Eco ideas and news items published in previous months can be found below:-
Ideas you could try in August 2018
…not all at once but perhaps pick one or two ideas and try them out during August and they might become new habits or spark your interest in a particular area….
How do you travel to and from church… if you left earlier could you consider walking to church?
Are you aware there are cycle rings installed at church. Now you have somewhere safe to store your bike when you cycle to church!
Use water wisely
Fix those dripping taps to save water and money.
Consider fitting a water meter.
Do you have a Hippo fitted in your toilet cisterns throughout your house? They could save you water with every flush.
If you are going out for a day to the beach, why not take a bag in your pocket and pick up any litter you see to stop it ending up in the sea. Remember only leave footprints in the sand!
Consider using public transport for your day out or holiday journey. This will help you reduce your carbon emissions and travelling by train or ferry can be part of the adventure!
If you are planning to fly for your holiday you can offset the carbon you generate from your flight. Check out Climate Stewards.
Holiday waste. When you are away try and take as much care to save energy, recycle and prevent food waste as you would at home.
Ideas you could try this Autumn
…not all at once but perhaps pick one or two ideas and try them out this Autumn and they might become new habits or spark your interest in a particular area….
Harvest and a time to consider reducing food waste
Consider writing a weekly menu plan and then plan your shopping list based on this menu plan. It will encourage you to buy items you need for the week therefore avoiding over purchasing and wasting food … ideas!
Have you prepared too much food, or your family not feeling as hungry as normal? Consider freezing your left overs in individual portion sizes. Then, occasionally, have a menu day of left-over meals form the freezer … minimal preparation and food and money saved!
Compost your (uncooked) food waste such as peelings, apple cores, broccoli storks, or invest in a wormery to make fertiliser from your waste. Wormery ideas!
Cook only the amount of food you will need for each meal time, portion control during preparation by weighing portions of rice, pasta etc.
From April 2019 Wokingham Borough Council are planning to collect food waste from the curb side.
As the clock’s change and the darker nights are on us, is it time to consider the lighting in your home?
Light Bulbs! If an average household replaced all of their bulbs with LEDs it would cost about £100 and save about £35 a year on bills. How?
Use natural light when you can to save energy.
Turn lights off when they are not needed. Try lights set on manual timers or there are bulbs, plugs and apps that you can link to your mobile phone to be able to switch lights off or on in your home from your phone. You don’t need to leave a light on all night if you go out, you can switch the front door light on as your leave to return home!
If you have lights in your garden use solar powered lights that charge during the day and don’t require electricity.
- All food tins and drinks cans
- Paper and card including window envelopes – shredded paper should be put in envelopes or cardboard boxes
- Plastic bottles without lids
- Broken down cardboard which must fit in the box or be in box size bundles placed to side of box
- Tubs (Ice cream and margarine)
- Clear plastic food trays (e.g. cakes, meat or punnet containers)
- Cosmetic pots and tubs (made with flexible plastic)
- Cartons or tetrapaks (milk, soup or juice) – all without lids
- Clean foil and foil trays
Previous Eco News items, now deleted, can be found here.