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Easy Ways to Improve Air Quality
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Reducing the amount of electricity we use decreases the amount of fossil fuels that are burned. When fossil fuels are burned, carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrogen
dioxide (NO2), and sulfur dioxide (SO2) are released into the air. The processing of fossil fuels supplies the majority of the United States with its electricity.

Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs and remember to turn the lights off when not in use.

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Adjust the thermostat--higher in the summer and lower in the winter. Existing thermostats can also be replaced by programmable thermostats which can significantly reduce energy costs.

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When replacing old appliances buy Energy Star certified.

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Reduce the amount of printed materials by replacing paper agendas with electronic documents and/or use double-sided printing as much as possible.


Using less paper will cut back on the amount of unrecycled paper that ends up in landfills.

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Walk, bike, carpool or take mass transit whenever possible.

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Refueling during cooler periods can prevent gas vapors from heating up and creating ozone. Also, when refueling don't override the pump. Cars are now equipped with control devices that reduce escaping vapors.

Skip the drive-thru and go inside to pick up fast food or the dry cleaning.

Get fuel when it is cool outside and don't override the pump.

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Maintain vehicle.


Get regular tune-ups


Check the tire inflation

Change oil

When you first start a car after it has been sitting for more than an hour, it pollutes up to five times more than when the engine is warm.

Map out your route to complete errands quicker, reduce 'cold starts', and avoid unnecessary idling.

Use electronic tickets on portable devices instead of printing paper boarding passes for travel

Request hotel staff not to replace towels and sheets everyday when staying at a hotel.


Recycle aluminum cans, glass, paper, plastics, and electronics.

Recycling can have a significant impact on air quality. For example, air pollution related to aluminum production is cut by 95% when recycled aluminum is used.

Switch to reusable items.

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Shopping bags


Water bottles and coffee mugs

Lunch containers


Buy recycled and recyclable products.