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Good air quality is a prerequisite for health and well-being of humans and ecosystems.
Good air quality is important for our environment. Substances we put into the air can affect the health of plants, animals and people, and can contribute to global warming.
How to improve air qualityEdit
Regulate the release of pollutants into the atmosphere from large industries and emissions from some large-scale food processing factories or major sources of pollution, such as transport at a national and local level.
1.Bike or walk to nearby destinations
2.Ride the bus (Metro- 513-621-4455 )
3.Walk, ride bikes, roller blade, skateboard instead of driving
5.Look up air pollution information on the internet
6.Read and learn about air pollution
7.Know how air pollution affects your health
8.Watch for Air pollution Information in the newspaper and on television
10.Conserve electricity - electrical generation is a source of air pollution
11.Turn the lights out when you leave the room
12.Use cold water instead of hot whenever possible - you'll use less energy
13.Use fans to help cool - they use less energy than coolers and air conditioners
14.Reduce, Reuse, then Recycle
15.Select products with less packaging - packaging consumes energy when it's made, generates harmful volatile organic compounds when it's printed, produces carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide when it's burned, and generates greenhouse gases when thrown away in a landfill
16.Buy and use products in their non-aerosol form - propellants used in aerosol cans contribute to pollution
17.Buy and use recycled products
18.When barbecuing, use an electric or chimney-type charcoal starter instead of lighter fluid.
19.Use a propane grill when barbequing
20.Write to the major and other elected officials to let them know how you feel about air pollution
21.Join a carpool - call ( 1-800-241-RIDE ) for free information on how to start a carpool
23.Maintain your car; it'll last longer
24.Rotate your tires
25.Combine your errands into one trip - a cold engine decreases efficiency by as much as 80%
26.Keep your air filter clean and get regular tune-ups - a neglected car can reduce gas mileage by 20%
27.Make sure your tires are properly inflated - you can save $130 a year in gasoline costs
28.Trade your car in for a newer model - newer cars are more efficient and pollute less
29.Don't "top off" your gas tank - by stopping at the click, you will reduce fumes that contribute to ground-level ozone pollution
30.Avoid idling - in general, turning off and starting an engine uses less gasoline than letting it idle for more than 30 seconds
31.Turn the car off while waiting in line at railroad crossings and drive-thru windows
32.Make sure your car's air conditioner is working properly - leaky air conditioners in cars are the single greatest source of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), a greenhouse gas
33.Clean the condenser coils on your refrigerator every few months - you can reduce electricity consumption 6% or more
34.Use your fireplace less
36.Insulate your home to use less energy
37.Use electric or manual lawn and garden equipment instead of gas-powered equipment
38.Use latex paint to reduce fumes and clean it up with water
39.Use brushes or rollers for painting instead of sprays
40.Keep dust down when digging or moving earth
42.Plant low-maintenance landscaping
43.Stay on paved roads whenever possible - driving on dirt roads raises dust which contributes to haze and airborne particulate matter
44.Caulk and weather strip doors and windows
45.Ask your local Solid Waste District where to take leftover and unwanted paints, automotive fluids and household chemicals.
46.Go solar for home and water heating - it reduces the need to burn fossil fuel
47.Compost - you'll use less chemicals in your garden
48.Look for durability in products you buy and use, not just lower price
49.Call the Air Quality Complaint Hotline ( 513-946-7777 ) to report odor, dust, smoke complaints.
50.Share this information with others.