Don’t burn wood. Lower your thermostat.

Wood-burning emits powerful pollutants that are harmful to our lungs. Don’t use your wood-burning stove or fireplace during the inversions. Home heating also contributes to winter-time emissions. Turn your thermostat down a degree or two and use a programmable thermostat to optimize your home heating.

Use a shovel instead of a snow blower.

Get a little exercise and reduce your emissions. Using a shovel increases your quality of life and improves Utah’s air.

Use an electric or manual lawn mower.

Conventional mowers emit VOCs; electric mowers don’t. Electric mowers are also easier to maintain, cleaner, quieter and easier to start. Consider electric next time you buy.

Be idle free.

Ten seconds of idling can use more fuel than turning off your engine and restarting it, and it reduces your emissions. Turn off your engine next time you’re in the pick-up, drop-off zone.

Industries are doing their part to reduce emissions.

Industries can upgrade emission controls with new technology and require net emission reductions for any operations change.

Use low or zero VOC paints

Solvents contained in common products such as paint, varnishes, waxes, degreasers and automotive products emit VOCs. Check the labels before you buy.

Start carpooling.

If you carpool, that’s one less car on the road emitting pollutants into the air. Carpoolers are shown to have less commuter-related stress, improved morale and greater productivity at work. See if you can find a carpooling buddy.

Do you use CFL bulbs?

Replacing one regular light bulb with an approved Compact Fluorescent Light bulb saves you $30 in energy costs over the life of the bulb. Try one.

Do you turn off the lights when you leave a room?

To save money and energy turn off incandescent lights whenever you leave a room and turn off CFL lights if you will be out of the room for 15 minutes or more.

Turn off your air conditioner.

Turning off your air conditioner when you leave the house saves you money and helps your air conditioner work more efficiently. Program your thermostat off after you leave and on before you get home.

Clear the air by using public transportation.

Utah offers a variety of public transportation options including TRAX, Frontrunner, buses and carshare. See which options work best for you.

Do you change your air filter when it’s needed?

A well-maintained vehicle with 50,000 miles on it pollutes only 40 percent as much as the same vehicle that is poorly maintained. See if you need a tune-up.

Drive your newest car, or better yet, choose an energy efficient vehicle.

Vehicle emissions account for more than half of typical winter, workday emissions in Utah. Newer cars run cleaner, so drive your newest vehicle on poor air quality days or look into hybrid options for your next car. Be sure to check the smog rating as well.