Little Steps, Big Impact

More than half of the emissions that cause ground-level ozone come from daily activities and products we use. Here are some little steps you can take to make a big impact on the air you breathe:

How far are you willing to go?

Hey, we know change doesn’t happen overnight. How far and how fast are you willing to go? Here are some tips to get you started – at home, at work and at play. You can choose to “Take It Slow” or “We’re Talking Commitment.”

@ Home     |     @ Work     |     @ Play

Drive less.

Carpool, take the bus, walk or bike whenever possible.

Fill ’er Up Cool.

Delay refueling vehicles and equipment until late in the day – after 7pm this allows fumes to disperse overnight.

Stop At The Click.

When putting gas in your car, stop when the pump automatically shuts off to reduce emissions and prevent overfilling.

Turn It Off.

Turn your car off when idling for 30 seconds or more. Idling for just 30 seconds uses more fuel than stopping and starting your engine.

Start In Your Own Backyard.

Go electric or manual when possible, or mow your yard during the cooler hours of the day. Even small engines in gas-powered mowers, leaf blowers and trimmers release as much as 25% unburned gasoline into the air.

Combine Trips.

Run all your errands in one trip – coordinate grocery shopping, picking up dry cleaning, carting kids and your commute into one journey.

Use Cleaner-Burning Biofuels

Select cleaner-burning, renewable biofuels when fueling your vehicle. Ethanol and biodiesel blends are available in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area. All drivers can fill up with E10, and flex fuel vehicle drivers can use any ethanol blend up to E85. For more information, visit