Ways you can care
Ten ways to show you care – round the house
- Turn off the bathroom tap when brushing your teeth, and use water only when your rinse.
- Take shorter showers – it saves on water and electricity bills.
- Use the washing line, not the dryer. It saves electricity and your clothes last longer.
- Unplug appliances not in use, especially appliances that normally sit in standby e.g. TVs.
- Install hi-efficiency compact fluorescent lamps wherever possible.
- Turn off the TV and lights when you leave the room.
- Put your electric blanket on five minutes before you go to bed, not five hours.
- Close the doors, shut the windows, draw the curtains or blinds, to save on gas or electrical heating bills.
- Check out where the draughts come from – and see if you can fill the gaps or reduce the openings.
- Only use your dishwasher or washing machine when you have a full load.
Seven ways to show you care – in the garden
- Hand hold the hose when watering rather than using the sprinkler – no water gets wasted on areas that don’t need as much water as others.
- Compost your fruit and vegetable scraps, hedge clippings, grass clippings, old newspapers, etc. It makes so much more sense than buying compost.
- Mulch. It controls soil temperature in summer and winter, resulting in less evaporation in summer...
- Collect and store rainwater in the winter and grey water in the summer to water your plants in the dry months. Get a couple of 44 gallon drums, use run-off from the garage or shed.
- Find out how much water your plants really need. In summer we often over water plants making us think they’re sick – and need more water!
- Reduce your dependency on sprays by sympathetic planting that controls bugs and insects.
- Never pour unused paint or chemicals down a storm water drain.