Air pollution is the biggest environmental threat to health in the UK1. Vehicles on the road, factories, farms, smoking and burning fuels all pollute the air.
But there are things all of us can do to help reduce air pollution and make the air we breathe cleaner. From walking and cycling instead of driving petrol and diesel cars, to composting food waste, here are 10 simple steps we can all take — at home, on the road and in our communities.
How to help reduce air pollution at home
1. Compost organic waste
Sending waste to landfill can increase both air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. By composting your garden waste and any food waste, you can turn it into a nourishing meal for your vegetable patch or garden instead
2. Keep an eye on your energy use
If you use less energy then you can cut your air pollution footprint. Consider installing energy efficient What can I do to help reduce air pollution? and light bulbs, insulating your home and upgrading your windows. And save energy by switching off lights when they’re not in use, filling the kettle with just what you need, and only running the washing machine and dishwasher when you have a full load.
If you use a small meter then you can help you track energy use and reduce energy waste, while it will help it to run as efficiently as possible and can cut your energy use and reduce carbon emissions too.
3. Choose 100% renewable electricity
Fossil fuels are big contributors to air pollution, generating both damaging and greenhouse gases Choose to power your home with 100 percent renewable electricity – we provide this at no extra cost2, and you’re opting to help clear the air.
4. Go solar
Generating electricity from the solar panelsdoesn’t produce greenhouse gases or air pollution, making them a clean and sustainable way to power your home. If you install solar panels and generate more electricity than you need, you can sell any excess electricity back to the UK Grid with our Smart Export Guarantee – meaning you can breathe easier in every way.
5. Keep your vehicle serviced
Keep your vehicle regularly serviced as cars and vans pollute the air with gases and particles from fuel, plus particles from tyres, brake pads, road surfaces and more. But regularly serviced vehicles cause less air pollution than poorly maintained vehicles3. Diesel vehicles can give off even more particles than petrol vehicles, so be sure your diesel particulate filter is emptied regularly4.
6. Upgrade your car
If you can, consider upgrading your car to a more environmentally friendly model. Electric vehicle engines emit far less harmful carbon emissions and air than fossil-fuelled cars and produce no exhaust emissions when . So switching to a hybrid or electric car can help reduce your impact on local air pollution and keep the air around you cleaner.