Take Care of Texas offers tips to decrease ozone

Release Date
Mon, March 20 2017
Six ways you can help keep the air clean
Contact
Brian McGovern
Phone
512-239-5003


Tips to Decrease Ozone infographicsSpring weather in Texas can be beautiful, with sunny skies and seemingly clear air. But what we don’t always see is ozone forming in the atmosphere because of that bright sunshine.

Take Care of Texas has ways you can decrease the amount of ozone that forms in the atmosphere.

  • Limit driving and idling: carpool, combine errands, use public transportation, ride a bike, or walk.
  • Refuel your vehicle in the late afternoon or evening.
  • Keep your vehicle maintained, including keeping tires properly inflated.
  • Maintain your yard equipment, including changing the oil and replacing air filters regularly. Also consider using tools without motors. Hand tools such as shears, edgers, and push reel mowers are lightweight, quiet, and easy to use, and do not generate emissions.
  • Don’t burn yard waste.
  • Use paint and cleaning products with fewer or no volatile organic compounds.

Ozone, often called smog, forms when sunlight causes reactions between nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds. These NOx and VOCs enter the air through vehicle exhaust, gasoline vapors, and emissions from industrial facilities and electric utilities.

It’s important to reduce ozone because high levels can aggravate symptoms in people who have decreased lung function.

Take Care of Texas has more tips on how you can do your part to reduce ozone. You can also check air quality conditions and more monitoring data.

Hot Wire

Stay in the know with our informative regularly updated HOT WIRE blog featuring tips, stories, events and a lot more from across the State of Texas.

News Releases

Stay up to date with official News Releases featuring informative articles with downloadable graphics.

 

Radio & TV

Check out our current radio and TV spots!kevin-rick-cody4.png

Downloads

hw-download-icon.png

Download free environmental widgets to display on your website.

Seasonal Tips

hw-tips-icon.png

Take Care of Texas Seasonal Tips is a quarterly e-mail with helpful ideas on how you can do your part every winter, spring, summer, and fall.

Style Guide

hw-TCOT-logo.png

Be sure and review the Take Care of Texas Public-Use Style Guide for rules regarding the usage of the TCOT logo. 

Check out your lifetime impact on the environment and learn how you can make a difference.

Do your part

Do Your Part

Take The Pledge

Take th e Pledge and we will send you a FREE Texas Parks & Wildlife "Texas State Parks: Official Guide" and a FREE sticker!

spguide_cover_18

News You Can Use Newsletter

Do your part

Take Care of Texas License Plate

Order Your Plate

License Plate