1. Use a less polluting car
When buying a new car consider one that is more efficient and lower polluting. Consider a low emission car such as electric vehicles www.nextgreencar.com/electric-cars/. With increasing fuel costs and lower car tax, these could save you £s to run. Most of the main car manufacturers now produce either pure electric cars or hybrids. Range has always been a concern but most pure electric cars will now travel more than 100 miles between charges. The network of charging points are rapidly increasing reducing “range anxiety”. www.zap-map.com/charge-points/
2. Walk or cycle instead of driving
Not only does this save money but also improves your general health. Do you need to drive your kids to school or could you walk with them instead?
For cycling information and local maps please see https://www.traveldevon.info/cycle/
For information on travel to school please see https://devon.schooltraveltoolkit.com/journeyplanner/
3. Use public transport
Consider going by bus or by train instead of the car https://www.traveldevon.info/
4. Car share
Many car journeys only have one occupant. Consider car share for the journey to work. Reduces cost and is more social. https://www.traveldevon.info/drive/carshare-devon/ and www.liftshare.com/uk
5. Condense “errands” into one trip
Think about how many trips you make. Can these be organised into one trip to save time and mileage? Do you need to make several different trips to different supermarkets?
6. Driving technique
Accelerate gradually and brake gently and obey the speed limit. This will reduce your fuel costs and save on brake and tyre wear.
7. Maintain your vehicle
Keep the tyres properly inflated and oil topped up and serviced regularly. Your car will run more efficiently saving you money in fuel costs.
8. Travel lightly
Remove any unused items form the car such as roof racks as this reduces your fuel efficiency.
9. Limit idling
If the car is stationary, for example while waiting to pick your child up from school, then switch the engine off. This will save on fuel costs and pollution.
10. Save energy at home
Will reduce emissions from gas boilers and save money on your fuel bills. Turn lights off at home when you leave a room, use a thermostat to control room temperature, install loft installation, look for low energy appliances like fridge freezers and washing machines. www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/
11. Compost garden waste
Having garden bonfires causes particulate pollution. Compost any garden waste or have it collected https://exeter.gov.uk/bins-and-recycling/
12. Do not burn logs or coal as a fuel
This will cause pollution even from the smoke free fuel or from logs in exempt stoves that are allowed in Smoke Control Areas. These stoves and fuel are expensive and it remains cheaper to heat your home using domestic gas. www.gov.uk/smoke-control-area-rules and https://exeter.gov.uk/clean-safe-city/environmental-health/pollution-control/domestic-wood-burning-stoves/
13. Support local shops and restaurants that use local produce
Will reduce the mileage driven to deliver goods. Consider walking to them to reduce your own journey costs.
14. Plant a tree.
Trees and vegetation can absorb pollution plus make the environment a nicer place to live.
15. Campaign for clean air
Talk to your local Councillor or MP about schemes they can support to improve air quality locally and nationally. Encourage friends or colleagues to make changes in how they travel. Join an environmental group to raise awareness