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About Ways to Reduce Air Pollution
« on: June 18, 2013, 10:58:25 AM »
Ways to Reduce Air Pollution

We make choices everyday that can help reduce air pollution. Below are a few ideas that you can take to help clean our air.

At Home

    Conserve energy - turn off appliances and lights when you leave the room.
    Recycle paper, plastic, glass bottles, cardboard, and aluminum cans. (This conserves energy and reduces production emissions.)
    Keep woodstoves and fireplaces well maintained. You should also consider replacing old wood stoves with EPA-certified models. Visit www.epa.gov/woodstoves.
    Plant deciduous trees in locations around your home to provide shade in the summer, but to allow light in the winter.
    Buy green electricity-produced by low-or even zero-pollution facilities.
    Connect your outdoor lights to a timer or use solar lighting.
    Wash clothes with warm or cold water instead of hot.
    Lower the thermostat on your water heater to 120F.
    Use low-VOC or water-based paints, stains, finishes, and paint strippers.
    Test your home for radon-a dangerous, radioactive gas that is odorless and tasteless. If the test shows elevated levels of radon, the problem can be fixed cost effectively. Visit www.epa.gov/radon.
    Choose not to smoke in your home, especially if you have children. If you or your visitors must smoke, then smoke outside. Visit www.epa.gov/smokefree.

Buy Smart

    Buy ENERGY STAR products, including energy efficient lighting and appliances. They are environmentally friendly products. For more information, visit www.energystar.gov or call 1-888-STAR-YES.
    Choose efficient, low-polluting models of vehicles. Visit www.epa.gov/greenvehicles.
    Choose products that have less packaging and are reusable.
    Shop with a canvas bag instead of using paper and plastic bags.
    Buy rechargeable batteries for devices used frequently.

Drive Wise

Plan your trips. Save gasoline and reduce air pollution.

    Keep tires properly inflated and aligned.
    In the summertime, fill gas tank during cooler evening hours to cut down on evaporation. Avoid spilling gas and don't "top off" the tank. Replace gas tank cap tightly.
    Avoid waiting in long drive-thru lines, for example, at fast-food restaurants or banks. Park your car and go in.
    When possible, use public transportation, walk, or ride a bike.
    Get regular engine tune ups and car maintenance checks (especially for the spark plugs).
    Use an energy-conserving (EC) grade motor oil.
    Ask your employer to consider flexible work schedules or telecommuting.
    Report smoking vehicles to your local air agency.
    Join a carpool or vanpool to get to work.

For Your Health

    Check daily air quality forecasts, which tell how clean or polluted your air is, and the associated health concerns. Visit www.airnow.gov.
    Remove indoor asthma triggers from your home and avoid outdoor triggers in order to effectively control your asthma. Visit www.epa.gov/asthma to learn more about asthma triggers and ways to avoid them.
    Minimize your sun exposure. Wear sun block and UV protection sunglasses. To find out about current forecasts of UV where you live, go to www.epa.gov/sunwise/uvindex.html.

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Re: About Ways to Reduce Air Pollution
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2013, 11:00:02 AM »
It is very helpful and important topics. Thanks for the post.


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Re: About Ways to Reduce Air Pollution
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2013, 10:04:19 AM »
important post ,basically Dhaka city.

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Re: About Ways to Reduce Air Pollution
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2013, 04:15:16 PM »
Thank You sir, it was very helpful , keep post like that.
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Re: About Ways to Reduce Air Pollution
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2013, 04:18:13 PM »
cutting down on air pollution is an important step in going green. While transportation is the most obvious generator of air pollution, other aspects of your lifestyle also affect the amount of emissions you create -- everything from the products you buy, your behaviors at home and the way you handle household waste. A number of small changes in different areas of your life can make a difference. The big results come when everyone is making such a contribution.


1.Save energy around the house. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, saving energy can reduce carbon emissions. Because most energy sources require burning fossil fuels, the less energy you use, the greener you are. Set your appliances and lights on a timer to turn off after a certain period of inactivity. Use compact fluorescent bulbs instead of standard lightbulbs, and use your microwave instead of the oven to heat small items.


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Manage your heating and cooling. Turn your thermostat down in the winter and up in the summer whenever you are at work, sleeping or on vacation. You can also turn your water heater down to 120 degrees to save power. Make sure your insulation is up to the recommended level for your area, and insulate pipes that pass through unheated spaces. Check to see that your windows and doors are not leaking warm or cool air. To make sure your furnace and air conditioners are running efficiently, perform regular maintenance.


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Cut back on the amount of packaging you purchase and the amount of household waste you produce. The process of manufacturing packaging releases harmful emissions into the atmosphere, so patronize brands that use as little packaging as possible. Recycle everything you can: aluminum, paper, glass, plastic and cardboard are usually easy to recycle. When you are disposing of chemical-based substances like paint, batteries, pesticides or solvents, check with your local waste management office for a safe, eco-friendly method.


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Reduce the amount of time you spend in the car. Carpool or use public transportation whenever you can. For shorter distances, walk or ride your bike to do errands. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, changing to carpooling can save a person over $1,000 per year. If you avoid driving alone only one day every week for a year, you can save hundreds of dollars in expenses, not to mention the wear and tear on your car. When you must drive, refill your gas tank during colder times of the day and avoid spilling gas to prevent evaporation into the atmosphere.


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Improve your fuel economy. According to the EPA, a 1 percent increase in fuel economy equals a 1 percent decrease in carbon dioxide emissions (see References 1). Avoid accelerating quickly, braking hard and driving at high speeds, particularly when in heavy traffic. Remove excess weight from your car and remove unused roof racks or bike carriers, which cause drag.
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Re: About Ways to Reduce Air Pollution
« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2013, 04:19:09 PM »
Ten simple ways you can reduce air pollution

At home:
1.   Limit use of gas-powered lawnmowers, leaf blowers, and snow blowers. Electric mowers or manual push mowers pollute less while saving you money on gas.

2.   Avoid using chemical pesticides or fertilizers in your yard and garden. Many fertilizers are a source of nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. Try organic products instead (see number 3).

3.   Compost your yard waste instead of burning it; or chip it and use it for mulch. Outdoor burning is no longer allowed in many areas of the state; but even if you live in an area where it is allowed, breathing smoke is bad for you, your family and your neighbors. Plus, you can use the compost or mulch in your garden (see number 2).

4.   If you use a wood stove or fireplace to heat your home, make sure it meets Washington's standards.  You can find lists of stoves and fireplaces that meet these standards on Ecology's web site.  Go to www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/air/airhome.html, then click on "Indoor Burning."  Even the cleanest stoves or fireplaces still emit some smoke, so consider switching to another form of heat.

5.   Be energy efficient. Most traditional sources of energy burn fossil fuels, causing air pollution. Keep your home well-maintained with weather-stripping, storm windows, and insulation. Lowering your thermostat can also help.  For every two degrees Fahrenheit you lower it in the winter or raise it in the summer, you save about two percent on your heating bill.

6.   Plant trees! Trees absorb and store carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and filter out air pollution.

On the road:
7.   Keep your vehicle well maintained. A poorly maintained engine both creates more air pollution and uses more fuel. Replace oil and air filters regularly, and keep your tires properly inflated.

8.   Drive less. In these days of high gas prices, carpooling, walking, bicycling, riding the bus, or working from home can save you money as well as reducing air pollution.

9.   Donít idle your vehicle. If you stop for more than 30 seconds, except in traffic, turn off your engine. Idling a vehicle for a total of 10 minutes a day uses an average of about 22 gallons of gas per year, as well as polluting the air. By turning your vehicle's engine off when it isnít moving, youíll save money on gas and breathe cleaner air.

10.   Donít buy more car than you need. Four-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, engine size, vehicle weight, and tire size all affect the amount of fuel your vehicle uses. The more fuel it uses, the more air pollution it causes.
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Re: About Ways to Reduce Air Pollution
« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2013, 11:22:01 AM »
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Re: About Ways to Reduce Air Pollution
« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2013, 12:29:24 AM »
thanks for sharing......
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