Air Quality Tips
Tips for Home
- Limit driving. Defer errands, share a ride (carpool), or use public transit. For short trips, walk or ride a bike.
- If you must drive, avoid excessive idling or jackrabbit starts. Idling for just 30 seconds uses more fuel than stopping and starting your engine.
- Avoid refueling your car on Air Quality Action Days. If you must refuel, do so only after 7 PM when sunlight is not as strong.
- Avoid drive-thru windows and congested areas to save fuel and time.
- Delay using gas-powered vehicles or tools, including recreational vehicles and lawn mowers. Small engines are a significant source of air pollution.
- Get regular engine tune-ups and keep the right amount of air in the tires. Well-maintained vehicles create less pollution.
- Take your lunch to work to reduce lunchtime trips, and if you cannot defer errands, combine them to reduce miles driven.
- When you barbeque, use a charcoal chimney or electric starter instead of charcoal lighter fluid.
- Avoid using oil-based paints, solvents, cleaners, varnishes, or other household and personal products that cause fumes.
- Conserve energy in your home, which improves air quality by reducing energy needs from power plants.
- Do not burn leaves and other yard waste, and postpone burning wood in fireplaces.
Tips for Work
Employee / Employer Activities
- Designate a work place coordinator for the Air Quality Action Day program.
- Notify employees of upcoming Air Quality Action Days through e-mail memos, banners, intercom announcements, etc. Also, have your contact person insure that managers remind their employees.
- Allow your staff to work at home, if possible, through telecommuting.
- Use teleconferencing instead of driving to meetings.
- Promote alternatives to drive alone commuting.
- Obtain and promote transit maps and schedules for nearby routes to your employees.
- Start an in-office rideshare program for employees.
- Offer employees incentives and recognition for not driving.
- Encourage flextime to reduce peak hour roadway congestion.
- If available, subsidize and sell employee transit passes at the office.
- Buy a bike rack for your employees, and encourage them to use it, or allow employees to keep their bicycles safely indoors.
- Encourage brown bagging it on Air Quality Action Days. Provide free sodas, or coffee and donuts, to employees who make an extra effort.
- Organize deliveries from popular local restaurants.
- Create a special lunch discount in the cafeteria to encourage lunch on site.
Fleet Maintenance Activities
- Delay refueling vehicles and equipment until late afternoon or the next day.
- Schedule deliveries from your site together to eliminate multiple trips.
- Turn off vehicles when loading or unloading for more than 30 seconds.
- Defer cleaning with volatile solvents until late in the day. When possible use alternative cleaners that are nonvolatile, non-hazardous, and often cheaper.
- Schedule structural painting for cooler weather.
- Defer high emission or batch production activities until evening shifts or the next day.
- Make water-based latex paints, stains, and sealers your first choice. If using oil-based coatings, ask for low-solvent versions.
- Implement money saving pollution prevention actions in such areas as waste separation, solvent recycling, or the use of high efficiency electric motors.