Nearly every day, each of us contributes a little to air pollution – but we don’t always realize it. Take a few minutes today to think about what you do that contributes to air pollution. Then come up with a plan to make some changes.
Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Think about that light switch – and the thermostat. Your electric bill isn’t the only reason conserving energy is a good idea. Power plants produce pollutants that form both ozone and particle pollution. So make it a habit to turn off lights you’re not using, and set your thermostat a little higher this summer. You’ll help reduce pollution – and you’ll save money, too.
- Cut your firewood now: Heat your home with wood? It may seem strange to be thinking about home heating in May, but spring is the time to season your firewood for next fall and winter. Why does this matter? Dry, seasoned wood burns better – giving you a hotter fire and reducing wood smoke pollution. Learn more: www.epa.gov/burnwise.
- Reduce pollution from your car:
- Don’t drive to work alone: Join a carpool or vanpool, or take public transit (you’ll save money, too).
- Keep your car maintained. Just replacing a clogged air filter can lead to a savings of 55 gallons, or at least three trips to the gas station over a year. Learn more: http://1.usa.gov/Z6dni9
- Fill your gas tank during cooler evening hours in warm weather. Avoid spilling gas, don't "top off" the tank and replace your gas tank cap tightly.
- Follow local recommendations on Air Quality Action Days. Not sure how to find out if today is an Action Day where you live? Sign up for EnviroFlash, to get local air quality messages sent straight to your email.
For more tips, see: http://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=resources.whatyoucando