Taking Action

1– Limit Your Driving

  • Avoid driving during peak traffic periods when stop-and-go traffic is at its worst.
  • Try not to drive at all, especially during the morning and early afternoon.
  • Plan ahead, organize your trips. Combine several errands into one trip.
  • Take your lunch to work to avoid lunch trips.
  • Consider other commute options such as public transit, shared-ride, and teleworking at home.

2- Drive Emission wise

  • If you must drive, use the least polluting of your vehicles.
  • Where available, use clean fuels. Avoid excessive idling, and areas of congestion.
  • Stop and start evenly.
  • Drive at a steady speed. Drive at medium speeds. Use your air conditioner wisely.
  • Travel light.
  • Consider fuel efficiency and emissions when buying a new car.

3- Refuel Carefully

  • Refuel after 6:00 p.m., if possible.
  • Avoid spills and don’t try to top off your tank.

4- Maintain Your Vehicle

  • Engine performance, emission control systems, and tire inflation are important.
  • Don’t remove or tamper with pollution controls. Comply with the local auto inspection and emissions testing program.
  • Follow your owner’s manual.
  • Get regular engine tune-ups and car maintenance checks.
  • Use an energy-conserving grade of motor oil. An EC multigrade can improve your mileage by as much as 1.5 percent.

5- Live Emissions wise

  • Buy low emission household products.
  • Buy electric or fuel-efficient motorized equipment.
  • Conserve electricity.
  • Avoid spilling gas when refueling gasoline-powered lawn, garden, farm, and construction equipment and boats.
  • Properly dispose of household paints solvents, and pesticides.
  • Seal containers tightly.
  • Reduce waste.

6- Delay or Reschedule Lawncare

  • Reschedule or delay lawn care employing gas-powered equipment until after 6:00 p.m. An old 2-cycle gas-powered lawn mower produces as much pollution when it is operating as 70 new cars.

7- Postpone Oil-Based Paint and Solvent Use

  • Where possible, use aqueous (water) based products.
  • Avoid oil-based paint and solvent use on days when elevated ozone levels are expected.

8- Barbecue with Electric or Chimney Starters

  • Avoid the use of lighter fluid, since it vaporizes into the air and can contribute to ozone formation.
  • Your food will also taste better.

9- Conserve Energy in Your Home

  • Conserving electricity reduces air pollution caused by power plants.
  • Purchase energy efficient heating and air-conditioning systems.
  • Purchase energy efficient appliances.
  • Make sure you home is well-insulated.
  • Be mindful of energy conservation when you set your thermostat.
  • Purchase energy efficient lighting.
  • Purchase Energy Star labeled office equipment. Each year, enough electricity can be saved by using Energy Star labeled office equipment in a single home office (with a computer, printer, and fax) to light an entire home for more than 2 years.
  • Where available, participate in your local energy conservation programs.

10- Spread the Word

  • Learn about local efforts and issues.
  • Learn what you can do to help clear the air.
  • Share what you learn.
  • Let people know you care.
  • Join a community group that is working to improve air quality.
  • Improve air quality through voluntary actions.
  • Creat a public awareness and promote individual responsibility through education.
  • Provide credible measures of air quality improvement efforts.


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04/25/17

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