Winter is here, and with it comes cooler temperatures and increased heating costs. While we can’t stop the snow from falling, we can cut back on the pollution we release into the air. Especially during periods of inversion, reducing our homes’ emissions is extremely important to maintaining breathable air in Utah. Here are four things you can do right now to show UCAIR about Utah’s air and reduce your emissions this winter season.

1. Insulate and seal your home. If you can reduce the amount of air your home leaks with caulk, insulation or weather stripping, you’ll save yourself some money and help keep our air clean.

2. Lower your thermostat & consider purchasing a smart home device. Lowering your thermostat by just two degrees will cut your energy consumption and reduce your heating expenses. And while you’ll hardly notice the decreased temperature in your home, you will notice cleaner air as we all work together to reduce emissions. You can even look into purchasing a smart thermostat, which could improve your home’s efficiency, allowing for similar savings and emission reductions. For more information on buying a smart thermostat, check out our blog post here.

Speaking of smart devices, most new smart home appliances will also improve your home’s efficiency. Check out Questar’s appliance rebate program. They offer some pretty serious savings for anyone willing to upgrade.

3. Go green & upgrade your gas cans. If you plan on using a snow blower at all this season, make sure you upgrade to an EPA approved gas can. The newer can designs prevent leakage while they aren’t in use, and mitigate spillage when they are. For more information on replacing your gas cans, check out this post.

Even better than upgrading your gas cans, consider upgrading your snow blower. Electric snow blowers emit less, are quieter and don’t use those annoying pull cords. Check out stores like Home Depot for the latest electric snow blowers available.

4. Drive less. This might not sound like a way to conserve energy at home, but by getting things done at home and skipping unnecessary trips, you’re actually eliminating emissions that would have come from your car. So, when possible, try working or shopping from home. Not only will the roads be clearer of traffic, but our air will be cleaner for it.

There are plenty of ways to improve Utah’s air quality right from your home. Take a minute to think about the different strategies you can use to reduce your emissions and help all Utahns breathe easier. For even more helpful tips, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.