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    • yellow218
    • By yellow218 13th Feb 18, 9:58 PM
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    Ideas on how to be greener and save money
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    • 13th Feb 18, 9:58 PM
    Ideas on how to be greener and save money 13th Feb 18 at 9:58 PM
    2018 resolution to try to be greener.
    - check supermarket prices for loose and packaged veg to avoid non-recyclable plastic use
    - only filling the kettle with the amount of water needed. We use a job too kettle and we are really noticing the difference in the time it takes to boil. Will no doubt save money on gas.
    - bag of water in the toilet cistern
    - nagging hubby to turn off the lights !!!129325;

    Other ideas??

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    • jsrees
    • By jsrees 21st Feb 18, 9:41 AM
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    Compost loo
    I use an adapted garden shed (6' x 4') as a compost loo.

    It's on steep land, so I walk into the shed on the level, and at the back, there is some drainage of any excess liquid onto roots of an apple tree.

    Two loo seats side by side - one in active use, the other closed off for fermenting. I empty the fermented one when the active one is getting full - about every 2-3 years. It's compost already but I then add it to the regular garden compost heap to allow another year or so before it goes on the vegetable garden.

    Good saving in water and sewage costs, and great feeling of being in harmony with environment every time I use it.

    Interesting to watch visitors' reactions - about 50% happy to use it in preference to indoor loo.
    • Primrose
    • By Primrose 21st Feb 18, 10:17 AM
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    Even if you have a dishwasher, keep a bowl of soapy water in your sink for those instant wash ups you need, especially if utensils need cleaning more than once while cooking or preparing a recipe.
    • mickeymouse303
    • By mickeymouse303 21st Feb 18, 10:23 AM
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    I'd definitely recommend composting because you can use certain bits of food waste.

    Here's some more info about composting at home: https://www.epa.gov/recycle/composting-home
    • Primrose
    • By Primrose 21st Feb 18, 11:11 AM
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    Anybody who has been reading about the drastic measures having to be adopted by the people of South Africa, and particularly in Cape Town, as a result of lack of rains, and an infrastructure which has not been built over the years to cope with the population's water needs, will understand the need to conserve water. It will be a very short time there before everybodys' taps are turned off and young and old will be having to queue at communal water taps for all their needs.


    If we all had a dose of having to do this, even for a couple of days, lugging buckets and containers , we would quickly realise just how precious a commodity water is!!
    • jinkssick
    • By jinkssick 22nd Feb 18, 11:33 AM
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    -When its cold wear a jumper. When sitting down use a throw/blanket. At the moment its cold and my heater turns on 1 1/2hrs from 23:00 to 12:30 and again 03:00 to 04:30. Sons room has windows covered with thick curtain to trap heat/prevent heat leakage. Also bottom of door is covered with old towel at nights. This goes for my sons bedroom and our bedroom. All doors in the house are shut during winter to conserve heat in each. All heaters in living room, bathroom, foyer are all closed so we heat just two bedrooms.
    -When driving, I accelerate from start slowly and never drive for other people no matter how much they want me to speed up 0-30 in 2.2secs. Keep wheels inflated one PSI higher than recommended Economy setting. When driving on motorway I will not go over 60mph (if its safe I would do 55 when no large trucks are around). The savings costs are staggering. Might take me 7-8 less but save me a lot more. Driving 60 instead of 70 saves 14%!
    And the norms of reading the road ahead, If I am coming towards a red light I would stop accelerating way before so that when it turns green I have some momentum don't have to start car from scratch.
    -I highly highly recommend a dash cam (mine was 30). I was hit by another driver who said they werent to blame. Video was perfect proof, last week got word they/insurers have taken full responsibility. 30 cost of dash cam cancelled out by hundreds s of repairs.
    -When we eat out we always bring our own drink for our son. Or have tap water. Its crazy to think how most profit for restaurants is on the drinks. We may treat ourselves to some McDonalds and only pay 1.99 for Big Mac/fries and get tap water. Been doing it for a few years now. It is shocking to think people walk up and order off the menu from any chain. Using coupons we eat in Toby Carvery 2x adults and child for 10.50 with tap water. I may eat at 11am fill up on the veg that I don't have to eat for the rest of the day.
    -Cook meals at home and use for lunch at work.
    -Shop at Lidl and forego the clubcard points con at Tesco. Even though their 4 times value deals for restaurants was great but now moving to 3 No Bueno
    -Containers whatever they contain are cut in half and every little bit is used. With some you can place the cut part into the other cut part and make it pretty much 95% sealed.
    -I grab a mug, fill it with water, then put the water in the kettle. That shows you what you need to boil.
    -When cooking I turn off hob 10 mins, before food to be cooked that the residual heat can take care of.
    -I don't have tv licence, no sky, no bt and watch most things on youtube/Netflix (perpetually get their free trial). Broadband was haggled to 14 a month.
    -Most of our furniture is second hand in great condition bought from gumtree, ebay, community forum
    -I rarely set foot in a shop, if I do its to see an item and then purchase online
    -I shop at Lidl/Aldi if I want a specific brand item, I use mysupermarket to find where its cheapest in the big 5.
    -80% of my sons clothing are brought second hand, then washed. If he wants a particular toy I would try to find it second hand, a replica of item or getting it as cheap as possible online
    -PC/laptops can be turned to hibernate (don't use sleep) as that uses no electricity when you want it to boot up faster
    -Use one block of toilet paper when I do a wee (I'm a man), 4 x2 for a poo. Of course let it mellow etc


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    • MSE Andrea
    • By MSE Andrea 22nd Feb 18, 12:11 PM
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    I love this thread. Well done yellow218!
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    • sazzlebgood?
    • By sazzlebgood? 22nd Feb 18, 7:33 PM
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    after using the oven leave the door open and the left over heat will heat your kitchen
    • Pixie Boodle
    • By Pixie Boodle 28th Feb 18, 10:15 AM
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    Saving Water
    I bought a 5 white plastic kettle from Asda and boil water from my water butt to use for the "dirty" jobs around the house - cleaning the toilets/kitchen floor etc. I use this kettle too for my hot water bottle refills instead of using fresh water every time. My water bill has gone down by 5 a month since I started doing this.
    • Primrose
    • By Primrose 28th Feb 18, 10:29 AM
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    I bought a 5 white plastic kettle from Asda and boil water from my water butt to use for the "dirty" jobs around the house - cleaning the toilets/kitchen floor etc. I use this kettle too for my hot water bottle refills instead of using fresh water every time. My water bill has gone down by 5 a month since I started doing this.
    Originally posted by Pixie Boodle

    What a good idea - as long as you don't have to plough out through the current snow to crack the ice in your water butt !
    • Laura_Elsewhere
    • By Laura_Elsewhere 2nd Mar 18, 10:05 PM
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    We can put bones in our food waste bin.

    I am concerned about washing fleeces. We have several and they are warm. If I washed them in a pillowcase would that stop fibres escaping or would they just all end up in the pillowcase and then end up in the drains next time I wash the pillowcase?
    Originally posted by THIRZAH
    So far as I can tell there is no eco-friendly way to wash fleece or microfibre

    How about just reducing how often you need to wash them? So, spot-cleaning any spills or stains, like you would on a wool jacket you can't wash? And when you take them off, turn them inside-out and hang on a coat-hanger so they can air.

    And a tip from someone I know who worked for decades in opera-costume - where the costumes are worn every night under hot stage-lighting so the singers are very sweaty, but the costumes can never be washed - fill a plant-mister spray-bottle with vodka and a few drops of essential oil of rosemary, and spray that onto the underarms to kill smells!

    That way, at least you're only washing them if they REALLy need it - and maybe soak overnight in a bucket of water, or water-with-Biotex, and then the quickest, least-water wash cycle possible.
    that's what I'm trying to do...

    you can only do what you can do - but to my mind, the microfibre/fleece pollution is amongst the worst we've inflicted on the planet. These are many of the plastics found in remote places of the world, the deep seas, etc...
    • yellow218
    • By yellow218 4th Mar 18, 7:34 AM
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    Three new things for us this week.
    - loose leaf tea rather than tea bags. Apparently tea bags have plastic in then. Seems to have been an easy swap so far. Tea strainer at the ready!!!
    - normal washing powder is starting to get low. Purchased an eco egg. Heard they don!!!8217;t have much fragrance so dug our some lavender essential oils I already had.
    - realised there!!!8217;s an eco setting on the washing machine. (How did I not see it before). The cycle takes longer but i mainly put a load in before work or bed so it!!!8217;s not a problem but uses less water and less electricity. Question to anyone who uses an eco setting- mine defaults to 60degrees but can be changed. My instinct was to drop it to 30, but does it work well enough. I normally wash at 30 but on a normal cycle to it!!!8217;s more vigorous. I assume an eco setting works by soaking clothes more?
    • Glad
    • By Glad 4th Mar 18, 10:25 AM
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    great thread, I'm trying to be greener and healthier so following this thread closely

    For health reasons and to reduce food miles and to support a local farm, I have an organic veg delivery every two weeks. I also buy free range poultry direct from a nearby free range poultry farm. My food bill works out at 15 to 20 per week, which I don't feel is excessive for one person buying organic / free range produce.
    Originally posted by WeeMidgie
    WeeMidgie
    I'd love to hear more I have a veg box delivered and I'm really struggling with my food bill, (I saw someone else mention they were too recently but can't find it now)
    large fruit and veg box with enough for me for a week costs 23, then I also buy free range chicken, about 3 for one breast which stretches over a few meals, and some sustainable fish,
    add to that oats, soya milk, green tea, beans, eggs, yoghurt, sometimes cheese and my foodbill is over 40 a week
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    • maryb
    • By maryb 4th Mar 18, 11:48 AM
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    Lidl do a surprising amount of organic food. I always buy their free range organic eggs. Mixed sizes in theory but they seem normal to me. Their free range chicken and frozen wild salmon are also good value. You can usually get organic broccoli and carrots as well.
    It doesn't matter if you are a glass half full or half empty sort of person. Keep it topped up! Cheers!
    • yellow218
    • By yellow218 22nd Mar 18, 5:35 AM
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    Eco egg arrived this week. Going to finish using up my normal detergent first, then !!!8216;detox!!!8217; the machine and give it a go. Fingers crossed.

    Fairy liquid ran out so can finally replace with something a bit greener. Fairy actually has !!!8216;dangerous to aquatic life!!!8217; on the back label. No thanks. There were cheaper own brands available, but when comparing fairy to ecover I was surprise to see ecover was cheaper per litre. So going to give it a go.

    Hubby and I have agreed that in some cases we are prepared to pay a little more (10%extra) to be greener, but even better if it!!!8217;s actually cheaper than what we currently use.

    Anyone else found made any new swaps?
    • netskii
    • By netskii 23rd Mar 18, 2:43 PM
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    Really enjoying this thread, and just thought I would join in as I went a bit mad this afternoon - eB@y have an offer off 20% off today - code PAY20LESS so I finally bought a few things that I've been procrastinating about...

    Eco Egg
    Mesh Produce bags (noticed today Lid1 have started selling loose fruit)
    Re-usable sanitary towels
    Stainless Steel Spork

    Very pleased as had come home from shops totally deflated by the amount of plastic everywhere!!
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    • yellow218
    • By yellow218 6th Apr 18, 4:30 PM
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    after using the oven leave the door open and the left over heat will heat your kitchen
    Originally posted by sazzlebgood?
    Tried this the other day. Nearly had roast cat! Good thought but wont work in my house !!!128522;
    • yellow218
    • By yellow218 6th Apr 18, 4:35 PM
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    So verdict on ecover washing up liquid- I haven!!!8217;t noticed any difference. So it!!!8217;s a swap that is staying.

    New swap this week, ran out of fabric softener. I!!!8217;ve replaced with vinegar and a few drops of essential oil for two loads. Clothes are soft and clean. There is no vinegar smell. Not no essential oil smell either. I!!!8217;m happy with that so far.

    Haven!!!8217;t tried the eco egg yet. It came with detox tablets to clean the machine. Want to wait until all my normal powder is used up first.

    Does anyone know- can you use eco egg and vinegar as softener at the same time? Or does the vinegar destroy the egg?
    • Gem-gem
    • By Gem-gem 6th Apr 18, 6:15 PM
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    Did my first load of washing this week without fabric conditioner. Didn't notice any different. (Will still use it for woolly wash).
    Used up bathroom cleaner on Wednesday. Hubby has bought some white vinegar. Will some 'how clean is your house' recipes.
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    • edwink
    • By edwink 15th Apr 18, 4:14 PM
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    Fairy liquid ran out so can finally replace with something a bit greener. Fairy actually has !!!8216;dangerous to aquatic life!!!8217; on the back label. No thanks. There were cheaper own brands available, but when comparing fairy to ecover I was surprise to see ecover was cheaper per litre. So going to give it a go.

    Hubby and I have agreed that in some cases we are prepared to pay a little more (10%extra) to be greener, but even better if it!!!8217;s actually cheaper than what we currently use.

    Anyone else found made any new swaps?
    Originally posted by yellow218
    We have swapped Ecover Washing up liquid for Aldi's Magnum ECO ACTION in Pomegranate & Kiwi. Phosphate free. We have found it really good. I believe it is not a regular stocked item and is in store when they have a promotion on. I stock up on them when I see them in the store.

    Aldi do a range of cleaning products which it says is for a greener tomorrow. I have tried the fabric conditioner & laundry wash and both of those I find do the job well. The only criticism I have is for the Multi Surface cleaner which I think smells revolting for some reason. They make two varieties of these, one is Anti Bacterial and the other has a fragrance which is pomegranate which I really dislike.

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    • doingitanyway
    • By doingitanyway 15th Apr 18, 4:37 PM
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    great thread, I'm trying to be greener and healthier so following this thread closely


    WeeMidgie
    I'd love to hear more I have a veg box delivered and I'm really struggling with my food bill, (I saw someone else mention they were too recently but can't find it now)
    large fruit and veg box with enough for me for a week costs 23, then I also buy free range chicken, about 3 for one breast which stretches over a few meals, and some sustainable fish,
    add to that oats, soya milk, green tea, beans, eggs, yoghurt, sometimes cheese and my foodbill is over 40 a week
    Originally posted by Glad
    Like weemidgie I get an organic veg box fortnightly. I get the UK local box as the others appear to do quite a air miles. I add organic produce from the budget supermarkets to keep me going. If I am lucky I get YS organic proteins and freeze them. I buy organic eggs always and wild fish when I can. I still eat non organic foods but try hard to stay away from processed rubbish. My food bill is over 40 a week too. I am trying to reduce this. For me the key is to stay out of the shops so I am not tempted by rubbish. Good luck. I recommend an organic veg box. It helps me eat better and I find it cost effective
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