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Sustainable Living

In the Home

There are many ways in which you can become more sustainable in your own home.  This will not only help the environment, but most of the measures will also save you some money – a no brainer!

The RSPB have produced guide to green living at home which can be found here.

Water conservation

There are many ways to save water, and they all start with you…here are just a handful of ideas:

  • Only use you washing machine and dishwasher when they are full. This can save you up to 1,000 gallons a month.
  • Water your garden in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler to minimise evaporation.
  • Use a water-efficient showerhead and try to shorten your shower time by at least a minute.
  • When washing dishes by hand, put the plug in and fill the sink with sufficient water rather than letting the water run continuously down the plughole.
  • When washing fruit or vegetables use a pan of water instead of running water from the tap. You could also reuse this water for watering houseplants.
  • Check outdoor sprinklers and hoses for leaks.
  • Designate one glass for your drinking water each day or refill a water bottle. This will cut down on the number of glasses to wash, also saving you time.
  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.
  • When cleaning out fish tanks, give the nutrient-rich water to your plants.
  • Collect water from your roof in water butts for watering your garden.
  • Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. A taller lawn shades roots and holds soil moisture better than if it is closely clipped.