The air we breathe in Bakersfield is about as bad as it gets anywhere in the nation. Government regulators are trying to improve it. There are federal air pollution regulations that target different industries and equipment, California regulations that do the same thing, and local air pollution control agencies that have their own rules as well.
These agencies target vehicle manufacturers, refineries, chemical plants, oil companies, and power plants. However, these sources aren't the only ones that generate air pollutants that can form smog. Each of us generate our own emissions from everyday activities in and around our own homes.
So rather than complain about how that big oil company or that power plant is generating air pollution, why don't we all look around where we live and what we do around the house? There are lots of things we can do, some very simple, that can reduce emissions and help to improve the air that we breathe.
Here are ten of them: