Air pollution can be reduced both inside and outside the home by avoiding the use of chemicals or not allowing a car to idle. Air pollution is caused by the deposits of harmful gases into the atmosphere that include carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, methane, sulfur and chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs.
In the home, consumers can reduce air pollution by modifying the purchases they make. Using household products that contain fewer toxic chemicals can assist in reducing the gases that leak into the atmosphere. Saving energy from appliance use reduces the amount of fuels used to supply the home as well as the amount of gases that are released during energy production. Supporting farming that uses fewer or no pesticides and installing purifiers in the home to clean the existing air are also ways to breathe healthier. Outside of the home, much can be done while traveling to reduces gas emissions. One can carpool instead of driving individually, and keep tires inflated to ensure one’s vehicle gets optimum gas mileage. One can also keep or create green spaces wherever possible and plant more trees, as they provide the environment with oxygen and take in carbon dioxide, a major gas pollutant. If possible, it is advisable to use renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind.