Live an Ozone-Friendly Lifestyle
- Limit Driving. Try sharing a ride to work or school. Walk or ride a bicycle. Take your lunch to work or school.
- Pick one day a week to leave your car at home. If only one percent of America's car owners did this, it would save millions of gallons of gasoline a year and keep a good deal of pollutants out of the atmosphere.
- Combine trips whenever possible. Go from home, to the store, to the post office. Stopping at home between errands means more cold starts and more emissions.
- Avoid long periods of unnecessary idling. Turn your engine off - you'll save fuel and keep the air cleaner.
- Try to wait until late in the day to refuel your vehicle. The vapors that escape into the air bake in the heat and can add to ground-level ozone formation.
- Don't top off your gas tank when refueling. Avoid spilling gas when you are at the fuel pump.
- When going on a trip, drive your newest car. Chances are it is equipped with better emission controls than your older model.
- Keep your vehicle properly tuned to keep exhaust levels low. Check for dirty carburetors, clogged air filters, and worn points and plugs that waste gasoline.
- Keep your tires properly inflated. A well-tuned car with properly inflated, balanced, and rotated tires uses less gasoline and emits fewer pollutants than the alternative.
- Avoid using gasoline powered lawn equipment until late in the day. One hour of use produces as much ozone-creating emissions as eleven hours of driving a car.
- Enjoy summer barbecues, but avoid using charcoal lighter fluid.
- Consider natural gas, propane, or electric grills as an alternative next time you replace your backyard or patio barbecue.
- Consider manual or electric-powered lawn and garden maintenance equipment when replacing your gasoline-powered polluters.
- Treat your personal watercraft and other leisure items just like your cars. Perform proper maintenance and avoid long periods of idling.
Participate in Ozone Action Days
Ground level ozone is extremely harmful to the health of children, seniors, and those with respiratory problems. On Ozone Action Days, southeast Texans have the opportunity to significantly improve air quality by taking proactive steps to reduce pollution.
The SETRPC first implemented an Ozone Action Day (OAD) program in 1996. The OAD is a voluntary, broad-based, proactive program aimed at reducing ozone precursors on days more conducive to ozone formation. The program runs during the ozone season (May through October) each year and encourages individuals, industry, businesses and local governments to work together to reduce or alter ozone creating activities.
Since ozone formation is influenced by the weather, it is possible to predict when conditions are conducive to ozone formation. Meteorologists from the TCEQ determine a day in advance if weather conditions are favorable for elevated levels of ozone. When this occurs, an OAD is declared. Individuals, industry, businesses, and local governments can then take steps to minimize activities that contribute to ozone formation.
When the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality does issue an Ozone Action Day, your voluntary action can reduce air pollution emissions to help prevent ozone formation.
Register for Ozone Notification - It's Free!
You or your company can be part of the South East Texas Regional Planning Commission Ozone Action Day Program. Simply join the email list that notifies you the afternoon before a broadcasted Ozone Action Day.
To be automatically notified by e-mail of upcoming Ozone Action Days or if you would like to receive notification by fax, please sign up.
Stay Air Aware
You can be part of the South East Texas Regional Planning Commission Ozone Action Day Program. We’ll notify you the afternoon before a broadcasted Ozone Action Day.