Why act to reduce noise?
We all hear noise from neighbours and we can all act to reduce noise. Sound is part of everyday life and keeps our neighbourhoods vibrant. However, too much noise in the wrong place at the wrong time can disturb, annoy and upset our neighbours. Government research published in January 2015 found that 48% – nearly half of us – feel that our home life is spoilt by noise. This research, also finds a fifth of people are kept awake by noise at night and many of these had complained about the noise. Often, noise disturbance happens because people simply forget that others are sleeping – and many problems can be resolved by increasing awareness and better communication.
Common noises that disturb, annoy or wake people up are:
- Loud music
- Loud TV
- Voices – indoors or in the street
- Slamming doors, walking on hard flooring
- Noise from licensed premises
- Noisy pets – barking dogs
- Household appliances – washing machines, dishwashers, vacuum cleaners, fridges/freezers
With opening and working hours for businesses often extended late into the night and early mornings, many of us having different working, waking and sleeping patterns to our neighbours. We often don’t know when our neighbours work or sleep. However, there are many simple, practical solutions to everyday noise at home, that can reduce the disturbance we cause to our neighbours – and the rest of our household.
> See our Reducing noise in the home page for examples of action you can take.
> If you are being bothered by excessive noise, see our Dealing with noise problems page.