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Air Quality Tips
Tips for Home
Limit driving. Defer errands, share a ride (carpool), or use public transit. For short trips, walk or ride a bike.
If you must drive, avoid excessive idling or jackrabbit starts. Idling for just 30 seconds uses more fuel than stopping and starting your engine.
Avoid refueling your car on Air Quality Action Days. If you must refuel, do so only after 7 PM when sunlight is not as strong.
Avoid drive-thru windows and congested areas to save fuel and time.
Delay using gas-powered vehicles or tools, including recreational vehicles and lawn mowers. Small engines are a significant source of air pollution.
Get regular engine tune-ups and keep the right amount of air in the tires. Well-maintained vehicles create less pollution.
Take your lunch to work to reduce lunchtime trips, and if you cannot defer errands, combine them to reduce miles driven.
When you barbeque, use a charcoal chimney or electric starter instead of charcoal lighter fluid.
Avoid using oil-based paints, solvents, cleaners, varnishes, or other household and personal products that cause fumes.
Conserve energy in your home, which improves air quality by reducing energy needs from power plants.
Do not burn leaves and other yard waste, and postpone burning wood in fireplaces. Tips for Work
Employee / Employer Activities
Designate a work place coordinator for the Air Quality Action Day program.
Notify employees of upcoming Air Quality Action Days through e-mail memos, banners, intercom announcements, etc. Also, have your contact person insure that managers remind their employees.
Allow your staff to work at home, if possible, through telecommuting.
Use teleconferencing instead of driving to meetings.
Promote alternatives to drive alone commuting.
Obtain and promote transit maps and schedules for nearby routes to your employees.
Start an in-office rideshare program for employees.
Offer employees incentives and recognition for not driving.
Encourage flextime to reduce peak hour roadway congestion.
If available, subsidize and sell employee transit passes at the office.
Buy a bike rack for your employees, and encourage them to use it, or allow employees to keep their bicycles safely indoors.
Encourage brown bagging it on Air Quality Action Days. Provide free sodas, or coffee and donuts, to employees who make an extra effort.
Organize deliveries from popular local restaurants.
Create a special lunch discount in the cafeteria to encourage lunch on site. Fleet Maintenance Activities
Delay refueling vehicles and equipment until late afternoon or the next day.
Schedule deliveries from your site together to eliminate multiple trips.
Turn off vehicles when loading or unloading for more than 30 seconds. Industrial Activities
Defer cleaning with volatile solvents until late in the day. When possible use alternative cleaners that are nonvolatile, non-hazardous, and often cheaper.
Schedule structural painting for cooler weather.
Defer high emission or batch production activities until evening shifts or the next day.
Make water-based latex paints, stains, and sealers your first choice. If using oil-based coatings, ask for low-solvent versions.
Implement money saving pollution prevention actions in such areas as waste separation, solvent recycling, or the use of high efficiency electric motors.
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