Be a part of the solution.
According to recent estimates from Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), the state must decrease emissions in its transportation and building sectors by about 30 percent between now and 2030 in order to improve its air quality.
The good news is all Connecticut motorists can play a key role in being part of a solution to create cleaner air across our state... and for our neighbors in every direction.
In fact, there are some simple everyday things we can do to protect the environment, particularly when it comes to reducing harmful motor vehicle emissions. Here are just a few you may want to consider:
- Commit to emissions inspections. Why? Because they are designed to identify high emitters of air pollution and require that they get repaired. The State of Connecticut requires emissions testing every two years on all vehicles except 2018-2021 model years.
- Schedule regular maintenance, especially tune-ups, which can increase gas efficiency and improve the lifespan of your car. Also, change the oil (and air filter) on a regular basis to run a cleaner engine and lower your vehicle’s emissions.
- Make sure tires are inflated properly. Inflating tires to their correct pressure not only improves gas mileage but also cuts down on tailpipe emissions. You can usually find the correct pressure for your vehicle in your owner’s manual. Simply use a tire pressure gauge to check them once a week.
- Pay attention to the Check Engine light if you see it illuminate on your dashboard. It could indicate a serious problem.
- Get your vehicle checked immediately by a mechanic if you ever see smoke coming out of the exhaust. Vehicle exhaust contains damaging gases, such as carbon dioxide, that contribute to global warming.
- Consider carpools and public transportation options for your commute. Connecticut offers many convenient options for commuters, including expanded rail services and busways. You can find a wide array of green options at CTrides, a service of the Connecticut Department of Transportation.
- Walk or bike to school or the office. You’ not only help the environment and your own well-being, but you can also reap cost savings from less gas consumption.
- Remote work. As the recent pandemic has demonstrated, working from home reduced the number of cars on Connecticut’s roadways as well as gas emissions, also helping to lower environmental impacts. If your employer extended remote work arrangements, consider taking advantage of this opportunity.
Indeed, there’s a lot we can do to improve air quality in our region and protect the environment. How will you help?