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What Will You Do for Cleaner Air?

The atmosphere is huge, but our individual choices add up to big impacts on air quality. Follow these tips to help our air OK!

1. Move Cleaner

Vehicles are a major source of emissions that contribute to air pollution. Ozone is created when car pollutants react with sunlight. Hot and sunny summer days in Oklahoma can trigger high ozone levels, so drive cleaner and use alternative transportation.

A. Carpool

Share a ride to reduce traffic congestion and save $600+ in fuel and maintenance. To find a carpool partner, visit http://www.getaroundok.com.

Drive Cleaner

You can also drive cleaner in your own car. Combine trips to save money and fuel. Refuel at night and avoid topping off the tank to limit evaporation of VOCs (volatile organic compounds). Finally, avoid idling your engine because it wastes fuel and can double your car's air emissions.

B. Hop on the Bus

One bus can take 35 cars off the road. Learn to ride here:

During ozone season, bus fares may be reduced or free on some days. Many buses have bike racks, so you can bike and ride. Or, take an early stop, and add a walk to your trip.

C. Ride a Bike

Bike ownership costs $120/yr compared to $8000+ for a car. Bikes are great for students close to campus. Join other cyclists for Bike Month (May) and Bike-to-Work Day. Visit http://bikedayok.com

D. Walk

Walk for your health as well as clean air. 30 minutes a day reduces your risk your heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension

2. Use Electric Lawn Care Equipment

Inefficient small engines spew unburnt fuel and oil. Using a gas lawn mower for one hour releases as much air pollution as driving a car for 45 miles. 17 million gallons of gas spill while refueling lawn equipment each year in the US. In 2015, we helped Central OK residents exchange 95 gas mowers for electric ones, cutting 19,800 lbs of annual emissions.

3. Choose a Low Pollution Boat Motor

Consider a 4-stroke or direct fuel injection 2-stroke engine versus a traditional 2-stroke model. These engines produce 75% less air emissions, use 35-50% less gas, and use 50% less oil.

4. Keep it Cleaner at Home

Energy vampires are unused but plugged-in devices drawing electricity which increase power plant emissions. Big users include computers, digital displays/TVs, cable/satellite boxes, phone chargers, and game consoles. These devices can add 10+% of your electric bill, so use power strips, unplug devices/chargers, and choose ENERGY STAR rated models.

Reduce VOC release at home by choosing low-VOC paints and carpets, and use brushes and rollers instead of spray painting. Also, tightly cap all solvent containers.

Conclusion

Keep our air OK.
Cleaner air starts with you.
Your choices count!

 

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