How to lessen your home’s impact on air pollution

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How to lessen your home’s impact on air pollution

The topic of air quality has been thrown back into the spotlight following lockdown which saw air pollution fall by 40% in towns and cities across the UK in April this year.

But when we think of air pollution, we don't usually think about it being inside our homes. There are however, a range of pollutants within our own four walls that can come from cleaning products, plastics and even the glues and resins used in our furniture.

What's more, the way we heat and power our homes, and also how much energy we use, all have an impact on overall levels of air pollution.

The good news is that there are a few easy steps you can take to adapt your home and lifestyle to make a difference as we enter the ‘new normal’.

1. Manage your home heating

Upgrading your boiler to a newer, more efficient model should mean you’ll use less energy, which in turn can help lower your home’s contribution to air pollution. Properly insulating your home can also help by ensuring you don’t let heat escape from your home.

Smart thermostats and smart radiator controls can help cut the amount of energy you use as you can control your heating from your smartphone wherever you are. You could also consider swapping over to an air source heat pump, which uses air and electricity to create cleaner heat.

2. Be smart about your energy use

Being more conscious about how you use the energy in your home can make a difference too. A smart meter tracks your use so you can see where you're using the most energy - putting you in control to take steps to reduce it.

You can also use online tools like ‘E.ON See’ to help you compare your energy use to similar homes in your area and identify where you’re using energy. The tool also gives you personalised advice to help you make energy saving improvements.

Other easy steps that can help reduce energy use and your energy bills include, turning appliances off when not in use, taking shorter showers, using smart power strips, and installing smart sockets and smart lights so you can control your energy use from anywhere.

3. Think about where you get your energy from

How you get the energy that powers your home also has an impact on air pollution as fossil-fuelled power stations are one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions in the UK.

Choose an electricity provider that has 100% renewable energy – we already provide electricity backed by 100% renewable sources to 3.4 million customers’ homes1. And our eligible small business customers can also enjoy 100% renewables-backed electricity when they sign a contract directly with us2.

Or why not consider installing solar panels and batteries to generate and store your own clean power, helping you to reduce your carbon footprint, your reliance on the grid and the air pollution created by your home.

If we all work together, we can make a difference to how much our home energy use contributes to air pollution and the climate crisis. Find out more about how we’re helping to clear the air.

     1. Electricity sourced from E.ON’s renewable generation assets, supply agreements with independent UK wind generators and the purchase of renewable electricity certificates. The electricity supplied to your homes comes from the National Grid. Find out more at eonenergy.com/renewable 

    2. SME customers that sign a contract directly with E.ON. Electricity sourced from E.ON’s renewable generation assets, supply agreements with independent UK wind generators and the purchase of renewable electricity certificates. The electricity supplied to homes and businesses comes from the National Grid.