Maintain Your Car
A well-tuned car emits less pollution. Keep your tires inflated. Keeping your tires inflated properly can improve gas mileage by more than 3%. Every gallon of gasoline saved keeps 20 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere (Arbor Day
Foundation). According to
the U.S. Department of
Energy, underinflated tires waste more than two million gallons of gasoline every day.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, most automobiles get about 20% more miles per gallon on the highway at 55 miles per hour than they do at 70 miles per hour. You can assume that each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.25 per gallon for gas (www.fueleconomy.gov).
More than 60 seconds of idling uses more fuel than
restarting the engine. If you’re going to stop for 60 seconds or more, and you’re not in traffic, shut off your engine. You’ll save money and your vehicle won’t
produce harmful carbon dioxide emissions (Canada Office of Energy Efficiency).
Many of the street lights in the city of Ann Arbor have been replaced by LED lights that use less energy.
This ultimately helps keep the air clean.
Ozone Action Alerts
Check for Ozone Action Alerts. Sign up for Michigan
Department of Environmental Quality’s EnviroFlash for automated email updates and ozone alerts in your area. Consider car-pooling or taking public transportation, especially when ozone alerts are in effect. Defer using other gas powered lawn equipment on an Action! Day. Small engines usually have inefficient emission-control systems. Also, avoid idling at fast food restaurants, banks or other locations on Ozone Action Days.