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    • MSE Rhiannon
    • By MSE Rhiannon 14th May 19, 9:29 AM
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    Quick, easy, painless, everyday ways to save cash and go green
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    • 14th May 19, 9:29 AM
    Quick, easy, painless, everyday ways to save cash and go green 14th May 19 at 9:29 AM
    This week, we're featuring 10 quick, easy, painless, everyday ways to save cash and go green in the newsletter, including get paid to walk or recycle, refill your water bottle and save on coffee with a reusable cup.

    Do you have any more tips on other ways you save money & help the environment?
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    • jwil
    • By jwil 15th May 19, 7:08 AM
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    One of the biggest things we can do is waste less. Look at our bin and what we are throwing away. All of that is money and bad for the environment.

    Food waste and textiles have huge environmental impacts both during production and in landfill. Not throwing away food and using a food waste collection if you have one.

    The same with clothing/textiles, they should never be put in the bin - donate them to charity or use a recycling bank. Even tatty clothes and holey socks will be able to be recycled as rags. Buying second hand clothing saves money and helps the planet too
    "If you can dream it, you can do it". Walt Disney
    • Simonne15
    • By Simonne15 15th May 19, 8:19 AM
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    • 15th May 19, 8:19 AM
    In a move to reduce the plastic we buy we now buy longlife milk as it comes in cardboard cartons rather than plastic bottles. With that then cones the option to buy for the week or longer and make fewer trips to shops.
    • mmmmikey
    • By mmmmikey 16th May 19, 5:16 PM
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    • 16th May 19, 5:16 PM
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    • 16th May 19, 5:16 PM
    My tip is to buy British fruit and vegetables when they're in season, as locally grown as possible. As well as saving money and reducing the carbon emissions associated with transport, you end up naturally varying your diet.
    • Typo22
    • By Typo22 16th May 19, 5:50 PM
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    • 16th May 19, 5:50 PM
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    • 16th May 19, 5:50 PM
    Save money & help the environment? Very simple answer, difficult for most to do. Climate change is man-made, so have one less child. Save maybe 80 years' worth of consumption. And kids cost money, so have one less. Or none.

    I hate to say it, but maybe China was right with their "one-child" policy.
    Ian
    • Ectophile
    • By Ectophile 16th May 19, 7:08 PM
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    China is now reversing its one child policy. It may be good for the planet, but it causes problems for the country.


    As time goes on, you get more and more older people, and fewer and fewer young people. So either the old people can't retire, or the young people have to work harder and pay more taxes, just to support all the old people.
    If it sticks, force it.
    If it breaks, well it wasn't working right anyway.
    • Typo22
    • By Typo22 17th May 19, 5:13 AM
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    • 17th May 19, 5:13 AM
    Ectophile, that's why I said "maybe China was right". Producing more & more young people to support the elderly is like a giant Ponzi scheme - it won't end well!
    Ian
    • Misslayed
    • By Misslayed 17th May 19, 5:33 AM
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    • 17th May 19, 5:33 AM
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    • 17th May 19, 5:33 AM
    Sainsbury's are happy for you to take your own containers for meat and fish.
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    • mmmmikey
    • By mmmmikey 17th May 19, 9:19 PM
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    • 17th May 19, 9:19 PM
    Sainsbury's are happy for you to take your own containers for meat and fish.
    Originally posted by Misslayed

    Great idea, will start tomorrow - funny how easy it is not to have thought of something that now sounds so obvious
    • pile-o-stone
    • By pile-o-stone 19th May 19, 7:43 PM
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    We have a Joraform insulated rotating compost bin. It’s raised up off the ground on a stand that lets you easily rotate it to tumble the contents, but it also means it’s out of reach of vermin so you can put cooked waste food into it without worry.

    The insulation keeps the bin hot even in winter so you quickly turn food waste into compost. Its split into two bins so when one is full, you start filling the other side. Usually by the time the second bin is full of food waste the first bin is full of compost.

    All of our food waste is now composted.
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    • michaels
    • By michaels 19th May 19, 7:48 PM
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    Obviously LED bulbs if you haven't done it yet - change those dodgy fluorescent only fittings too is very cheap and doesn't need an electrician.
    Cool heads and compromise
    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 19th May 19, 8:00 PM
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    ... and save on coffee with a
    reusable cup.
    Originally posted by MSE Rhiannon
    Or save even more on coffee by making it yourself.
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    • Greenenergy
    • By Greenenergy 20th May 19, 1:45 PM
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    What I want to know is about energy companies.

    For example British Gas have green tariffs - but 40% of their electric generation is from Biomass - which I dont think is really what I would class as green.

    Whereas Scottish Power only generate 100% wind energy , but for example like today over 50% of electric is currently generated from gas. So im wondering if it even makes a difference going with a company that only generates 100% fully green energy as there are times this isnt possible? So I might as well go with the cheapest and hope that everyone goes greener in the future?
    Last edited by Greenenergy; 20-05-2019 at 1:47 PM.
    • 1961Nick
    • By 1961Nick 20th May 19, 3:04 PM
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    What I want to know is about energy companies.

    For example British Gas have green tariffs - but 40% of their electric generation is from Biomass - which I dont think is really what I would class as green.

    Whereas Scottish Power only generate 100% wind energy , but for example like today over 50% of electric is currently generated from gas. So im wondering if it even makes a difference going with a company that only generates 100% fully green energy as there are times this isnt possible? So I might as well go with the cheapest and hope that everyone goes greener in the future?
    Originally posted by Greenenergy
    I think you've answered your own question.

    As soon as you dig a bit deeper into many of these 'Green' claims, the wheels start to come off.
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    • Niv
    • By Niv 21st May 19, 12:28 PM
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    What I want to know is about energy companies.

    For example British Gas have green tariffs - but 40% of their electric generation is from Biomass - which I dont think is really what I would class as green.

    Whereas Scottish Power only generate 100% wind energy , but for example like today over 50% of electric is currently generated from gas. So im wondering if it even makes a difference going with a company that only generates 100% fully green energy as there are times this isnt possible? So I might as well go with the cheapest and hope that everyone goes greener in the future?
    Originally posted by Greenenergy


    Go with bulb then, cheap and 'green'.
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    • michaels
    • By michaels 21st May 19, 9:37 PM
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    The electricity supply companies sell power to consumers and have to buy the same amount of power from generators. On a green tariff the company buys as much 'green' generated electricity as they sell to the customer no the green tariff. But electricity is fungible, the stuff coming out of your plug socket is not electrons bought specifically for you by your supplier. So a 100% green tariff just means that the supplier is buying the same amount of power that you use form a green supply overall, at any one moment the actual power you are using might be generated anywhere.

    However that doesn't mean that you choosing a green tariff makes no difference, the more people who choose only green electricity, the more green power the suppliers have to find to buy and thus the more demand there is for green generation and thus the more solar panels, wind farms (and biomass ) get built.
    Cool heads and compromise
    • GreatApe
    • By GreatApe 21st May 19, 11:15 PM
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    The electricity supply companies sell power to consumers and have to buy the same amount of power from generators. On a green tariff the company buys as much 'green' generated electricity as they sell to the customer no the green tariff. But electricity is fungible, the stuff coming out of your plug socket is not electrons bought specifically for you by your supplier. So a 100% green tariff just means that the supplier is buying the same amount of power that you use form a green supply overall, at any one moment the actual power you are using might be generated anywhere.

    However that doesn't mean that you choosing a green tariff makes no difference, the more people who choose only green electricity, the more green power the suppliers have to find to buy and thus the more demand there is for green generation and thus the more solar panels, wind farms (and biomass ) get built.
    Originally posted by michaels

    only if 'green tariffs' demand actually exceed the amount of 'green' energy generated which seems unlikely at this stage

    Its mostly an accounting trick at this stage to say 'your' electricity is green
    • GreatApe
    • By GreatApe 21st May 19, 11:26 PM
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    Buy more energy dense foods which have multiple economic and environmental benefits

    A 1kg bag of granola (which costs 1.60) is much more packaging and fossil fuel efficient per calorie than most of anything else in a typically shopping trolley

    Not that I recommend doing this but for context if that is all you ate your yearly food packaging waste would fit inside a shoe box and it would only cos you 300 and you can guesstimate less than 10% of that cost is fossil fuel usage in producing and transporting that to you.

    Do I do this, hell no I am a fan of take away pizza and then driving my 2 ton car 1 mile to the gym so I can spend an hour on the treadmill got to support those fossil fuel companies they got employees with kids that need feeding. Screw the planet if you cant live a proper life, where is my CO2 emitting beer
    • Niv
    • By Niv 22nd May 19, 7:32 AM
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    only if 'green tariffs' demand actually exceed the amount of 'green' energy generated which seems unlikely at this stage

    Its mostly an accounting trick at this stage to say 'your' electricity is green
    Originally posted by GreatApe

    Which is similar to carbon trading / off setting which is also a joke imo.
    YNWA

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    • Niv
    • By Niv 22nd May 19, 7:38 AM
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    Buy more energy dense foods which have multiple economic and environmental benefits

    A 1kg bag of granola (which costs 1.60) is much more packaging and fossil fuel efficient per calorie than most of anything else in a typically shopping trolley

    Not that I recommend doing this but for context if that is all you ate your yearly food packaging waste would fit inside a shoe box and it would only cos you 300 and you can guesstimate less than 10% of that cost is fossil fuel usage in producing and transporting that to you.

    Do I do this, hell no I am a fan of take away pizza and then driving my 2 ton car 1 mile to the gym so I can spend an hour on the treadmill got to support those fossil fuel companies they got employees with kids that need feeding. Screw the planet if you cant live a proper life, where is my CO2 emitting beer
    Originally posted by GreatApe
    This isn't aimed at you GreatApe but your reply prompted me. It does make me laugh when people have 'morals' about niche subject areas but then do not even look at the big picture. Things like boycotting Nestle or mondelez but popping to macdonalds for their lunch in their cars eating from packaging that is single use and has dubious recycling credentials then drinking through their single use plastic straws - but its ok because they boycott Nestle...
    YNWA

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