Clean Air Day, 8 October 2020, is the UK's largest air pollution campaign and invites residents to look at ways that they can reduce their pollution.
As part of our response to Clean Air Day, we have shared our top tips on how you can be more aware of pollution levels and help protect our environment.
Make the switch
Walk or cycle where possible as active travel is not only better for the environment but helps keep you active. For longer journeys bus, train and ferry are all other alternatives that will help reduce your contributions to the pollution levels.
Turn off your engine
If using the car is essential, switch off the engine when you the car is stopped to help prevent excessive air pollution. Turning off your engine when parked, loading or waiting at the roadside will save you money on fuel.
Did you know?
Leaving the engine running (idling) for just 10 seconds wastes more fuel than restarting the engine and Road Traffic Vehicle Emissions Regulations can fine drivers for not switching off their engine when asked by an officer.
Stay up to date
For any journeys that require a car, you should ensure that your vehicle is up to date with its service, so the vehicle is running as efficiently and as clean as possible. Checking your tyres pressure is another check to stay up to date with as properly inflated tyres will use less fuel.
If you are thinking of purchasing a new car, consider looking at electric or hybrid vehicles too.
Avoid unnecessary burning
Use ready to burn materials whenever you can, especially if you rely on wood for your heating. In the cooler months, consider other options before turning on the heating to make sure you are using it as efficiently as possible.
If you are looking to make energy efficient changes to your home, a Green Homes Grant scheme launched this month to help reduce the set-up costs of these changes. Find out more information and if you are eligible.
Read up to clean up
With air pollution the largest environmental risk to our health in the UK, there is lot if information available to help us all do our bit to reduce pollution and adapt to a greener way of life.
To calculate your individual contribution to air pollution in the UK, and find out what you can do to reduce emissions and protect your health, visit the Clean Air Hub and use their Air Pollution Calculator.
The Clean Air Hub have also been live with different scheduled talks on pollution. You can catch up on what they have been talking about over on their YouTube video.
You can find more information on how you can reduce your pollution levels in your home, when you are shopping or when at work by visiting the Clean Air Hub.