If possible replace disposable products with reusable ones (eg. food storage, coffee filters, straws, etc.).
Rub beeswax over pans and baking sheets rather than use butter or oil each time. Over time the pan develops a permanent coating.
Switch to LED lights. They cost less to run and last longer than any other bulb.
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).
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.
In the garden, use coffee grounds as a mulch for acid-loving plants or around the base of plants to deter ants and slugs.
Avoid creating waste. When ordering food avoid plastic utensils or straws by asking in advance.
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.
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.
Use charcoal deodorisers around the home to absorb rather than mask odours and toxins.
Use a recycled plastic water butt to collect rainwater for your garden.
To avoid creating waste, choose products with the least amount of packaging.
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.
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.
Sprinkle dry tea leaves to deodorise problem areas such as your cat litter tray.
Reduce toxins in the home – always leave outdoor shoes at the door.
Take holidays closer to home and avoid air travel if you can to reduce your carbon footprint.