- Drive less and drive smarter
- Walk, ride a bike, or roller blade.
- Take the bus.
- Shop by phone, mail, or Internet.
- Combine errands into one trip.
- When driving a vehicle, accelerate gradually.
- Watch your speed. Cars use more fuel the faster you go.
- Keep your car tuned. Replace the air filter and check the catalytic converter.
- Keep your tires properly inflated.
- When refueling, don’t top off at the gas pump.
- Buy the most-efficient, lowest-polluting vehicle that meets your needs.
- Indoor air care do’s and don’ts
- Clean regularly to remove dust and mold.
- Use earth-friendly products like baking soda and vinegar instead of chemical cleaners.
- Store solvents in airtight containers.
- Perform regular maintenance on all gas appliances and heaters.
- Test your home for mold, radon, and other airborne hazards.
- Get houseplants. They provide oxygen and reduce CO2 levels.
- If you use cleaning agents, paint, and glue that contain dangerous chemicals, do it only in well-ventilated rooms or outdoors. Follow label instructions carefully.
- Don’t use aerosols. Instead, use pump sprays and roll-on products.
- Don’t smoke. Cigarettes contain many toxins that are released into the air.
- Don’t heat your home with an un-vented gas appliance, such as a cooking stove.
- Residues from the gas can be toxic.
- Caring for the outdoor air we all share
- Minimize the amount of bad ozone you create by mowing your lawn in the evening or by using a non-motorized push mower or electric mower.
- Plant trees. They produce oxygen, break down pollutants, prevent erosion, decrease airborne dust, and add beauty and value to property.
- Select water-based products with low amounts of volatile organic compounds. Oil-based paint has up to five times more polluting solvents than water-based latex.
- Urge your government representatives to support clean air programs and legislation. Call or write to officials, local papers, and government agencies.
- Mulch or compost leaves.
For additional information, visit:
Air Quality: http://airnow.gov
American Lung Association: www.lungusa.org
Indiana Air Quality: www.in.gov/apps/idem/smog
Stop Burning Trash: www.stopburningtrash.org
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ( Air): http://www.epa.gov/oar