What You Can Do
While there are many threats to clean air, one need
not feel helpless. There are many things individuals can do to help keep
air clean. The list that follows offers some clean air tips.
- Bike, walk, carpool, or use public transportation
as an alternative to driving.
- If you must use your car, try to plan activities
so that several trips can be linked together.
- Use compact fluorescent bulbs. They give
off light similar to traditional light bulbs, but use a quarter
of the energy and last much longer.
- When buying appliances, look for the yellow
Energy Guide label that indicates energy efficiency. Choosing
high-efficiency (ENERGY STAR)
appliances cuts down on your bills, utility plant emissions, and
- Purchasing a more fuel efficient vehicle
also conserves energy and saves you money. To compare vehicle
efficiencies, visit the U.S. Department of Energy's and Environmental
Protection Agency's fuel
- To get started conserving energy and thereby
reducing your emissions, visit Efficiency
Maintain and Refuel
Your Car Properly
- Frequent gas stations with stage II vapor
recovery nozzles. The new nozzles prevent two million gallons
of gas from evaporating into our air each year. For more information
regarding Stage II Vapor Recovery systems and nozzles in Vermont,
please click here.
- Prevent gas spillage; don't top off your
- Inflate tires properly. Cars with soft tires
take up to 5% more energy to operate.
- Limit vehicle idling. Idling
causes unnecessary air pollution and decreases the fuel economy
of your vehicle
Use Products That Pollute
- Use citrus-based solvents. In most cases, these solvents are
safe and effective.
- Use natural briquettes for your barbecue
and avoid using lighter fluid. For example, use a charcoal chimney
- Choose water-based latex paints for your
home painting. Oil-based paints and varnishes contain solvents
that pollute the air and harm your health.
- Buy goods made from recycled materials.
Other Steps You Can Take
- Do not burn your trash. Burning trash is
harmful to your health, the environment and is illegal in Vermont.
- When selecting small engine products (e.g.,
outboard engines, lawn & garden equipment, snowmobiles, etc),
choose a product with a 4-stroke engine or electric motor
rather than a 2-stroke.
- Purchase no-spill gasoline cans. According
to the Alliance for Proper Gasoline
Handling, a consortium of oil industry, small engine manufacturers
and government entities, each year Americans spill over 9 million
gallons of gasoline. This is the equivalent of a super tanker.
to Air Toxics Program Page
Last Updated: 1/22/03