Celebrating Air Quality Awareness Week: April 28 – May 2, 2014

Do Your Part: Reduce Your Contribution to Air Pollution

Nearly every day, each of us contributes a little to air pollution – but we don’t always realize it.  Whether it’s driving the car, mowing the lawn, or even turning the lights on, most of our energy use in Kentucky comes from burning fossil fuels.  Take a few minutes to think about how you contribute to air pollution – then come up with a plan to make some changes.  Making wise energy choices will save you money and protect Kentucky’s air quality.

Here are some tips to help you spare the air all week long!

Idle-free Monday:  Follow the ten second rule today: if you’re parked more than ten seconds, turn off your engine.  Idling your vehicle wastes fuel and money – and pollutes the air. It’s also hard on your engine.  If every Kentuckian idled just 5 minutes less per day, we’d save more than 116 million gallons of fuel per year!  Read more about the top five idling myths here.  And find out how students have reduced unnecessary idling at their schools here.

Ride Together Tuesday:  Share a ride today.  Carpooling decreases emissions and reduces traffic on the road.  And did we mention you’ll save money?

Walk Wednesday:  Wear your pedometer today and walk to nearby locations instead of driving.  You’ll reduce emissions and improve your health!

No Drive-Thru Thursday:  Avoid the drive-thru today and go inside to do your banking or get your food, prescriptions, or coffee.  You’ll reduce engine emissions and maybe even save some time!

Fuel After Dark Friday:  Gasoline fumes and hot weather can combine to create ground-level ozone, or smog. Fueling after 6 p.m. (when the temperatures are cooler) can reduce ozone pollution.

Sweep it Up Saturday:  Sweep your driveway, patio, or deck instead of using a leaf blower.  Get some exercise and breathe in fresh air while you burn a few calories.