Nearly every day, each of us contributes a little to air pollution – but we don't always realize it. Take a few minutes to think about how you contribute to air pollution. Then come up with a plan to make some changes. Here are some tips from one of our partner agencies, the Maricopa County Air Quality Department in Arizona.
Ride your bicycle to places you would normally drive your car. Get some fresh air and save some gas.
Alternative Mode Monday:
Utilize alternate modes of transportation. Consider taking the light rail, bus or vanpool.
Ride Together Tuesday:
Carpool to as many locations as possible. Riding together decreases the amount of emissions in the air.
Walk Somewhere Wednesday:
Walk to nearby locations instead of driving. Increasing the number of steps you take will improve your health.
No Drive-Thru Thursday:
Avoid the drive-thru and go inside to order your food, coffee or prescriptions. By doing this you will reduce exhaust emissions.
Fuel After Dark Friday:
Hot temperatures and gasoline fumes create ground-level ozone. Reduce the effect and refuel your vehicle at night time.
Sweep It Up Saturday:
Sweep your driveway, patio, deck, etc. instead of using a leaf blower. Get some exercise and breathe in fresh air while you burn a few calories.
Help keep the air cleaner with these additional ideas!
The AirNow: The Air Quality Index and You poster is now available.