Cleaner Air for All...

Car Care

  • Keep vehicles well-maintained. Properly inflated tires, regular vehicle maintenance, tune ups and repairs can improve gas mileage, saving money and protecting the air.

 

  • Refuel when the air is cool. Stop refueling when the handle clicks and don't top off the tank. Tighten the gas cap for a proper seal to prevent fumes from being released into the air. 

 

  • Reduce the amount of time a vehicle operates by combining errands and driving during times that are less congested. To save even more gas, use alternative means of transportation, such as biking, walking, and/or carpooling.  

 

  • Be Idle Free! If you’re not in traffic and will be stopped for more than 10 seconds, turn off the vehicle engine. Click here for the myths and facts of idling.

Driving Alternatives

  • Share a ride and carpool or ride the bus. By switching from driving alone to carpooling or riding the bus, the typical worker can save over $1,000 per year.

 

  • Walk or ride a bike on shorter trips and get exercise while saving gas!

 

  • Bring your lunch or have an office potluck instead of driving to a restaurant.

 

  • Teleconference instead of driving to a meeting to save time and money.

 

  • If possible, telecommute. This reduces the cost of vehicle upkeep, parking, and gas.

 

  • Drive an alternative fuel vehicle. Hybrids or completely electric cars are great options, and ethanol also burns cleaner than gasoline.

 

Other Options

  •  Low-Maintenance Landscaping. Plant native grasses, shrubs, and ground cover to minimize the use of gas-powered lawn equipment, pesticides, and herbicides. Not only can this improve air quality and save time and money, it can also improve water quality and help to prevent flooding.

 

  • When grilling, use a gas or electric grill instead of charcoal.  Lighter fluid adds pollutants to the air.

 

  • When painting, use rollers or brushes with water-based paints and solvents. Sprays create more fumes.

 

  • Reduce energy usage! Simple steps include turning off lights and appliances when not in use. Set the thermostat at home to the highest comfortable temperature in the summer and the lowest comfortable temperature in the winter. Finally, also replace old appliances that are Energy Star certified and use LED bulbs instead of incandescent.