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Monday, 4 March 2013

Climate Week


Today marks the start of Climate Week in the UK. This is a great chance for people to learn more about living greener lives in order to protect the future of our planet.

There are heaps of tiny changes you can make that will have a huge impact on the environment. During the course of this week I will be blogging and tweeting all about them in an attempt to raise awareness of Climate Week and to show you all that going green is easier than you think!

Here are my top five tips for saving energy (and money!) around the home.

1. Save water.

Flushing the toilet accounts for 30% of household water use which is ridiculous seeing as most toilets don't need a full cistern in order to flush effectively. Buy a Hippo The Water Saver bag (here) for less than £9 and save up to 3 litres of water per flush!

Take showers instead of having baths. A five minute shower uses less than half of the water needed to fill a bath.

2. Minimise food waste.

I've blogged all about reducing food waste before and you can read that post here.

3. Turn the heating down.

By turning the thermostat down just one degree you can save around £65 a year in energy bills! Instead use good old fashioned draught excluders and close your curtains! Add an extra layer if you're chilly.

4. Upcycle and Recycle!

Nearly everything can be recycled these days, and local councils make is super easy to do it with their regular collection days. There really is no excuse not to join in when the difference between something being taken away for recycling or ending up in landfill is down to the colour of bin you put it in.

Breathe new life into old furniture by giving it a lick of paint or changing the knobs. Cheap products on the market means that too much is thrown away unnecessarily these days. Don't forget - one man's trash is another man's treasure. Just because you're not keen on something, it doesn't mean no one will like it. Offer it on Freecycle, or sell it on eBay or at a car boot sale!

5. Look after your laundry.

Wash clothes at 30 degrees instead of 40 and you will use around 40% less energy. It really makes no difference to the cleanliness results so give it a go. Washing at cooler temperatures is good for the environment AND good for your clothes.

I think (touch wood) Spring has now sprung - and nothing quite announces its arrival like the sight of washing hanging on a line! Stop using your tumble drier - not only will your washing dry perfectly and have that amazing fresh air smell about it, you will save energy and money in the process.

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If you do one thing this week, make sure you sign the Climate Week petition urging the government to do more to prevent climate change. At the moment the government is finalising a new law – the Energy Bill – that will decide the future of Britain’s energy supply.This petitioncalls on the government to put environmental targets into the Energy Bill to help to decarbonise our energy supply and give us cleaner, greener energy. To add your name click here

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Climate Week is sponsored by Andrex Eco - sustainable toilet tissue from the nation's most loved toilet brand. It is made from an entirely new combination of sustainably sourced fibres - 90% recycled fibre and 10% natural bamboo - and comes in 100% recycled and recyclable packaging. How brilliant is that?
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