Green tips

"The World and all that is in it belongs to the Lord."

                                                                Psalm24:1

 Energy saving

Gently vacuum the coils on the back of the fridge to remove dust.  The motor will run for shorter periods and save you cash.

Turn down your central heating thermostat by 1 degree.

Fit low energy life bulbs.  Replace the ones that are on longest the first.

A soon as dusk comes draw the curtains.  Your windows (even if they’re double-glazed) are an energy leak point.

When you’re cooking always use a lid on your pan to dramatically reduce the energy used.

Set your central heating to go off half an hour before you go to bed - your house has ‘cooling down time’.

Take a shower instead of a bath.  Depending on the length of time you shower, it can use as little as 1/5 of the hot water.

Switch off unwanted lights.

Use a microwave to heat small quantities of food - its much more energy efficient.

Only boil up the amount of water that you are going to use.

Let food cool and cover it before putting it into the fridge.

Always put a full load in your washing machine.

Switch the TV / Computer / radio off when they are not being used (don't leave on standby).

Defrost your fridge regularly.

If you use a tumble drier always dry heavier items like towels separately from lighter items.

 Driving

Drive less.  Cutting out some of those short journeys will help in reducing emissions.

Check your fuel consumption, and make sure your car is running as efficiently as possible.  If in doubt, get it serviced.

Drive slower.  For example, you use 30% more fuel driving at 70mph than 50mph.

Drive more smoothly.  Think ahead - avoid sharp braking and rapid acceleration to saves fuel.

Switch the engine off - don't idle - whenever you can.  If you've stopped, you're getting zero miles to the gallon.

Check your tyre pressures are correct - you'll drive more smoothly and save fuel.

Cut down wind resistance.  Remove roof racks and other accessories if you're not using them: a fully loaded roof rack increases consumption by 30%.

Use your gears efficiently.  You'll use a quarter less fuel doing 40mph in fifth than in third.

Plan your journey - there's no surer way to waste fuel than to get lost!

If you can share your car, you'll save emissions and can share the cost.

 Waste

Re-use your plastic carrier bags.

Re-cycle every envelope that you receive.

Recycle all your used bottles and cans, old newspapers and magazines and your old, but still serviceable, clothing.

 Food

Use your:

Locally produced wherever possible

Organically gown

Animal friendly (doesn't necessarily mean vegetarian - just that the animals have been well looked after).

Fairly traded

when you buy your food.