Christmas lights

If your strands of Christmas fairy lights are older than 10 years it will be more efficient to replace them with newer ones with LED bulbs. They can save you up to 90% or more on power costs and will last longer than traditional bulbs.

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Food waste

Stop your green bin from smelling bad between collections by keeping food waste in compostable bags in your freezer, if there is space, and only putting it in the bin just before collection. This could also help keep your freezer fuller, which makes it run more efficiently.

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30 Day Rule

When you are thinking about buying something, try the 30-Day Rule – wait 30 days after the first time you decide you want a product to really make your decision. This could help eliminate impulse buying.

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Recycled toilet paper

The average person uses 50 pounds of toilet paper per year. Try to buy the highest level of post-consumer recycled content, looking for either 100% recycled or FSC certified toilet paper.

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Simplify

Simplify your life as much as possible. Only keep belongings that you use or enjoy on a regular basis. By making the effort to reduce what you own, you will naturally purchase less and create less waste in the future.

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Save money and microwave

Microwave where possible as microwave ovens use much less energy than conventional ovens. You might be surprised by the range of meals (and desserts!) that can be made in a microwave.

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Ethical banking

Reviewing your finances? Why not consider whether an ethical bank like Triodos Bank might help you and the environment. Triodos invests in socially-oriented and sustainable enterprises.

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Meatless Mondays

Meat production has a big impact on the environment. Try having a day a week where you avoid eating meat or meat products (it doesn’t have to be a Monday!).

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Use Your Freezer

Freeze fresh produce and leftovers where possible if you won’t have the chance to eat them before they go bad, and reduce food wastage.

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Cleaning products

Choose concentrated or ‘ultra’ cleaning products, which use 50 to 60 percent less packaging than traditional formulas while cleaning just as thoroughly.

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