1. Only fill the kettle with the amount of water you need. Overfilling the kettle not only means it takes longer to boil but also wastes £1million of energy in the UK every week. If everybody stopped doing this we could save enough electricity to run all the street lighting in the whole country.
2. Turn off the tap when you’re brushing your teeth. Leaving it running for 3 minutes wastes 18 litres of water.
3. Once you’ve finished reading your morning paper, pop it in a recycling bin on the street or at work. It takes just 7 days for your old newspaper to be recycled into a new one. On a Sunday, 90% of newspapers are thrown away in Britain, which is the equivalent of putting 500,000 trees into landfill.
4. Don’t eat meat for lunch. The stomachs of the world’s 1.4 billion cows account for 14% of global emissions of methane, a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than CO2. It also takes far more energy, land and water to produce the equivalent amount of calories from meat than from grain or soya.
5. Think before you print out emails or other documents on your computer. Save them into folders and back up your work so they will always be there.
6. Don’t leave your mobile charger plugged in after it’s charged your phone. It leaches electricity and runs up your bill.
7. Check your tyre pressure. Driving with the incorrect pressure uses more fuel and makes your tyres wear out quicker. Mike said: “Driving with tyres that are three psi (pounds per square inch) below the correct pressure decreases fuel economy by one per cent. Between increased greenhouse gas emissions and scrapping more tyres more often, it is inevitable that a substantial impact is being made on the environment. Through one simple step motorists can improve fuel economy, reduce emissions and be safer on the roads.”
8. Take reusable bags to the supermarket. All of the chemicals used to manufacture plastic bags are toxic and cause damage to the environment and they can take up to 1,000 years to degrade. According to Friends of the Earth, we use eight billion bags in the UK every year – which is over 134 per person. Only one in every 200 is recycled.
9. Take a shower instead of having a bath. A bath uses 100 litres of water compared to only 63 litres used during a seven-minute shower.
10. Don’t leave the TV on standby when you switch it off for the night. It’s estimated that if everyone in the UK switched appliances off at the plug we could shut down two power stations with the reduction in energy.
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