Air pollution is a huge issue for all of us and one that is not going away any time soon. People contribute to air pollution in many different ways and it’s important to examine them to try and figure out how we can reduce our contribution to the problem. 

These tips should help you identify how you can improve your footprint by reducing the pollution you create in your day-to-day life.

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How to Cut Your Air Pollution in Half

Conserve Energy

One easy and effective way to reduce your air pollution contribution is to conserve energy when and where you can.

Turn off lights when they aren’t being used and get energy-efficient light bulbs. Use fans instead of the AC and reduce the heating in your house. Even the clothes dryer can suck up a bunch of energy. Drying your clothes outside is much more efficient!

You can also shop for Energy Star appliances that naturally use less energy and are more eco-friendly. If you can get by without appliances like toasters, microwaves, and coffee pots, try to do so. They use a bunch of energy, which creates air pollution and a higher energy bill for you!

Some other things that you can do are buy rechargeable batteries, add insulation to your home, and reduce the setting on your water heater.

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Use Environmentally Safe Products

Another big way that you can cut down on your air pollution is to buy environmentally safe products. Try to invest in natural and eco-friendly cleaners as they release a lot of fumes into the air. Or even better, make your own! Buy natural skin care products to avoid more waste and chemicals going into the air. Also, buy water-based paints instead of chemical-based paints. Try to always go for a more eco-friendly brand with a safer formula and dispose of the empty paint cans safely.

Keep in mind that anything that sprays should be natural since it pollutes the air. This can include spray paint, hair spray, house cleaners, and so on.

Limit Driving

One very effective way to cut your air pollution down significantly is to drive less. Instead, walk, carpool, or take public transportation

You could also go a step further by making sure your car is in tip-top shape. The better maintained it is, the less pollution it will release into the air. And when purchasing a new car, buy a more eco-friendly option, such as a zero-emission or energy-efficient vehicle

Use Recycled Products

Try to avoid buying completely new items when you can. If you do buy new items, buy from brands that use sustainable packaging or recycled packaging. Also, stay away from products that do not have recycle-friendly packaging.

Avoid single-use items like plastic bags or utensils and recycle whatever you can. You can also buy second-hand items. This is a great option for clothes, books, decor, and appliances.

Practice Green Habits

Using leaf blowers, lawnmowers, and weed whackers can contribute to a significant amount of pollution. Instead, try to use items that don’t require fuel or use more manual options to upkeep your lawn. Push lawn mowers are a great option!

If you can, stop smoking, as this is a big contributor to air pollution and is bad for your health.

Try to limit little luxuries that add to pollution like washing your clothes in hot water, taking hot showers, and driving around frequently.

Lastly, pay attention to what you could be doing that might be adding to air pollution. Think about how you can replace those habits with greener alternatives.

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