fuel doesn’t have to be.  When speaking long term, choosing a hybrid that uses clean fuel can cut your fuel prices in half, saving you plenty of money each year.  And while a car is a major purchase, many hybrids are available for a similar price or even less than their gasoline or diesel powered counterparts.

Another aspect to consider, is buying a converter kit for you current car.  These kits are much less expensive than investing in a new car yet will still help you to reduce your carbon footprint and save money on fuel.

As with any purchase, the amount you save going eco friendly will be determined by how much you drive, how much the car costs over the time used, type of car (hybrid or not), as well as other factors.

  1. Tax break

While a tax break alone may not be enough to switch to an eco friendly vehicle, it can be an added bonus.  When you buy a new, qualifying hybrid you will get a federal tax break that can make the vehicle even more affordable.  However, this benefit is limited to the first 60,000 hybrids of each model, so you will need to buy one soon.  You may find that you will qualify for other tax benefits on a state level.  Your tax professional will be able to tell you what benefits you would qualify for.

  1. Insurance breaks

Another reason to switch to a clean fuel car is that you may get a break on your insurance.  Some insurance companies feel that the owners of green cars are overall more responsible drivers and provide green discounts, so therefore you may be able to qualify for some insurance discounts.

  1. Carpool lane

If you have a long commute, then you may know the advantages of using the carpool lane.  Not only is there usually less traffic in these lanes, saving you time, but it also makes it easier for you to drive at a constant speed, helping you with fuel efficiency.  Because hybrid cars are so eco friendly, some states are allowing hybrid drivers to use the carpool lane regardless of how many passengers they have in the vehicle at the time.

  1. Environmental impact

If you are concerned about the environment and your carbon footprint, then buying a hybrid car for the environmental advantages alone can be a huge benefit.  Hybrid cars produce fewer harmful emissions so they allow you to cut back on air pollution.  And since they use less fuel and/or an alternative energy source they can help to cut back on environmental destruction caused by oil drilling.  And if you convert your current car to a hybrid, you can help keep an old car out of the landfill for longer. Car conversion not only saves you money, it will greatly extend the length of time that you can enjoy your current vehicle while simultaneously saving the environment.

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