NIRPC offers clean air tips for the winter months

2013-12-20T21:54:00Z NIRPC offers clean air tips for the winter monthsContributed by Meredith Stilwell nwitimes.com
December 20, 2013 9:54 pm  • 

PORTAGE | The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC), is encouraging northwest Indiana residents to take simple steps to improve air quality during the winter months.

“While many equate poor air quality with the hot, sticky, summer months, our air quality is comprised throughout the winter months as well,” said Kathy Luther, environmental director at NIRPC. “Taking small, simple actions this winter can help to improve the air quality of our region.”

Particulate matter, a mixture of microscopic solids and liquid drops of pollution suspended in the air, is big issue in the winter months, emanating from burning in fireplaces, wood stoves and idling cars

Tips for improving winter air quality include:

• Replace manual thermostats with a programmable thermostats

• Inspect heating ducts and change air filters in your heating system

• Reducing vehicle idling

• Use alternative transportation whenever possible

• Properly maintain your vehicle through regular oil changes and maintenance services

• Switch to electric snow removal products instead of gas-powered products

• Replace disposable batteries with rechargeable ones to prepare for winter storm outages

Partners for Clean Air is a coalition of Northwest Indiana businesses, industries, local governments, and community groups committed to raising awareness. To learn how your organization can be a part of Partners for Clean Air, please visit www.in.gov/idem/4130.htm.

Northwest Indiana Clean Air is a partnership between the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission and the people and business of Northwest Indiana to help all residents Think Green & Breathe Easy — understanding and inspiring action to continue improving the air quality of our unique region. To learn more, visit www.NWICleanAir.com.

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