Want to do your bit for the environment? Here’s how you can cut your carbon footprint at home:
- Make sure your boiler is working for you and not the other way round. Fitting modern heating controls is a very quick and cost effective way of managing your bills and could save you £75 and have a carbon saving of 350kg.
- Turn your thermostat down by 1°C. This simple action can save you £60 a year and it costs nothing to install, with a carbon saving of 275kg.
- Replace traditional incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs. You could save around £40 a year on your energy bills and have a carbon saving of 78kg.
- If your shower runs off your boiler, fit a water efficient shower head. By restricting the flow of water through the shower head you could save up to £38 a year by not heating as much water and save 174kg of carbon.
- Stop leaving electrical equipment on standby. To save around £35 a year turn most devices off at the plug socket or unplug them altogether, you'll have also have a carbon saving of 161kg.
- Stop draughts. By filling gaps around your windows and doors, you could save £25 a year on your heating bill and have a carbon saving of 115kg.
- Use a washing up bowl. By washing dishes in a bowl and not wasting water by rinsing will save water and could save you £25 on your gas bill and save 115kg of carbon.
- Just turn off your lights. By not leaving lights on in the house you can save around £15 on electricity bills and 29kg of carbon.
- Stop singing in the shower! By spending one less minute in the shower can save you £8 a year and have a Carbon saving of 37kg.
- Do on less wash a week. Load the drum as full as possible without cramming laundry to save around £8 a year on electricity bills and save 16kg of carbon.
- Taking control of your recycling. Recycling helps reduce carbon emissions. Using recycled materials to make new products reduces the need for virgin materials. Carbon saving of 100kg.
- Waste no, want not with food. When we waste food we waste the energy it’s taken to produce it. Consider freezing, shopping smarter and composting food before wasting, you'll also be saving of 241kg of carbon.
- Ease off the gas. Drive less, a bit slower, or ease off using the brakes last minute and just go easy on the gears. Driving smart is also safer and cheaper. You'll save approximately 690kg of carbon just driving better!
- Go electric car and go green. Swap your car for an electric model and swap your electricity tariff to a green one, which offers a huge carbon saving of 4.6 tonnes.
- The good life. Compost your family’s wasted food and garden waste to reduce emissions and improve your soil, with a carbon saving of 535kg.
- Think about your diet and food choices. Sourcing food locally reduces transportation, eating less meat and dairy and more plant based foods reduces land use and processes at the farm stage.
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