Green Tips


Improve Air Quality:

  • Limit off-road vehicle use. The dust kicked up by these vehicles tends to remain in our air, causing a brown cloud that mixes with other pollutants and causes respiratory problems for many people.
  • Restrict leaf blower use, particularly on high pollution days. Consider vacuuming the dust instead of blowing it into the air.
  • Limit fireplace use and observe "no burn" days, as burning wood adds particulate pollution to the air. Consider converting a wood-burning fireplace into a gas model.
  • Drive slowly on unpaved roads to limit the amount of dust kicked up into the atmosphere.
  • Reduce emissions by taking public transit, car pooling or by consolidating trips

Water Conservation

  • Choose low-water plants for your home/business landscape. Click here to view our water saving plant guide.
  • Install a drip irrigation system for your landscape with set timers to control your water usage.
  • Use gravel or synthetic turf instead of water-guzzling grass for your landscape
  • Install spray nozzles on your outside hoses to control water use
  • Install low-water use toilets, showerheads and faucets in your home or business. Click here to search for EPA WaterSense labeled products
  • Use a broom or vacuum to clean sidewalks or driveways instead of a hose
  • Don't leave the faucet running while brushing your teeth
  • Wait to run washing machines and dishwashers until you have a large load to clean

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