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					Greening your Home & Parish

     “…if the environmental crisis
     affects us all, each of us has the
     responsibility to play our part in
     addressing the crisis.”**
           50 easy ways to help the environment
                (and save yourself money*)
Choose local produce
      Use your LOAF:-
      Locally produced,
      Organic,
      Animal friendly,
      Fairly traded


Refuse plastic bags
Use shopping bags or ‘bags for life’
instead



                  50 easy ways to help the environment
                       (and save yourself money*)
Slow down
Driving at 60mph uses less fuel than driving at 70 or 80mph*




Switch to green electricity
Support renewable sources of power
(through Christian Ecology Link’s
Operation Noah)


                   50 easy ways to help the environment
                        (and save yourself money*)
Use a nappy washing service
It is predicted that disposable nappies will
last for 200 years in landfill. A nappy
washing service uses 32% less energy and
41% less water than home washing




Wash your clothes in full loads
Instead of wasting water and energy on
half-empty loads*



                    50 easy ways to help the environment
                         (and save yourself money*)
Turn down your central heating
thermostat by 1 degree C.
It can save you 10% on your heating
bills *




Take a brisk shower
Or share the bath water with the family.
Saving water, a shower uses 2/5 water of
a bath*


                   50 easy ways to help the environment
                        (and save yourself money*)
Choose energy-efficient appliances
When you replace old ones*




Buy compact fluorescent light
bulbs
They last up to 12 times as long and use
less than 20% of the energy of
conventional bulbs, saving £10 per bulb
a year*
                  50 easy ways to help the environment
                       (and save yourself money*)
Join a library
Instead of buying books




Get to know your neighbours
They are more likely to keep your
home secure than energy-guzzling
security lights*


                  50 easy ways to help the environment
                       (and save yourself money*)
Recycle your car-oil
At a recycling depot or petrol station. It contains lead, nickel
and cadmium




Get on your bike
Or use public transport instead of
driving*



                    50 easy ways to help the environment
                         (and save yourself money*)
Let them carry you off in a biodegradable
cardboard coffin
Saving trees. Available mail order, flat pack or ready
assembled!




Use low-phosphate washing liquid
and washing powder
Phosphates stimulate algal growth when
discharged into the water, lowering
oxygen levels and killing plants and fish

                    50 easy ways to help the environment
                         (and save yourself money*)
Only boil the amount of water you need in the
kettle
More water means more time to boil, using more
electricity/gas*




Keep a lid on saucepans when cooking
Keep the heat down*




                  50 easy ways to help the environment
                       (and save yourself money*)
Raise your glass to organic beer
Conventionally grown hops are sprayed up to a dozen times a
year




Use recycling facilities. Over
60% of all our rubbish can
be recycled
(But don’t make a special journey in
the car)

                  50 easy ways to help the environment
                       (and save yourself money*)
Support your local milkman
Reusing bottles is better for the environment than recycling
plastic packaging




Donate left over paint to a
community project
(In Britain 6.2million litres of paint
are unused every year)


                    50 easy ways to help the environment
                         (and save yourself money*)
Drink tap or filtered water, not bottled
Reduce packaging and recycling*




Invest in a washing line or
airing cupboard
Sunlight and hot air are free. Tumble
dryers use costly energy*


                  50 easy ways to help the environment
                       (and save yourself money*)
Don’t use individually packaged teabags
Share teabags. Put teabags on the compost heap*




Turn off TVs and stereos
Instead of leaving them on standby*




                  50 easy ways to help the environment
                       (and save yourself money*)
Lighten up
Paint your walls a pale colour so you need less artificial light*




Only flush toilets if needed
Save precious highly processed water.
Follow the Australian maxim ‘If it’s yellow,
let it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down’*


                    50 easy ways to help the environment
                         (and save yourself money*)
Insulate your church & home
Cavity wall insulation and loft
insulation, keeping your home warm
in winter, lower heating bills, and
cooler in summer




Soak up the sun
Even in Britain solar panels can
produce a surprising amount of
energy


                  50 easy ways to help the environment
                       (and save yourself money*)
Buy from companies with eco-friendly policies




Avoid air travel
It produces three times more carbon
dioxide per passenger than rail
travel*


                  50 easy ways to help the environment
                       (and save yourself money*)
Use the Quick programme on the
dishwasher/washing machine
Save water and energy




Cut up the plastic rings from beer packs
Wildlife can choke on them or trap themselves and they are
invisible in water



                  50 easy ways to help the environment
                       (and save yourself money*)
Bring a mug to the office/evening class/church
social
Instead of using polystyrene cups




Book your holiday through an ethical tour
operator
Avoid package and all inclusive deals,
which exclude local people


                   50 easy ways to help the environment
                        (and save yourself money*)
Choose heavy curtains
That keep in more heat in winter, rather than blinds*




Hold a Tupperware party
Airtight food containers can be reused.
Sandwich bags and wraps cannot*



                   50 easy ways to help the environment
                        (and save yourself money*)
Cancel that expensive gym membership
Walk to work and church instead*




Buy sustainably produced wood for your DIY
MDF and chipboard release formaldehyde, a carcinogens




                  50 easy ways to help the environment
                       (and save yourself money*)
Set your computer to double-sided printing in the
office and at home
Halve the amount of paper you consume*




Save and cherish water
Install water butts on down-pipes, fix
dripping taps, reuse water



                   50 easy ways to help the environment
                        (and save yourself money*)
Start a compost heap
It’s good for the garden, recycles
kitchen waste, including egg shells
and coffee grounds




Buy your own hive
Without bees the planet would only
last 60 years



                   50 easy ways to help the environment
                        (and save yourself money*)
Plant a tree
Trees are beautiful and absorb carbon dioxide.




Feel comfortable about buying
in charity shops
Invest in reusing



                    50 easy ways to help the environment
                         (and save yourself money*)
Buy less
Save time and money as well as the planet




                  “Buy Less, Use Less & Buy Responsibly”


                  50 easy ways to help the environment
                       (and save yourself money*)

				
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