Last time we discussed concrete and practical ways to protect the air we breathe on a more personal level. In today's final blog, we’re looking at how our actions cumulatively impact the world. Our state is a leader in responding to climate issues. Learn more as we continue to celebrate Clean Air.
Concerns about climate change, the use of fossil fuels, and air pollution are accelerating clean energy development. Approximately two-thirds of Washington’s electric is generated from hydropower? Washington also ranks as one of the top nationwide producers of wind power. It’s also becoming more popular and affordable to use solar power for your home needs.
Check with your local utility provider or find a clean energy non-profit group for possible incentives or grants.
Use alternative transportation
Vehicle emissions are one of the main sources of air pollution in Washington. You can help reduce emissions by participating in the following:
- Share a ride with others, carpool, or take a bus.
- Ride your bike. Your heart will thank you!
- Don’t let your car idle.
- Be the first on your block to buy a Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV).
Drive an electric vehicle
ZEVs, or electric vehicles, are gaining in popularity and the savings to your pocketbook, health, and environment add up quick. Imagine not having to get an oil change or stop and pay for gas!
Charging an electric vehicle is getting easier too! There is a significant effort to build the infrastructure to support the use of electric vehicles.
For example: the West Coast Electric Highway is an extensive network of electric vehicle (EV) DC fast charging stations located every 25 to 50 miles along Interstate 5 and other major roadways in the Pacific Northwest. Planning your trip just got easier with this map of Washington charging stations.
If you are heading outside the Pacific Northwest you can check out the Department of Energy maps of electric vehicle charging stations and alternative fueling locations nationwide.
Keeping our mission alive
Air quality is vital to our agency’s mission to protect and enhance the environment today and for future generations. And you are a part of that mission as well – as businesses, industries, communities, families and individuals. Thanks for helping us celebrate Clean Air in the month of May!
By Kim Vaughn | Air Quality