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Clean Air Tips for Employees
At the Office:
- Start a ride-share program with co-workers.
- Ride your bike to work. Ask your employer if you can park your bike inside or to install a bike rack.
- Pack a lunch or walk to lunch; organize group deliveries from local restaurants with co-workers.
- Turn off all equipment and lights when not in use.
- If possible, work a flexible schedule and commute during non-peak driving times.
- Use teleconferencing instead of driving to meetings.
- Properly recycle office products, including paper, ink cartridges, batteries and old electronic equipment.
- Keep your work vehicle well maintained.
- Participate in company-sponsored environmental initiatives or help create one.
On the road:
- Cut back on driving. Defer errands, carpool or use public transit; for short trips, walk or ride a bike.
- If you must drive, avoid excessive idling or jackrabbit starts.
- Limit engine idling time to less than 30 seconds. Idling for just 30 seconds uses more fuel than stopping and starting your engine.
- Keep your vehicle well maintained.
- Fill gas tank during the cool evening hours to reduce evaporation; avoid refueling your vehicle on Air Quality Action Days.
- Park and go inside at restaurants; avoid drive-thru windows and congested areas to save fuel and time.
- Delay using gas-powered recreational vehicles on hot, sunny days. 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.
Around the house:
- Mow your lawn after 7 p.m.
- Avoid using boats, motorcycles and other small engine vehicles on hot, sunny days.
- Conserve energy in your home, which improves air quality by reducing energy needs from power plants; turn off appliances and lights when not in use.
- Keep household paints, solvents and pesticides in air-tight containers.
- Properly recycle paper, plastic, glass bottles, aluminum cans and cardboard.
- Reuse materials like paper bags and boxes.
- Plant deciduous trees around your house to provide shade in the summer and to allow light in the winter.
- When you barbeque, use a charcoal chimney or electric starter instead of charcoal lighter fluid.
- Use only water-based paints and solvents.
- Do not burn leaves and other yard waste.