It’s hard to fathom, but we need to breathe in 3,000 gallons of high-quality air each and every day. But often, our air is contaminated by pollutants that affect not only our health, but also trees, plants and water.
Besides affecting our wellness, air pollution also affects buildings, monuments and visibility for pilots. But with so many forces affecting our air, how can we help the situation.
It’s really the simple things that all add up to help improve our air. That’s especially true when it comes to helping reduce air pollution on a daily basis. Just by practicing a few of these ideas each and every day, we can all help contribute to making the environment a little bit better.
See how many of these 15 tips that most people encounter each day – at home, shopping or traveling – that you can incorporate into your daily lives.
- Conserve energy by turning off lights and appliances when not in use.
- Recycle everything you possibly can to save on energy used for production.
- Connect indoor and outdoor lights to timers.
- Wash clothes in warm or cold water.
- Use low-VOC or water-based stains, test your air for radon gas and don’t smoke in your home.
- Buy Energy Star products to reduce energy use.
- Select low-polluting and efficient vehicles.
- Opt for products that have less packaging and are reusable.
- Shop with a canvas bag instead of paper and plastic bags.
- Use rechargeable batteries for products you use often.
- Avoid waiting in long drive-thru lines.
- Get regular engine tune ups.
- Join a carpool for work.
- Use public transportation when available.
- Walk or ride your bike whenever possible.