Some Tips to make sure your Home is Green

Reduce

Always ask whether you really NEED the product before you buy
Use waste paper for art or as scrap paper
Always buy reusable containers, batteries and energy saving bulbs
Use a reusable box for your lunch instead of cling film or tin foil
Buy products that are made from recycled materials and can be recycled again or composted
Buy products that have less packaging and highlight the issue to suppliers
Say NO to plastic bags, use reusable bags instead

Reuse

Use old bottles, jars and containers for storage
Use refill packs of detergents
Re-use plastic drinks bottles for your lunch instead of cartons or cans
Use lunch boxes instead of tinfoil or cling film for your lunches
Use re-usable bags when you go shopping
Swap clothes, books, video games and music with friends or donate them to a charity instead of throwing them away
Give old clothes to charity shops – someone might need them

Recycle

Check out what you can recycle i.e. plastic, cans, paper, card, clothes
Always rinse out bottles, tins and cartons before recycling
Hazardous materials (oil, paint or batteries) should all be recycled
Aim to buy products that are recycled
Paper / Newspapers / Magazines
Cardboard / Junk Mail
Beverage Cartons (e.g. Tetra Pak)
Glass Bottles and Jars
Food and Drink Cans
Plastic Bottles
Plastic Packaging
Clothes and Shoes
Batteries (Domestic and Car)
Stamps / Books / DVD’s
Fluorescent Tubes
Mobile Phones
Fridge / Freezers
White Goods (Washing Machines,
Dryers / Cookers)
Electronic / IT Equipment / WEEE
Brown Goods (TV’s, Radios, Electrical)

Turn Off the Lights!

Don’t leave lights on when no-one is in the room
Use energy efficient light bulbs (compact fluorescent light bulbs). These bulbs use ¼ of electricity as normal light bulbs and last up to 12 times longer!

Turn Off Appliances!

Turn off your TV, stereo, playstation, computer, washing machine, DVD and other appliances when they are not in use. Leaving appliances on stand-by uses energy so remember to switch them off.
Turn Down the Heat!
Turning the thermostat down by 1°C can reduce your heating bills by 10%.
Close your curtains at dusk as curtains block cold air coming in.
Check all windows and doors to see where draughts are coming in. If you identify draughts, get them sealed up. Why don’t you try and make a draught excluder using old clothes!

Turn Off the Taps!

A dripping hot water tap wastes energy and in one week wastes enough hot water to fill half a bath, so fix leaking taps and make sure they’re fully turned off!
Turn off taps – wasting water wastes electricity as a huge amount of electricity is used daily in supplying water and cleaning it after use.

Conserving Water at Home:

Turn off the taps when washing your teeth – you can save 6 litres of water.

Take a shower not a bath – don’t use power showers as a 10 minute shower uses as much water as 3 baths!
Fill the kettle for the right amount – you can save energy as well!
Use waste water from dish washing to water your plants
Never use a hose pipe in your garden-collect rainwater if you need to water your plants
Always fix leaking taps
Use your dish washer and washing machine only when they are full thus saving energy as well!

Leave the Car at Home!

Walk or cycle wherever you can
If you must drive, why not car-pool? It will save on fuel too!
Avoid using the car for short journeys.