Ryan Jacob CAE | 3 Tips for Better Air Quality
3 Tips for Better Air Quality and Cleaner Air by Ryan Jacob CAE
There are so many things we can do to improve air quality and advocate for cleaner air, says Ryan Jacob, CAE advocate. The problem isn’t that there’s nothing we can do about air pollution, but rather, we are not aware of how we are contributing to the polluted air around us. Everyone knows that bad air quality is hazardous to our health, adds Ryan Jacob, CAE supporter; and unfortunately, everyone stops at “knowing;” never doing anything about reducing the things they do that contribute to air pollution such as carbon emissions.
If you’ve been to the Tips page and are looking for more ways on how to improve air quality and advocate for cleaner air, then you’ve come to the right place. In this blog post, Ryan Jacob, CAE supporter, shares a few more tips on improving air quality. Please continue below to learn what these are.
1. Make your home energy efficient
This tip takes off from the previous tip shared by Ryan Jacob regarding using energy efficient appliances (shared on the Tips page). Apart from using energy efficient appliances (choose those that come with the ENERGY Star seal), there are so many other ways that you can make your home energy efficient. For one, says Ryan Jacob, CAE supporter, turn off all the lights every time you leave a room in the house, as well as every time you leave the house. If you’re worried about security, install energy efficient lights on your porch, patio, and driveway.
You can also install solar panels. While these are quite expensive (they could run up to thousands of dollars), the savings that you will get in the long run will more than make up for their cost (panels and installation labor). How is making your home energy efficient contributing to better air quality, you may ask. You are using less energy, and by doing so, you are minimizing your use of the power grid (which are usually powered by coal and gas; two contributors to carbon emissions).
2. Minimize use of wood-burning fireplace
If you can’t replace your wood-burning fireplace with a more energy efficient one (like a fireplace that uses an EPA-certified insert), then at least minimize your use for it—saving it for special occasions only. If you need heat indoors, use your heater. Smoke released into the air carries tiny harmful particles and toxins, says Ryan Jacob, CAE advocate.
Also, make sure to avoid burning anything in the fireplace other than the material intended for it. These could include plastic materials, colored and/or coated paper (magazines, wrapping paper, etc.) as these also release toxic chemicals into the air.
3. Shop for products from local producers with sustainable practices
When you shop local, you aren’t only supporting the environment and advocating for cleaner air, but you’re also supporting the livelihood of people who are doing their own share in creating a better environment for everyone.
If more people supported local producers with sustainable practices, there would be lower demand for products developed and produced in industrial plants that pollute the air.
Stay tuned to this page for more tips on cleaner air by Ryan Jacob, CAE advocate.