Do Your Share to Clear the Air - There's a Lot You Can Do!
With your car
- Keep your vehicle well tuned at all times and have the emissions control system checked regularly.
- Make sure your car's wheels are properly aligned and the tires are properly inflated.
- Try leaving your car at home and take public transport or try car-pooling.
- Plan your errands to make several stops in one trip instead of several trips.
- Don't let your car idle; if you expect to stop for more than one minute, turn off your engine.
- Reduce the use of gasoline-powered garden tools, such as leaf blowers, weed trimmers and lawnmowers. Hand-powered tools are the cleanest.
- Use water-based (latex) paints rather than oil-based.
- Garden without pesticides; try non-toxic alternatives such as organic fertilization, aeration or overseeding.
- Maintain equipment in and around your home. Furnaces, air conditioners, humidifiers and de-humidifiers can be adding to indoor air quality problems if they're not maintained and cleaned.
- Use energy-efficient appliances. Reduce your use of electrical appliances as much as possible.
- Don't burn trash or yard waste in your yard. Try recycling and composting.
- Wood burning activities, whether in stoves or on the open beach, can add to the total pollution load. Use only dry, clean wood and burn less often.
Page Last Updated: 20/01/2015