Replace at least part of your lawn with a meadow as a wildlife habitat, and cut down on the need for watering.
Sprinkle dry tea leaves to deodorise problem areas such as your cat litter tray.
In the garden, use coffee grounds as a mulch for acid-loving plants or around the base of plants to deter ants and slugs.
To avoid creating waste, choose products with the least amount of packaging.
Rub beeswax over pans and baking sheets rather than use butter or oil each time. Over time the pan develops a permanent coating.
Where there's a choice select products with minimal or no packaging.
Save and re-use the little sundries that come along with packaging, such as rubber bands, twist ties and boxes.
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.
Avoid creating waste. When ordering food avoid plastic utensils or straws by asking in advance.
Choose drought-resistant plants for the garden to cut down on the need for watering.
Filter water for all uses, not just drinking. Install a water filter instead of filling up those jugs.
Take time to work out how much you need before making a purchase. If you do this for items such as food and paint you'll avoid paying for quantities that will only go to waste.
Use charcoal deodorisers around the home to absorb rather than mask odours and toxins.
Grow houseplants for clean air and give them rainwater occasionally as it has less impurities than tapwater.
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.
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.
Share the little things in life, such as newspapers, magazines, books and DVDs, between friends and neighbours.
Switch to LED lights. They cost less to run and last longer than any other bulb.