Today marks fifth Spare the Air day of 2011


The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air alert for today (Monday, Sept. 19).

Air district officials are encouraging Bay Area residents to try to drive less, take public transportation and limit home energy use to reduce pollution levels.

The region is expected to see high temperatures reach the upper 60s to mid 70s at the coast and upper 80s to mid 90s inland, according to the National Weather Service. Winds are predicted to be between 5 and 10 mph.

There will be no free transit on Monday, officials said. This is the fifth Spare the Air alert for smog in 2011. For more information about the Spare the Air program, visit

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by air breather
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 19, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Spare The Air days are usually announced mid-day the day before. Would be nice if the media passed along the news at that time so people can make plans for the next day.

Tomorrow is a Spare The Air day, too, but nothing yet on Palo Alto Online.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Sep 19, 2011 at 10:23 pm

If we ever get SmartMeters, would there be any rationale for the City to tinker with our electric rates on Spare the Air days? I can't think of any, but noticed the phrase "limit home energy use."

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Posted by breather
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 19, 2011 at 11:06 pm

Doesn't get hot enough in Palo Alto for people to need air conditioners. What other kinds of home energy use are really significant?

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Posted by Geez
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Sep 20, 2011 at 10:41 am

breather: I suppose you want to be in charge of deciding what is "hot enough" for the rest of us, right? Tell you what, you do that, and I will decide how cold your house should be in the winter.

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