Many of us are oblivious to how much we waste, whether it is food, water or energy. Not only is this bad for the environment but it also costs us money too. Can you believe that food waste costs the average household £470 a year, rising to £700 for a household with children1 and that doesn't take into consideration other costs such as wasted energy - imagine what you could buy with all that money you could save.
Take a look at our top tips for reducing waste...
How energy efficient is your home?
Do you know how energy efficient your home is and what you could do to improve this? By creating an energy efficient home you could cut both your bills and also your carbon footprint. As well as solutions such as solar panels, smart meters and insulation there are also many products you can purchase to reduce the amount of energy you use in your home, from light bulbs to kettles.
As well as being bad for the environment, wasting energy also costs the average household too - According to the Energy Saving Trust, households waste £1.3bn by not fully turning off electronic devices such as computers and televisions2.
- Switch to energy saving lightbulbs, as well as saving energy there’s even evidence that it can save you money too
- Turn off electronics at the mains
- Check that your windows and doors are fully sealed with no cracks for heating to escape
- Whilst it won’t reduce energy this could reduce the amount of money you spend - make sure that you’re on the best deal. 51% of people could save over £300 on their annual energy bill by switching3
- Now that the weather is getting warmer, try using your heating less and drying clothes outside rather than on radiators or in a tumble dryer
- Make the most of lighter mornings - go to bed earlier and get up earlier
Did you know there is an EU target for the UK to recycle at least 50 per cent of household waste by 2020? Every year we produce around 3% more waste than the previous year and when it comes to paper, the average UK family throws away around 6 trees worth a year4 – it’s so easy to recycle so try setting up some recycling bins in your kitchen or outbuildings for things like paper, glass and cardboard. A full list of what you can recycle can be found here.
- Keep your recycling bins next to your rubbish bin – you’re far more likely to use them if you don’t have to make a special trip
- If you don’t have a collection then make recycling fit in with your lifestyle, try incorporating it into your weekly shop or school run
- Look out for seasonal collections such as Christmas cards, hangers and more
- Keep a box near your letterbox so you can recycle your junk mail straight away
- Try to buy things that come in packaging that can be recycled
- Go online - use your computer rather than heaps of paper
Food waste also has a great environmental impact, with Love Food Hate Waste suggesting that if we stopped wasting food, the benefit to the planet would be the equivalent of taking 1 in 4 cars off the road!5 One of the main reasons cited for people wasting food was not eating it in time. Did you know that you can now purchase frozen chopped onions, amongst other handy cooking ingredients and even regrow foods such as carrots from scraps?
It’s not just food waste but also water, carrier bags and much more - so be aware of what you are wasting on a daily basis.
- Write a shopping list – plan what you’re going to eat that week and stick to it
- Before you throw things away, think can you re-use, recycle or re-purpose? From lightbulbs to bottle tops, take a look at these ideas.
- Turn off the tap when you’re brushing your teeth
- Ensure you have plenty of bags for life in your car so that you don’t need to keep using carrier bags – and you’ll save 5p each time
- Obviously food waste can’t be recycled so try making your own compost at home
- Store food properly – use air tight containers and keep them in the right place to help make them last longer
- Grow your own fruit and vegetables - you could even get the children involved
- Did you know that some food magically regrows itself? Take a look here.
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Take a look at our top tips for recycling around your home here.
Moved recently? Take a look at what you can do with your boxes here.