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See also our ENVIRONMENT page for links to advice and ideas.
We can all do simple things each day to make a world of difference to not only our local environment but the world's also....and will save you money too.
Here are just a few very simple steps that can make your environment, and you, feel good.
SWITCH OFF AND UNPLUG - YOUR TV, DVD, VIDEO, MOBILE PHONE CHARGERS, LIGHTS AND ANY OTHER NON ESSENTIAL ELECTRICAL DIVICES WHEN NOT IN USE, AND DURING THE NIGHT.
Not only will you be saving energy / electricity, but it also safer and will prevent unnecessary fire risk.
USE LOW ENERGY GOODS - LIGHT BULBS, FRIDGES & FREEZERS, WASHING MACHINES, COMPUTERS etc, etc.
There are now many products on sale that use less energy and still do the same job. All you have to do the next time you are needing to replace one of your household appliances is check the label to see what energy it can save, or ask the shop keeper, and buy responsibly, according to your needs and requirements.
Energy saving light bulbs are a great way to start...and they last for years.
TURN IT BACK - BY TURNING BACK YOUR HOME CENTRAL HEATING CONTROL BY AS LITTLE AS ONE DEGREE, WILL USE LESS FUEL, SAVE ON YOUR HEATING BILL AND WILL PUT LESS CARBON FUMES INTO THE ATMOSPHERE.
This also applies, to your water heater...do you really need the water THAT hot ? If not...turn it back.
SAVE WATER - DONT LEAVE THE TAP RUNNING. IT'S THE EASIEST THING TO DO AND IS JUST A CHANGE OF HABIT NOT LIFE STYLE.
So when cleaning your teeth or washing our hands use only what is required.
WHEN FILLING AND BOILING YOUR KETTLE FOR WHATEVER PURPOSE, DONT OVER FILL IT, ONLY PUT IN ENOUGH WATER FOR THE PURPOSE YOU NEED IT. IF YOU HAVE SOME EXCESS, KEEP IT BOTTLED FOR USE IN YOUR IRON.
This will not only save water but will also help prelong the life of your kettle as the previously boiled water is less likely to fur up the element.
CAREFULLY PLACING AN OBJECT SUCH AS A BRICK IN YOUR TOILET CISTERN, WILL ALSO REDUCE WATER WASTAGE.
The brick or object you place in the cistern displaces enough water to reduce wastage whilst at the same time still allow your toilet to operate normally
SHOP LOCALLY - USING YOUR LOCAL SHOPS AS REGULARLY AS YOU CAN, HELPS THE LOCAL ECONOMY
Why travel to local town for essentials when you can shop at home. It may be slightly more expensive locally, but how much would the bus fare or your vehicle fuel have added to your shopping costs...?
BUY LOCAL PRODUCE - BUY AND SUPPORT LOCAL PRODUCERS
Making the effort to buy locally manufactured and produced goods is not only helping the local economy but reducing the pollution created from the transportation of items across the country and / or continents.
WALK DONT DRIVE - JUST BECAUSE ITS RAINING SHOULDN'T STOP YOU FROM WALKING
If you need to travel a short distance for something that is whithin walking distance, why take the vehicle. The start / stop on your vehicle is adding wear and tear and using excess fuel which in turn is putting more damaging carbon fumes into the atmosphere, when alternatively the exercise will do you good and keep you fit.
RECYCLE - NOW WE HAVE A COLLECTION OF BINS OUTSIDE OUR HOMES THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR NOT SEPARATING OUR WASTE AND PUTTING IT INTO THE APPROPRIATE BIN
We are all too aware of the excessive packaging, boxes, bags and cartons brought home with us when shopping. Now with the help of our bins we can recycle most household materials safely. By doing so you will keep our local environs and the planet cleaner.
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