Clean Air Tips

1. Do not idle your car engine when parked. Turn off your car engine when parked in order to save gas and keep emissions from polluting the air. To reduce idling you can also go inside fast food restaurants, banks, and other businesses rather than using drive-thru lanes.

2. Keep your tires properly inflated. Keep a tire pressure gauge in your car and check your tire pressure at least once a month. Keeping your tires properly inflated helps save money on gas and cuts down on air pollutants. You can improve your gas mileage by up to 3.3% by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure.

3. Cut your grass in the evening.
Cutting grass during the middle of the day in the heat of the summer isn't physically safe and also increases the toxic emissions released into the air.

4. Pump gas in the evening. Waiting until after 6 pm to pump gasoline during the summer can help improve air quality as toxic gases are less likely to evaporate into the air in the evening than during the heat of the day.

5. Be careful when working or playing outside. On ozone alert days it is important for everyone, but especially for people that have trouble breathing, children, and the elderly, to monitor the heat and their physical health. You can get localized ozone forecasts at http://airnow.gov

6. Carpool to work or play. Ask your employer to create a ride-share board to encourage carpooling. Consider carpooling with other families to extracurricular activities or summer camps. Rideshare and carpool websites: http://midlandsrideshare.org/, https://www.ridepost.com/

7. Plan errands to increase efficiency and reduce number of trips. Combine errands into one outing and group them by where they are located to reduce the amount of miles you travel. This saves gas and time, too.

8. Replace the air filter in your vehicle.
Checking and replacing the air filter in your automobile when it is needed helps improve gas mileage.

9. Walk or bike to nearby locations. Instead of driving to nearby restaurants or stores, consider walking or biking if there are sidewalks or a safe path. Communities can also make it easier for children to bike or walk to school by participating in the Safe Routes to Schools program: http://www.saferoutesinfo.org/

10. Reduce energy consumption.
Reducing energy use by turning out lights, making sure dish washers and washing machines are full before using, turning off ceiling fans, unplugging unused appliances, and other similar methods will not only save you money, but also will help improve air quality since much of our power comes from pollutant generating fossil fuels.

11. Stay in for lunch. Order in from a local restaurant with a group of co-workers for lunch, or bring your lunch to work. It saves time, money, and it keeps emissions from your car out of the air.