Nine out of ten households now have recycling collection schemes, so if you haven’t got boxes or bags from your local council, give them a call to make sure you haven’t been forgotten.
Don’t waste energy heating your home to tropical temperatures. Put on another layer of clothing, throw on a blanket at night and turn the dial down a degree.
Vintage chic is so now, but if you prefer new clothes to second hand, why not go organic? Stylish and urban, ethical fashion has never been more fabulous. Take a look at Traidcraft, People Tree, Howies and Gossypium.
Only boil as much water as you need and go for tea, coffee, milk and sugar that’s organic or Fairtrade. Tea leaves and coffee grounds also make great compost for the garden.
White vinegar is a natural disinfectant and stain remover; mixed with water, baking soda cuts through grime and dirt; lemon is great for disinfecting and removing grease and olive oil keeps wood shiny.
Looking for illumination? Turn on an energy saving bulb - it can save you £100 over its lifetime. Look out for LED lightbulbs too. They can reduce energy consumption by 80-90% and last around 100,000 hours.
8. Hot Water
Check your water temperature - the thermostat shouldn’t need to be set higher than 60°C/140°F. Keep an eye open for dripping hot water taps too - in a week it will waste enough hot water to fill half a bath.
9. Loft Insulation
There’s no point in heating your home if that warm and cosy feeling rushes out through the roof. Insulate your loft - it could save you £220 a year.
10. Air Fresheners
Instead of aerosol air fresheners with all their unnatural ingredients, try burning candles or boiling cloves or cinnamon. Tried and tested, a spot of bread making creates a great welcome home too.