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UCAIR: How making small changes can improve Utah’s air

Posted at 1:20 AM, Jan 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-07 13:57:43-05

Ted Wilson from UCAIR explained how each Utah resident can help cut down inversion season.
UCAIR is a non-profit, statewide clean air partnership created to make it easier for individuals, businesses and communities to make changes to improve Utah`s air.
• Lower Your Thermostat - By joining with other Utahns in lowering your thermostat just two degrees, you can help make a big difference in improving Utah`s air.

• Carpool - TravelWise by carpooling to work with friends or coworkers. Each carpooler that joins your commute reduces an average of 16.6 pounds of CO2 emissions per day.

• Don`t Idle - If you are idling in your car for more than 30 seconds, shut your engine off to reduce your emissions. If all Utahns were idle free, it would reduce emissions by 893 tons per year.

• Try Transit - If you take public transit instead of driving to work or school once a week, you reduce an average of 5.4 pounds of CO2 emissions. Join with other Utahns in taking public transit and you can help make a big difference in improving Utah`s
• Resist Wood Burning - Burning wood causes health effects like coughing, headaches, eye and throat irritation, asthma attacks, heart attacks and strokes. Remember, on mandatory air quality action days, wood fires are not permitted except for households that use wood burning as their sole source of heat.

Visit to learn more about how you can make small changes today that will have a big impact on Utah`s air quality. There you`ll find handy calculation tools that will show you how much these little changes add up to improving Utah`s air for all of us.