Switch to LED lights. They cost less to run and last longer than any other bulb.
Save paper – always refuse paper receipts.
Check your local library to find out all the resources it provides. Libraries are a good place to read magazines and newspapers as well as borrowing books (and DVDs).
Replace at least part of your lawn with a meadow as a wildlife habitat, and cut down on the need for watering.
Reduce toxins in the home – always leave outdoor shoes at the door.
Use a recycled plastic water butt to collect rainwater for your garden.
If you only need a tool or piece of equipment infrequently then instead of buying one, save resources by asking a friend or neighbour if you can borrow one. Or check online for a lending club, such as Streetbank.
Grow houseplants for clean air and give them rainwater occasionally as it has less impurities than tapwater.
If you order coffee when you're out and about carry your own mug to avoid paper waste – we all know this is an easy win, but do we all do it?
Choose drought-resistant plants for the garden to cut down on the need for watering.
Share tools and gadgets that people use infrequently rather than each of your neighbours buying their own individual items. Plan ahead and co-ordinate new purchases with your neighbours.
Use dried tea leaves as a deodoriser. Scatter them over the carpet, leave for ten minutes then vacuum up. Place in the fridge to absorb odours (like baking soda).
Take holidays closer to home and avoid air travel if you can to reduce your carbon footprint.
Those little fruit and veg labels that supermarkets use can be recycled too. Peel them off and stick them onto a plastic container in the recycling bin.
Save and re-use the little sundries that come along with packaging, such as rubber bands, twist ties and boxes.
Where there's a choice select products with minimal or no packaging.
Use charcoal deodorisers around the home to absorb rather than mask odours and toxins.
Choose rechargeable batteries and a battery charger to cut down on disposables. Eventually recyclable batteries reach the end of their life too but they can be recycled – local recycling policies vary so check with your recycling facility.
Avoid creating waste. When ordering food avoid plastic utensils or straws by asking in advance.
Save electricity by running your washing machine on a cooler setting and consider line-drying your clothes instead of using a dryer.
To avoid creating waste, choose products with the least amount of packaging.