The lists below are the things you can personally do in your life style that will make a difference. They are generally listed with the biggest benefit from the smallest investment at the top of the list for each section.
In ITALICS items are free, low cost or have grants available & rapid pay back. They all reduce your cost of living are healthy for you, your community and the planet.
Underlined the eighteen easy to do, MUST DO’s in year one of your personal programme they are all no or low cost.
Home – saving power & fuel
Change to a green electricity supplier.Loft
Insulation, increase to 30cms/12ins – grants/subsidies available
Insulate Hot Water Tank
Reduce room thermostat by 1 to 2 degrees (1 degree = 10% saving)
Reduce hot water temperature
Switch off equipment with stand by or power pack/transformers at wall socket or gang socket. (Intelligent Plugs or Bye Bye Stand By devices make this easy)
Change to Low Energy Light Bulbs
Fill kettle with the amount of water you need
Avoid using tumble dryer whenever possible (use line, clothes horse or radiator rails)
Fit Radiator thermostats, only heat the rooms you use
Put lids on saucepans, turn down power once boiling, pressure cookers are most efficient, use burner size that matches the pan size.
Cavity Wall insulation – grants/subsidies available
Draught Excluder to windows and doors Defrost fridge/freezer regularly
Buy “A” rated appliances
Replace Boiler with Condensing Boiler
Double glazing or secondary glazing
Porches to outside doors
Fit Solar Water Heating Panels
Dry Lining or external insulation of solid wallsInstall heat pumps (air or ground source)
Fit PV cells to generate electricity or wind generator
Home – saving water
Fit Dual Flush Toilets or Hippos to Cisterns
Shower rather than bath (this also saves on fuel to heat the water)
Wait for a full load in the dishwasher & washing machine before washing (this also saves on fuel to heat the water), wash at lower temperatures
Use a bowl in the kitchen sink
Turn off tap when tooth brushing
Use rain water butts for you gardening watering
Fit a water meter
Savings, Investments and Pensions
Be an active consumer of these services, ensure your money is being invested in products, processes and services that are good for people and the planet
Home – reducing waste
Don’t throw it away if you can give it away e.g., recycle for reuse any unwanted items to Charity Shops, Car boot Sales, Jumble Sales or www.freecycle.org
Compost &/or use a wormery or green cone for all kitchen waste
Separate waste as suggested by local council for their collection system
Separate & take to recycling centres: garden waste too big to compost, batteries, metal, tyres, oil, rubble, wood, fluorescent tubes, cardboard, broken household appliances, fabric, shoes, cardboard drinks cartons.
Eat less meat (intensive meat production uses far more land, water and fossil fuel based fertilisers and pesticides than vegetable based protein) free range/grass fed local is best.
Grow your own, on your patio, garden or allotment (share an allotment)
Local food saves food miles
Learning about and use seasonal food saves food miles, it is more likely to be locally grown
Shop locally to reduce your transportReduce packaging and use your own bags
Use box schemes &/or farmers markets
Organic food saves pesticides and fertilisers made from fossil fuels, but needs to be local where ever possible
On foot or bicycle for short journeys is good for your health and the planet (if you live in a hilly area an electric bike could be a good investment)
Use Train or Buses where ever possible
Smaller and more fuel efficient cars
Car sharing or lift sharing
Avoid air travel where ever possible
Work from home where possible
Be more aware of and use local facilities, activities, events and festivals
Find out who to inform about inadequate and needed public transport in your area
Do I need it?
Can I rent it, share it, borrow it, swop it?
Is it obtainable second hand?
Remember, Charity shops, Car boot Sales, Freecycle, Salvage yards
Enjoy making & mending things & learning to do this
Support local crafts people and businesses
Buy quality items that will lastBuy
Consider the energy efficiency of appliances
Buy cleaning products without fossil fuel derivatives e.g., Ecover & Essential