Further down the line

Make the most of dishwashers and washing machines – run them at full load. If buying new or replacing look for the most energy efficient models. More…

Don’t leave the fridge door standing open! and if more than 10 years old think about replacing it with a more energy efficient model. More…

Don’t boil more water than you need for that next cup of tea. More…

Gas or electric? For TVs, computers etc., electricity is the only way. But for heating (radiators, hot water, cooking), it’s very inefficient – because most of the energy involved is lost before it reaches us. See Sust-it.net for the energy used by electric heaters. More…

Closed curtains keep in the heat. More…

You can save money, energy – and inconvenience – by making sure that your hot water tank is lagged. (If you’ve got time but not money, secondhand blankets or old quilts work pretty well.) More…

Draughtproofing is one of the easiest ways to make your home more energy efficient, and instantly more comfortable. More…

Double glazing is a classic way to reduce heat loss in the home – and DIY plastic film is the cheapest option. More…

Heat rises – so check your loft insulation! (Government grants make this feasible even for low-income tenants). More…

Want to cut down on toxic purchases? Avoid PVC, a notorious hazard to both health and environment. You can identify it by the smell! More…

Start buying organic. Meat is a good place to begin – you avoid countless potential health hazards, support wildlife, and support much higher standards of animal welfare. And it tastes better, too! More…

With organic baby food you can keep your children safe from dangerous pesticide residues at this most vulnerable age. More…

Rediscover walking; one of the best all-round forms of exercise – and a means of transport, too! The impact on your health and your environment is immediate and direct. As with cycling, there is an art to finding the most pleasant routes. More…

Take a stand against disposables – from nappies to beer bottles – same attitude, whatever your lifestyle! More…

Choose ethical investment – let your money do the good work for you. More…

High-meat diets place stress on productive land, on the animals that get treated as mechanical production units – and on your own health as well. Quality not quantity could be the way towards the best of all worlds.

Discarded packaging makes up about a quarter of the waste in the average household bin – so join the campaign to refuse excess packaging! Using your own bag instead of plastic carriers is a classic way to start. More…

Treat yourself – there are a wide range of cruelty-free and “natural” cosmetics. More…

Need a new washing machine? Choose up-to-date efficiency for long-term savings in both water and energy. More…

Avoid new wood products if they’re not certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council: virgin forest is still routinely plundered for banal, everyday products – even toilet paper.

Short showers take less water than deep baths.

Save yourself stress – fix that dripping tap!

Washing a car with a hose uses up to 90 litres of water in 10 minutes – that’s a lot of bucketsful!

Go for green electricity – all it costs is a phone call; no new installation, no fancy prices. More…

 

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