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News Release: Clean Air Tips for Winter

Download PDF Last Update: Friday, December 20, 2013




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                MEDIA CONTACT: Kathy Luther

Monday, Dec. 23, 2013                                                                                                                                        219.763.6060 or





Portage, IN — The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC), is encouraging northwest Indiana residents to take simple steps to improve air quality during the winter months.


“While many equate poor air quality with the hot, sticky, summer months, our air quality is comprised throughout the winter months as well,” said Kathy Luther, environmental director at NIRPC. “Taking small, simple actions this winter can help to improve the air quality of our region.”  


Particulate matter, a mixture of microscopic solids and liquid drops of pollution suspended in the air, is big issue in the winter months, emanating from burning in fireplaces, wood stoves and idling cars


Tips for improving winter air quality include:

  • Replace manual thermostats with a      programmable thermostats
  • Inspect heating ducts and change      air filters in your heating system
  • Reducing vehicle idling
  • Use alternative transportation      whenever possible
  • Properly maintain your vehicle      through regular oil changes and maintenance services
  • Switch to electric snow removal      products instead of gas-powered products
  • Replace disposable batteries with      rechargeable ones to prepare for winter storm outages


Partners for Clean Air is a coalition of Northwest Indiana businesses, industries, local governments, and community groups committed to raising awareness. To learn how your organization can be a part of Partners for Clean Air, please visit


Northwest Indiana CleanAir is a partnership between the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission and the people and business of Northwest Indiana to help all residents Think Green & Breathe Easy — understanding and inspiring action to continue improving the air quality of our unique region. To learn more, visit


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Portage, IN 46368