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How You Can Reduce Air Pollution

Updated on March 1, 2020

Air pollution is something that negatively affects millions of people every single day. With a few minor changes in ours lives, we can make the air cleaner for everyone. By making some easy, earth-friendly choices, just one person can make a huge difference for the environment.

Here are a few ideas that will not only allow you to give polluted air the cold-shoulder but will make the environment around you cleaner and safer.

Voestalpine, an Austrian steel company, spewing smoke
Voestalpine, an Austrian steel company, spewing smoke | Source

Reducing Air Pollution from Cars

Vehicles are a major source of air pollution and there is a lot you can do to make your car friendlier to the environment:

  • Use your car less often. Consider joining a carpool, riding the bus, or even walking or bicycling. Ask your boss if you can telecommute one day a week.
  • Consider owning a model that has low emissions and gets good gas mileage.
  • Use cruise control. Constantly speeding up and slowing down not only uses more gas but is harmful to the air around you.
  • Make sure your tires are properly inflated. If your tires don't have enough air, your engine has to work harder to keep your car going.
  • Reduce the weight of your car. Remove any books, boxes, etc from your car that might be weighing it down. The less your car weighs, the less gas it'll take to get from point A to point B.

Emissions testing, anyone?
Emissions testing, anyone? | Source
Replace burnt out bulbs with longer lasting, energy efficient ones!
Replace burnt out bulbs with longer lasting, energy efficient ones! | Source

Around the House

There are a lot of things you can do, in your home, that really make a difference.

  • Use Energy Star appliances. This will seriously save you a LOT of money on your electric bill. Consider getting an energy meter to test which appliances really suck up the juice!
  • Turn off lights and appliances when you're not using them. If you use a surge protector in your office, flip the switch off (after you've powered down your computer) to easily shut off your printer, speakers, etc.
  • Fill the empty space in your fridge and freezer with jugs of water. This helps your fridge run more efficiently (the other items on your fridge kind of piggyback off of other cold items.) Added bonus: you'll also have super cold water whenever you need it!
  • Use fluorescent bulbs instead of incandescent ones. Using an energy efficient bulb is, well, efficient! Plus, if you ask me, incandescent bulbs really heat up a room (crank up that air conditioner, it's a scorcher!)
  • Recycle everything! This reduces emissions on production lines, limits deforestation (forests are awesome for the air), and is just a generally environmentally responsible thing to do. Bonus: Re-purposed things are awesome. Consider finding alternative uses for things.

Step 1: Acquire reusable grocery bags
Step 1: Acquire reusable grocery bags | Source

© 2012 Melanie


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      6 years ago

      Pollution should be avoided by us only because we are the reason for pollution it can be done by Just planting one plant. .....

    • Julie DeNeen profile image

      Blurter of Indiscretions 

      7 years ago from Clinton CT

      Nice job..I was just talking to the kids about this the other day. You had some great tips!

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      Lucy Jones 

      7 years ago from Scandinavia

      Pollution is an issue and doesn't seem to be being getting much better. Interesting post - thanks for writing about this issue. Voted up.


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