There are various ways to reduce air pollution by making smart decisions at home. You can reduce energy consumption and choose more sustainable products to use, such as low VOC (volatile organic compounds) chemicals. Smog-forming chemicals that pollute the air penetrate the lungs and can trigger asthma attacks and respiratory illnesses. Reduce the exposure and energy consumption in your home by:
- Turning the lights off when you leave a room, and use surge protectors that you can turn other electronics off with when not in use.
- Using compact florescent light bulbs.
- Getting an energy audit to determine if you could use alternative energy solutions, such as solar.
- Using fans instead of an air conditioning unit.
- Programming your thermostat to 78F during the summer and 68F in the winter.
- Using a low-flow shower head.
- Recycling and compost if you are able.
- Not using a wood stove or fireplace on high-pollution days, and don’t heat your home with a gas stove.
- Ensuring your appliances are energy star appliances and wash your laundry in cold water, then line dry if possible.
- Making sure your home is insulated.
- Using a propane or gas grill when barbequing rather than a charcoal one.
- Using washable dishes, utensils, and fabric napkins.
- Choosing your products carefully by checking if they use recycled materials or opt for natural substitutes.
- Using durable reusable grocery bags.
- Storing all household solvents in airtight containers.
- Painting with a brush rather than a sprayer.
- Use a rake or broom rather than a leaf blower.
- Plant a tree!
Let’s talk instruments!
Talk with one of our experts to get your questions answered and see how we can help you solve your environmental instrumentation pain points.