Insulate your home
Using less energy to heat your home means releasing less air pollution. To find out more about energy efficiency grants or support, visit:
Wood burning stoves and open fires
Burning anything releases particulates in your home and into the atmosphere.
'Ready to burn' wood
|Make sure wood is 'ready to burn'
Plant a Tree
Trees can help trap particulate matter produced by transport and heating. Support tree planting, making sure the right tree is in the right place.
Don't burn treated wood
Smoke control areas
|Check if you are in a Smoke Control Area
Use electric heating powered by renewable energy
Avoid lighting barbeques in very hot, still summer weathers and bonfires in cold, still winter weather
Solid and liquid fuel
If you use solid fuels for heating, check before buying that the fuel is of an approved type for your area. If your house has an oil-fuelled boiler, get it serviced regularly, so that it operates efficiently and uses no more fuel than necessary
|Rather than burn garden waste, you may be able to compost it, or use your Council Garden
waste collection service
Sweep your chimney
|Get your chimney swept regularly by a qualified chimney sweep (up to twice a year if needed)
|Actively travel (cycle or walk) or use public transport instead of driving, especially journeys of less than 3 miles. The benefits of walking outweigh the risks of walking in areas where air pollution could be high
|Find your local footpath
Marginal gains = big results