50 Ways to Clean the Air 

  1. Bike or walk to nearby destinations

  2. Ride the bus (Metro- 513-621-4455)

  3. Walk, ride bikes, roller blade, skateboard instead of driving

  4. Plant a tree

  5. Look up air pollution information on the internet

  6. Read and learn about air pollution

  7. Know how air pollution affects your health

  8. Watch for Air pollution Information in the newspaper and on television

  9. Conserve energy

  10. Conserve electricity - electrical generation is a source of air pollution

  11. Turn the lights out when you leave the room

  12. Use cold water instead of hot whenever possible - you'll use less energy

  13. Use fans to help cool - they use less energy than coolers and air conditioners

  14. Reduce, Reuse, then Recycle

  15. Select products with less packaging - packaging consumes energy when it's made, generates harmful volatile organic compounds when it's printed, produces carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide when it's burned, and generates greenhouse gases when thrown away in a landfill

  16. Buy and use products in their non-aerosol form - propellants used in aerosol cans contribute to pollution

  17. Buy and use recycled products

  18. When barbecuing, use an electric or chimney-type charcoal starter instead of lighter fluid.

  19. Use a propane grill when barbequing

  20. Write to the major and other elected officials to let them know how you feel about air pollution

  21. Join a carpool - call (1-800-241-RIDE) for free information on how to start a carpool

  22. Drive less

  23. Maintain your car; it'll last longer

  24. Rotate your tires

  25. Combine your errands into one trip - a cold engine decreases efficiency by as much as 80%

  26. Keep your air filter clean and get regular tune-ups - a neglected car can reduce gas mileage by 20%

  27. Make sure your tires are properly inflated - you can save $130 a year in gasoline costs

  28. Trade your car in for a newer model - newer cars are more efficient and pollute less

  29. Don't "top off" your gas tank - by stopping at the click, you will reduce fumes that contribute to ground-level ozone pollution

  30. Avoid idling - in general, turning off and starting an engine uses less gasoline than letting it idle for more than 30 seconds

  31. Turn the car off while waiting in line at railroad crossings and drive-thru windows

  32. Make sure your car's air conditioner is working properly - leaky air conditioners in cars are the single greatest source of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), a greenhouse gas

  33. Clean the condenser coils on your refrigerator every few months - you can reduce electricity consumption 6% or more

  34. Use your fireplace less

  35. Prevent fires

  36. Insulate your home to use less energy

  37. Use electric or manual lawn and garden equipment instead of gas-powered equipment

  38. Use latex paint to reduce fumes and clean it up with water

  39. Use brushes or rollers for painting instead of sprays

  40. Keep dust down when digging or moving earth

  41. Garden organically

  42. Plant low-maintenance landscaping

  43. Stay on paved roads whenever possible - driving on dirt roads raises dust which contributes to haze and airborne particulate matter

  44. Caulk and weather strip doors and windows

  45. Ask your local Solid Waste District where to take leftover and unwanted paints, automotive fluids and household chemicals.

  46. Go solar for home and water heating - it reduces the need to burn fossil fuel

  47. Compost - you'll use less chemicals in your garden

  48. Look for durability in products you buy and use, not just lower price

  49. Call the Air Quality Complaint Hotline (513-946-7777) to report odor, dust, smoke complaints.

  50. Share this information with others.

Air Quality Management Division