We have worked with the experts over at Unilever to compile a list of ideas below designed to help you to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Not only will implementing as many of these as possible help the environment but it should also help to save you money…
• When boiling water in an electric kettle (or on hob), only put in as much water as you are going to use there and then. Filling the kettle up to the top for one cup of tea is a huge waste of energy
• Have a separate bin for your PG Tips tea bags and other compostable household waste (eg. vegetable peelings)
• Turning down your washing machine’s temperature to 30C. Washing your laundry at 30°C using Persil instead of 40°C for a year can half your washing energy bill
• Dose correctly to save waste. With the great cleaning power that is delivered by products such as Persil and Comfort Concentrate, even the most stubborn stains will be eliminated by using the right dose in each wash – look out for the correct dosing instructions on the back of packs
• Clean your dirty dishes in a washing up bowl rather than under running hot water and to try to wash up in the sink when possible rather than using a dishwasher.
• Defrost frozen food overnight rather than microwaving it. Less cooking time means less energy usage.
• Plan a week’s meals in advance and shop accordingly. This should allow you to avoid over-buying perishable items and you will be able to plan to use leftovers as part of meals the next day
• Label, portion and freeze/refrigerate your left over food, to prevent food wastage.
• Try experimenting with new recipes based around any leftover ingredients you do have.
• Use LED light bulbs instead of standard bulbs as these use less energy and last longer than filament bulbs. Try our Wilko Cabinet Light 12 LED – £12.99
• Try to be aware of unnecessary lights left on, and appliances left plugged-in or on standby. Nearly all electrical and electronic appliances can safely be turned off at the plug without upsetting their systems.
• Always turn lights out when leaving a room regardless of how short a period it is for
• Be conscious of how many lights you have on and whether they all need to be in use
• Keep clothes fresh by using Wilko vacuum sealed storage bags (pack of 2) – £5 and reduce the need to re-wash clothes that have been in storage.
• Reduce your average week on week total shower time by 3.22 minutes. (Trying to have a shower in less than 4 mins, interesting challenge in itself!). Over the course of a year this will save 45k litres of water and £208 per year.
• Make sure you’re using compressed deodorant cans (try these… Dove Original with Vitamin E, Sure for Women Crystal, Lynx Peace) which last as long as the bigger non-compressed cans, but use less packaging and less gas on the inside– significantly reducing the environmental impact. If 1 million people switched to compressed deodorants we could save 696 tonnes of CO2 in a year*
• Turn the tap off when brushing your teeth.
• Use dry shampoo instead of always washing your hair as part of shower/ bath routine. Try Wilko dry shampoo volume 200ml – £1
• Use a water storage tank in the garden to collect rain water to water your plants.
• Recycle your used PG Tips tea bags as compost in the garden.
• Use a Wilko mechanical one way timer – £1 for watering the garden. This shuts water off automatically and can be set between 0-120 minutes with no wiring or batteries needed
• Experiment with growing your own vegetables and using these in cooking
• Turn showering into a competition for your kids (Trying to have a shower in less than 4 minutes or perhaps less than the time of one of their favourite songs).
• Start a compost heap with them and get them enthused about putting things in to the compost bin and adding to the heap in the garden.
• Have a competition with your children around who can grow the biggest/best vegetable over a period of time, as part of a wider effort to start ‘growing your own’ in the garden.
*figures based on people using an average of 5 cans in a year