Clean heat means clean air

Last Updated : 29 Sep 2015
Clean heat means clean air

During winter, many people like to use open fires or wood-burners to heat their homes.

To minimise air pollution and maximise heat efficiency, it’s important to know how to create a well-run, smoke-free fire - and that starts with knowing what fuel to use.

Clean fuel equals clean heat

Try using these fuels:

  • dry wood
  • newspaper
  • firelighters

What you can’t use:

  • tanalised, treated (processed) or painted timber
  • wet wood
    coal, particularly high-sulphur coal
  • domestic rubbish
  • glossy magazines or wrappers as they produce harmful chemicals.

To reduce air pollution at home, we encourage residents to improve energy efficiency by insulating their homes and using cleaner methods of heating. Get more information about insulation programmes.

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