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It's 'Spare the Air Day' again in Bay Area

Don't use gasoline-powered leaf blowers, lawn mowers, or even hair spray, agency says

Bay Area residents are encouraged to drive less and reduce energy usage as part of today's Spare the Air Day, the Bay Area Air Quality District announced Monday.

The Spare the Air Day marks the second of the summer season and first since June 16.

Driving less and cutting energy use is encouraged by the agency to reduce pollution levels, which can heighten health concerns when temperatures are high, the air district said.

In addition to using alternative transportation means, the air district is encouraging the residents to avoid using gas-powered leaf blowers or lawn mowers, lighter fluid on barbecues, and using aerosol spray cans and hairspray.

Go to sparetheair.org or 511.org for more information on commute alternatives.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by Bill
a resident of another community
on Jul 13, 2012 at 8:55 am

While leaf blowers can be noisy, a great way to clean up the yard without all that racket is to use a [url=Web Link sweeper[/url] which you can either push (no engine, just pure human power) or attach to the back of a riding mower! Of course the former would be the best way to go in order to eliminate the noise, but if you are already using a riding mower, you can get two things done at once.

Bill


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jul 13, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Push-mowers and hand rakes are a great idea. Not only do they "save the air", they also help "save the view" by giving homeowners a wonderful opportunity for a workout.

Mike


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Posted by Steve
a resident of Parkside
on Jul 13, 2012 at 10:32 pm

Spare the air day -- just another liberal plot to spred fear about global warming about which their is no evidence what so ever. Obama declares 1/3 of countries in the US disaster because of a poker hand of his own making. I'd much rather my "pollution" tax at the gas pump be used to manufacter more drones to keep illegals who start forest fires out of this precios country we own.


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