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So to mark the final chance for people to get involved and to follow up our earlier Go Green week blog, below are some great ideas for every room of the home based on small changes we can all make that collectively can have a big impact on the environment.
Did you know that the toilets use around 30% of the total amount of water used in a household? Many toilets are still single flush, using up to 13 litres of water with every flush, compared to modern dual flush toilets which are only use six litres for a full flush and four litres with a reduced flush. So consider changing your toilet or simply install a cistern displacement device, which are easy to install and available for free from most water companies. Also fix a leaky toilet as soon as possible, as it could waste up to 200 gallons of water a day!
At times when not all of the family are at home, or you are eating alone, put on your Marigolds, fill up your washing up bowl and wash the dishes yourself rather than using the dishwasher. However, if everyone is at home to save water, scrape the remains of your dishes into the food bin and avoid pre-rinsing before loading them. You can also use the eco or economy setting on your dishwasher which uses less energy and water.
By buying higher quality bedding products, you will be sleeping on a bed with fewer chemicals than a bed dressed in synthetic bedding. All bedding and mattress retailers offer the option so it doesn’t have to be more expensive. Try adding additional layers to your bed, as we've done in the show homes at Egerton Grange in Worsley (pictured above), when temperatures are cool instead of leaving the heating on all night or for longer periods of time. Again, higher quality products will do the trick and blankets or throws are much more convenient if you are sharing a bed with your partner, who may feel the cold more than you do!
Turning down the thermostat by just one degree could save ten per cent of your annual heating bill, while switching appliances off from standby could save you £40 per year. Household items such as TVs, set-top boxes, internet modems and lighting account for roughly a third of a home’s energy use, so it’s really important to switch everything off by the socket when it is not in use.
A desktop computer uses much more energy than a laptop, so if you are due to update your home office equipment, fully consider your needs and determine if you could work from a laptop instead. Purchasing 100 per cent recycled paper will save energy, water and landfill space. The recycled fibre from the paper is a sustainable resource than can be made into other paper products.
Whilst a brand new home will have a lower environmental impact with reduced running costs compared to an older home - a Countryside home is on average 65% more energy efficient than a Victorian home of the same style - it’s important that we all bear in mind that it is how we use energy and water within our homes every week of the year that can have a major impact on the environment.
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