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Keep Austin breathing

Thursday, October 18, 2018 by Katy McElroy

Ozone in the outer atmosphere protects the Earth from the sun’s intense rays. But ground-level ozone is a major ingredient of smog, and the most common type of air pollution in Texas. The highest concentration of ground-level ozone is in the air from March to November. Here are some tips to help keep Austin’s air quality at healthy levels:

  • Consider biking or walking to work. Even just one day a week makes a difference. Check out the public transit options in your area as well – you might be surprised with the options.
  • Get gas in the morning or evening, and avoid “topping off” the tank. Gas is denser when it’s cooler outside, and denser gas evaporates less. When gas evaporates, it releases volatile organic compounds into the air, contributing to smog and bad air quality.
  • Park and go inside instead of idling in drive-through lanes.
  • Keep up with vehicle maintenance to get better gas mileage.
  • Remove extra weight from your car so that you can use less energy to accelerate.
  • Whenever you can, try to share your rides. Carpool to work or dinner with friends.
  • Try another way of getting around. Biking and walking give off zero emissions and can make you healthier. Riding on public transit takes cars off the road and is ultimately good for the air.

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