Ways to Reduce Air Pollution


We make choices every day that can help reduce air pollution. Below are a few ideas that you can take to help clean our air.

At Home

  • Conserve energy – turn off appliances and lights when nobody is home.
  • Recycle paper, plastic, glass bottles, cardboard, and aluminum cans.
  • Plant trees around your home to provide shade in the summer, but to allow light in the winter.
  • Buy green electricity-produced and low-or even zero-pollution facilities.
  • Use solar lighting.
  • Wash clothes with warm or cold water instead of hot.
  • Use low-VOC or water-based paints, stains, finishes, and paint strippers.
  • Choose not to smoke in your home, especially if you have children. If you or your visitors must smoke, then smoke outside.

Buy Smart

  • Buy ENERGY STAR products, including energy efficient lighting and appliances. They are environmentally friendly products.
  • Choose efficient, low-polluting models of vehicles.
  • Choose products that have less packaging and are reusable.
  • Shop with your own bag instead of using paper and plastic bags.
  • Buy rechargeable batteries for devices used frequently.

For Your Health

  • Check daily air quality forecasts, which tell how clean your air is, and the associated health concerns.
  • Remove indoor asthma triggers from your home and avoid outdoor triggers in order to effectively control your asthma.
  • Minimize your sun exposure. Wear sun block and UV protection sunglasses.

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