A green lifestyle can be made to fit anyone’s circumstances. Wherever possible, see how many of these ideas can be incorporated into your everyday life
Saving on your energy bills saves the planet, but it also saves you money.
One of the easiest ways to cut down on your energy bills is simply to switch your old light bulbs. Energy saving LEDs will save you money from the moment you install them. And the good news is that they have started to come down in price.
THE WATER HEATER
The other major cause of energy wastage is the boiler. One tip to reduce bills and save energy is simply to turn it down a little. If you are in a position to replace it for a more energy efficient one, this will pay for itself over time.
Water from your bath or shower can be re-used to flush the toilet, water the plants and so on.
FULL LOADS IN THE WASHING MACHINE
Try not to run the washing machine for only a few items of clothing. If you can select a half load, use this, or better still, wait until you have a full load before washing.
THINK ABOUT TRANSPORT ALTERNATIVES
Only drive when it is strictly necessary. If you can complete your journey on foot, by bike or bus or train, then do that wherever you can.
Think about a car sharing scheme if you are traveling to work alone, in your car.
BUY SECOND HAND CLOTHING
Buying quality, used, second hand clothing is another great way to help towards sustainable living.
If you knit, wool can even be reused from old jumpers and clothing.
BUY LOCAL AND SEASONAL FOOD
As much as possible, try and buy locally produced food that hasn’t trekked across half the globe. And also, buy seasonal vegetables and fruits.
Better still, if you can do, you could consider growing some of your own.
Try and think about the packaging around the food. Where possible, bring your own bags to the store and buy loose produce.
CUT DOWN ON FOOD WASTE
Are you picking up BOGOF offers and then throwing half the food away?
Freeze what you cannot use, or simply don’t buy it. It is better than throwing away food.
COMPOSTING AND CONSERVING
Finally, there will always be food waste – from potato peelings, to fruit skins. This is inevitable – but you can learn to compost your waste into a rich compost for your garden, or pot plants in the home.