Household Tips

Household Tips

  • Mow in the evening.  The average gas-powered lawn mower emits as much air pollution in one hour as a car does driving 200 miles.  Mowing your lawn in the evening will help reduce daily ground-level ozone formation.
  • Reduce emissions from gas-powered lawncare equipment.  Purchase electric or manual reel mowers instead of gas-powered equipment.  Use electric weedeaters or manual hedge clippers.  If you need to use a gas-powered device, use four-cycle equipment instead of two-cycle.  Four-cycle engines are much cleaner.
  • Conserve electricity. Consider setting your thermostat a little higher in the summer and lower in winter. Participate in local energy conservation programs. Look for the ENERGY STAR  label when buying home or office equipment.
  • Consider using gas logs instead of wood. If you use a wood-burning stove or fireplace insert, make sure it meets EPA design specifications. Burn only dry, seasoned wood.