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Easy ways to be green

Posted on 30 January 2019

There are loads of ways you can be greener just by making a few small changes. Take a look at our top tips below.

Energy

Follow energy saving advice

We have lots of energy saving tips for you, most of which are very simple changes yet can do the world of good. Check out some of our articles here and here.

Smart thermostat

A smart thermostat means you no longer have to heat your home whilst you’re not there – and if plans change at the last minute, you can control it with a handy app.

Generate your own renewable energy

Generating you own energy is not only good for the environment but also one way to reduce your bills. There are many ways you can generate energy in your home, Solar PV, Wind turbine, Hydro and many more.

Water

Waste water is quite literally money – and energy – down the drain. Using less water helps to save energy, both by lowering the amount waste water to be cleaned by water utilities and by heating the water for use at home. Especially when each person in the UK uses, on average, 150 litres of water every day – the equivalent of 75 two litre bottles of your favourite fizzy pop.

Use less

Having a shorter shower or a shallower bath can save, on average, 5 litres of water1.

Reuse water

Think about where you can reuse water wherever possible. For example, an old glass of water could be used to water your plants, rather than be poured down the sink.

Turn off the tap whilst brushing your teeth

Not doing so can waste over 6 litres of water a minute1.

Use a water butt

Water butts are an easy way to collect rainwater which can be used to water plants or wash your windows, saving around 5,000 litres a year2.

Food waste

How far has the food on your plate travelled to get to you? Also known as food miles, delivering and disposing of food costs energy. Therefore, being mindful of food waste can help to look after our planet³.

Grow your own food

Growing your own food is a lot easier than you may think, and it reduces unnecessary food miles.

Buy and eat local

Supporting local farmers not only help the local economy, buying local produce also lowers the amount of miles the food has had to travel.

Avoid throwing food away

Food that could have been eaten is not only a waste of energy, it’s a waste of your money. Becoming a smart shopper and only buying what you know you’ll eat, storing food correctly and treating ‘best before’ dates as a guideline are some quick tips to reduce waste. Remember, to avoid feeling rough, ‘best before’ dates can be used as a guideline but take those ‘use by’ dates seriously!

Recycle

Food waste such as orange peel, tea bags or coffee grounds can be composted in your garden to create enriched soil. It will also help lower the volume of waste requiring energy to dispose of it.

 

Sources:

1http://www.waterwise.org.uk/pages/water-saving-advice-and-tips.html

2http://www.edenproject.com/learn/for-everyone/water-saving-tips

³https://www.popsci.com/wasted-food-is-wasted-energy

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