What You Can Do At Home

Acid Rain of course is a problem, however it is only solvable by everyone working to reduce their SO2 and NO emissions. This means a few things.

     You as an individual likely make the greatest impact with your Nitrogen Oxide emissions. Yes, you emit them. Every time you get in a car, every time you turn on your furnace, you are burning fuel that has NO as a byproduct. Therefore, to reduce your impact, you should try to limit this burning.

      Of course, this means using less gas. Try to avoid using a vehicle often, and instead use your own power. Ride a bike, take a scooter, or plain old walk! Not only are you reducing your impact, but you are also getting some exercise and you can enjoy the outdoors.

     When the distance, time or other circumstances prevent you from doing one of these alternative methods, another thing you can do is lower the emissions per person. This translates into carpooling. When you transport all these people in less vehicles to the same place, you are saving that much gas by using only one car. Divide that by more people inside, and the numbers prove each persons emission is substantially smaller. On the other hand, you may choose to use public transportation. Almost every city has some form, be it buses or metro. Either way, there is a similar idea of less emissions per person.

     Futhermore, you may choose to reduce your NO output by avoiding burning fuel and using alternative methods. An example would be instead of turning up your furnace when it is cold out, put on a sweater. Learn how to insulate your house properly so that you are not wasting heat through cracks and holes. Put draft stoppers under doors, seal your windows and overall try to conserve the heat you do create. 


     Although you may emit NO when you use your furnace, most of your appliances and some peoples' furnaces run on natural gas, which creates SO2 emissions when it is made. Among the appliances used are water heaters, including pool heaters, drying machines, outdoor lights, barbecues, stoves, patio firepits etc.

    As with reducing NO emissions, we may reduce SO2 by lowering our use of products that use it. Take for example water warming. By cutting down on shower time, you put less demand on your water heater, therefore less fuel needs to be used. Try also putting your pool at a lower temperature, especially in the summer. A cold pool will just feel more refreshing on a hot day, and besides, some pool covers may warm the pool themselves.

    To reduce your fuel used in other places, again, just be smart and put less demand on them. Dry your clothes outside instead of in a dryer, don't turn on your lights unless you need them and always turn them off when not in use, and even save the use of patio firepits for special occasions.