Reducing Air Pollution

November 24th, 2012 | by: Steve Brenner

Reducing Air Pollution

Easy Tips to Make a Difference

On average, each of us breathes over 3,000 gallons of air each day. It can make you sick and even kill you. Air pollution can damage trees, crops, lakes and animals. In addition to damaging the natural environment, air pollution also damages buildings, monuments, and statues.

We make choices everyday that can help reduce air pollution:

At Home

. Ask your oil heat provider to deliver Bioheat®, using less heating oil and reducing emissions.

. Conserve energy – turn off appliances and lights when you leave the room.

. Recycle paper, plastic, glass bottles, card board and aluminum cans. This conserves energy and reduces production emissions.

. Keep fireplaces well maintained and clean.

. Plant deciduous trees in locations around your home to provide shade in the summer, but to allow light in the winter.

. Connect your outdoor lights to a timer or use solar lighting.

. Wash clothes with warm or cold water instead of hot.

. Lower the thermostat on your water heater to 120F.

. Use low-VOC or water-based paints, stains, finishes and paint strippers.

. Test your home for radon, a dangerous, radioactive gas that is odorless and tasteless. If the test shows elevated levels of radon, the problem can be fixed cost effectively. Visit www.epa.gov/radon.

. Choose not to smoke in your home, especially if you have children. If you or your visitors must smoke, then smoke outside. Visit www.epa.gov/smokefree.

Buy Smart

. Buy ENERGY STAR products, including energy efficient lighting and appliances. They are environmentally friendly products. For more information, visit www.energystar.gov or call 1-888-STAR-YES.

. Choose efficient, low-polluting models of vehicles. Visit www.epa.gov/greenvehicles.

. Choose products that have less packaging and are reusable.

. Shop with a canvas bag instead of using paper and plastic bags.

. Buy rechargeable batteries for devices used frequently.

In Your Car

. Plan your trips. Save gasoline and reduce air pollution.

. Keep tires properly inflated and aligned.

. In the summertime, fill gas tank during cooler evening hours to cut down on evaporation. Avoid spilling gas and don’t “top off” the tank. Replace gas tank cap tightly.

. Avoid waiting in long drive-thru lines, for example, at fast-food restaurants or banks. Park your car and go in.

. When possible, use public transportation, walk or ride a bike.

. Get regular engine tune-ups and car maintenance checks, especially for the spark plugs.

. Use an energy-conserving (EC) grade motor oil.

. Ask your employer to consider flexible work schedules or telecommuting.

. Report smoking vehicles to your local air agency.

. Join a carpool or vanpool to get to work.


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