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How You can Help Reduce Ozone Pollution

 

At Home

  • Use energy-efficient light bulbs and appliances
  • Turn off any appliances and lights not in use
  • Run dishwashers and clothes washers only when full, then let dishes and clothes air dry
  • If you have air conditioning, set the thermostat at 72 or higher
  • Insulate your home, caulk windows, and close off unused rooms
  • Use a water-saving showerhead and limit shower to five minutes
  • Use a push mower, when you can, and mow grass in the evening
  • Paint only when necessary and keep the lids on tightly
  • Use water-based or latex paints
  • Don't burn leaves, branches, or lawn trimmings -- compost them
  • Avoid using charcoal lighter fluid; use an electric probe
  • Tightly seal household cleaners, workshop chemicals and solvents, and garden chemicals
  • Plant trees!

Ozone BusDecrease Your Vehicle Emissions:

  • Limit daytime driving if possible
  • Try to avoid congested periods
  • Bike, walk, carpool, or take public transportation when you can
  • Plan your travel and errands in advance and consolidate trips
  • Drive the speed limit
  • Avoid "jackrabbit" starts and sudden stops
  • Keep tires properly inflated
  • Keep your vehicle and its emission control equipment tuned and well-maintained
  • Avoid prolonged idling; turn off your engine when you stop your vehicle for a short time
  • Be careful not to spill gasoline when filling up your vehicle (or your lawn equipment!)
  • Refuel your vehicle in the evening

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