Ten Quick and Easy Environmentally Friendly Household Tips
by Changing Earth
Tip 1 - Switch off LED lights. Whenever you put your TV, computer monitor etc... into standyby mode, you are still using electricity to power the 'power' button. Making sure you switch these off if they're not essential saves you money on your electricity bill and lessens the quantities of fossil fuels being burnt.
Tip 2 - Switch off the tap when cleaning your teeth - save water by switching the tap off when not needed. If you don't, it's just 'money down the drain'.
Tip 3 - Don't fill the kettle - if you are only making a hot drink for yourself, boil only the amount of water you need. It's cheaper and saves energy and water.
Tip 4 - Recycle envelopes - rather than throw out envelopes which contributes to landfill, reuse them where possible. And if you can't post them again, use the blank space on the back, or inside to write your shopping lists and memos.
Tip 5 - Compost - if you don't already have one, start a compost heap. You don't need much space as composters come in a range of sizes. Even a small amount of compost can do wonders for your plant beds. It's free, prevents landfill, and slows the destruction of peat bogs (many commercial composts contain peat, so if you do buy your compost, buy peat-free).
Tip 6 - Compost your kitchen waste - vegetable peelings, teabags and much more can be composted. Either keep it in a proper kitchen composting crock (has a filter so won't smell) or stick it directly onto your compost heap. Less landfill and free compost can only be a good thing.
Tip 7 - Feed the birds - rather than throw out old bread crusts, sprinkle them on your garden. If you have cats, rendering this is a bad idea, go and feed the ducks at the local pond - free exercise! When your food has produced saturated fats (the ones that are solid at room temperature) make an instant bird feeder. With a recycled yoghurt pot, make a small hole in the bottom and thread some string through. Tie it securely so that if you hold the yoghurt pot upside down, the string won't come loose. Ensure that there is enough string on the outside of the pot so that you can hang it from somewhere in the garden, and that there is enough string inside the pot that you can fold the string over the top edge. Put a small amount of plasticine inside the pot over the hole to prevent leakage. Whenever you now have excess saturated kitchen fats, pour them into the yoghurt pot and when it is full and the fats are set, take it outside, pull the yoghurt pot off and hang your feeder out. Repeat. Putting fats down the sink is illegal in the UK and other countries, so this is an ideal solution.
Tip 8 - Recycle carrier bags - next time you go shopping, take previously used plastic grocery bags with you. Each plastic bag takes 100 years to breakdown and contributes towards landfill. Alternatively, rather than buying bin bags, use old carrier bags.
Tip 9 - Recycle printer paper - next time you print something from your computer that isn't quite right, instead of throwing the printout away, why not print drafts on the other side, or use the blank side as memo paper?
Tip 10 - Use energy efficient light bulbs - whilst costing more than normal light bulbs, they last many times longer, and save you money.
All the tips in this article are quick and easy - even the birdfeeder only takes five minutes in preparation time. Small changes like this can make a huge difference to the environment and the more people that make this small effort, the better for the planet.
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