Recycling & energy saving.


bulb.jpgI never thought I would be so keen on recycling and energy saving but I have turned out to  be very keen.Not so much global warming although that is important ,but more about recycling and saving energy..I know there are 1000’s of tips out there but you have to use what works for you to make life a lot easier.There is no point in wearing yourself and your family out trying to recycle the world ,all is that is needed is your own little bit and then …Great oaks from little acorns grow!!

I love charity shops!

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Not many people realise that buying clothes and items from charity shops is a form of recycling , but I just love them.You are not only helping charities,the planet but also yourself.After all what might seem no good for one person might just be what I am looking for .As the old saying goes..One mans meat is another mans poison.

  • Always look for good labels.It is no good finding a tee shirt for £3 in the charity shop if you would buy it in the original shop for £3.

  • Make sure clothes are clean with no buttons missing or zips broken,although if it is a garment that is very good then it would be worth while.

  • Most charity shops let you take items back if they don’t fit.(But who would want to ,  put them in your next charity bag)

  • Go to shops outside of your own town,especially a posh town.A better class of clothing.

  • Not only clothing but loook at the amount of books that were beuatifully written and published by some one at some time , now ends up in a charity shop and is just what you are looking for .

A few links for you to check out

http://supportus.cancerresearchuk.org/shopping

http://www.scope.org.uk/

http://www.helptheaged.org.uk/en-gb

These are UK sites.I am sure that if you live outside the UK you will find charity sites in your area.

 

Got a new P.C.?

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Why not recycle your old one.I am sure there are a lot of people keeping an old monitor or modem just in case!! It costs you nothing to dispose of and these people will take the following items….

  • Laser printer toner cartridges, ink-jet and bubble-jet cartridges

  • Any computer hardware (PC’s, including 386/486, workstations, data-input terminals, etc)

  • Monitors (Glass CRT’s)

  • Printers, plotters and other peripherals

  • CD’s

  • Cables/Cabling

  • Packaging and anti-static bags  

http://www.smartgroup.freeserve.co.uk/whatwetake.html

This is a UK site ,if you are not in the UK search the web for a company in your area.

Composting

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Composting is Nature’s way of recycling and helps to reduce the amount of waste we put out for the bin men. By composting kitchen and garden waste you can easily improve the quality of your soil and be well on your way to a more beautiful garden. The following easy guide to home composting will provide you with all the information needed to get the best out of your bin.

Like any recipe, your compost relies on the right ingredients to make it work. Good things you can compost include ….

        

  • Vegetable peelings

  •  fruit waste,

  • teabags,

  • plant prunings and grass cuttings.

These are considered “Greens.” Greens are quick to rot and they provide important nitrogen and moisture. Other things you can compost include

  • cardboard egg boxes,

  • scrunched up paper

  •   fallen leaves.

These are considered “Browns” and are slower to rot. They provide fibre and carbon and also allow important air pockets to form in the mixture. Crushed eggshells can be included to add useful minerals.

Citrus Fruit Peel, Cores and Pulp

  • Citrus fruit peels,
  • cores and pulp can be added to your compost mixture, but may take longer to break down than other types of fruit waste. Chop them up into smaller pieces for the best results.
  • Maintaining a variety of fruit and vegetable waste in your mixture is the best way to ensure composting success.

Personal & Household Items

A general rule of thumb is that if it rots, it can be composted. Personal and household waste including

  • vacuum dust,
  • pet bedding,
  • wood ash,
  •  shredded newspapers are all suitable items for your bin

Check your carbon footprint

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The UK’s carbon footprint is over 500* million tonnes of CO2 per year. Individuals account for 45% of this. Find out how you can reduce your footprint

http://www.google.co.uk/carbonfootprint/index.html

Changing to a water meter.

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A friend of mine suggested I changed to a water meter two years ago after she realised how expensive our water bill was.I did not realise that our water bills were judged on the rateable value of our house.

There are 3 of us living in the house 2 of which have showers all the time and I like a good soak in a bath full of water reading a good book! I never thought we would save at all..

We decided to give it a go after we realised that we could have it on trial for a year .If we did not save we could have it changed back but any new comer buying our property in the future would have to have the meter (not a problem)

Two years on and we would not change back.We have cut our water bills by nearly half.It was a simple job for the water board to do and we are very happy with the outcome.Below is a link where you can find out more .

http://www.unitedutilities.com/?OBH=5040

Carrier bags

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Years ago nobody would have had a carrier bag and would have always have carried their own bag with them ,or the shop would have supplied a cardboard box to put groceries in.Now they are every where.

I work in a small shop that uses 2000 bags a week.Half of which you see in the bins along the way ,or floating about of no use to any body.

We had a small survey to see if people would stop asking for bags if they had to pay for them and the answer was NO!

Take a look at me favourite eco site for their campaign.

http://www.selfsufficientish.com/Carrier%20Bags.htm

Ink cartridges

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Recycle your ink cartridges,

There are companies that supply  recycled ink cartridges for your computer,
Save money, reduce waste.They even pay you if you send back your empty cartridge.

This company is one of the rest and very reliable.

http://www.inkcycle.co.uk

Batteries.

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Why keep buying batteries?

  • The average household uses an average of 21 normal batteries a year.

  • The UK generates 20,000 tonnes – 30,000 tonnes general purpose batteries  waste a year.

  • Less than 1000  tonnes is recycled.

  • Use rechargeable batteries and a battery charger. This saves energy because the energy needed to manufacture a battery is on average 50 times greater than the energy it gives out. However, rechargeable batteries are not suitable for smoke alarms as they tend to run out suddenly, preventing the alarm from warning when battery power is low.
  • I have had a battery recharger for about 10 years now.The batteries  may be more expensive to buy in the first place but the amount of money saved in the long run is great and they are getting cheaper all the time.
  • You are recycling the batteries every time you recharge one.
  • You never have to search around or run out of batteries again.
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