Simple Tips To Make Your RV More Environmentally-Friendly

Posted on: 15 March 2017

From installing energy-efficient appliances to making sure to meticulously sort your recycling, when it comes to your home, you go the extra mile to protect the environment. If you are shopping around for a new recreational vehicle, you might not realize that you can enjoy the luxury of an RV without sacrificing your beliefs. The next time you are surfing the net or checking out your local dealership, here are a few environmentally-friendly RV upgrades to consider:

Improve Your RV's Fuel Efficiency

One of the best ways to make your RV more environmentally-friendly will also save you big money at the pump: improve the vehicle's fuel efficiency. Here are a few simple ways you can begin immediately making your RV waste less gas:

  • Regularly clean or change your air filter – A dirty air filter can dramatically lower your RV's fuel efficiency. Cleaning and replacing your air filter on a regular basis is an inexpensive way to use less gas.
  • Keep an eye on the tire pressure – In addition to preventing unnecessary tire wear, keeping your tires properly inflated can also increase fuel efficiency.
  • Watch your RV's weight – Unnecessary weight will adversely impact the RV's fuel efficiency. Before your next trip, remove any items that aren't crucial.
  • Take care of your RV – Finally, taking your RV to a professional to have it tuned-up every year will help keep the motor working properly, which in turn will help with its fuel efficiency.
  • Take advantage of your cruise control – In addition to making driving your RV much more enjoyable, using your cruise control whenever possible will help maintain a steady speed, which in turn helps improve the vehicle's fuel efficiency.

Switch to LED Bulbs

Another simple DIY way to make your RV more environmentally-friendly is to switch to LED, or light emitting diode, bulbs. The initial investment might hurt your pocketbook, but the amount of money you will save over the years is well worth the extra cash. According to United States Department of Energy, an LED bulb will last 25 times longer and utilize around 75 percent less energy than a traditional incandescent bulb.

In addition to switching to LED bulbs, if you have an older model RV, you may want to consider also upgrading your appliances – particularly the refrigerator. Older refrigerators, ovens, and other appliances draw a lot more energy than you might realize. If you can't afford to upgrade all the appliances at once, start with the refrigerator first.

Install Solar Panels

Finally, there is another upgrade that is initially expensive but will save you a lot of money in the future, while helping to protect Mother Nature: solar panels. Solar panels can be installed on your RV's roof or on an awning. Installing solar panels on the roof is a great option if you're planning on taking a long road trip.

However, if you're parking your RV for the majority of the summer, having panels installed on a retractable awning is a great way to harness the sun's power, without having the solar panels permanently installed on your RV's roof.

Solar panels make very little noise, do not emit any odors, and are actually very easy to maintain. They can easily be cleaned with soap and water and only require a yearly inspection by a professional.

From switching to LED light bulbs to installing solar panels and improving your vehicle's fuel efficiency, there are several ways you can be an environmentally responsible recreational vehicle owner. If you're not sure that these upgrades are right for you, don't hesitate to ask a professional RV dealer for more information about these and other features.