Ten top tips for greening the way you live and saving money
PUBLISHED: 10:34 21 February 2011 | UPDATED: 18:54 20 February 2013
There's no need to adopt a hair shirt approach to leading a greener existence. With a bit of planning it's possible to be eco-friendly and still enjoy life's little luxuries, says David Green
Theres no need to adopt a hair shirt approach to leading a greener existence. With a bit of planning its possible to be eco-friendly and still enjoy lifes little luxuries, says David Green
1. Minimise your household waste by avoiding products with unnecessary, non biodegradable packaging and recycle as much as possible
2. Gradually introduce energy saving light bulbs
3. Put a brick in your toilet cistern to reduce the amount of water being used for each flush.
4. Next time your plumber is around, get him to divert the waste water pipe from your bath, shower and sinks into a tank or butt for use in summer watering of garden plants. DIY enthusiasts may not need a plumber!
5. Appliances with an element use a lot of electricity. When switching on the kettle only boil the amount of water you need. If you havent got a kettle which displays the water level, measure out the amount of water going in
6. Start a vegetable garden and feed it with compost you make from your green kitchen waste
7. Insulate your loft/attic to prevent costly escape of heat from your home. Grants may be available consult your local authority
8. Plan this years holiday using public transport at home or abroad. It is certainly more of an adventure, you get a better sense of travelling over a long distance and you not only avoid routine airport queuing stress but you will be directly responsible for much lower carbon dioxide emissions
9. There's no need to take it to extremes but try leaving your car at home occasionally use public transport or walk or cycle. As well as helping save the environment they are two easy ways to greater fitness and well-being
10. Finally, CONSUME LESS in terms of household goods, clothes and gadgets. If you do need to buy, try a charity shop or a second hand furniture store. And shop locally, it usually makes sense, economically as well as environmentally.