What One Person Can Do: Top 10 Tips for Cleaner Air and a Healthier Planet
Keep in mind that your choices in two areas – energy use and transportation – will determine your personal contribution to the problems of air pollution and global climate change. Changing these choices will help address these problems!
- Drive less: Walk, bike, or take the bus or train instead of driving solo whenever you can. For more information, check out Santa Barbara Car Free.
- When you do drive: combine car trips, carpool, keep your car tuned up, keep your tire pressures up, and don’t top off your tank at the gas station. If you are looking to buy a new car, see the benefits of Clean-Air Cars. If you’re looking to live car-lite, try car-sharing services like Zipcar.
- Use less electricity through energy-efficient products and habits as well as thinking about installing solar panels or a passive solar water heater.
- Use less toxic products, such as for household cleaning, painting, washing clothes, or dealing with pests or weeds.
- Shop local to reduce energy use and pollution from transportation of products.
- Shop sustainable to consider product lifecycle: production, use, and disposal.
- Save your fireplace or wood stove for special occasions (see Cleaner Fireplace Burning for tips). Install and use a gas log if you can.
- Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.
- Use a broom instead of a leaf blower and if you use a landscaping service, try to make sure it follows green practices.
- Learn more and share what you learn. See other pages on this website: Today’s Air Quality, Pollutants and Our Health, Climate Change. Know a teacher? Tell him or her about our grants program. Know someone with a diesel engine? Tell him or her about our funds for cleaner engines.
Other useful websites:
- For alternative transportation ideas and resources: Santa Barbara Car Free or Traffic Solutions.
- For energy-saving tips and resources: South Coast Energy Wise or PG&E
- Finding a Green Gardener service: Green Gardener.
A few other ideas: