Five Ways to Breathe Easier on California Clean Air Day 

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California Clean Air Day is October 4. We provide cleaner energy to San José homes and businesses every day, which helps improve air quality for all Californians. Today, we’re here to remind you of easy ways to knock back your use of toxic fossil fuels to contribute to healthier air here in San José. 

Bike, Carpool or Take Public Transit 

The more cars off the road, the less pollution in our air, but we get that this isn’t easy for everyone. Could you commit to ditching your car for one day a month? What about one day a week?  

Can’t get away without a car? Consider an EV when it’s time for a new ride. There are many rebates that make them an attractive option– the average driver can save over $10,000 on a new EV. You can also save as much as 50% on maintenance costs and will never feel that pain at the pump again. Many EVs also come with charging credits that make powering up a breeze, and more and more charging stations are popping up across our city, the state, and the U.S.  

Let the Air Fryer Take Care of Dinner 

Gas stoves not only heat up the house, but they also leak toxins even when they aren’t in use. This is particularly dangerous for our grandparents and kids. In fact, a study cited by Harvard Medical School found children living in households that use gas stoves for cooking are 42% more likely to have asthma.  

There are many affordable electric cooking options including the Instant Pot, slow cookers, air fryers, and induction stoves or burners. Check out our Electric Cooking page for some tips to heat up your food, not your house, and have a healthier home!  

Use that Greenthumb

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Plant some trees, save the planet. Planting trees not only helps clean the air, but keeps buildings and people cool with less power. A National Park Service study calculated that the urban forest tree-canopy in 11 national parks in Washington, D.C. removes over 1.1 million metric tons of air pollution every year. Local nonprofit Our City Forest holds tree-planting events. You might even qualify for a free tree at your home, and they’ll walk you through the permitting process.  

Go TotalGreen  

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For less than the cost of a cup of coffee, San José residents can power their homes with 100% renewable energy with TotalGreen. This premium option allows us to invest in new renewables and reliability. The cost for the average customer is just $4 a month more than standard service – only $1-2 for apartments.  

Be Your Workplace Eco Champion 

People already love their reusable water bottles. How else can you inspire your coworkers and company to make a bigger difference? Could you drive a campaign to electrify your fleet, encourage work-from-home days, or help lead educational programming for your community? With help from residents like you, the City of San José is on track to meet its goal of being carbon neutral by 2030. Is there a similar ambitious goal you could set for your office? Think big and make a significant impact on our air quality. 

Join us in celebrating California Clean Air Day by driving change in your community.