Friday, July 6, 2012

PSA: Clean Air Action Day in NTX




 
clean air action day, also known as 7.7.7.7, will take place Saturday, July 7 from 7 am to 7 pm - we hope you will participate by doing one thing to help improve air quality
It is simple to take action for clean air, and it adds up to make a difference in reducing ozone-forming pollution. This means better air and healthier communities.

Air quality is typically worst in hot, summer months so now is the time do one thing for clean air. Plus, many clean air choices cut not only pollution but also costs.

Keeping a vehicle engine tuned properly, inflating tires to the correct pressure and using the recommended grade of motor oil can increase gas mileage by up to 9 percent and save up to 30 cents per gallon, according to the US Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and the EPA.

According to the US Department of Transportation, the typical worker who switches from driving alone to carpooling saves more than $1,000 a year and avoids driving an average of 5,000 miles per year.

The US Department of Transportation also estimates that combining multiple errands or making back-to-back stops instead of separate trips saves about 200 miles annually as well as time and money.

Increasing the number and frequency of clean air choices North Texans incorporate in day-to-day activities will ensure continued air quality improvement and sustain momentum from July 7.

help clean the air on a saturday

This is the first year that Clean Air Action Day falls on a Saturday. Even though you may not be commuting to work, there are still plenty of clean air actions you can make. Visit a walkable area for entertainment, work on home energy efficiency projects, combine trips when running errands, or do one of almost 20 other clean air actions that cater to weekend activities. If you're visiting the lake, try implementing these tips into your trip.

Remember to log your commitment and tell us about your Clean Air Action Day. Share your photos, videos and stories with us at www.airnorthtexas.org/story.asp or on our Facebook page.


 it's easy to participate. here are some things you can do on 7.7.7.7:
  • carpool or vanpool
  • take mass transit
  • bike or walk
  • take lunch to summer activities
  • maintain consistent driving speed by avoiding quick accelerations and hard braking
  • avoid idling
  • combine trips or drive less
  • report smoking vehicles (#SMOKE)
  • confirm you are up to date on regular vehicle maintenance and state emissions safety inspection
  • consider an electric or alternative fuel lawn mower
  • switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs
  • pursue energy efficient home improvement projects
  • choose a clean vehicle option if purchasing a new vehicle (electric, hybrid, natural gas, propane, biofuels, SmartWay)
  • use a vehicle-approved biofuel in your car (i.e., E85 and B20)
  • call for an alternative-fueled or hybrid vehicle if going to the airport or around town
  • buy local or at places where less driving is required (e.g., farmers markets, walkable communities, etc.)
  • encourage someone else to make clean air choices on 7.7
  • tell a friend about Air North Texas
  • commit to Be Air Aware the entire ozone season

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