Air quality - how you can help

It is in all our interests to make the environment a clean and healthy place to live in. 

Over the years, people have become more conscious of the damage that their lifestyle can cause to the environment and there are now many things we can do to help.

In the home

  • Make sure that your heating system is properly maintained. This will mean you use less fuel, produce fewer harmful emissions and may also help reduce your heating bills.
  • Turn off the lights when they are not needed.
  • Buy energy efficient light bulbs if possible - they use less electricity and can save you money.
  • Take your rubbish to a waste disposal site, compost it or recycle if possible. If you must light a bonfire, don't light them when pollution levels are high or while the weather is still and cold. Only burn dry material and never burn household waste, especially plastic, rubber, foam or paint.

On the road

  • Try not to make unnecessary car journeys, especially short trips.
  • Take a bus or train if possible or try walking or cycling - good exercise and zero pollution!
  • Try to make sure that your vehicle is properly maintained. Keep your engine properly tuned and the tyres at the correct pressure.
  • Switch off your engine if stuck at traffic lights or railway crossings for more than a few minutes and cut your emissions.
  • Car share to work if at all possible. You'll help to reduce air pollution and you might even save money!
  • Try to drive smoothly. Don't rev your vehicle unnecessarily and try to avoid hard acceleration and heavy braking.
  • If you are buying a new vehicle then consider small, energy efficient and 'cleaner and greener' options.

If you would like to learn more you can find information on the following websites: and Defra (UK-Air Section) or Environmental Protection UK