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Preventing Air Pollution

There are several steps each one of us can take to prevent air pollution.

Every time we drive to school, use our heater or air conditioner, clean our windows, or even style our hair, we make choices that contribute to air pollution. The following steps, as well as many others, are things we all can do to help reduce air pollution.

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Conserving energy and using alternate energy sources 

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Pay attention to appliances, cleaning products and lawn equipment  
  • Run dishwashers and clothes washers only when full.  

  • Choose environmentally friendly cleaners.  

  • Use water-based or solvent free paints whenever possible and buy products that say "low VOC."  

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Vehicle maintenance, alternative fuels and carpooling
  • Keep your automobile well-tuned and maintained. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on routine maintenance, such as changing the oil and filters, and checking tire pressure and wheel alignment.  

  • Avoid excessive idling of your automobile.  

  • Drive electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.  

  • Be careful not to spill gasoline when filling up your car or gasoline powered lawn and garden equipment.  

  • Purchase and use low-polluting outboard marine engines and personal watercraft (4-stroke and direct fuel injection 2-stroke outboard marine engines).