Now that we’ve rung in the New Year with all its hope and possibilities, let’s take advantage of the opportunity to make a fresh start — and help air quality. Try incorporating these air-friendly actions with your new goals:
- Walk or bike to run errands. Reducing the number of trips you make in your car prevents harmful emissions from entering our air and saves money on fuel and maintenance. Plus, the extra exercise will help you feel better and improve your health. Take a friend, neighbor or family member along for a great conversation.
- Save money in small ways. Easy steps include not idling your vehicle on cold mornings, adjusting your thermostat and turning down your hot water heater. Save that money for things you really want to do.
- Eat healthy. You can plan now for your own garden in the spring or join a co-op that provides locally grown food. Don’t forget to evaluate your diet: try to eat foods that require less energy to produce and less transportation to get to your table.
- Make overdue repairs. Once the weather warms up a little, take the opportunity to caulk around storm windows, add insulation, upgrade to high efficiency furnaces and air conditioners, and consider EnergyStar appliances. If you’re re-painting a room, be sure to look for low- or no-VOC materials.
- Build your network. A simple way to meet new people is to carpool or ride transit for your commute. Travelling with a co-worker can build a stronger relationship, and riding the bus can help you find new contacts from other businesses.