Many people feel their actions have little or no impact on the Tri-State region’s air quality. However, through simple changes in daily routines, every person can help reduce ozone and particulate matter pollution. The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) asks that everyone do their share for cleaner air.
“Simple everyday lifestyle changes can have a big effect on the environment and potentially save you money,” said Mark Policinski, executive director of OKI. “When people really begin to understand how they can have a positive impact on the air we breathe they realize that these tips are so easy to follow.”
Keeping vehicles maintained and tires inflated helps to improve gas mileage and reduces emissions from automobiles. Limiting car idling will help to avoid wasting gas; an idling vehicle gets the worst gas mileage possible – ZERO miles per gallon. Avoiding quick accelerations and sudden stops will also help to decrease fuel consumption.
In addition to the multiple health benefits of bike riding, walking, rollerblading or skateboarding short distances, these activities also help to improve air quality. When distances are too far to use these methods, try to combine and limit unnecessary vehicle trips. When it is possible, share a ride or take the bus.
Conserving electricity reduces demand on power plants and therefore reduces the emissions these plants produce. Turn off unused lights, computers, televisions and radios. Also, buy energy efficient home appliances and replace filtered light bulbs with fluorescent light bulbs to save money and help save the environment.
Following these tips everyday provides a great opportunity for individuals to participate in OKI’s clean air program. For more information about how to do your share for cleaner air, please visit www.DoYourShare.org or call 1-800-621-SMOG.