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How You can Help Reduce Ozone Pollution


At Home:

• Use energy-efficient light bulbs and appliances
• Turn off any appliances and lights not in use
• Run dishwashers and clothes washers only when full, then let dishes and clothes air dry
• If you have air conditioning, set the thermostat at 72 or higher
• Insulate your home, caulk windows, and close off unused rooms Ozone Bus
• Use a water-saving showerhead and limit shower to five minutes
• Use a push mower, when you can, and mow grass in the evening
• Paint only when necessary and keep the lids on tightly
• Use water-based or latex paints
• Don't burn leaves, branches, or lawn trimmings -- compost them
• Avoid using charcoal lighter fluid; use an electric probe
• Tightly seal household cleaners, workshop chemicals and solvents, and garden chemicals
• Plant trees!

Decrease Your Vehicle Emissions:

• Limit daytime driving if possible
• Try to avoid congested periods
• Bike, walk, carpool, or take public transportation when you can
• Plan your travel and errands in advance and consolidate trips
• Drive the speed limit
• Avoid "jackrabbit" starts and sudden stops
• Keep tires properly inflated
• Keep your vehicle and its emission control equipment tuned and well-maintained
• Avoid prolonged idling; turn off your engine when you stop your vehicle for a short time
• Be careful not to spill gasoline when filling up your vehicle (or your lawn equipment!)
• Refuel your vehicle in the evening


Division of Air Quality
Joseph Martini
Phone: (302) 323-4542


Revised: 3/13/13

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