What are 10 Ways to Reduce Air Pollution in Cities?

There are simple steps you can take in your everyday life to help reduce air pollution. There are many small, but critical sources of air pollution in our homes and neighborhoods. Such sources vehicles, construction equipment, lawn mowers, dry cleaners, backyard fires, and auto-body shops — are located where we live and work.

Total emissions from these smaller but widespread sources are significantly greater than all the industrial sources in the state combined. Here are 50 things that are relatively simple to do that -over time – can have positive results on air quality here in Ventura County.

Let’s discuss best ways to reduce air pollution.

  1. Use public transports
  2. Turn off the lights when not in use.
  3. Recycle paper, plastic, metals and organic materials.
  4. Minimize uses of plastic bags
  5. Reduction of forest fires and smoking
  6. Use of fans instead of Air Conditioner
  7. Use filters for chimneys
  8. Avoid usage of crackers
  9. Avoid using of products with chemicals
  10. When purchasing a new car, consider one that is the most efficient, lowest-polluting vehicle or even a zero-emission electric car.
  11. Walk or ride a bike when possible.
  12. Organize and condense errands into one trip.
  13. When driving, accelerate gradually and obey the speed limit.
  14. Drive less, particularly on days with unhealthful air quality.
  15. Maintain your vehicle and keep the tires properly inflated.
  16. Contact the Ventura County Transportation Commission at goventura.org for ridesharing services.
  17. Travel lightly and remove any unnecessary items that may weigh down your vehicle.
  18. Limit idling your vehicle to no more than 30 seconds.
  19. Replace energy-hungry incandescent lights with compact florescent light bulbs.
  20. Use a programmable thermostat and set it to 780 F in the summer and 680F in the winter.
  21. Asks your energy supplier for a home audit and inquire about alternative energy solutions like solar or wind.
  22. Install low-flow shower heads.
  23. Use a surge protector for multiple appliances and turn it off when products are not in use.
  24. Add insulation to your home.
  25. Wash laundry in cold water and line dry.
  26. When ready to replace, look for Energy Star appliances.
  27. Microwave or use toaster for small meals.
  28. Eat locally, shop at farmer’s markets and buy organic produce.
  29. Use durable and sustainable bags and keep them in our car so you’re never caught off guard.
  30. Have your gas appliances and heater regularly maintained?
  31. Choose products that use recycled materials.
  32. Paint with a brush instead of a sprayer.
  33. Store all solvents in airtight containers.
  34. Use an electric or push lawn mower.
  35. Use a rake, broom, or electric leaf blower instead of a gasoline leaf blower.
  36. Use water based cleaning products that are labeled zero VOC.
  37. Plant a tree! Trees filter the air and provide shade that can reduce cooling costs.
  38. Explore “green” outdoor activities including camping, biking, hiking, paddling, running, climbing, and electric boating.
  39. Water-saving devices in your garden.
  40. Read up on organic gardening, composting, and energy efficiency.
  41. Use water-based paints that are labeled as zero VOC.
  42. Support nearby stores and restaurants, especially ones that use organic local ingredients.
  43. Check with local, state, and federal agencies for rebate offers on alternative energy programs, products, etc.
  44. For more tips on energy efficiency, visit the Ventura Regional Energy Alliance website at vcenergy.org.
  45. Telework.
  46. Start a recycling program at work.
  47. Print and photocopy on both sides of paper.
  48. Turn off office equipment, computers, printers and fax machine, after hours.
  49. Dress for the weather and adjust layers before adjusting the thermostat.
  50. Bring your lunch or walk to a nearby restaurant to reduce auto emissions.

On Days When High Ozone Levels Are Expected, Take These Additional Steps to Reduce Pollution:

  • Choose a cleaner commute – share a ride to work or use public transportation.
  • Combine errands and reduce trips. Walk to errands when possible.
  • Avoid excessive idling of your automobile.
  • Refuel your car in the evening when its cooler.
  • Conserve electricity and set air conditioners no lower than 78 degrees.
  • Defer lawn and gardening chores that use gasoline-powered equipment, or wait until evening.

On Days When High Particle Concentrations Are Expected, Take These Additional Steps to Reduce Pollution:

  • Reduce the number of trips you take in your car.
  • Reduce or eliminate fireplace and wood stove use.
  • Avoid burning leaves, trash, and other materials.
  • Avoid using gas-powered lawn and garden equipment.

Reference:

  1. Simple Solutions to Help Reduce Air Pollution
  2. Actions You Can Take to Reduce Air Pollution