Ways to Protect the Environment

Listed below are several changes you can make at home that help keep the environment healthy

  1. Some products that you use at your home or office are made with smog forming-chemicals that can evaporate into the air when you use them. Follow manufacturers’ recommendations for use and properly seal containers, paints, and other chemicals to prevent evaporation into the air.
  2. Use environmentally safe paints and cleaning products whenever possible.
  3. Refuel cars and trucks after dusk. During the day time, the vapors produce VOCs that produce ozone and smog.
  4. Follow gasoline refueling instructions for efficient vapor recovery. Be careful not to spill fuel and always tighten your gas cap securely.
  5. Be sure tires are properly inflated. Improper inflation can reduce gas mileage.
  6. Conserve electricity and set your air conditioner at a higher temperature.
  7. Deter use of gasoline-powered lawn and garden equipment.
  8. Choose a cleaner commute - carpool, use public transportation, bike, or walk whenever possible.
  9. Limit engine idling. Stop engine if you have to idle more than a minute.
  10. Combine errands and reduce trips.
  11. Keep car, boat, and other engines tuned up according to manufacturers’ specification.