Be more sustainable
What can you do?
Small changes in the way we live can make a BIG difference to the environment. See below for some handy tips and ideas.
To lower emissions from cars into the atmosphere why not car share or travel by public transport. If you fancy getting a fit at the same time why not walk or cycle?
Visit the Energy Saving Trust website to find out how to save energy, carbon and money.
Stop junk mail
Are you bombarded by unwanted junk mail? Did you know you can stop it reaching you? Find out how and register with the Mail Preference Service.
Calculate your carbon footprint
Find out your carbon footprint with this simple carbon calculator and compare it with the footprints of other people. Find out how you can reduce the amount you produce and save yourself some cash.
In everyday life we encounter more and more carbon dioxide information. However, it's difficult to understand the magnitude of the numbers involved. What does a kilogram of CO2 really mean?
Convert CO2 amounts to other units, such as cups of tea or hours in flight.
All you need to know about how to save water, why we should and devices to help you save money. southwestwater.co.uk/saving-water
Solar panel electricity systems, also known as solar photovoltaics (PV), capture the sun's energy using photovoltaic cells. These cells don't need direct sunlight to work – they can still generate electricity on a cloudy day. The cells convert the sunlight into electricity, which can be used to run household appliances and lighting. energysavingtrust.org.uk/solar-panels
Click the link to learn more about the benefits, costs and savings of solar PV and their suitability for your home or business..
Solar water heating
Solar water heating systems use free heat from the sun to warm domestic hot water. Find out more and learn more about their benefits, costs, savings and suitability for your home or business. Also discover how they can earn you money through the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive.energysavingtrust.org.uk/solar-water-heating
Ground source heat pumps
Ground source heat pumps use pipes which are buried in the ground to extract heat from the soil. This heat can then be used to heat radiators, underfloor or warm air heating systems and hot water in your home. Use the link to find out more.
Air source heat pumps
Air source heat pumps absorb heat from the outside air. This can then be used to heat radiators, underfloor heating systems, warm air convectors and hot water in your home.
Click to learn more energysavingtrust.org.uk/air-source-heat-pumps
Electric or plug-in vehicles come in all shapes and sizes with a wide array of technologies making up this sector. Click on the link to find out more about electric vehicles and useful facts about the technology. energysavingtrust.org.uk/electric-vehicles
Travel energy check
Not got an electric vehicle? Use the Travel Energy Check to find out how to reduce your transport fuel bills. This site can help you get the most out of your car, find the best in class and get smarter driving tips too. energysavingtrust.org.uk/travel-energy-check
Smart meters are the next generation of gas and electricity meter, helping you keep track of the energy you use in your home and enabling you to make informed decisions to manage your energy costs. The government plans for every home and business in the UK to have a smart meter for electricity and gas by the end of 2020.
Biomass heating systems
Wood-fuelled heating systems, also called biomass systems, burn wood pellets, chips or logs to provide warmth in a single room or to power central heating and hot water boilers. This site is a mine of information about wood-fuelled heating and other renewable energy sources. energysavingtrust.org.uk/wood-fuelled-heating
Find out how much money you could save by insulating and double glazing your home.
Over 50 million tons of palm oil is produced annually, supplying over 30% of the world’s vegetable oil production. This vegetable oil is found in approximately 40-50% of household products including: baked goods, confectionery, shampoo, cosmetics, cleaning agents, washing detergents and toothpaste. Understand the important issues surrounding the use of palm oil so you can make informed decisions about your weekly shop. saynotopalmoil.com
Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in less economically developed countries. Use this website to learn more about Fairtrade products, producers and what the Fairtrade consumer label means. fairtrade.org.uk
A great guide to why and how to recycle, plus information about what happens to your waste after you put it in the bin.
Biological pest control
Biological control uses natural parasites and predators to keep pests in check, without resorting to chemicals. Discover the best way to curb pests on your plants from gardening experts, the RHS.
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