You don’t need a lot of time, money or space to grow your own food. We tell you the 5 best veggies and herbs to grow and the essential tips for a happy balcony or pot plant garden.
It’s true that paper production is based on raw materials that require energy to manufacture, but many companies are now producing attractive paper which is, to different degrees, renewable and recyclable. So next time you’re buying paper for your home printer check the certification on the pack and match it to what matters to you. Of course, how you use the paper is important too!
Check the health of your fridge: In most households the fridge uses more power than any other appliance. Check and clean seals on your fridge to make sure the door closes securely. Go to the national fridge seals website to find the seals that are right for your brand of fridge and model.
You don’t have to own your property to save money, increase your comfort at home and reduce your environmental impact.
Reducing your impact on the environment and reducing your energy and water bills is as much about your behaviour as it is about your home and its appliances. Recycling is now so much more than just paper an plastic.
Know when you’re going to go to bed or leaving the house and turn the heating off a half hour before – you won’t notice the house cooling and it can slice 10% off your energy bill.
To make things easier, place multiple appliances on a single or multiple switch powerboard to avoid hard-to-reach spots and reduce the number of switches to flick
It makes very little sense to allow water that has only been used to rinse clothes in a washing machine (unless you are washing nappies), or rinse a human in the shower, to go straight into the sewer.
Making changes in the laundry can be as simple as hanging up your clothes or as complex as researching and purchasing the latest in energy and water efficient appliances.
Pot plants placed together create their own microclimate, which can reduce the number of times you need to water. Watering longer but less often will encourage the plants to grow deeper roots, which will help them grow more resilient to drought conditions.