For Citizens

Click on the items below to find out all the ways you can help keep our air clean.
  • Consider other commute options, such as walking, biking, the bus, park and rides, or ride sharing
  • Ask about telecommuting from home and flexible work schedules where you work
  • Take your lunch to work – no driving and less expensive! You may even have time for a walk, a chat with a co-worker, or some funny videos
  • Shut off your car in drive-through lanes, at your child’s school, or even waiting for the train to pass. Anything over 10 seconds of idling uses more fuel that shutting off and restarting you vehicle.
  • Plan ahead and combine several errands into one trip.
  • If possible, avoid areas of traffic congestion and work week rush hours (try telecommuting or flexible schedules). Our air will thank you and so will your stress meter.
  • Refuel after 6:00 p.m., if possible, on ozone action days
  • Don’t try to top off your tank – the gas needs the extra room to expand, extra gas can damage your car, it wastes money, and the vapors can add to air pollution
  • Stop and start evenly, and drive at a steady, medium speed
  • Consider fuel efficiency and emissions when buying a new car
  • Get regular engine tune-ups and car maintenance checks
  • Use an energy-conserving grade of motor oil. An EC multigrade can improve your gas mileage by as much as 1.5%
  • Avoid the costs and emissions effects of gasoline – go electric! Electric vehicles are becoming more and more popular with the addition of several charging stations in the region and throughout the country.
  • Buy low emission household products including household chemicals, flooring, paints, and furniture
  • Did you know that operating an old 2-cycle gas-powered lawn mower produces as much pollution as 70 new cars? Mow your lawn and use other gas-powered yard tools like leaf blowers after 6:00 p.m., when air temperatures are cooler and ozone emissions are less likely to form.
  • Buy electric or fuel-efficient motorized equipment (e.g., lawnmowers, leaf blowers)
  • Trade in your old gas powered lawnmower at a local lawnmower exchange
  • Conserve electricity

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