How Can You Help?

There are many small things that you can do to help cut down on air pollution. If we all start by making a few changes to the way we go about our lives, our air, in fact the entire environment, may be a cleaner place for us to live in! See if you have any more ideas to clean the air than the 50 ways to clean the air we have listed below.

50 Tips and Ideas for Cleaner Air

  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
  4. Plant a tree
  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
  9. Conserve energy
  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 mayor 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
  22. Drive less
  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 by 6% or more
  34. Use your fireplace less
  35. Prevent fires
  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
  41. Garden organically
  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