As a matter of fact, the effects of air pollution can be magnified in winter months due to temperature inversions in the atmosphere — layers of air in which temperature increases with altitude. These traip air pollutants closer to the surface of the earth and lead to higher concentrations of air pollution. It is just as important to consider our own impact on air pollutants in winter as in summer.

Our Commitment to Green Technology is a year-round effort. 

Whether we are plowing snow or combatting ice, at Landscape Solutions, we work to reduce air pollution in the greater Indianapolis and Hamilton County area during winter months with the same tenacity we do during lawn mowing and landscaping season. 

If you are in a position to make decisions about the snow or ice removal on your commercial property or for your homeowner association, CONTACT US to learn more about how we handle winter weather in an ecofriendly way.

Snow Removal 

Part of our snow removal fleet is now powered by propane. Vehicles powered by alternative fuel produce lower amounts of harmful emissions compared to conventionally fueled diesel and gasoline vehicles. While it is important to remove that snow so everyone can carry on with their business, we feel strongly that it is also important to do it in an as environmentally friendly way as possible. To that end, we have committed to expanding the portion of our fleet powered by alternative fuel sources.

Ice Removal

We use products that are effective — melting ice even in extremely low temperatures — but are also friendly to pets and the environment.

What can you do to reduce winter air pollution? 

There are plenty of small steps we can take every day to help reduce air pollution.

Reduce Air Pollution by Limiting Energy Consumption At Home

These simple steps are not only environmentally friendly as they help you consume less energy, but they will help you save money. 

  • Use a programmable thermostat.
    In the winter months, our furnaces work overtime to maintain a comfortable temperature in our homes. According to energystar.gov, as much as half the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling. A programmable thermostat allows you to automatically use less energy during the hours when your home is unoccupied or at night. This will reduce the amount of energy used AND can help you save money — as much as $180 per year! (energystar.gov)
  • Replace your air filter regularly.
    It is critically important to check your air filter regularly (monthly) during periods of heavy use. If the air filter looks dirty — replace it. At the very least, air filters should be replaced every 3 months. A dirty filter forces your furnace to work harder as air flow is compromised. This is wasted energy, wasted money, and contributes to air pollution. On the other hand, a clean air filter helps your heating system to run efficiently and prevents dust from building up in the system and reduces irritants in the air you breathe. Replacing an air filter is much easier on the wallet than the expensive system maintenance or early failure that may result if you ignore this step.
  • Weatherproof your home.
    You can reduce energy consumption by making sure your heating efforts aren’t going out the window. Locate the sources of drafts — under doors, around windows — and take the appropriate measures. Apply caulk, use commercially available weatherproofing kits, or place a rolled up towel at the bottom of doors. 

    Make sure your vents are securely sealed. According to energystar.gov, this can improve the efficiency of your system by 20% or more! See their Duct Sealing Brochure 

Reduce Air Pollution as you Work and Travel 

Many of the same steps we take in the summer to help reduce the air pollution created by our vehicles can apply in the winter months as well. While a propane powered vehicle like those used by Landscape Solutions may not be an option for you, there things you can do.

  • Walk when you can and plan your trips strategically.
    It may be even more important during winter months when we get even less exercise to take advantage of every opportunity to walk instead of drive. On those rare nice days — walk to lunch or on local errands. Take your lunch to work with you and plan your shopping trips carefully to avoid multiple runs.
  • Don’t start your engine too early in the morning.
    While it is true that your car engine to be warmed up, the majority cars on the road today use electronic fuel injection. When the engine is cold, the car’s computer tells the injectors to stay open longer so more fuel will run into the engine to help it run in the cold. Therefore, allowing your car to idle for an extended time is not only unnecessary, but wastes gasoline. Even when it is below freezing outside, allowing your car to run for about one minute will let the fluids get moving. (Up to 5 minutes of idle time is plenty if it’s below zero.)

Bottom Line: Air Pollution is a Year-Round Concern

And controlling your contribution to air pollution is, too! These are just a few of the small changes you can implement to improve the air quality of central Indiana or your own community.

As a matter of fact, the effects of air pollution can be magnified in winter months due to temperature inversions in the atmosphere — layers of air in which temperature increases with altitude. These traip air pollutants closer to the surface of the earth and lead to higher concentrations of air pollution. It is just as important to consider our own impact on air pollutants in winter as in summer.

Our Commitment to Green Technology is a year-round effort. 

Whether we are plowing snow or combatting ice, at Landscape Solutions, we work to reduce air pollution in the greater Indianapolis and Hamilton County area during winter months with the same tenacity we do during lawn mowing and landscaping season. 

If you are in a position to make decisions about the snow or ice removal on your commercial property or for your homeowner association, CONTACT US to learn more about how we handle winter weather in an ecofriendly way.

Snow Removal 

Part of our snow removal fleet is now powered by propane. Vehicles powered by alternative fuel produce lower amounts of harmful emissions compared to conventionally fueled diesel and gasoline vehicles. While it is important to remove that snow so everyone can carry on with their business, we feel strongly that it is also important to do it in an as environmentally friendly way as possible. To that end, we have committed to expanding the portion of our fleet powered by alternative fuel sources.

Ice Removal

We use products that are effective — melting ice even in extremely low temperatures — but are also friendly to pets and the environment.

What can you do to reduce winter air pollution? 

There are plenty of small steps we can take every day to help reduce air pollution.

Reduce Air Pollution by Limiting Energy Consumption At Home

These simple steps are not only environmentally friendly as they help you consume less energy, but they will help you save money. 

  • Use a programmable thermostat.
    In the winter months, our furnaces work overtime to maintain a comfortable temperature in our homes. According to energystar.gov, as much as half the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling. A programmable thermostat allows you to automatically use less energy during the hours when your home is unoccupied or at night. This will reduce the amount of energy used AND can help you save money — as much as $180 per year! (energystar.gov)
  • Replace your air filter regularly.
    It is critically important to check your air filter regularly (monthly) during periods of heavy use. If the air filter looks dirty — replace it. At the very least, air filters should be replaced every 3 months. A dirty filter forces your furnace to work harder as air flow is compromised. This is wasted energy, wasted money, and contributes to air pollution. On the other hand, a clean air filter helps your heating system to run efficiently and prevents dust from building up in the system and reduces irritants in the air you breathe. Replacing an air filter is much easier on the wallet than the expensive system maintenance or early failure that may result if you ignore this step.
  • Weatherproof your home.
    You can reduce energy consumption by making sure your heating efforts aren’t going out the window. Locate the sources of drafts — under doors, around windows — and take the appropriate measures. Apply caulk, use commercially available weatherproofing kits, or place a rolled up towel at the bottom of doors. 

    Make sure your vents are securely sealed. According to energystar.gov, this can improve the efficiency of your system by 20% or more! See their Duct Sealing Brochure 

Reduce Air Pollution as you Work and Travel 

Many of the same steps we take in the summer to help reduce the air pollution created by our vehicles can apply in the winter months as well. While a propane powered vehicle like those used by Landscape Solutions may not be an option for you, there things you can do.

  • Walk when you can and plan your trips strategically.
    It may be even more important during winter months when we get even less exercise to take advantage of every opportunity to walk instead of drive. On those rare nice days — walk to lunch or on local errands. Take your lunch to work with you and plan your shopping trips carefully to avoid multiple runs.
  • Don’t start your engine too early in the morning.
    While it is true that your car engine to be warmed up, the majority cars on the road today use electronic fuel injection. When the engine is cold, the car’s computer tells the injectors to stay open longer so more fuel will run into the engine to help it run in the cold. Therefore, allowing your car to idle for an extended time is not only unnecessary, but wastes gasoline. Even when it is below freezing outside, allowing your car to run for about one minute will let the fluids get moving. (Up to 5 minutes of idle time is plenty if it’s below zero.)

Bottom Line: Air Pollution is a Year-Round Concern

And controlling your contribution to air pollution is, too! These are just a few of the small changes you can implement to improve the air quality of central Indiana or your own community.

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