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How Different States Are Improving Their Air Quality

It’s no secret that our environment is in trouble. Due to negligence, the earth we live on is vastly different than the one the generation before us did. And not just the ground we walk on, but the air that we breathe. In some states, going outside on a red air day for an hour is the equivalent of smoking a pack of cigarettes. No matter what your views on sustainable living and conservation are, it’s hard to deny the impact we have on the world around us. Luckily, there are things that we all can do to improve our air quality, and yes, there are beneficial things you can do besides just driving less (although that won’t hurt, either).

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Green Spaces

In Washington State, Amazon has a new headquarters, filled with greenery. It’s an architectural trend that is starting to catch on for new office spaces. In Amazon’s new headquarters, there are vines strung above desks, with large trees throughout the building. All of these plants are amazing for the environment, but they also have incredible benefits for you. There have been studies to show that working in green spaces, and even just living in a close proximity to trees and greenery, has a positive impact on your health and the interactions you have on a daily basis.

But most plants have the ability to naturally purify the air around them. Having a lot of greenery can also lower the temperature of a space by up to 10 degrees, which means not using as much money to keep your home or workplace cool.

Lowering your impact as you drive

Using your car to get around is inevitable. In some states, the air quality may not be that bad. However, some areas, like Salt Lake in Utah, experience a terrible inversion layer every winter because of the unique topography of the area. There are other smog covered cities scattered across the United States. It would be impossible to tell everyone in these cities to completely stop using their cars to lower the air pollution in these areas. Driving less, whenever possible, is a good start. Another great way to lower your impact, is to get your catalytic converter checked and replaced. A catalytic converter is an exhaust emission device, that takes the toxic pollutants coming out of your exhaust pipe, and converts them into less-toxic pollutants. It’s not a perfect solution, no, but it will make a positive difference in your area. For more ideas on reducing air pollution as you drive, check out this link.

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Save energy at home

Believe it or not, saving energy in your home will help improve the air quality in your city. When you leave a room, turn off all of the lights and appliances in that room. There’s no point in using energy to power a room with absolutely no one in it. Using less energy means that there is less carbon dioxide emission from the power plants that help produce energy. You can also switch over to energy saving products, which will ensure that not as many fossil fuels are burned to power them.

Fill up your tank in the evenings

In some states, the EPA has advised that you don’t refill your gas tank on Ozone Action days. Did you know that pollutants from cars and other vehicles accounts for one third of the air pollutants in the United States? Because of this, you should consider filling up your gas tank in the evening, if at all possible. This will cut down on evaporation emissions, which reduces outside air pollutants.

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Carpool

The state of Florida is encouraging its residents to carpool whenever possible. Do you have coworkers in the area? Take turns  driving to work, to cut down on air pollutants. You’ll also all save on gas money, so you win, and so does the environment. Even if you only carpool one or two days out of the week, it will make a huge impact. Less cars on the road, less harmful air pollutants.

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