- Do not top off your gas tank. (In New Jersey, ask the gas
attendant to not top off your gas tank.)
- Carpool or take public transportation more frequently
to reduce air pollution, especially in the summer.
- Do not idle your car (excessive is greater than 3
minutes…this is a NJ regulation!).
- Avoid using drive-thrus.
- Bike or walk to work, if possible.
- Do errands when there is less traffic (i.e., at night)
and combine errands into one trip.
- Make informed purchases on cars: www.epa.gov/greenvehicles/, www.fueleconomy.gov/.
- Walk to church; walk to get groceries (substitute
for using your car when possible).
- Tips to Save Gas, Improve Gas Mileage, and Save Money
- Avoid high speeds - “55 Saves Lives.”
- Avoid carrying unneeded items in the trunk.
- Go easy on the brakes and gas pedal.
- Drive your car wisely and maintain it properly.
- Use your air conditioning only when necessary
- Use overdrive.
- Get regular engine tune-ups and car maintenance
- Keep your tires properly inflated.
- Ask your employer about rideshare programs, transit
incentives for alternate modes of commuting to work, or an adjusted
- Consider living in transit villages: http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/press/2005/02-15-05TransitVillages.shtm.
- Do not paint or use high VOC (volatile organic carbon) products
on high ozone action days (hot summer days). You will know the VOC content
by looking at the label on the product.
- Use cleaning products that contain fewer chemicals:
- Replace your wood stove or fireplace with an EPA certified
one or purchase fireplace inserts
- Use a broom, rake, or electric-powered lawn care equipment
rather than gas-powered equipment.
- In the winter, lower your thermostat a few degrees
and use blankets or extra clothing to keep warm. In the summer, raise
your thermostat and use fans to keep cool.
- Turn off lights when you leave a room.
- Weatherproof your home - use plastic, weather stripping,
and/or seasonal curtains on windows, doors, and air conditioning
- If you are going to build a new home in New Jersey,
build an Energy Star home:
- Use and buy only Energy Star products.
More energy conservation tips can be found on the following web pages:
- Teach kids about air pollution: http://www.epa.gov/kids/air.htm.
- Teaching energy conservation in the classroom:
- Free educational materials on air pollution: http://www.intheair.org/
- "What can I do to protect the ozone layer?" http://www.epa.gov/ozone/resource/indiv.html
- Inform yourself on air quality in your area: http://www.epa.gov/epahome/r2k.htm.
- Listen to Radio Public Service Announcements:
- The Department of Energy released three radio
public service announcements in English
and Spanish that provide easy tips for saving energy. These
announcements will be distributed to nearly 4,500 radio stations
across the country by
the Alliance to Save Energy. (Part of the National "Easy Ways
to Save Energy"
- Learn through fun activities: