Walk, Cycling and use Transportation – you must drive make your next car a green one. Until fuel cell vehicles hit the market, dual fuel hybrids (electricity and petrol) are the answer. The £17,000 Honda Insight gives 60-80 miles to the gallon and emits over 50% fewer hydrocarbons and nitrous oxide than a conventional equivalent. Info: 0845 200 8000; www.honda.co.uk. The government is offering a £1,000 grant for the first 200 buyers.
Recycle – the UK recycles only 9% of domestic waste, compared with Switzerland’s 50% plus. Contact your local council about collections or recycling banks. Waste Watch is a font of information on waste reduction, reuse and recycling. See their website, www.wastewatch.org.uk, or call Wasteline (0870 243 0136). Community Recycling Network’s website (www.crn.org.uk) lists regional recycling schemes.
Buy wood Products with the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) trademark – almost half the world’s original forests have been destroyed, with huge swathes continuing to be chopped down daily. The FSC mark guarantees that wood has come from a responsibly managed forest. B&Q and Homebase stock FSC-certified good
Eco Friendly Funds
Top funds include Murray Johnstone’s Ethical World fund, Norwich Union’s six Sustainable Future funds, Jupiter’s Ecology fund and Merrill Lynch’s New Energy Technology Trust. Best rates and advice from an ethical independent financial adviser. Ethical Investors Group (tel: 01451 850777) are the largest, give half their profits to charities, and offer a free guide to ethical finance. Get a green mortgage or savings account with the Ecology Building Society (tel: 01535 635933) or Triodos Bank (tel: 01179 739339).
Change electricity supplier to Unit[e]
the only UK company that provides 100% renewable energy to the domestic market. For more info from Unit[e], tel: 0845 601 1410; www.unit-e.co.uk.
Convert your car to LPG, liquid petroleum gas
(or ‘autogas’), and benefit from another government grant of 75% of the conversion cost. LPG is half the price of petrol and toxic emissions are significantly reduced. More info from LPG Association (tel: 01425 461612, www.lpga.co.uk, click on Autogas). Further details about grants from the Energy Saving Trust 0845 602 1425,
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Save energy = Save Money
- Set your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and a few degrees higher in the summer to save on heating and cooling costs.
- Install compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) when your older incandescent bulbs burn out.
- Unplug appliances when you’re not using them. Or, use a “smart” power strip that senses when appliances are off and cuts “phantom” or “vampire” energy use.
- Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible. As much as 85 percent of the energy used to machine-wash clothes goes to heating the water.
- Use a drying rack or clothesline to save the energy otherwise used during machine drying.
Save water = Save Money
- Take shorter showers to reduce water use. This will lower your water and heating bills too.
- Install a low-flow showerhead. They don’t cost much, and the water and energy savings can quickly pay back your investment.
- Make sure you have a faucet aerator on each faucet. These inexpensive appliances conserve heat and water, while keeping water pressure high.
Less gas Save more money
- Walk or bike to work. This saves on gas and parking costs while improving your cardiovascular health and reducing your risk of obesity.
- Consider telecommuting if you live far from your work. Or move closer. Even if this means paying more rent, it could save you money in the long term.
- Lobby your local government to increase spending on sidewalks and bike lanes. With little cost, these improvements can pay huge dividends in bettering your health and reducing traffic.
- If you eat meat, add one meatless meal a week. Meat costs a lot at the store-and it’s even more expensive when you consider the related environmental and health costs.
- Buy locally raised, humane, and organic meat, eggs, and dairy whenever you can. Purchasing from local farmers keeps money in the local economy.
- Whatever your diet, eat low on the food chain [pdf]. This is especially true for seafood.
Skip the bottled water
- Use a water filter to purify tap water instead of buying bottled water. Not only is bottled water expensive, but it generates large amounts of container waste.
- Bring a reusable water bottle, preferably aluminum rather than plastic, with you when traveling or at work.
- Check out this short article for the latest on bottled water trends.
Think before you buy
- Go online to find new or gently used secondhand products. Whether you’ve just moved or are looking to redecorate, consider a service like craigslist or FreeSharing to track down furniture, appliances, and other items cheaply or for free.
- Watch a video about what happens when you buy things. Your purchases have a real impact, for better or worse.
Borrow is Better than buying
- Borrow from libraries instead of buying personal books and movies. This saves money, not to mention the ink and paper that goes into printing new books.
- Share power tools and other appliances. Get to know your neighbors while cutting down on the number of things cluttering your closet or garage.
- Buy in bulk. Purchasing food from bulk bins can save money and packaging.
- Invest in high-quality, long-lasting products. You might pay more now, but you’ll be happy when you don’t have to replace items as frequently (and this means less waste!).
Reduce Electronics Consumption
- Keep your cell phones, computers, and other electronics as long as possible.
- Donate or recycle them responsibly when the time comes. E-waste contains mercury and other toxics and is a growing environmental problem.
- Recycle your cell phone.
Build your own Cleaning supplies
- The big secret: you can make very effective, non-toxic cleaning products whenever you need them. All you need are a few simple ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, lemon, and soap.
- Making your own cleaning products saves money, time, and packaging-not to mention your indoor air quality.